Shalini Bhalla-Lucas is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, speaker, teacher/trainer and the founder of Just Jhoom! – a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness programme, with classes available nationwide. She is also an accredited Mindfulness and Meditation teacher – teaching people highly-effective, proven techniques to help combat stress, anxiety and depression. She is currently training to be an End of Life Doula.
Shalini self-published her first book “Always With You – A true story of love, loss…and hope” in July 2018. In October 2018 it became a No 1 Amazon Bestseller.
“Online Dating @ 40 – The Nobheads, Nutjobs & Nice Guys” Shalini’s second book was published in February 2019.
Shalini has performed all over the world and has had TV appearances on ITV’s Daybreak, Channel 4s Sunday Brunch and the BBC, as well as on numerous radio stations. She has been featured in publications such as RED magazine, Top Sante and Dance Today, discussing dance and Just Jhoom! but has also been called upon to discuss how she beat depression with dance, meditation and mindfulness.
As a result, of being so open about her depression, Shalini was chosen to be one of ten people in the country to be a “Voice of MIND” – campaigning for better mental health provision in the UK, and has spoken in the Houses of Parliament to MPs about wellbeing and resilience to Mental Health problems as well as on a roundtable discussion for the Huffington Post and at the IAPT Therapist Convention 2015.
In 2013 Shalini won the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in Arts and Culture (in association with RBS) and was recently named as “One of 20 Female Entrepreneurs Energising Britain” by Real Business. In January 2012 she won the local Business Accelerator Award through the Surrey Advertiser, and was also included in the 2009 Young Business Leaders edition of Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Elite and the Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Leaders 2010 and 2011. In January of 2016 Just Jhoom! was shortlisted as one of six finalists at the inaugural Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards.
Always With You – A true story of love, loss…and hope (ISBN-13: 978-1721800629) – Buy Online from Amazon UK
Online Dating @ 40 – The Nobheads, Nutjobs & Nice Guys (ISBN: 9781795114240) – Buy Online from Amazon UK
Always With You – A true story of love, loss…and hope
At 21, Shalini Bhalla knew where she was heading in life.
Born into a successful Indian family in Kenya, Shalini – at university in England – was preparing to one day take over the family business. Everything was mapped out… until she met and fell in love with her English neighbour, Jeremy. Then her world turned upside down.
For the first time in her life she found herself at odds with her parents and was faced with an agonising choice: to follow her heart or to submit to her parents’ wishes.
Shalini’s decision would take her on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery – one that took in family estrangement, severe depression, spiritual and physical renewal, devastating loss and, finally, hope.
Always With You is the gripping and inspiring story of one woman who found the strength and courage to carve out her own path…
Above all it is a testament to the power of love.
Online Dating @ 40 – The Nobheads, Nutjobs & Nice Guys
Widowed at 40, Shalini suddenly found herself alone and craving companionship and intimacy. So, at 42, she decided to venture into the interesting, complicated and sometimes murky world of online dating.
Over the course of seven months, Shalini spoke to over 50 men, dated 21 of them and found online dating to be an education! She learnt so much about men – and more importantly – so much about herself. It was a time of fun, laughter and sometimes despair. But mostly it was a journey of self-discovery, renewed confidence and self-growth.
Online Dating @ 40 is Shalini’s second book and is an honest and candid account of her experiences that promise to make you laugh out loud, feel her pain, and be inspired by her courage.
Above all it is a testament to the knowledge that we all have the strength to move forward no matter what life throws our way.
Pitch to Publishers & Festival Organisers
Shalini Bhalla-Lucas is a confident, engaging speaker – who draws the audience in – no matter what their age.
Drawing from her books and blog (based on her life experiences), she uses storytelling and dance to talk about subjects as varied as bereavement, depression, mindfulness, entrepreneurship, Indian culture and dance.
Often she will involve the audience members in an interactive activity – bringing her books to life!
Shalini really does bring something different to every book reading, panel discussion and book signings.
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