Indo-American Arts Council Presents Wedding Fung Shui

New York, NY. Laura Lau, the daughter of best-selling author Theodora Lau who married into the Indian Karmarkar family, read excerpts from her book at an Indo-American Arts Council-sponsored book launch Feb. 7 at the contemporary Asian Aicon Gallery in New York City’s Soho. Ayesha Bibi served as the moderator for the evening.

The book has just become available on-line and in stores. Photo: Shwetha Pandit.

From finding your luckiest wedding day to choosing the perfect flowers, Wedding Feng Shui is a unique guide to wedding planning from Chinese horoscope experts Laura Lau and her mother Theodora Lau, authors of the top-selling The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes.

Laura combined her own heritage with her husband’s Indian traditions. Photo: Shwetha Pandit.

“My wedding was a blend of Chinese and Indian wedding traditions, and I love how both cultures share a strong sense of symbolism, family and spirituality,” says Lau.  ”My hope with writing Wedding Feng Shui is to have brides think about incorporating cultural traditions in new and creative ways.”

The Aicon Gallery in New York City’s Soho hosted the event. Photo: Shwetha Pandit.

In their book, Laura and Theodora share answers to the most popular wedding questions they have received over the years and teach readers how to customize a wedding based on the bride and groom’s lunar and solar signs. Accompanied by beautiful Chinese calligraphy, Wedding Feng Shui introduces readers to their Chinese moon sign, shows them how to use their sign’s natural strengths during the planning process, and predicts challenges leading up to the big day.

Laura Lau answered questions from the fascinated audience. Photo: Shwetha Pandit.

“Vastu springs from the same tradition as Feng Shui, leading to amazing similarities in addressing individuals and their lifestyles through both traditions,” says Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director of the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC).   “A great believer in horoscopes and the ”˜other forces’ of nature, Laura’s book allows me to think of the fascinating intersection of Chinese and Indian cultural traditions.”

Laura treated her audience to a reading of auspicious dates. Photo: Shwetha Pandit.

By interweaving traditional and nontraditional elements, Wedding Feng Shui helps brides make every aspect of the wedding personalized and special, from choosing the most auspicious day to selecting the right dress and the luckiest colors, flowers, and symbols.   Chinese horoscopes for every sign also offer essential insights on how to best manage the many relationships that come together with a marriage””the interaction of the couple, in-laws, bridesmaids, groomsmen, vendors, and guests.

Laura’s family flew in from the West Coast to share the evening. Photo: Shwetha Pandit.

Laura Lau is the co-author of The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes and Best-Loved Chinese Proverbs. The daughter of Kenneth and Theodora Lau, Laura is a second generation author on Chinese culture and horoscopes. Born in Hong Kong, she divides her time between Asia and southern California with her husband.

John Lee and Jim Luce share a moment with the author. Photo: Shwetha Pandit.

The Indo-American Arts Council is a secular arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America.   It is passionate about showcasing, celebrating, and building an awareness of artists and artistic disciplines of Indian origin in the performing, literary, visual, and folk arts.

Jim Luce with PR gurus Ayesha Hakki (Bibi PR) and Jitin Hingorani (JINGO Media).
Photo: Shwetha Pandit.

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Jim Luce ( writes and speaks on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens. Bringing 26 years management experience within both investment banking and the non-profit sector, Jim has worked for Daiwa Bank, Merrill Lynch, a spin-off of Lazard Freres, and two not-for profit organizations and a foundation he founded. As Founder & CEO of Orphans International Worldwide (, he is working with a strong network of committed professionals to build interfaith, interracial, Internet-connected orphanages in Haiti and Indonesia, and creating a new, family-care model for orphans in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

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