Samman Association

All of us had a great time at Dr. Shah’s home today.  We began the meeting with a prayer – Shruti played a Carnatic raga on the violin and sang as well. Shruti has come down from the US to play at a concert in Tamil Nadu and we were fortunate to have her with us.  Dr. Pravina Shah then took us down memory lane explaining how the first national epilepsy day and the performance choreographed by Archana Palekar led to the formation of the support group and the activities that started thereafter.  Members were very happy to meet with Archana Palekar. After introduction, members were asked to play ‘antakshri’ which they happily did till Melvin sang “Laila o Laila”.  At which point I asked Mahesh Naik to dance to the number and he said he would if I would be his Laila! After which everyone ended up dancing – even those who were initially making a fuss!  Of course, a meeting at Dr. Shah’s home had to end with delicious food and happy faces! We rock guys!!!

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3 Samman support group meetings are now held every month. At Bandra we had a meeting on 25th August where Pranik healers came and gave a demo. They have agreed to conduct a level 1 training course for us at Bandra for a minimum of 8 persons.

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The Samman Manav Kalyan Group also had their meeting on the 25th where among other things they continued with yogic breathing.
31st August there was a meeting at Fortis Hospital Mulund where Dr. Shah reports they had an interactive meeting – a housie game where winners had to give a thought provoking message, the theme being Happiness.
Will keep you posted on dates of the next 3 meetings.

Hi everyone. Another Sunday 12th Aug 2018 …well spent at the farmhouse at Pen conducting the medical camp which started by 9am and was attended by approx 100 patients . Here I must add that some of our patients have shown a remarkable improvement with regular compliance and have even become parents …below is the picture of one of our regular patients Bhagwan with his daughter….

I guess it is experiences like this that keep us motivated to continue what we are doing as somewhere we know that as an Association we are adding value to the society in whatever little way we can .

The lovely weather just made the place look greener than ever and the weather and the lovely home cooked food took the excitement to an all new level!

….looking forward to the next camp on 18th Nov 2018…

Pooja Nandi

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On this occasion, Samman would like to express its gratitude to all the people who have helped nurture this organization and be epilepsy advocates. However, we would especially like to give our thanks to Dr. Pravina Shah.  Dr. Shah your profuse contribution has indeed made a difference to our lives; your continued guidance and help not only to us but also to our families has given us so much happiness. Your role in Samman’s journey holds great significance and like a true Guru, you took us under your wings only to enable us fly high.  Your simplicity, modesty and most of all your cheerful smile reflect your magnanimous personality and we are thrilled to have you as an integral part of Samman. Thank You Dr. Shah, we are indebted to You!  You truly are a remover of darkness! – Samman Support Group Members

P.S. – On this day we also remember Mr. Ushakant Shah and are thankful for his support as well.


21st July 2108 started off as a beautiful rainy day with us not being sure whether we should have the meeting or not … but thankfully the rains subsided and we had the meeting @2:30pm at ADAPT.  We had 13 members present discussing the topic which was “PURPOSE OF LIFE”.  Wow what a meaningful topic …what emerged were some lovely insights, everyone has their own meaning of purpose.

The senior members of the group are happy doing what they do and giving back whatever, they can in whichever form, that to them is their purpose …for one of the members getting over anger was the purpose.  While the seniors were sorted, the juniors amongst us seemed confused about their purpose, mostly confusing it with work or goals or materialistic things….  besides Anura who said constant self improvement was her purpose in life.

Important points that came out of the discussion was one can have multiple purposes and not a single one. All of us need to get over our fear, be positive make small changes in life to keep us busy. Our thoughts get translated into actions and come back to us. Therefore, it is very important to think positive and be positive. Most importantly we are responsible for our own happiness and only we have the power to make ourselves truly happy.

Carol summarised the meeting saying that being yourself without any masks and being a good human being can be a strong foundation and in the course of the journey every individual shall evolve. She referred to the book ‘Conversations with God’ and talks by Neale Donald Walsch which helped her get a greater understanding of life’s purpose.

Besides the above Ashwini has started drawing again and she showed the murals made by her to all the members, Anura and Karina spoke about their love for pets, Neetu narrated a funny story about a guy she met recently, Tasneem said she was considering gaining employment and Sheela about how she is the treasurer of her building Ganpati which is completing 90 years this year.

The meeting ended with hot samosas and tea; all had a lovely time and we are so looking forward to the next meeting………Pooja Nandi

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At yesterday’s clinic 30 patients made it through pouring rain. Our team of neurologists and Samman supporters began the clinic at 9 am, They found the greenery around the place most soothing and came back to Mumbai feeling refreshed and happy at time well spent!

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Dr. Priyanka Pandey conducted the 4th Manav  Samman meeting on 30th July 2018. The topic was management of epilepsy through yoga. Yoga, an integral part of Indian culture and heritage, is said to bestow good health - physical, mental and spiritual - on the practitioner. There are various types of yoga involving postural exercises (asanas), breath control (pranayama) and meditation. She discussed the astang marg of yoga which includes the eight steps of yoga as follows:

yama, niyam. asana, pranayaam, dhyaan, dharna, samadhi

She also explained how Sahaja yoga, a simple form of meditation, reduced seizures and EEG changes in people with epilepsy. The effect of meditation was attributed to a reduction in the level of stress and enhance the mental and physical health of patients. All the members listened careful and practiced all the yogic asana according to the instructions given by Dr. Priyanka. At the end of session all the members reflected on their experience of the yoga session.


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