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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Editor's Note

Every time I get the opportunity to edit this magazine I am amazed by the strength of a woman and how much we accomplish in our own little pocket of the country . This week I was especially humbled by the grace of Sister Hemlata Sanghi. Soft spoken and wise, it was easy to see why she was deserving of a National Award for community service. Sister Sanghi, originally from Hyderabad, India, came to Trinidad in 1976 and is now president of the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre. She tells us of her spiritual journey, the importance of leaving things to God and why she now dedicates herself to serving others. Read more »

  • Born for The Stage

    Amanda Chedu recently emerged the winner of this year’s Face of T&T competition at held at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. The first runner-up was Avionne Gloudon, and Gabrielle Solomon of St Augustine earned the second runner-up position. Chedu, a 26-year-old teacher who has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics, is currently pursuing film and video production at The University of the West Indies. She recently took time from her very busy schedule to talk with Express Woman. Read More »


    Those who know her intimately in her role as President of the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre, will tell you that Sister Hemlata Sanghi is much like a goddess—such is her peaceful, giving and gentle nature. Sanghi was a recent recipient of a National Award — The Medal for the Development of Women (Gold) for community service; but she doesn’t do well with praises heaped upon her—preferring instead to give kudos to her hard working Raja Yoga Centre colleagues and of course, God. Read More »

  • Mental Health in Pregnancy

    Michel Foucault, a French philosopher, historian, social theorist, philologist and literary critic, addressed several issues in his theories. Central to his ideas was the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions. Foucault, in his seminal work Madness and Civilization, explored the changing relationship between madness and unreason. He defined unreason as “reason dazzled” or confused during a period of confinement. Read More »

  • Belly fat

    Women with tummy issues are always searching for a way to trim their middle. From multiple sit ups to corsets and body shapers, women have tried it all. Now there is news that abdominal obesity has been linked to the increase in diabetes and cardiovascular disease and metabolic abnormalities. Read More »

  • Reasons to drink lemon water

    Starting your day off with warm lemon water is thought to have a ton of health benefits — and it’s been an Ayurvedic practice for a long time. Read on to learn about the health benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. Read More »

  • Quick beauty fixes

    The Bobby-Pin Substitute When you can’t find a bobby pin , open a paper clip and twist it until it forms the V-shape of an open hairpin . Twist strands into a chignon and secure the style with a few of the paper clip bobby pins for an effortlessly glamorous style that holds. Read More »

  • Empowering survivors of domestic violence

    IF YOU were to ask founder and executive director of Conflict Women Limited Asiya Mohammed what made her decide to start her own social business which buys and sells jewelry and art from local survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, perhaps this young social entrepreneur - and optimist- might say the idea occurred to her while she was in the Democratic Republic of Congo four years ago, conducting a workshop for women who had survived the brutal horrors of civil war. Read More »

  • 15 Things Men Never Notice About Women

    When it comes to getting prettied up, women far outweigh men. It is for this reason we spend so much time in the mirror. Our men may complain, not realising that some of the times we are doing all of... Read More »

  • Being a Father

    A father’s perspective is something not often discussed. Irvin Paddier a father of two, shares on becoming prepared for the challenges and joys that await you in fatherhood. Being a father is a tremendous opportunity for a man. This is something that I take with my eyes, hands, and especially my heart open. A father understands his children as no other can. He knows their weaknesses. In them he sees his own failings reproduced. Parents who expect that their children will be an honour to them must themselves lead noble lives. Read More »

  • GABRIELLA D’abreau hosts studio sale

    Artist Gabriella D’Abreau will present her first ever Artist Studio Sale, a select collection of the artwork remaining within her studio would be available for viewing and purchase, at 36 Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook, the blue and white building opposite Shakers today from 11 am to 6 pm. Read More »

  • Can you make a man fall in love with you?

    Women attract men in a variety of ways; and each woman has her own unique way. Although there are common ways of attracting a man, which are shared by many women—like style of dress, eye contact, smiles, gestures etc—each woman has her own unique way of doing so. And while some behaviours may increase the possibility of you getting a man to fall in love with you, there is no guarantee that such behaviours would lead to a man pounding on your heart. Read More »

  • Communication is key

    Communication, as you will agree, is of the utmost importance. Having just engaged a personal assistant with good qualifications, I have found that she seems to be lacking in certain areas. Number one is her pronunciation of certain words. She keeps on saying character, emphasis being on the second syllable instead of the first as it should be said. She also emphasizes many second syllables of many words where the pronunciation should be on the first syllable. Read More »

  • Bold, muted & beautiful

    A pastel rainbow. Now that you’ve got that image in your head, that just about sums up the current fashion trend. Soft pastels and muted tones, sometimes paired with vivid brights, are “starring” on the trendiest of them all. Throw in some bold pinks, citrus, electric blue, cherry and you’ve got an intoxicating fashion blend. Calvin French, not one to ever miss a fashion beat, shows you the right way to rock the trend. Read More »

  • Recipes

    Pea, bacon and lentil soup Ingredients Oil (for frying bacon) 2 rashers (strips) of bacon A teaspoon of thyme leaves and a few sprigs of sage A can of lentils 1.5 litres of chicken stock (more or less depending on your soup quantity) 2 cups or so of frozen peas Salt and pepper Parsley and parmesan (or other cheese) To serve with! Read More »

  • Editor's Note

    As I sit writing this, a colleague is playing “ It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as he happily pushes out work in his little corner. On Facebook I glimpse a countdown to Christmas that is in the double digits. Yes the time is going fast! This past week seemed to have evaporated too, didn’t you notice? (insert smiley face here) Welcome to Sunday and your favourite Woman magazine. In this issue we feature some determined women who have gone after their dreams, like our cover Woman Katriena Emmanuel, who is a Trinidadian now living in Australia. Read More »

  • obsessed with photography

    Ah, the wonders of technology! It’s 9 p.m on a Thursday night in Port of Spain when I log in to Skype. Meanwhile freelance fashion photographer Katriena Emmanuel is doing the same thing; except it’s already midday on Friday where she lives on the Gold Coast, Australia. That’s 14 hours ahead of and more than 9,000 miles away from Trinidad. But conversing over Skype makes all the distance and time that separates us irrelevant, it actually feels as if Emmanuel is next door and not on the opposite end of the planet. Read More »

  • Designing Woman

    As part of the Carivog Modelling Agency roster Makisa Lewis used to wear the clothes of local fashion designers. Now, it’s Lewis who gets to watch models dress up in her clothing and parade it before an appreciative audience. The Palmiste, San Fernando Lewis seemed destined for a future in art when she left high school. She used to draw from photos, story books and pursued art to the CXC level. Read More »


    IN 2009 and in the midst of preparing for what was supposed to be a joyous occasion in any parent’s life — a child’s wedding — Shamin Singh received dreadful news - she was diagnosed with breast cancer. All her subsequent treatment was done locally. Doris Watts-Gaskin received the same news a year later in 2010 while her daughter was about to sit the all-important Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam. Read More »

  • Colour Me Safe

    If you’re like me, you probably change your nail polish colour at least a few times every month. Nail polish has always been a ‘must have’ for fashionable women—especially more so given the variation in colours and fast-drying ones on the market. For four US-based university students, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Grey, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney, nail polish has recently taken on a deeper meaning for women. Read More »


    A recent survey has found that 85 per cent of people reported that meditation and prayer helped them to manage stress. But given the break-neck speed of life, in an effort to cram work, play, raising children, how does one take the time to pause and reflect? “We hear ‘meditation’ and we think we have to sit on the floor with my legs crossed and fingers pinched,” Keith Kaufman, a clinical psychologist in Alexandria, Virginia, told Real Simple magazine. Read More »

  • Hunky Henson Hinds

    HENSON HINDS manages to turn a few heads wherever he goes. Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, the 25-year-old lives in London, and might be the first man from Trinidad and Tobago competing on the international fitness circuit. Read More »

  • Food addiction link to PTSD

    Women with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be more likely to have food addiction, or a feeling of dependence on food, new research suggests. In the study, researchers surveyed more than 49,000 female nurses ages 25 to 42 and asked the women whether they had ever experienced a traumatic event, such as childhood abuse, the violent death of a loved one, or a miscarriage or stillbirth. Read More »


    Khadija Peters is a teacher who has allowed her curiosity about hair to go from mere experimentation to a full-fledged side business. Now, she calls herself ‘The Locs Creator’. For the past six years, Peters has been honing her skills as an instant dreadlock master. Read More »

  • To cheat or nearly cheat

    Is there a line between cheated and nearly cheated? Over the years I’ve come across some interesting definitions of cheating. However, most fascinating to me, are the situations some people found themselves in and vehemently justified as a non-cheating incident. Let’s look at some of those situations. Read More »

  • Concerned mother of teen seeks help

    I am a hard working mother of a 15-year-old girl and now that school has started and she is into using her computer and just growing up, I am getting terrified about her relationship with boys. She goes to a co-ed school and recently a young man who I had never met or even known about, arrived at our gate asking for her and she informed me that she was going to go for a walk with him. Read More »

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