Do you ever connect to a person or a thing just because they belong to the same place as yours?
I do. New Age Kashmir received a message a few days back, sharing with us a piece of very useful information and a beautiful request. It said-
“I am a Kashmiri girl, studying in Mumbai to achieve my dream of becoming a fashion designer. Like every other enthusiastic- passion driven girl, I was looking forward to buying a bag for my internship that would begin as soon as this summer vacation hit the year.
As my window shopping continued, I came across a brand named SHAKA on Amazon App.
And guess what? Shaka turned out to be a brand founded by three Kashmiri women from Anantnag. Anantnag. My home. Can you at your platform, New Age Kashmir” introduce Shaka? It will be an all-time proud feeling for Kashmiris around the globe.”
And we, adhered!
Here are all the details that one needs to know about Shaka
SHAKA is co-founded by Kashmiri sisters Shaka, Sipika and Seema Bhat, who belong to Anantnag, Jammu, and Kashmir. They found Shaka in April 2018, meaning that it will complete a year this April. Shaka is a luxury brand that features organizer bags for women which comprise of Corporate bags, All day casual bags, Party slings, Classic totes, Wristlets wallets, etc. The bags are carefully designed and handcrafted for working women.
About the Founders
Shaka, “The Co-Founder and Business Head” is the namesake of the brand. With an ebullient personality, Shaka has had a decade long experience in lifestyle products. She is the designer and the person responsible for the flow of manufacturing. Her keen eyes and unique designing mind has created these gorgeous bags at Shaka that are highly compatible with carrying a large number of things to the workplace and in the day to day life. She is the backbone of the company.
Seema is the eldest of the three Bhat sisters, naturally, she is termed as a motherly and helpful figure by the people associated with Shaka. She is based in Canada and is a professional woman who has gone through the struggles faced by upwardly professional women in their daily lives. She serves as the “Co-Founder and Creative Head” of Shaka and takes care of the imagination involved in the making of bags.
The youngest of three, Sipika is the Co-Founder and Operation Head of Shaka. Sipika stands for the youthfulness, style, and exuberance of the brand. She is the content writer, social media manager, the operation head and an all-rounder. She fills the team with her dedicated self and sense of purpose of solving the problems of professional women at work.
Purpose of Bhat Sisters
All the three sisters came together to bring up Shaka as a brand that would solve the problem of women who face problems due to unorganized bags. Shaka is the answers to all their prayers. The bags at Shaka are designed properly with separate sleeves and attachments for laptop, keys, charger, pen, makeup kit, etc. The bags are made with genuine leather and are designed keeping in mind the need for space that a woman looks for in the bag. Sipika and Seema call Shaka the baby of their middle sister Shaka that all three of them are bringing up together and call it “a bag for women, by women”.
Where can you find bags from SHAKA
With a price range from ₹6,000 to ₹16,000, the bags are available on e-commerce website Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/ref=nav_logo) and the official website of the brand (https://shakaonline.com/). Shaka is also looking forward to expanding its offline reach across the top metro cities.
We wish all the luck to the Bhat sister and hope that their brand Shaka reaches great heights.
“Radio is the theatre of the mind” -Steve Allen
On television, people can see it and on radio you’ve got to create it.It gives birth to a million images in million brains. Some people start their day by turning on their favorite radio channels while doing the household chores or on their way to work or even gossiping on a tea stall. It is so fascinating that just by listening to somebody you create a special connection that unknowingly becomes a part of their life.
There are many female voices that have managed to connect to the people of Kashmir and have become the talk of the town. Let’s see who all are there in the list that has created a home in the heart of the people.
She is a 24-year old, who is the first woman radio jockey in Kashmir. She lives in Charari Sharief town in Budgam district. She has hosted many local programs and is now a quite popular name in households of Kashmir. Rafia is a 2016 pass out from the Media Education and Research Centre in the University of Kashmir. Before that she was enrolled in journalism. She had hosted a show called Good Morning Jammu and Kashmir on Doordarshan which used to air debates on social issues. Later, through some audition she got selected as an RJ.
“In February 2018, I got selected for Radio Jockeying. I received proper training in Chandigarh from the radio station. With my program, I try to entertain people and take away all their tensions, sadness and tiredness,” she said.
She is a resident of Srinagar. Now, she works for Radio Mirchi. Before joining it, she did her post graduation in journalism. She has also worked as an anchor for Home Shop 18, Doordarshan and then as a reporter in CNN-IBN.
“I have interviewed people who have fought tough situations like depression and made a name for themselves in different fields. Theirs are inspirational stories which motivate others to have a positive approach towards life,” says Mehak.
Her show starts with ray of sunshine that is bouncing back on Dal Lake. One of the segment of her is show is Khush Khabar in which she has to give some good news to the listeners. She regularly interacts with her listeners to hear their problems and engages experts to provide solutions for them.
She is born and brought up in Zaina Kadal. She is popularly known as RJ Haya. She completed her BBA and then joined 92.7 Big FM. She was always interested in music and was very active in cultural programs in her school days. She used to listen a lot of Radio and she thinks her destiny bought her here. Then, she took a big break of about four years and now she is back with a bang!
She hosts a popular morning show where she talks about the problems which people are facing and about the achievements of women.
“We used to raise the question, and I can say that by the grace of God, most of the problems people have raised on my show have been solved,” said the RJ.
These female RJs are a beacon of light and hope for all Kashmiris. Their voices and determination will inspire the Kashmiri youth to pursue their dreams, for generations to come!