The Prayer of Saint Francis

The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi is a powerful prayer. I first came across the prayer during a Pranic Healing course I attended in Dubai.
Now I wish to share this beautiful, powerful prayer with you, as I firmly believe that you too will experience comfort, love and great fulfillment, as I did.

Prayer is an invocation with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication. We often hear the saying : “As you give, you shall receive”  The Blessings you give, will return to you.


The Prayer is recited in the  Twin Heart Meditation By Master Choa Kok Sui. I encourage you to sit comfortably in a calm place and meditate using this prayer.

About the Prayer of St Francis
-Mother Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta, India) made it part of the morning prayers of the Roman Catholic religious institute she established, the Missionaries of Charity. She attributed importance to it when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 1979 and asked that it be recited.
-Margaret Thatcher, after winning the 1979 United Kingdom general election, paraphrased the prayer on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, surrounded by a throng of reporters, having “kissed hands” with Queen Elizabeth II and become Prime Minister.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, declared that it was “an integral part” of his devotions.
-In October 1995, President Bill Clinton quoted it in his welcoming speech to Pope John Paul II on his arrival in New York to address the United Nations.
-The prayer is used by Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui in his Twin Hearts Meditation.
-The hymn form of the prayer was also a part of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on 6 September 1997. Sinéad O’Connor included her version of the song on the Princess Diana tribute album.

Try this meditation or even recite this prayer and this will be one of the most valuable experiences you have had.  For me it was  emotional and peaceful at the same time.  My life has since changed and these days when faced with problems, I am reminded once again to go back to The Prayer that helped make things all ok again.

God Bless and may you always be guided.

Love Namritha


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Taste of Joburg 2014

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Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg is back at Montecasino Outdoor Event Area this September. Budding gourmands need look no further for a feast of the senses with an array of spectacular offerings from twelve of Joburg’s top restaurants.

Festival Director, Justine Drake says that she is delighted to be part of such a large scale culinary experience that includes the multicultural mix that is Joburg’s food scene. “Every year we are blown away by the large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

All those looking to visit Taste of Joburg for the first time can expect to be wowed by the “Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience”, the “Robertsons Butcher’s Block in association with Big Green Egg”, “the Rekordelig Premium Cider Lounge”, the “Lindt Chocolate Experience”, the “Castle Milk Stout Lounge” as well as the “Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre”, and experience why Taste Festivals have become such a global gastronomic movement.

“We’ve been running this event for eight years and the challenge each year is presenting the experience in a different and dynamic way. I believe that this year’s festival will again deliver an unforgettable experience, one that will thrill and delight Joburg foodies with its unique mix of food, drink and entertainment. It’s definitely sensory alchemy in action!”

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 For more information and bookings visit or or

  • Scoins are the festival currency used to purchase food and drink at Taste of Joburg
  • Pre-booked festival tickets are priced from R80 and include a tasting glass.

Festival Times

Thursday 25th September: 18:30 – 22:30

Friday 26th September: 18:30 – 22:30

Saturday 27th September: 13h00- 17h00; 18h30- 22h30

Sunday 28th September: 12h00- 17h00

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Stuttafords Rosebank Mall re-launch

It has been a rewarding experience attending Stuttafords events as a blogger and the re-launch of Stuttafords newly renovated store in Rosebank Mall has been nothing short of glamorous.

The Rosebank Mall store re-launched on the 31 July 2014 and in attendance was socialites, members of the media, fashion bloggers and celebrities. Guests were treated to canapés, champagne and music whilst waiting in anticipation for the doors to open.

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Leanne Manas and Hilton Mer, Executive Chairman of the Stuttafords Group officially reopened the store and guests quickly made their  way browsing though the new look store.


Ted Baker had lovely ladies serving guests cute bottles of homemade lemonade and caramel popcorn. Naturally this was one of my favourites. The wide selection of makeup and fragrances makes shopping here so convenient and pleasurable.

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Stuttafords has literally brought “A World of Brands” to shoppers. With over 13 stores and over 150 brands, Stuttafords is a shopping haven for the distinguished fashionista.

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Then new Stuttafords store in Rosebank is definitely worth a visit. You will enjoy the variety of brands available as each brand has its own section in the store. The beautiful displays, chic décor and friendly staff will make your experience so much better. So shopping friends :)





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Decadent Womens Day treat at Tsogosun

My casual affair with chocolate just turned serious after an afternoon with indulgent Chocolate food pairing  at the luxurious Punchinellos Restaurant at Southern Sun, Montecasino.


Chef Thuli wowed celebrities and journalists alike  at Tsogo Sun’s chocolate extravaganza Woman’s Month event. We  were treated to chocolate martinis and chocolate milkshakes on arrival and walked onto the deck to a decadent chocolate display.

Pastry chef Thuli

Chef Thuli Mabunda is the Sous Chef Pastry at Tsogosun and she believes that opportunities should be grabbed with both hands and that life is too short to spend your days doing what you don’t enjoy.  Her signature dish is a passion fruit mousse dessert with Lindt chocolate cake and orange sauce reduction. She is a creative and passionate chef.

Some of the dishes we  enjoyed included : the beef fillet coated in cocoa powder topped with mushroom duxelle and the white chocolate crumbed cheese croquettes. Simply mouth watering food.

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We had the opportunity  to meet some of Tsogo Sun’s phenomenal female GM’s and Chefs. Dr Mati Nyazema at Sandton Convention Center, and Sam Croft from Durban’s Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani to Linda Reddy, from Garden Court Sandton City, shared their story of inspiration and leadership style. They all all believe that a good work/life balance is the key to a successful career and family life.

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Wilma, the General Manager of Southern Sun Katherine Street uses her stature, leadership and network to remain a positive force in promoting the growth and profitability of Tsogo Sun, while Samantha Croft believes “the right attitude,  warmth,  willingness to serve, and the dedication that comes with that, are vital.”

It is inspiring to have women as leaders. Especially women who inspire others. Tsogosun thank you for the opportunity to meet these lovely ladies and for making us feel more loved and special.. what better way than with Chocolate.






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Ford sets African Vision at First ‘Go Further’ Event

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) held its first “Go Further” Event in July at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.  Ford showed off four new models that are destined for African shores, and detailed its future plans for the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region and the highlight being the reveal of the much anticipated Ford Mustang.


With guests from the media, stakeholders, suppliers and VIPs in attendance, Jeff Nemeth, President and CEO for the Sub Saharan Region, outlined the company’s vision for driving growth in existing markets on the continent as well as entering new ones.

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I quite enjoyed hearing about Ford’s accomplishments and the company plans to focus on South Africa as the engine of growth for the continent. Sub-Saharan Africa will be a key market for Ford,” says Nemeth. “Our vision is to become the first choice for mobility in Africa, and our event today underscores our commitment to serve customers throughout Africa.”

In the next two years, Ford plans to bring at least 17 new or refreshed vehicles to its fleet. This includes the Focus, Fusion, Ranger XL-Plus, Transit, Tourneo Connect and of course the Mustang.

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Ford SYNC is a factory-installed, integrated in-vehicle communications and entertainment system technology allows you to talk on the phone, navigate and listen to music while keeping your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. SYNC 2 will offer a new, interactive version of SYNC boasting a touch screen as well as voice command functionality.  EcoBoost drivetrain options will also be expanded. EcoBoost is a turbo direct-injection technology that significantly improves power and fuel economy while reducing emissions.

Going on sale next year, the new Focus will feature an all-EcoBoost engine lineup, as well as a host of new safety and driver-assist technologies.  “In 2015 Focus will be updated to include the latest technologies we have on offer, giving buyers more reasons to consider the world’s best-selling passenger car,” says Nemeth.

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Ford’s iconic Mustang performance model was the highlight of the show at “Go Further”. The all-new Mustang, which will be available with both an EcoBoost engine as well as its hallmark V8 powertrain, will go on sale in South Africa and SSA from early 2015. The Mustang is out of the stable.

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 “Ford is bringing a full family of safe, high quality, fuel efficient and fun-to-drive cars, trucks and SUVs to customers throughout the Middle East and Africa region,” said Jim Benintende president, Ford Middle East and Africa. “MEA is the final frontier for global growth in the auto industry and thanks to the power of our One Ford plan, we are able to offer vehicles here that our customers want and value.”

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I am grateful for the opportunity that Ford has given me. I had an exciting day out on the off road track the following day and I loved every bit of the experience test driving most of the vehicles in their range.  Well done Ford :)   I’m now looking forward to driving the new Mustang.

Some pics from the track day:

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Meridian Spa

MSfacialSpa’s help you develop a healthy lifestyle through relaxation and pamper time. I would not have expected to find a lovely spa tucked away in a tranquil setting in Bryanston. Meridian spa is ideally situated close to William Nicol Drive and many business parks which makes its easy to access.

MSmaniIt has been a privilege to visit Meridian Spa as part of  a select group of bloggers who were invited for some pamper time. As many of you may know, when it comes to massages and facials, there is very little that can drag us ladies away from this :)

We were warmly welcomed by Yolandi and the spa owner Samantha. We were served wheatgrass shots which was so refreshing and quite unusual to me this was the first time I had one on arrival at a spa.

Meridian spa has a relaxed, warm feel with fireplaces and well sized massage rooms. The aquatic colours and the huge fish tank at reception adds to the feel of tranquility.


I was treated to a relaxing foot massage with the Spalicious range of products  and thereafter enjoyed a Dermalogica Microzone treatment. The therapist was really passionate about the brand and explained the treatment with enthusiasm at each step.  It has been a while since I made time for a facial and Dermalogica Microzone treatment left my skin feeling hydrated and moisturized.


Thanks to Yolandi, Samantha and team, Meridian Spa has catered for a variety of beauty needs. Treatments range from Manicures, Massages, Slimming treatments, Skin peels, non-surgical face lifts to Facials. Meridian Spa stocks vegan and organic certified products and well known aesthetic brands like Dermalogica, Spalicious, Esse, Lamelle and Biominceur.

I have no doubt that I need to return to Meridian Spa again very soon.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Meridian Spa’s Wonder Women Special:

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For more info visit:

***Exciting Giveaway***

Meridian Spa has given me 2 Awesome prizes to give away.

1. The Meridian Moments Spa Package is a Half Day Package to the Value of R1430:

Welcome drink and warm aroma infused towel upon arrival

Signature Dew Drop Ritual

Full body Aromatherapy Massage

Relaxation Lounge/Organic Coffee, Tea/Rusks

Hand or Foot Ritual (excludes paint)

Indian Head Massage

Refreshments and Amarula Choccies upon Departure

2. Dermalogica Body Therapy Favorites Kit:

This includes a travel size Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash, Body Hydrating Cream & Stress Relieve Treatment to the value of R550.

To Enter:

All you need to do is follow these two steps:

1.  Follow Meridian Spa on Facebook OR Twitter @meridianspa_za;

2.  Comment below telling me what your favorite treatment is & remember to follow my blog and include your email address.

3. Please share on twitter and facebook and include my twitter handle : @Namritha25

The winners will be drawn on 23 August 2014. Good luck to you :)  Competition is open to residents of JHB.


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Chic Anni King Handbags

I doubt there is a woman who doesn’t love  designer bags . Designer handbags come in every shape, size and colour imaginable and each season brings new `must have` handbags.

The Anni King design is the brain child of Joanna Chen. The Anni King team is enthusiasts when it comes to designing the most exquisite handbags by combining the latest trends in fashion with the most elegant luxury genuine leather.


The Autumn/Winter 2014 collection – The Foreign Affair, is inspired by the love for travel and the aspiration for the unknown. Being in a foreign country and experiencing the mysterious culture with unknown excitement is how designers at Anni King feel each time when designing a new collection of handbags.


The bags & wallets are chic and feminine in a combination of suede & leather. One beautiful piece is all you need to complete your outfit.

This stylish grey bag  can double up as a  weekend / travel bag. Definitely a stunning collection by Anni King!


For more info on stockists, visit:

***One lucky lady can win the gorgeous red wallet ( pictured above), valued at over R1000!

1.Please follow my blog & twitter @ Namritha25.

2. Tweet or FB a pic of your current handbag / wallet telling me what you like about these handbags. Use twitter handles: @AnniKing_ & @Namritha25

3. Please share on FB and Twitter for more chances of winning.

All the best ladies :)



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Mclaren 650S South African Launch

My Eye on the World:

The Launch of Mclaren 650S in South Africa.

Originally posted on CarbonTek:


The Mclaren 650 S – True beauty and sophistication on 4 wheels.

A few months back I had the privileged opportunity to attend the South African launch of the 650 S


“From the peerless 12C to the eagerly awaited McLaren P1, every car we build incorporates race-bred technology, pioneering innovation and our celebrated obsession with detail,” says Mclaren.

The 650S Spider which was revealed to us by Justin Divaris, CEO of the Daytona Group, was in Tarocco Orange. In my opinion, this colour really makes the fast lines of this car stand out (in a crowd of super cars).




To most people a supercar is a car that one uses on “special occasions” or to track days and then to be tucked away in the garage. However being based on the MP12 the 650 S with its every day necessities such as a revised screen based audio system, SAT-NAV, Bluetooth telephony…

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Good Food & Wine Show JHB



If you’re a passionate cook or food lover, you will not want to miss the Good Food & wine show taking place at the Coca-Cola Dome between 31 July – 3 August 2014. With a host of top chefs and the latest trends and tips from the world of food, this is on my list of things to do.

See celebrity chefs in action such as Matt Preston, Lisa and Helen Tse, Buddy Valastro, Reza Mahammad, and Food Network’s Siba Mtongana of Siba’s Table, to name but a few.

Some highlights of the event :

Foods from around the world restaurants – eyes on Indian and Thai cuisine amongst others

Baking is BIG – following the global trend, baking will take centre stage with a kids bake-off area and an adults baking theatre

Regional Wine Tasting Tours- We’ve upped the ante and moved away from the traditional wine walk to a series of tasting pods. Each visitor will receive a free pack of Wine tasting coupons with their wine glass purchase. Coupon booklets cost R20 each thereafter.

Food Champions – featuring local food artisans

Food trucks – streetwise food is given a showcase

Craft beer – featuring local microbreweries and food and beer pairings

Aphrodisiac Cooking – Surprisingly seductive, ingredients that hit the spot.– getting to know what the active ingredients are in our food that help to lift our moods and the awesome flavour combinations that produce desired results – talks and demos and ‘Romancing the Stove’ classes.

Extreme Nutrition – what foods you need to fit the sports scene

Tools for Cooks – a new area dedicated to the best in cooking appliances, utensils and tools to help you get creative in the kitchen – look out for the Cake Boss bakeware being launched at the show

Kyknet Kook- This is a celebration of Afrikaner culture, heritage and food. It features well known Afrikaans celebrities cooking up a storm.

Writers Block- Writers and bloggers and wannabe bloggers will be able unleash their words on all things culinary in the new specially designated Writers’ Block section. Even more inspiration comes in the form of a prize from Yuppiechef to the writer whose copy has been judged the best.

Celebrity Book Signing- Buy a signed copy of your favourite Chef’s cookbook. These are exclusive to The Good Food & Wine Show and in most cases not available in South Africa, so make your way to the Celebrity Book stand after the demo & get your signed copy

Tickets on sale now on or at your nearest Shoprite Checkers. Ticket prices from: R125 per adult | R50 per child under 12 | Free for children under 3

See for more information.

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Stand a chance to win 2 tickets to the Good Food & Wine Show SA happening at the Coca-Cola dome on the 31st July to the 3rd August 2014.

1. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @Namritha25
2. Subscribe to my blog
3. Comment below and Tweet us once you have done all of the mentioned.

Winners will be announced on Monday the 15th of July.

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International Inspiring Women: White Christmas in July


IIWN believes that YOUR core purpose is simple- to love and accept yourself, be your BEST self, and express yourself fully in this world, to do something MEANINGFUL with your life. You’re here to make a difference. Everything else just follows from it.

Come join us on 27th July 2014 at the Michelangelo Hotel

At this White Christmas in July themed event. You will share in the spirit of the joy of giving and receiving and you will leave on a high note so that you can: 

  • Wake up excited about your life every day!
  • Believe in yourself and TRUST your intuition more.
  • Get clarity on your purpose, your raison d’etre, and bring it to life.
  • Brainstorm ways to make your passion a living and make choices that work for you.
  • JUNK the comparison monster and stop wishing you had someone else’s life over yours.
  • Never again be afraid to show the world who you really are- No more hiding. Full self expression.
  • Feel more focused and less confused about what to do next.
  • Stop letting FEAR of failure, rejection, not being enough, life passing by etc, run the show.

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014               Time: 13h45      

Venue: The Michelangelo Hotel, Mandela Square,Sandton

Theme: White

Christmas in July Cost: R450 per ticket (Inclusive of a Decadent Food Buffet, Goodie Bags and Entertainment ) 

Often do you think of….

Oh, what I’d give to find a wonderful group of people who GOT me, really understood and accepted me as I was as we journeyed together to find new ways of being; design our lives based on values and purpose; bounce ideas off; let go of fears; draggy thoughts; and failures keeping us back… a safe place to share my inner and outer journey, support them in theirs, and be supported by them… IIWN awaits you on the red carpet to embrace YOU!

Limited Seating Available and Payment confirms your booking!

Banking Details: Bank: 

Standard Bank Acc: Blueprint Int , Acc Nr: 421480432

Branch:    Fourways Crossing , B. Code: 009953 ,   Ref: 1st name & Surname

Contact Details:  Anusha Singh   Tel: 0116560718,  Cell: 0824401125



**Win** 2 tickets to this event .

1. Follow @Namritha25 and @IInspiringWomen on twitter

2. Please share this post and comment below on how you inspire others.



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Fathers Day at The Maslow Hotel

This Father’s Day, spoil Dad with good food and live music overlooking the Oasis garden at the Lacuna Bistro at The Maslow Hotel.

The sumptuous menu below is what you and Dad can enjoy. My personal favorites are the Sticky Spare Ribs with Bell Pepper Basting and the sweet and spicy Chicken. Best ribs I have tasted! Don’t forget the Mocha Crème Brûlée which is definitely a winner.

Salmon Gravadlax with Beetroot Relish
Beef Carpaccio with Truffle Cream
Classic Panzanella in Rye
Salt and Pepper Calamari Salad
Nicoise style Pasta Salad
Five-spice Duck Salad
Cobb Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Harissa Chicken and Cous Cous Salad
Salad Greens with House Dressing
Roasted Parsnip Soup with Cheesy Croutons
Bakers Bread Selection
Prime Rib of Beef with Horseradish Sauce and Yorkshire Pudding
Roast Leg of Lamb with Minted Bread Sauce
Sticky Baby Back Pork Spare Ribs with Bell Pepper Basting
Sweet and Spicy Beer Can Chicken
Lamb Curry with Atchar
Oxtail Pot
Baked Seafood Pie
Pan-roasted Kingklip with Smoked Tomato Gravy
Roast Potatoes
Pilaf Rice
Cauliflower and Broccoli Gratin
Honey Buttered Sweet Potatoes Wedges
Caramelized Butternut Crumble
Roasted Vegetable Kebabs
Mint Caipirinha Fruit Salad
Apple and Pear Tarte Tatin
Bread and Butter Pudding with Jack Daniels sauce
Banofie Pie
Passion Fruit Cheesecake
Mocha Crème Brûlée
Artisanal Cheeseboard
R350 pp

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On Arrival, all guests on Father’s day will receive a complimentary single malt Macallan , a shot on the rocks for each and a Goodie bag with Maslow branded goodies.

The Beer garden with will include brands like : Jack Black, Devils Peak, Soweto Gold, Grolsch and Peroni.  All Beer can be sampled and purchased at the stand and Dad stands a chance of winning some magnificent prizes, including an overnight stay at Suncity :)

Bookings are essential , so call : 010 226 4600

***Win : 5 lucky readers stand the chance of winning a Lacuna Board compliments of The Maslow hotel. As seen below in pic with Chef DallasOrr and Miss SA

Miss SA Lacuna board

Simply comment below with your fathers day message and share this post on twitter and facebook the following:

“I want to win with @TheMaslowhotel and @Namritha25 “

Winners must be able to collect prize from Sandton.


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