Malayali women exchange Covid-19 trauma and lessons

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Auckland, July 11, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 4.30 pm (NZT)

Sincy Maneesh, Jennifer Joseph and Dr Molly Shaji at the ‘Chit Chat Chaaya’ (Picture Supplied)

 

Covid-19 pandemic, the resultant lockdown and alert levels and how families coped with the difficult times were among the topics discussed by the Women’s Wing of Auckland Malayali Samajam at its recent meeting.

The programme, called, ‘Chit Chat with Chaaya’ (Tea Meeting), held at the New Lynn Community Centre on June 19, 2021 witnessed many energetic participants.

Kalpana Govind, Manager, Psychological Services at the Department of Corrections and Motivational Speaker and Author Yumi Takagi were the main speakers at the event.

Unprecedented and unimaginable

Samajam President Soby Bernard Thomas said that the event was an initiative of Joint Secretary Kavitha Raj and the Women’s Wing to bring together Malayali women to share their stories and experiences.

Other members of the Committee who were involved with the Programme were Reneesha Faizal, Sangeetha Menon, Sonia Thomas and Arti Raveendran.

“Covid-19 has affected our lives in unimaginable ways and has seen many members of our Malayali fraternity being hugely affected by the pandemic. Border closures meant not being able to visit loved ones before they passed on and not being able to take part in the rituals.   It was heart-warming to see all of the attendees opening up and sharing their personal stories on how they managed to navigate through these difficult times,” Kavitha said.

Kalpana Govind (Photo from LinkedIn)

 

Malayali hospitality

She said that the participants warmed their relationship with typical Kerala snacks including Pazhampori (Banana fritter) and Pathiri (Pancake made of Rice flour), prepared by Members (Neethu and her mother).

“Sincy Maneesh demonstrated her love for culinary art and designing potted plants with a stall at the venue. She has donated the proceeds of the sales at the Stall to the Breast Cancer Foundation,” Kavitha said.

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