Dr Priya Virmani's The Smallest Stories to Extraordinary creates waves in Parliament

Wednesday 20th July 2022 14:46 EDT
A conversation on the life-affirming themes of the book, The Smallest Stories to Extraordinary, by Dr Priya Virmani was held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 28 June 2022. The book is a collection of true stories that turn trying times into a celebration of life. The foreword is written by Bollywood actor, Vivek Oberoi.Hosted by MP Bob Blackman, the event was attended by cross-party members of parliament. It was set to dance and music and the artists were some of the best in the U.K. including Kuchidupi dancer Arunima Kumar, contemporary dancer Nandita Shankardass and flautist Gaurav Uniyal.Dignitaries included business stalwarts led by American/French entrepreneur and artist JT Besins, leaders from the charity sector, people from the world of music and entertainment and sports stars including Olympian Jennifer Stoute.  Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi and Indian football star Bhaichung Bhutia joined by a video from India. Dr Virmani thanked MP Virendra Sharma for his wholehearted support. Dr Priya Virmani spoke about how happiness remains elusive despite 'being happy' being a primary goal for each one. She attributed this to a culture that is geared to create pleasure as compared to creating joy and bliss that are longer lasting.  She narrated stories from Vedic philosophy which resonated well with guests. JT Besins read an excerpt from a story in the book about Paint Our World, the children's charity Priya founded in India and pledged his support to the powerful work the charity does to empower children on streets and railway stations.  A sattvic vegan meal created by India's first Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar was served.Supporters included luxury well-being brands, Ilapothecary, TWG teas and  ICICI Bank UK. 

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