New Indian Woman
How to find your passion and reinvent yourself - Chat with Usha Mukunda - Part 1 -  Episode 22

How to find your passion and reinvent yourself - Chat with Usha Mukunda - Part 1 - Episode 22

July 31, 2020

How often do you meet someone who has reinvented herself every 20 years or so ? Currently, she is famous in the world of librarians across India, but that is just one part of her. This is definitely a special episode of New Indian Woman - for we are chatting with someone from a different generation, who sets a very good example and gives us the opportunity to learn so much from her life, thoughts and actions. Yes, this is just Part 1 of the chat with her - you will enjoy this one for sure.

 

What the New Indian Woman podcast is about

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting.  Second,  We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles  and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the second category.

 

And in the process, my aim is to help  you, the new Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.

 

What's in this episode:

 

Usha Mukunda talks about her current role with as much humility as she does about her early years being a celebrity in a different era. We talk about her life in 4 parts and why she epitomises the New Indian Woman. In this episode we talk  about the first 3 avataars - the challenges she faced and the learnings  from them for each of us.  We examine these questions - What prompted her to do different things and not give up ? What is the role of a supportive family and what is your responsibility ? How to look at the question "what others would say" ?  How was it even possible  for one person to reinvent so many times ? Look at her avataars -

 

1 Avataar - Till her 20s and beyond she was a Table Tennis Player who played at various levels - see this -

 

  • Played for Bengal from the age of 12 till the age of 19 for the National Championships. i.e.  from 1954 to 1962
  • Highest India ranking was No. 3
  • Married in 1963, went to the US and played in the US National Table Tennis Championships in 1965. Reached Semi-Finals there.
  • Returned to India in 1967 to live in Bombay. Played for Maharashtra for the National Championships in 1969 and we won the Team Championships that year. Regained No. 3 India ranking.
  • Moved to Bangalore in 1972. Two year stay at Chennai when she played for Tamil Nadu in the National Games in 1978.

 

2nd Avataar - till her 40s primarily focussing on family, but not only that!!

 

3rd Avataar - enrolling for full time course to become a librarian and that was just the start of a new avataar that will be explored in the Part 2 episode.

 

You want to be inspired and figure out what practical steps you want to take in your life ? Don’t miss this episode.

 

Listen and share with all the women in your life..

 

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Mail to :  usha.mukunda@gmail.com

 

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Chat with Divya Uma- Episode 5

Chat with Divya Uma- Episode 5

October 18, 2019

Description :  

Chat with Divya Uma,faculty at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. We discuss the areas of her focus in the University, the role of her mom in her life and how she manages to find time for all her interests.

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting.  Second,  We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles  and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them; like today's episode.

And in the process, my aim is to help  you, the new Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.

What's in this episode:

In this episode, Divya shares about her interest in Biology right from when she was young and the factors that influenced her in choosing  her current area of interest, namely, Animal Behaviour.

 We hear about the role of her mother in not putting pressure on her career choice and how she helped her in finalizing her course of preference and insisted she live in a hostel. Also,  how Divya used the opportunities around her to shape her career and even now, in how she spends her free time.

 We get to know about the nature of work involved in a top university which goes much beyond taking classes for students. It is interesting to hear the techniques she uses for managing her stuff and her free time, as well as her evolution from being shy to a confident person.

Please do not miss a message that she has, towards the end of this episode.

The quality of audio in this episode is not that great, considering the extent of editing required to mask the sound of a carpenter who chose to work next door after we started recording the episode!! Sorry about that..

You could reach out to Divya Uma via email, mailto: dbuorama@gmail.com

Do share this episode with your friends  and do subscribe to thenewindianwoman.com website or write to me at krishna@thenewindianwoman.com.

Interview with Mala Giridhar - Part 2  - Episode 4

Interview with Mala Giridhar - Part 2 - Episode 4

October 4, 2019
  • Chat with Mala Giridhar, a clinical psychologist from Sirsi. Let us find out the practical techniques that worked for her in performing her roles and her very interesting hobbies and bucket list items.

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting.  Second,  We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles  and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them; like today's episode.

 

And in the process, my aim is to help  you, the new Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.

 

What's in this episode:

 

In this episode, Mala shares her thoughts on what freedom means to her, techniques that has helped her perform her roles and how to make running a home easier.

 

The challenges and some of the techniques shared are so relevant for each one of us, though our context may be different. 

 

Please checkout the facebook page for the Occupational Rehabilitation Centre Chetana at www.facebook.com/chetanaproducts30/. You could leave a message there to get in touch with Mala.

 

 Do share this episode with your friends  and do subscribe to www.thenewindianwoman.com website or email me at krishna@thenewindianwoman.com 

 

Picture : Mala harvesting figs at her home

Chat with Mala Giridhar - Part 1  - Episode 3

Chat with Mala Giridhar - Part 1 - Episode 3

September 27, 2019

Description

Chat with Mala Giridhar, a clinical psychologist from Sirsi. Let us find out how she was able to go beyond her job and run multiple projects for the community, impacting youngsters and their families, involving local resources.

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting.  Second,  We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles  and facilitate sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them; like today's episode.

And in the process, my aim is to help you, the new Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.

 

What's in this episode:

In this episode, Mala looks at her primary roles in her house, her movement from a big city to a small town and her projects and their unique nature. She shares her passion for her field of work and choosing projects that impact the community very closely related to her area of work.

The challenges and some of the techniques shared are so relevant for each one of us, though our context may be different.  She talks about how home should be a place for us to share our frustrations, what helped her the most and challenges faced as a woman in Part 1 of this chat.

Please checkout the facebook page for the Occupational Rehabilitation Centre Chetana at www.facebook.com/chetanaproducts30/. You could leave a message there to get in touch with Mala.

 Do share this episode with your friends  and do subscribe to thenewindianwoman.com website or write to me at krishna@thenewindianwoman.com.

Picture : Mala harvesting figs at her home

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