Princess R Lakshman
writer / speaker / life coach / facilitator / counsellor / poet / traveller / soon-to-be qualified clinical nutritionist
I am all of these and I am none of these. In my ever-evolving search for truth, I commit to living my purpose - to read, write, speak and travel under the guidance of my truth. They say a writer's life is solitary. I say my writing life is where I am in company with all that was and all that is to come. Most importantly, it is also where I experience the now.
The Girl Child
The Girl Child is a story of Priya, a Fijian-Indian, who marries Gurveer and moves continents, embracing Punjab, his North Indian home state, as her new home. Moving away from her family seems like a perfect solution for Priya to bury her childhood memories of rejection when she was born a girl. But when Priya discovers she is pregnant her past returns to haunt her, and she comes face to face with a society where female foeticide is as common as a game of cricket.
Tall, Dark and N.R.I
Reema Arora, peppy Punjabi beauty settles for an arranged marriage with Australian dude, Amarjit Singh. When Reema's visa to Australia doesn't arrive she goes against her family's wishes and takes off to Sydney to find Amarjit. What awaits her Down Under is a life of quirky flat mates, betraying in-laws who have no clue about Amarjit's whereabouts, and a new love!
This is a yet to be produced Bollywood film original screenplay.
The Soul Speaks
Collection of poems. Releasing early 2020
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(Amatulla D, Australia)
" I attended the Muslimah Mind Matters Self-Care workshop by Iqra, and would like to say there were a few moments which provided a mind switch for me to begin to change some of my negative, reactive thinking patterns.
It reminded me, after I had forgotten as a busy mum, how effective getting my thoughts out on paper can truly be in allowing me to truly listen to myself as a good friend does, and organise the inner ramblings of my mind and life!
Hearing from other strong women who were brave enough to share their own struggles and vulnerabilities put my heart in a place of deeper connection with others and somehow, my own inner self. This is something that we don't necessarily get in our everyday interractions.. a moment to just be totally real, without feeling any pressure to go into detail openly, but rather use the session as a launching pad for some well needed gratefulness and problem-solving through inner reflection and support from trustworthy others.
Sister Iqra, is a beautifully imperfect, hilarious, genuinely compassionate role model, perfect for demonstrating how life's downs can be turned into something wonderful with some self reflection and seeking inspiration from the signs around us."
"Now I write regularly in my journal. Thank you, Sister Iqra, for introducing me to writing in the most beautiful way. It has helped me so much."
I"I've attended several of sister Iqra's workshops.
I've found so much benefit in them alhamdulillah and absolutely love how well organised they are. The workshops are always followed up with extra learning material and support from sis Iqra. She is truly a kind and generous soul and so in tune with meeting the needs of Muslimah's Allaahumma baarik laha. She's incredibly articulate and I thoroughly enjoy reading her weekly articles and publications on the Muslimah Mind Matters website. May Allah subhaanahu wata aala continue to bless our community with the services sis Iqra provides ameen."
"I would definitely recommend anyone to go to Aunty Iqra's workshops. I enjoyed the "Mother & Daughter" workshop because my mum and I bonded so much. We really appreciate each other even more now. I especially loved the little messages in the bottle activity. Thank you Aunty Iqra ❤"
(Nooriyah K. 12yrs)
"Thank you sister Iqra for the Self-care workshop.I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was Very professional as well as down to earth keeping everyone comfortable in a caring environment. Your sence of humour,warm nature,wealth of knowledge kept everyone motivated and engaged with eachother within the activities. It was a pleasant experience which touched my heart. You have a great stage presentation and look forward to attending your retreat workshop."
What an asset you are to our community, especially in this day & age. You have an amazing style in imparting ideas that brings so much of inspiration to the human soul.
Your understanding of the Human Psyche, consciousness & awareness to the Almighty is always put into perspective to achieve a positive end result. Subhanallah.
I sense your intention to bring about Peace, Love & Harmony among the creation of Allah is absolute.
May Allah Bless you in your endeavours with Baraka."
(Fouzia Peer, Australia)
"Sister Princess (Iqra) , an amazing and inspiring speaker and journalist who has touched the hearts of many people. Her dedication and work is commendable.
My first journaling session with her was very therapeutic. It gave me the opportunity to explore my internal experiences, thoughts and feelings. It also made me realise that writing allows one to confront their feelings on a very personal level, an intimate secret between you and a piece of paper or a journal !
I have had the privilege to participate in some of sister Iqra's workshops and it has been a wonderful experience and opportunity for me.
I hope she continues the great work she is doing in sha Allah."
(Angela Ishaq, Australia)
“The Muslimah Mind Matters Self-Care guide has been theutmost highlight of my regular routine, and the Positive Teen Muslimah program has encouraged my younger sister on positive affirmations.
As for my younger sister, the Positive Muslimahprogram, which was completed over the summer break, provided activities for her to do in her own pace. Over the 6 week course, my sister has became more aware of herself, and found ways to build upconfidence within herself. Transitioning into high school this year was a daunting experience, however reflecting back on the program, she easily picked up the confidence and continues to embrace herself-esteem :)
Now my turn! As Iqra quotes “Self-Care is notan option – it is a vital necessity”. I am guilty of placing self-care as an option or not even an option for a very long time. As a result, I have come to realise that overtime I became heavilystressed over everything, extremely exhausted, I felt negative and sometimes even lose my purpose. With the guidance of the Self-Care guide, I have learnt to be aware of this issue, and found ways toimprove aspects of my life. Aspects I have improved on are:
The time I spend with Allah (swt), and just having faithand patience
Mentally training my brain with the help ofbreathing techniques
Focusing on a positive morning and eveningroutine
Actively engaging myself in physical exercise(even as little as going for a walk)
‘You are you eat’ – eating a balanceddiet
Surrounding yourself with positive people thatwill uplift you and not drag you down.
Reflecting on the good, and ways toimprove
Adopting these regular habits didn’t happenovernight and happened over a period of months as it was a process. Even till now, I still am continuously progressing to improving myself. Alhumdullilah I have become a positive person, my emotionsare stabilised, and I feel healthier. The simple yet great impact of Self-Care has made my life more joyous, I have confidence in tackling day to day routines, and my life has become more meaningfulwith a greater purpose! I will continue to improve myself In Sha Allah!
Jazakallah Iqra for being such a beautifulinspiration, and a ray of sunshine, and thank you for the support of your program. I cannot thank you enough on how much I have improved over the past couple of months. May Allah (swt) reward you,bless you with all the abundance and strength to continue to inspire many many more people.
May every star shine its light upon you:)
Lots of Love.”
Princess facilitates journaling therapy workshops for private groups and corporate clients. Writing for Wellbeing allows you to experience
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Your writing is never wrong. You are never wrong.
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About Princess R Lakshman
Aside from being a prolific writer and truth seeker, Princess is an engaging and interactive speaker and facilitator. She designs and facilitates Writing for Wellbeing programs for individuals and organisations. Her purpose in life is to help people find clarity in life and live authentically, live their true purpose.
Princess works closely with Queensland Police female officers to facilitate awareness about Domestic and Family Violence in CALD Muslim communities.
Princess also founded Muslimah Mind Matters, a global platform for Muslim women across the world to cultivate a daily practice of self-care, clarity of mind and holistic wellbeing. She designs and facilitates workshops, events and retreats for Muslimahs worldwide.
Her rich life experiences and her craft of writing have equipped her with empathy and skills that are vital for facilitating these workshops.
She speaks five languages and works extensively with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia and overseas. She is an author, screenwriter, freelance writer, proofreader, workshop facilitator, clarity coach, bi-cultural worker and a qualified trainer and assessor, journalist and a Remedial Massage Therapist.
By the grace of GOD, she has survived a traumatic childhood, a violent marriage, depression and a brain tumour. She dedicates her life now to Healing Words Therapy and Muslimah Mind Matters.
Princess's debut novel, 'The Girl Child', was launched in 2007 in India, Australia and NZ. She was nominated for Best Screenwriter in the HotMedia Film Festival in Washington D.C, USA, for her original screenplay for a short film entitled 'Butterfly Wings' .
She contributes regular columns and feature articles on self-care, mental wellbeing and natural therapies appear to magazines and e-zines worldwide.
Her goal in life is to advocate for the freedom of those who are oppressed in the prison of their own mind. She teaches how to use writing to heal, empower and find clarity in order to live authentically.