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Posted On January 17, 2012By Parvati MagazineIn February 2012 - Love, Music

Music: Celebrating Love, by Rishi Gerald

Love is likely one of the greatest inspirations for musical artists, so when I was asked to write this month’s column on love, I too felt inspired. Here are a few of my favourite love songs categorized into love of the divine, innocent love, love for life, friendship love, relationship love and, to honour St. Valentine, romantic love. Love Of The Divine George Harrison was a Krishna devotee who wrote many love songs in his career; one of my all-time favourites is the commercial pop song that celebrates a longingRead More
Canada’s sustainable fashion growth is a healthy sign of the times. With easily more than 50 Canadian designers now working various sustainable practices into their collections, it was difficult to highlight just these five. Canada has seen tremendous growth in the number of eco fashion designers over the past few years. The following designers represent both those who have been leading the movement in Canada, and also some up-and-comers that you should be watching. Their winter collections are sure to impress even the most discerning. Nicole Bridger, Vancouver Nicole was theRead More
In January, the fast pace, bright lights, luxurious meals and energetic parties associated with the holidays and New Year’s Eve give way to simpler, quieter days – still with early nightfall and (at least in Canada) freezing cold. The warmth of summer can feel a long way away. As we do our best in this time to focus on our goal, or on some new resolutions, we may be in need of some regular nourishment for our spirits. It is good to do something every day that brings joy, quietsRead More
“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” Eat Pray Love (2010) I found Eat Pray Love to be one of the most powerful movies I saw in 2010. In fact, at the end and throughout the entire credits I couldn’t stop crying. I was deeply affected because there were so many parallels in the story with my own life transitions at the time. The foundations of my home and my direction in life and career had been shaken up just like the heroine named Liz. In herRead More
“You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.” Inception (2010) I believe based on my experience that what I want already exists. I just have to focus on it. Proof of this came on the opening night screening of Inception. A friend and I chose to see the movie at a theatre outside of Toronto, so we left by car 90 minutes before the film start time. Unfortunately it was rush hour with multiple road repairs and a public event causing the traffic we were in. Every directionRead More
Fashion Takes Action, the company founded by our Fashion columnist Kelly Drennan (who recently won TreeHugger’s “Best of Green” Best Style Twitter Feed), has launched a new initiative called Resizing Fashion’s Footprint. Fashion Takes Action has said, “Our ultimate vision is to see the fashion industry transformed – with the practices of sustainability stitched in to every garment, shoe, and accessory, from fiber to finish. We encourage our members to be active players in this transformation by supporting them with the tools, ideas, and community they need to create prosperityRead More
2011 has been a year of incredible friction. We are nearing a global economic recession and the immediate future may not seem promising. People have lost hope, and anger seems to be on the rise. We have also seen 2011 as a year of incredible uprising, hope and transformation. The Syrian youth want change and have used the Internet to interconnect and speak in a united voice. But it isn’t just the Syrian youth who are marching for equality and freedom. Millions of people in the so-called developed countries areRead More
Continued from Part 1.  The new single Charlie Brown, which was released in late November, is sure to be a Coldplay fan favourite. It has urgency and lyrical style similar to the classic Springsteen anthem Born To Run. Chris Martin sings about cars, boys and girls, the fire of youth and the possibility of turning darkness into brilliant light. But where Springsteen’s song was straight-up rock’n’roll, Charlie Brown has a much more indie/major sound and orchestral feel, complete with swells and bare sections, such as you might find on anRead More
Over the past few years we have witnessed the exponential growth of sustainable fabrics. This is a movement, not a trend. Organic cotton, hemp, tencel, recycled polyester and organic wool are gaining popularity, evidenced on the international runways and in fashion media. By now most of us are familiar with the advantages of sustainable fabrics that include fewer toxic chemicals by reducing the amount of textiles dumped into our landfills and producing in a closed loop environment. But consumers are still largely dependent on non-sustainable fabrics like Polyester, Lycra, SpandexRead More
Eczema is actually one of the most common skin ailments I deal with, and it is so mistreated. I think this stems from the fact that dermatologically we don’t really know what it is and have come to no real conclusions as to its cause. Usually, a dermatologist will just send you home with a prescription for cortisone – which unfortunately is a steroid that suppresses your immune response and thins your skin over time. It’s also a confusing condition because it is expressed in so many different ways. SomeRead More