They have all said it and we will reiterate it, Kulsum Shadab Wahab, Executive Director of the Hothur Foundation, is a force to be reckoned with. She has been working with acid attack survivors and survivors of gender-based violence for more than a decade, making high fashion more accessible.
Head gears designed by her team have been worn by Katy Perry and has also been recognised by Gucci’s Chime for Change (a global campaign founded by Gucci in 2013 to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality).
The philanthropist recently visited Shreyas Retreat, one of Relais & Châteaux’s member properties in Bengaluru, for what she calls a “soul break”. From meditation to massages and spending time with kids of a local school that Shreyas Retreat supports, Kulsum says that she returned home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
What was your break like? I had always wanted to experience the magic of Ayurveda. The pandemic has been a busy and worrisome time. Having heard a lot about Ayurveda but never could really find the time to experience the positive energies and being spiritual myself, I was looking forward to the different forms of meditationsat Shreyas Yoga Retreat. I am so glad I decided to take this soul break.
How was your experience at the retreat? Shreyas was a wonderful experience in every way. The exceptional staff made me feel so at home and welcomed. Such warm service is rare to see. Also, I cannot justly describe how rejuvenating and relaxing the Ayurvedic massage was, taking away all my worries.
What did you enjoy the most about your break? Being a non–vegetarian, I seldom enjoy vegetarian meals but the Sattvik gourmets at Shreyas were beyond taste palates, in a literal sense. Not only was the food sumptuous with the freshest ingredients homegrown in their farms, but they also follow the mantra of feeding the soul. They believe in positive energies and harvest their ingredients while chanting mantras.
What memories and experiences of the place will always stay with you? The fondest memory would be the community service that Shreyas has. I feel fortunate to have spent time with the lovely (local) kids who were extremely well mannered and made a lasting impression on me. I eagerly look forward to a lifetime association with them.
What tips would you give other travelers visiting the property? The Ayurvedic massages, especially the Shirodhara is a must-try. They offer these amazing mediations and forms of yoga that bring such peace to the mind, body, and soul. It is the best time to explore, connect and introspect.
What did you gain from this break? I take with me so many memories and changed habits. The first thing they start your stay with is a personal consultation with an Ayurveda doctor who understands your life and daily routine and suggests some Ayurvedic medicines and simple tips to incorporate in your lifestyle. I have already altered my routine to the suggestions. Everything was executed to perfection with touches of personalisation. It was a sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation.