• Pandemic

    When Life Throws You A Curveball

    It is not often that I write personal blogs but felt I needed to capture certain moments in my life during the pandemic. It’s taken me some time to gather my thoughts and write this post, so here I go……… It all seemed to be going smoothly at the beginning of the new year – 2020. We had been busy organising our first Bollywood style event with MND Association to raise funds and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. I cannot come close to sharing with you the sheer excitement we felt preparing for this event, as it was the largest we had ever undertaken. However, the excitement soon turned sour…

  • Mental Health

    It’s A Tough Life….Or Is It?

    As if life wasn’t hard enough, now COVID-19 comes into the mix! I am a 41 year old Sikh Punjabi woman living in London who is now having to adjust to online teaching of Mathematics at secondary school level. Having been brought up in a tight knit and fairly large family this phase of social distancing is also teaching me many new ways of living. Let’s be honest 2020 hasn’t been a great year so far, our New Years resolutions broke before they even started, and the end is nowhere to be seen. So how do we stay positive in this situation or see the glass half full? Having struggled…

  • Mental Health

    Talking Therapy on the film festival front

    In reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the mental health of artists and filmmakers, the annual Tongues on Fire UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF) marked Mental Health Awareness this week with a new initiative called Talking Therapy tailored for the entertainment world. As part of this unique offering, therapists will be at hand to provide a phone support service for artists in need. The service aims to offer emotional support, signposting problems, advice and information along with details of organisations and support available on a case by case basis. “We are launching a much-needed free Talking Therapy service for artists working in the creative and media industries…

  • ALS,  Covid-19,  Motor Neurone Disease

    How To Make A Face Mask In 1 Minute – No Sewing!

    As an experienced carer for MND, Heart, and Parkinson’s Disease patients, I understand the need to wear a mask around the vulnerable for their protection. During this global Covid-19 pandemic I am currently a volunteer helping the elderly in my community who are self isolating and due to the shortage of masks I made some washable and reusable face masks. I was inspired by a study carried out by Cambridge University in 2013 (Cambridge Study) which examined homemade masks as an alternative to commercial face masks. Please share this video as an article in the NY Times reports ” poorer countries losing out to wealthier ones in the global scrum…

  • Events

    Fundraising Gala Dinner & Dance

    Eat Drink & Be Giving Exciting news! For the first time ever we have collaborated with MND Association to organise a ‘Gala Dinner & Dance’. Please join us for a charity dinner which includes a complimentary glass of bubbly, 3 course Indian cuisine, glass of wine, soft drinks, raffle and auction, followed by a night of music by Paragon, dancing and entertainment with top London based Bollywood Choreographer Jay Kumar. Special appearance by British DJs, producers and radio broadcasters for BBC Asian Network and formerly BBC 1Xtra – Panjabi Hit Squad. All proceeds from this event will go towards research to help find a cure for Motor Neurone disease (also…

  • Motor Neurone Disease

    Raising Awareness at Sikh Temple

    I was honoured to be invited by Brent Sikh Centre Gurdwara (Temple) to address the congregation and raise awareness about Motor Neurone Disease within the Asian community. I felt this was a great opportunity to make a real difference for those people living with and affected by MND. I had discovered through my research that very few Asian people used the services provided by the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Through further discussions my belief was validated that there is a very real stigma attached to those from the community who have been diagnosed with any neurological disorder. They talked about how they hide their loved ones from the world as…

  • Motor Neurone Disease

    Living With Motor Neurone Disease

      I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Hemangi Sane and her mother at the MND conference in Dublin. She was diagnosed with MND in 2004 during her medical practice in New York and then went on to start a non-profit organisation called ‘Asha Ek Hope‘ foundation for MND/ALS in Mumbai. She was honoured with International Women’s Day Award in the year 2013 by the Mayor of Mumbai city for treating and empowering patients with ALS/MND and research for a cure. She has spoken of what it is like living with MND : “MND is a physical condition which psychologically breakdowns the affected person and the family members. But we have to…