Shanta R. Nathwani

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April 11, 2014
by Shanta Nathwani

Speaker Spotlight: Shanta Nathwani | WordCamp Ottawa 2014

Look who’s speaking at WordCamp Ottawa: This Gal! Big thanks go to my friend Shelley who was so proud of me, she decided to share my Speaker Spotlight on her own Facebook wall. And of course, a big thanks to the organizers for letting me in the door and lastly to those who have helped make me who I am today in the WordPress World.

Speaker Spotlight: Shanta Nathwani | WordCamp Ottawa 2014.

I’ll be running the Workshop on Sunday called “WordPress For Small Businesses“. If you want a place to pick a theme, this is not the place for you. In this session, I’m hoping people will bring their data architecture and menu questions (and lots of post-it notes!). While some of what we do will be dependent on the theme you choose, I will most likely use one of the standard themes to avoid confusion, so take it with a grain of salt. Would really like to have someone come in who hasn’t designed it yet and we can build it on the fly! But, as Al Davis says, “Never go live.”

Post-it Notes

Post-it Notes – Bring Lots!

April 1, 2014
by Shanta Nathwani

My April Fool’s Joke – 2003

Me in India - 2003

This was taken around the same time as the joke was played. Maybe I’m dreaming of that future husband?

I didn’t end up pulling any pranks this year, but I was reminded of one I pulled in 2003. It is still one of my best.

I was in India studying for my MCSE, which a friend of mine once said did not stand for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, but for Marriage Comes Simply and Easily. I sent this message to my friends back home whom I had been away from for two months. this was the first time that I was in India without my father and I did actually have a fear of this:

Dear Friends,

My biggest fear of coming to India for two months alone has come true. My relatives are trying to set me up. I went to my aunt’s house the other night for dinner. They said they were having some other guests coming also. When I arrive, there is a table set up with paper and photos on it! Would you believe they had interviews for me! I knew that I might get set up eventually with some guy at a party who they thought was appropriate, but this! This is too much. I had to sit through 4 interviews, not only of eligible bachelors, but their parents too! One guy even brought his grandparents.

I know I joked about it before, but this is serious! What could I say? “I’m sorry that you’ve gone through this trouble, but I’m not in a position for this.” with all of them expected and joining us for dinner? Doubtful. Of course going for dinner, I was dressed in a Punjabi Dress, so I looked like the perfect Indian girl. What are they thinking? I’m bordering on tears, laughter and complete hysteria. Get me the hell out of here!


I only got a couple of responses when I first sent it out, most of which were sympathetic, including asking when they needed to send out the search party. When I sent a follow-up email the next day, I got a tonne more.

This one is the reaction that someone got from the dojo:

You are hilarious! I just finished telling the girls at the Dojo that the worst has come true Shanta is interviewing for a husband…the girls stared at me with wide eyed disbeleif…until i told them it was an Aprils Fools joke! Ahahahaha…you even had me going at first!

Here’s one of the better replies:

After my friend Mike wrote me a great top 10 list to make me laugh (which I’m still trying to locate), he wrote me this after finding out that it was a joke:

cute Shanta…real cute. Love: Mikey PS: I don’t mean to be rude, but… NOW I HOPE AND PRAY IT HAPPENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Did you play any pranks today?

UPDATE: I found the Top 10 List! (WARNING: Some foul language in this…)

Shanta Emptor (Let the Shanta beware!) Hi Shanta :) HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!! Oh well, look at it this way, your having great meals, guys are fauning all over you, and you would look “absolutely mahvelous” in traditional Indian attire. The real bitch is… you have to sit through any of the following TOP TEN!!!… 1. “I make $200,000.00 American selling captured tourists into slavery. So I will be a wonderful husband.” 2. “I am a computer programmer as well, I am a web-master, a C++ wizard, and I am looking for an inferior wife to learn from me as I am so proficient. So I will make a wonderful husband.” 3. “I’m 6 feet tall, with movie-star looks and a penis like a parade elephant, am a professional masseur and love to cook, travel, and make-love in waterfalls on exotic getaways. I’m sure my other 3 wives will also love you. So I will make a wonderful husband.” 4. “How do you say “Bu-Ka-Ke” in American?… Oh. I will make a wonderful husband.” 5. “My mother said that I should marry you. She will also tell you that I am a great lover. So I will make a wonderful husband. 6. ” I promise that I will not marry you simply to become a citizen of Canada… How long does that take anyhow? Really? I will make a wonderful husband!!! 7. ” A woman belongs in the kitchen, fat with children, cooking my supper. So I will make a wonderful husband.” 8. “Many times I have done this interview thing, yet you are the only one to have sufficient dowry. So I will make a wonderful husband.” 9. (staring at your breasts) “I have not one, but TWO reasons to wed this gracious lady. They are… um… Did I mention I would make a wonderful husband.” 10. ” WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING HERE!!! Your family beat me unconcious and held me in a wine cellar for 3 DAYS!… What?…she’s from Canada?…So?… (clik!) I’ll make a wonderful huband if they put those guns down!” Hope I made you laugh again in your time of woe. Be strong. We’re here for you. #9 is probably the best. Love and hugs! Mikey PS: HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!… snort…giggle. Bb…

March 23, 2014
by Shanta Nathwani


I had an awesome time yesterday presenting a workshop on HTML and CSS to the Women in Information Technology Management at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. Here are my revised slide deck from yesterday. Hope you enjoy! Share away and feel free to comment. Was there something I could have done better? What would you like to see next?

February 19, 2014
by Shanta Nathwani

FITC Toronto 2014 – Women’s Initiative // FITC

Thanks to FITC for sending me to this great event last year under this amazing initiative. Let’s keep it going strong! I hope to see you all there. Even better, they’ve listed my blog post from last year as inspiration for this year’s contest. Go nuts!
FITC Toronto 2014 – Women’s Initiative // FITC.

Kyle McDonald At FITC 2013

Kyle McDonald At FITC 2013

December 1, 2013
by Shanta Nathwani

My WordPress TV Talk at WordCamp Buffalo 2013

How excited was I to find that my talk at WordCamp Buffalo 2013 just got published. It’s my first one so of course, I’m chuffed. Here’s the video:

September 9, 2013
by Shanta Nathwani

#FF WordCamp Buffalo

WordCamp Buffalo 2013

WordCamp Buffalo 2013

I have the privilege of presenting at WordCamp Buffalo this weekend on the topic of Data Architecture in WordPress. This is their second year and it’s sold out! I present this topic at Sheridan College in the CCT360 course, part of the ICCIT joint program with University of Toronto at Mississauga.  In this Intermediate Web Design, we use WordPress as their tool and it is amazing what comes out of their final projects. 

Some of the presenters I know personally, such as Al Davis, Brian Hogg and Jordan Quintal and others I’ve just tweeted or emailed. One tweet I got from Jared Novak said he was upset that he wasn’t going to be able to see my talk because we were presenting at the same time. Hence the hashtag, #WordCampProblems. However, it turns out that we will both be at WordCamp Toronto in a few weeks, so he’ll get a chance to see it there.

If you are planning on attending my session, may I highly recommend that you bring Post-it notes. I will have a few on hand, but you might have more fun with your own. It will be my first time presenting this topic and I hope you’ll enjoy it.

WordCamp Buffalo, in its second year looks like it’s going to be a fun time. I’ve never presented out of country before (and yeah, I know it’s not far), but they are taking a real chance on me and for that I am thankful for. I highly recommend that you follow WordCamp Buffalo on Twitter @WordCampBuffalo and follow along with the hashtag #WCBuf tomorrow for the camp. Hope to see you there!

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