The Integrative Post is a not-for-profit publication keyed to timeless, also contemporary, thought. It features articles, meditations, and critiques that deal with diverse aspects of our being — of how things around us affect, and also work for us, in day-to-day life.
The Integrative Post promises to provide its readers with intelligent and thought-provoking reading material that augments their growth — in mind, body, spirit, and soul.
Welcome to The Integrative Post… Your voyage into integrative wholeness!
EDITOR & PUBLISHER
Rajgopal Nidamboor, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, columnist, author, and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, Web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He calls himself an irrepressible idealist. What he likes best is spending quality time with his family, close friends, and reading, writing, listening to music, watching cricket and old movies and practicing mindful meditation.
He’s, at present, Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360, a mobile health application/platform, connecting patients with Ayurvedic and homeopathic physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home.
He lives in Navi Mumbai, India.
Personal Website: RAJNIDAMBOOR
Abha Iyengar is an internationally published freelance writer and poet. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, newspapers, magazines and literary journals, in print and online, including The Chicken Soup Series. She is a Kota Press Poetry Anthology contest winner — besides, her story, The High Stool, was nominated for the Story South Million Writers’ Award. A recipient of several literary honors and member of The Poetry Society of India and Riyaz Writer’s Group at The British Council, Abha is a social activist ‘up in arms’ against all forms of aggression and injustice. She lives in New Delhi, India. Website: www.abhaiyengar.com
Achutha K Bachalli, an engineer by profession, is Chairman-CEO of global content creation and knowledge management group. An ardent student of Indian philosophy, Achutha’s interests are varied and multifarious. His spiritual quest is keyed, no less, to integrating our body, mind, soul, and spirit, with the self, culture, and nature, including life, career, wealth management, material spiritualism, not to speak of fulfillment. He lives in Mysuru, India. Website: www.unilogcorp.com
Alan Jones is a career counselor of international repute. He’s coached hundreds of job-seekers and just as many who are culturally inclined to be respectful to a fault. They have gained much empowerment from his counsel — while vastly improving their work performance and career success. Jones has published five books, including Winning at Interview, How to Write a Winning CV, and How to Build a Successful Career, all notable best-sellers. He lives in Wiltshire, UK.
Archit Modi is a curious, also avid and proactive reader and writer. He’s not only passionate apropos of storytelling, he’s also equally inspired by the positive influence it can have on life. The bespectacled 14-year-old student @ St Mary’s ICSE School, Navi Mumbai, India, loves engaging with the topics and people that he writes about, or collates, besides aiming to be a novelist, author, photographer, and entrepreneur, in his own right — but not necessarily in that order.
Badrinath Durvasula is Senior Vice-President, Legal, and Strategy, HCC. A much-sought-after speaker and motivational ’guru,’ Durvasula holds masters’ degrees in nuclear physics, law and management. He is also an inveterate globetrotter.
Barbara Cronin writes on health, fitness and nutrition, with special emphasis on all-natural healing and organic living. A mother of three children, Barbara has a passion for living a healthy life and teaching her family to live healthy, conscious lives. She has her own business interests too, but she manages to find time to focus on home, health, and happiness. She is well-grounded in writing from Duquesne University, as well as extensive yoga and nutrition experience, creating informative, inspiring articles that help people reclaim their natural vitality in life. This, she says, is her true calling and passion. She lives in the US.
Chandra-Shekar, a former venture capitalist-turned-recording artist and certified hypnotherapist, works primarily with cancer patients and also writes eloquently on mind, body and spirit. His first critically-acclaimed healing CD, The Magic of Gayatri, was followed by his sublime debut book, The Ninefold Path to Healing. Chandra-Shekar lives in the US.
Chris Sutton, a freelance writer, is a retired veterinary nurse. She first took to writing bedtime stories to amuse her son, over twenty years ago. Soon after, she moved on to writing short stories for grown-ups. As a matter of fact, when Peter, her partner, first persuaded her to submit some of her work, she chuckled. But, ever since her first story, a mystery, appeared in Woman’s Own magazine in 1993, Sutton has not looked back. She has, to state the obvious, published hundreds of stories and articles in magazines across the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland, Bahrain, and India. She lives in Essex, UK.
Christine Laschkolnig, MD, grew up in Völkermarkt, a little town in Carinthia, Austria. She started her second-chance education by attending evening classes in Berlin, where she passed her Abitur, the German matriculation exam. Next, she studied medicine in Vienna with the firm intention of devoting herself to alternative methods of healing. In 1984, while she was still studying, she started to work under the guidance of Professor Dr Mathias Dorcsi —the founder of the Viennese School of Homeopathy — at the hospital in Lainz [Vienna]. For five years she attended the qualification seminars for homeopathy in Baden, near Vienna, following which she continued her homeopathic studies with renowned homeopathic teachers in the US and elsewhere. Website: https://www.laschkolnig.com
Freyaz Shroff owns and operates KurNiv Success Solutions & KurNiv Kids, which specializes in creating leaders and leadership-driven mindsets for corporates, schools, parents, teachers, and children. She lives in Mumbai, India. Website: www.kurniv.com
Gayatri Pagdi is a senior writer and editor. She writes regularly on self-help, self-healing, personal growth, and inner-work therapies. She’s just as passionate of subjects that are as varied as alternative healing, religion, Indology, and mind-watching. A translator of several biographies of leading Indian personalities, Pagdi has published a host of books on Oriental culture, occult and other beliefs, including mental health empowerment. She lives in Mumbai, India.
Harshad Sambamurthy, an environmental educator with a strong foundational background in sustainability, is a recent graduate of NYU’s Environmental Conservation Education Programme. He is currently striving to develop environmental consciousness — one that recognizes the inherent link between culture and nature and how the conservation of either is requisite for the conservation of the other. He uses, in so doing, creative educational and pedagogical tools like storytelling and folklore to helping individuals successfully re-develop their innate and deep-rooted connection with animals and nature. He lives in Chennai, India.
Hiren Kumar Bose, a senior print and digital media communicator, has worked with leading English newspapers in the country. He was till recently the Editor-in-Chief of a Mumbai-based media house that specialised in lifestyle-themed periodicals. Bose, who’s travelled widely on international assignments, has over 35 years of extensive experience as a media person. He is presently an independent journalist. He contributes regularly to leading web portals and print journals. Apart from being the contributing editor of the Swiss luxury watch portal, www.watchworld.co.in, Bose is also a weekend farmer and active blogger. He manages the blog, sundayfarmer.wordpress.com, which has a devoted following among farming enthusiasts across the globe.
Helen Finch, a legal secretary, is a hobbyist writer. A married working mom, with two boys, Finch writes children’s stories and adult short stories for print and Web magazines. She enjoys most sports – just as much as she loved running the British 10K for charity. She loves the English countryside, no less, not to speak of the sea elsewhere, and spending quality time with her family. Her other interests include homeopathy as well as reading about alternative remedies — to make lives healthier. Finch has published “two non-fiction books — related to local history” — because she does not fancy doing things by half. She lives in Essex, UK.
Jawahar Nidamboor, MSc [UK], in Industrial Pharmaceutics, PG Diploma in Drug Regulatory Affairs, and BPharm, is a researcher, teacher, life coach, writer, and author of four books on natural health and wellness. When he is not working, or writing, Javvy, or Jawa [to family and friends] prefers to unwind with music and reading books on diverse subjects, including cricket — to break the ‘fixed routine.’ His futuristic mission: to be an entrepreneur, in a ‘league’ of his own and/or also possibly fulfil a long-nurtured dream of a fully-funded PhD programme, in his area of specialisation, while “grasping at straws and floating on gossamers,” as Alfred North Whitehead would have put it, to achieve his research-driven eureka moment. He is an Assistant Manager- Marketing with a leading nutraceutical group and lives in Navi Mumbai, India.
Karan Shah is a corporate lawyer. He’s ten+ years of experience with various inter-functional legal requirements. A zealous self-starter with a penchant for clear-cut analysis and pragmatic problem solving, Shah is also endowed with excellent communication skills: written as well as verbal. His forte: provide strong contracting, legal and regulatory support to business/procurement teams — on all business operations and activities of the organisation. He lives in Navi Mumbai, India.
Loredana Ortiz is a graduate in natural medicine with certifications in Health and Health Policy. A writer with a keen for detail, Loredana lives and practices natural medicine and wellness in the US.
Masooma Sakriwala, an undergrad student in English literature and philosophy at Sophia College for Women, Mumbai, is a budding, avant-garde poet. She is a thinker, a marginal non-conformist, with a mind of her own — yet, fully grounded on terra firma with all good, old-world values. She lives in Navi Mumbai, India.
Murli Menon is a professional consultant, trainer, biochemist, linguistic expert, poet, and story-writer. He’s had an exceptional academic career — from graduation in biochemistry to MBA in marketing — and, is presently pursuing advanced doctoral research in Zen meditation and the unconscious mind. A recipient of several national and international awards, Menon is President, PhenoMenon Consultants Inc, and best-selling author of ZeNLP: The Power to Succeed and ZeNLP: The Power to Relax. He lives in Ahmedabad, India.
Paribha Vashist is a first-year Bachelor of Economics student at Gargi College, University of Delhi, New Delhi. A voracious reader and a naturally gifted writer, Paribha is zealously passionate about international economics, environmental policy and sustainable development. She wishes to effectively disseminate, in her own simple, yet profound way, scientific knowledge and policy tools to bringing about a positive, healthy change in our increasingly madding world..
Preeti Mandawewala, PhD, first discovered, as a doting housewife, her love for yoga and completed the Yogacharya certification followed by Yogavachaspati. A few years later, she learned all she could about chakra meditation and successfully completed her doctorate in the subject. She conducts regular yoga and chakra meditation workshops for gastric problems, cervical spondylitis, diabetes, high blood pressure, migraine, thyroid and joint disorders, among other health issues. She lives in Mumbai, India.
Preksha Doshi-Mehta, MBA, who’s a zealous HR and Media Professional, for ten years, thought ‘enough was enough.’ It just, sort of, happened that her resident, soulful passion for cooking quickly turned into a full-time profession. She has been running and managing her cloud kitchen, since the last two years, with relative ease; also culinary flourish. A voracious reader, home chef, dancer, avid traveller and animal lover, with a natural penchant for photography, Mehta conducts cooking workshops and live cooking shows on a regular basis. She lives in Mumbai, India.
Richard Firshein, DO, the Founder-Director of The Firshein Center for Comprehensive Medicine in New York City, is a leading innovator and authority in the field of preventative and nutritional medicine, integrating both Eastern and Western medical practices. He is Board-Certified in Family Medicine and has also served as a professor in the specialty. An internationally recognized leader in the field of integrative medicine and healthy aging, a cancer researcher, prolific writer and author, Dr. Firshein has written several groundbreaking books, including the bestselling Reversing Asthma, Your Asthma-Free Child, The Nutraceutical Revolution and, most recently, The Vitamin Prescription [For Life]. Website: www.firsheincenter.com
Ryan Harrison is a holistic health educator and consultant in private practice. He holds a post-graduate degree in transpersonal psychology and certifications as a nutritional consultant, holistic health practitioner, spiritual counselor, and quantum-touch. Aside from being an advanced practitioner of EFT [Emotional Freedom Techniques], Harrison teaches and lectures in both conventional and online forums. He lives in California, US. Website: www.bewholebewell.com
Sandip Zine, PhD, is an assistant professor in pharmaceutical chemistry at VES College of Pharmacy, Mumbai. He is also a keen student of Buddhist philosophy and its foundational principles and practices.
Sanjiv Nidamboor is Associate-Business Development with a global leader in natural products. He holds a Master’s in Marketing, Consumption & Society, from the University of Limerick, and is an avid fitness, diet and nutrition buff. He was, till recently, based in Ireland.
Venkatesh Govindarajan, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Energy, and Environmental Systems Group, Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences Faculty of Health, Science and Technology, Karlstad University, Sweden. He writes on a host of topics, including cricket, his passion, and scientific ‘fixation.’
Vipul Jain is CEO of Advancells, a research-based company that focuses on providing cutting-edge stem cell therapies for patients with life-threatening diseases. Advancells also caters to lifestyle disorders and anti-aging technology, aside from customised therapies for a variety of disorders. It is, in the process, rapidly emerging as a leader in the space of regenerative medicine, now customarily called futuristic medicine.