The Begums of Shahjahanabad: A celebration of the women of Delhi
Max Institute of Cancer Care, Lajpat Nagar in partnership with INTACH Foundation, organized – The Begums of Shahjahanabad – a heritage walk for women cancer survivors, today. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the walk brought together the strong women of our present – our heroic cancer survivors – in a journey of exploration of Delhi’s powerful women. A group of 25 women cancer patients spent an exhilarating day retracing the footsteps of the powerful women of Delhi.
The heritage walk was a part of Max Healthcare’s ‘Beyond Care’ initiative, which recognizes the importance of holistic care, outside the hospital environment that can play a strong role in healing and faster recovery.
Speaking about the idea behind the initiative, Dr. P.K. Julka, Senior Director – Max Institute of Cancer Care, Lajpat Nagar said “We have observed that an integrative approach to treatment – which covers not just the medical procedures but also comprehensive care measures like attention to nutrition, wellness therapies like yoga and meditation, counselling and sharing quality time with other patients have been very effective in healing. Initiatives like heritage walk have a strong impact on diffusing the psychosis around Cancer.”
Max Institute of Cancer Care has been running a caner volunteer programme with the theme “Together We Can”. The idea behind this programme is to bring together the cancer patients as well as the survivors so that they get a platform for networking as well as knowledge sharing which provides an emotional support to the patients and their families.
Ms. Radhika Manaktala, a cancer survivor shared, “As cancer patients, we realize that it is not only the physical symptoms but also the emotional vulnerability which gives rise to anxiety and depression that becomes a barrier in one’s recovery. We are glad that on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Max Institute of Cancer Care, Lajpat Nagar through this heritage walk has provided us the opportunity to share our story with more women who are battling the disease and thus, draw strength from each other
The walk, which began at 7:45 a.m. today, included a visit to the grave of Razia Sultan (the only woman ruler of the Delhi sultanate), the mosque built by Mubarak Begum (the wife of David Ochterlony, the British Resident of Delhi in the early 19th century), the haveli of Zeenat Mahal (the wife of Bahadur Shah Zafar) and Fatehpuri Masjid (built by Shahjahan’s wife, Fatehpuri Begum).