Vaastu Shastra for a sense of direction in your life. Fengshui for sending the right signals to the child still in the womb. Ashwinie Bansal preaches all this and much more through his books on Vaastu Shastra and Fengshui. SANGEETA BAROOAH PISH AROTY speaks to the man to decode age-old practices of India, now finding favour with the Westerners... .
Ashwinie Bansal with his latest work on better home, better life.
IT IS not a new art of living in India but somehow, the modern-day, ambitious Indians have, in a couple of years, rediscovered it with so much freshness and keenness for its implementation in everyday life that this Delhi-based advocate has already authored 34 books on Fengshui and
Vaastu Shastra. Whether "correct instructions" are required for doing the "right setting" of one's house, shop, factory or any other business establishment, or tips to better one's student life, career graph or for a successful household, etc, Supreme Court lawyer Ashwinie Bansal has not
just a line or two of advice sieved from the ancient tomes for a willing reader but full-fledged books available for a price in the market on these subjects and more.
Coming out recently with his latest addition, `Fengshui for Sweet Home', the author has come up with step-by-step simple advice to the readers on how to do the interiors of one's home to make it a "heavenly abode by the perfect balancing of the forces of Ying and Yang". According to him, a black and white living room is the most auspicious, an octangular dining table is the
luckiest, a bedroom in the southeast direction with "restful" paintings is the place for relaxation and bliss, blue is the best hue for your bathroom, etc, etc. The author churns out instructions for the right "Ch'I" - marriage of positivity and negativity - with so much ease that one has no time even to stop and ponder whether following such simple do's and don'ts really makes life so much better. But the author stresses, "implementation of this advice would make instant sea-change in the lives of the people residing in that redone house. This is purely to help people live life in harmony with Nature".
Anyway, all these must and must-nots are for you to believe, but Bansal is all smiles these days as his maiden entry into American and European markets is any day now with yet another churn-out "specially written for Westerners" - `Fengshui Decoded'.
"It will be brought out by an American publisher soon," he informs.
Interestingly, he tells you that though Fengshui, the Chinese art of good living, was developed centuries ago from the Indian Vaastu Shastra, the countrymen had long forgotten it till the Westerners started taking interest on the subject. "When the moneyed Indians of today saw that outsiders are so keen on decorating their homes and workplaces according to the Indian and
Chinese methods and are reaping benefits from them, they suddenly woke up and now, eight out of 10 Indians, specially in a city, want to follow these age-old auspicious rules," says this Director of the Institute of Fengshui, which publishes his books.
The author's own tryst with Vaastu Shastra and Fengshui began two decades ago when he happened to open such a rulebook to redesign his house. "After doing that, I realised that many things in my life are going the right way and hence, I decided to study the subject and here I am today with so many publications," says "this man of logic" proudly.
"Being a lawyer, I belief in logic and so, it is not any superstition," adds Bansal. He now plans to pen a book on how to use Fengshui during pregnancy. "The tale we all know about the mythical character Abhimanyu when he was in his mother's womb holds water. Whatever a mother does while carrying her child during the nine months passes off to the baby. So, I would look into Fengshui on this subject and come out with a book within four-five months," says this Fengshui consultant. He asks an expecting woman not to keep any sharp thing around her, for, even unconsciously, a sense of fear may pass on to her unborn child.
"Also, If you want your child to become a scientist or a sportsman or anything, keep a photograph of your target person and do not forget to often look at the picture. The baby will get the message," he adds further. Well, any mother wanting to have a Tendulkar or perhaps an Abdul Kalam should now know what to do if she decides to believe Bansal!
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