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With increasing number of takers for Feng Shui, exclusive stores have come up in the twin cities


SAVITA ANAND, a housewife in East Marredpally had problems with her tenant. The next best thing she did was to call a Feng Shui consultant. "The expert told us to keep the deity in a different position and placed some crystals in the bathroom. We paid him Rs. 500," she says. Ask her if she believes in it. "You don't get scared. Man ki tassali hoti hai (you feel calmed using the Feng Shui products). Also there is no tod phod as you have in Vaastu," she says.

Many people in the twin cities, like Savita, are turning to Feng Shui. This is reflected in the fact that where one used to find greeting card shops stocking a few wind chimes and laughing Buddhas, today exclusive Feng Shui stores have sprung up in the twin cities selling the three-legged toad, dragon, education towers and bamboo plants. " It has taken a little while to catch up, when compared to other metros. But the awareness is increasing," says Kamal Kishore Sharma at China Town, the popular Feng Shui shop-in-shop at Sharma Brothers, R.P. Road opposite Bata. "Previously people used to ask whether it works or not. Abhi jagruti aa gayi hai (there is awareness about Feng Shui today). They come looking for Feng Shui products for prosperity, career opportunities, mental peace, getting married, health and general well-being," adds Madhusudan of Madhusudan Feng Shui World.

Not just offering problem-specific solutions to people who have faith in it, Feng Shui also offers an organised approach to life -- like fixing leaking taps and cleaning old clutter, all this is a part of Feng Shui.

From Feng - wind, Shui - water, the premise of the ancient Chinese art of placement revolves around Ch'i or the dynamic life energy that is seen in vital elements -- wind and water.


The secret is to tap the good energy, the direction is known using the Feng Shui compass, and to retain it in the home and workplace by correct placement of furniture for unobstructed flow of Ch'i and subsequently, using articles which can absorb this energy. "It follows the same principle as Egyptian pyramids--energy is captured in the fibre articles. One has to use original products that are made in China and these have to be placed in different required directions," says Anita, of Laughing Buddha.

Different directions have to be activated according to individual needs in Feng Shui: north -- career, south -- fame, east -- family and health, west -- children, north east -- skill and knowledge, south east -- wealth, north west -- mentors and friends, and south west -- marriage, relationship.

But ironically the local Chinese folks in the twin cities are not great believers in Feng Shui. "We are not particular about the Feng Shui and keep the dragon and the wind chime wherever it feels nice," says Lilian, who runs a Chinese beauty parlour in the city.

Nevertheless, Feng Shui has become a fad with the people in the city. And just in case you would like to go and buy a three-legged toad, some of the exclusive stores that sell the Feng Shui Articles in the twin cities are Madhusudan Feng Shui World, Room No.215, 2nd Floor, Satguru Complex, opposite Gandhi Medical College, Basheerbagh (Tel: 55255493, 23251202) and Laughing Buddha, Plot #28, Transport Road, near Balaji Enclave, near Diamond Point. (Tel: 31197906).

S.F.

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