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Lucky charms

It is said that one can change one's fortunes with Feng Shui symbols. They are available aplenty at The Hide Out in Egmore.

DOES MAN merely "turn the wheel on which he turns" as T.S. Eliot put it, or is there, as Shakespeare would have it "a tide in the affairs of all men which taken at the helm leads on to fortune"? And can symbols, colours and placements and alignment of objects really finetune one to the environment, bringing good luck and good fortune?

The votaries of "Foong Shevay" or Feng Shui, would say "yes" to all three questions, for according to this ancient Chinese art of heaven and earth, every human being has three kinds of luck: Heaven luck or immutable Karma with which one is born, Mankind luck which is dependant on one's actions and attitudes in this life, and Earth's luck which one can activate and build upon with the help of Feng Shui.

Apart from Feng (wind) and Shui (water), which are life sustainers, Feng Shui envisages another more subtle life sustaining energy `Chi' or cosmic breath, which if properly channelised and harnessed, can bring harmony, good luck, peace and prosperity.

Kashmira Daruwalla, a Feng Shui consultant of Chennai, who has trained under internationally acclaimed Feng Shui exponent Lillian Too, believes that everyone can attain nirvana with his environment as well as waft in good fortune and protection by following the principles of Feng Shui. Surrounded by pretty decorative Feng Shui symbols of luck such as wish fulfilling gem tress, Laughing Buddha, sailing ships, charm cards, bells and crystals, with wind chimes at the entrance of her shop, she explains the importance of the Lo shu or magic square, the proper channelising of wind flow and water, the importance of the front door and the placement of Feng Shui symbols. All are done to increase positive `Chi' and do away with negative `Chi' in one's environment.

Kashmira's shop, The Hide Out, has a collection of the Feng Shui symbols. These have to be placed in the right spots and facing the right direction. The Laughing Buddha has to be placed facing the main door of the house and a pair of prettily painted love birds to be kept in the bedroom as a symbol of romance and fidelity. A tortoise to give you support, sailing ships piled with gold ingots for success in business, bells hung on the door knob for prosperity, and crystals hung near sunny windows to catch the sunlight and bring in good energy...

A speciality of The Hide Out is the good fortune bags which Kashmira personally supervises for incorporation of auspicious measurements, especially of the zip. For every bag sold a complementary good luck Feng Shui pouch is given. The leather bags are smart and contemporary and come in variegated sizes and colours. Many of them are handcrafted. The Feng Shui symbols and artefacts are also handcrafted. Kashmira Daruwalla's outlet is located at 3, First Floor, Prince Plaza, Pantheon Road, Egmore, where you can also meet her for consultations (Ph: 8259767).


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