"Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
On this bright and sunny morning, as I sit nestled in the spiritual and cultural capital of Bhutan, at the Swiss Guest House in Bumthang, my heart is torn whether to write to you about the various pink maharani initiatives and its promising progress all over India OR of the current saddening state of Kashmir.
My gaze drifts around the beautiful valleys of Bumthang baring stark similarity to the Kashmiri valleys, which is currently being bombed and shelled, by both Indian and Pakistani military forces, after the recent suicide attack on the 14. Feb killing 40 Indian soldiers. I try hard to hold back tears as I think of the families of the soldiers and countless others who have lost their lives since 1947. I have been to Srinagar (and its surrounding villages) many times ever since founding pink maharani, also at times of turmoil and civil unrest, always hoping the situation to get better. But when you read sentences like, ''Better than the last 30 years is to have a seven-day war and finish this issue for once and all" excerpt from the Guardian article, you have to stop and wonder, the degree of hopelessness. I don’t have a concrete answer to the Kashmir crisis, no one really does I think, otherwise this would be for the history books.
I believe the highest need for the soul at moments like these, however intangible, are love and hope, as Maya Angelou rightly said “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” The work we do with pink maharani, directly engaging weavers and women embroiderers, providing them with regular sustainable income and more importantly a possibility, is the right way forward. We do this work persistently and fearlessly, with much love, light and hope. We at pink maharani will do everything in our power to continue to work, support and enable our artisans in Kashmir. We ask you to stand with us in solidarity for our producers and artisans, who like you and me are people, with families, hopes and dreams for peace and stability.
You are invited to our La Collective event on the 07. March 17:00 – 21:00 at Rue Docteur Alfred Vincent 10, Geneva, to share this spirit with fellow participating brands.
Show your solidarity by investing in a pink maharani product to support our work or donate or more importantly speak aloud/ discuss about this “misunderstood” state, as it has so much potential and beauty to share with the world.
Online donations can be made directly to our paypal account OR directly to the account
IBAN CH85 0900 0000 3167 8596 9
We will inform you in our next newsletter, how much donation was collected and how to wisely use this contribution in line with our work for the Kashmiri artisans.
My flight to Srinagar, capital of Kashmir is in a few days. Considering the current situation, several worried texts from family, friends and clients, I am yet to decide to go or not. More to follow in my next letter to you.
Warmly from the mountains of Bhutan,