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Resuming Career after a decade‘s break  - Part 1 -   Episode 49

Resuming Career after a decade‘s break - Part 1 - Episode 49

September 11, 2021

Not just resuming, but flourishing in the 2nd innings! Meet Uma, Assistant Vice President at a multinational bank, share her journey.

 

She shares the challenges faced by her and how she handled them. After starting her career at a bank, she left after 9 years, to take care of her child. And then she was a stay at home mom for the next decade and then decided to resume her career again, at the age of 40. Did it look feasible ? Was it easy ? How did it happen ?

 

By the way, this episode is special for another reason as well.  Listen to find out more.

 

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:

 

Uma talks about an interesting learning experience that she had right at the start of her career. It was something so bad that it affected her a great deal. But she chose to learn from it and acknowledge it, to the extent that even in this podcast she starts off by talking about it.

 

She talks about the challenges of singlehandedly managing the house and her young kid and that too in the days before Internet and mobile and her decision to take up Voluntary retirement at the age of 29.

 

The following period is about adjusting to the role of stay at home mom, without being able to handle the expectations typical of women in Indian households. She talks about how this affected her. This particular part will be relatable to most of the listeners. But then, she talks about how she decided to approach it and what she did about it. We discuss this thru the day to day scenarios that we all face, knowing the intention but still facing challenges at the same time.

 

She talks about the trappings of being indispensable at home, choosing to add more and more things and the tendency to keep busy.

 

Then she goes on to talk about her decision to join the workforce again and how she faced rejections one after the other, with people not even ready to interview her!

 

And then, this particular bank, the experience made her brush aside her inhibitions to call up her old friend to find out the reasons for rejection. And then, she talks about the interview and then her choice to negotiate for a better role.

 

We will continue her journey in the next episode.

 

 

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Mail : mailto:bumasai@gmail.com

 

 

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Life lessons and parenting tips from Dr Lalitha Regi  - Part 2 -   Episode 43

Life lessons and parenting tips from Dr Lalitha Regi - Part 2 - Episode 43

June 12, 2021

Dr.Lalitha Regi chose to live life and rear her children in a remote village. What did it mean for her, as a woman, as a mother ? And that too, while being active and busy saving the lives of hundreds of people over several villages, in so many different ways.

 

In Part 1, i.e., Episode 42, we talked about her engagement in the community as a medical Dr, growing a mud single room hospital to a 35 bedded Tribal Health centre, focussing on community health and then moving on to Farmers groups engaged in Organic agriculture and revival of the Lambadi art thru Porgai, thereby touching the lives of people in 20+ villages.

 

In reflecting on her life and the challenges she faced as well as her current dreams and aspirations, she shares important tips for all of us. If we are able to imbibe some of these into our lives, in terms of how we view challenges, how we view our finances, the struggles of daily life, our perspectives and focus on our children's education, indeed, there is a lot that can happen!!

 

 Listen on ..

 

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:

 

Dr. Lalitha  shares it is quite natural for us to face ups and downs, but the conviction of doing right is what keeps us going. She refers to getting satisfaction out of doing right catering to the needs of others, as selfishness!

 

She talks about the challenges of raising children without being dependent on  the larger family's support, the courage it takes to not send to school and to allow education from the larger community. She surprises us by happily sharing how she and her husband played only a small part in their children's education.

 

Then she talks about the financial aspects, how they were fortunate to be in a position where they just had to focus on themselves and not the larger family. At the same time she once again surprises us by sharing how they choose to use the fellowship they received to give salaries to staff. We see the positiveness in her attitude when she says there is lot of goodwill circulating - this comes from having done many projects without any finances at the start, but having surplus towards the end.

 

In the context of finances she shares the importance of learning to live within one's resources, focus on basic needs and how they chose not to worry about children's education, but to trust things will happen as what they were doing was right.

 

She talks about the need to constantly evolve, adapt, learn and how that helped her to focus on running a hospital, community health, farming, craft, business. She shares the importance of understanding what is the need and responding to the need, with focus on training oneself, to be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills.

 

Once again she surprises us by her conscious choice to lead a simple life and to nurture humility - she shares the influence her father had on this decision.

 

She shares how she handles her bad days - yes, there is a valuable tip here, for all of us.

 

She then shares her current dreams and also ends the conversations with 2 strong messages for all of us, for us to implement in our life.

 

I enjoyed recording this episode and learnt so many valuable lessons from this one discussion. I invite you to listen to this wonderful episode.

 

I would love to hear feedback from you on this episode. Write to me at krishna@thenewindianwoman.com

 

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To know more about the hospital, Porgai and the Farming Society

Visit

 http://www.tribalhealth.org/

https://porgai.org/

 

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Mail to : porgai@gmail.com

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What do women wish for at their workplace - SheAsksHR -   Episode 39

What do women wish for at their workplace - SheAsksHR - Episode 39

April 10, 2021

If the HR/Personnel department comes and asks you for one wish to be granted, what would that be ? This is the question in this episode of New Indian Woman podcast.

 

The few women who feature in this episode, very clearly, have never been asked this question. But they have their wish ready. Is the HR ready to listen ?

 

Would you like to add yours to this list ? You are most welcome..

 

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 first 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:

 

We start with why it is important for HR to provide additional support for women at workplace. It is not just about policies, but about creating a culture where women feel supported. Then we listen to response from a few working women across age groups as to what their wish from HR is.

 

To this list, I add a few more. But this in no way makes the list complete. In fact, this is just the start of a long list. What would you wish from HR? Not something generic applicable to many women, but what is most relevant for you based on what you face today ?

 

Please write to me at krishna@thenewindianwoman.com or reach out to our social media pages and add to the list with the hashtag #SheAsksHR.

 

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Experience the Joy of Giving thru Volunteering -   Episode 27

Experience the Joy of Giving thru Volunteering - Episode 27

October 17, 2020

Ever wondered how to engage differently and make your skills available  to a larger group of people ? And that too without any expectations in return ? Welcome to this episode on volunteering - we start with what we mean by this word and why YOU should consider volunteering. Is this something to be examined later when you are less busy ? Or is it just enough to give money for charity ? And then, of course, some practical examples of where you could start and the biggest barriers you are likely to face. Listen to this episode and I invite you to share your experience in this journey.

 

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 first 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:

 

We examine the common questions around volunteering - what it is and more importantly, what it is not. We also discuss why you should consider volunteering and when is a good time to start. You may think you are already volunteering, but are you ? .

 

How to identify areas and how to start - regardless of who you are, how busy you are. We look at practical options and if this gives you ideas or you want to share more, yes, let us do that in the facebook page.  And why you need to start now and not sometime in the future.

 

Something is holding you back ? We examine the barriers we face, especially in the Indian context and how to overcome.

 

I also share a small anecdote that changed my outlook around volunteering completely. Yes, do not miss this episode.

 

If you liked this episode, please help this reach more people by sharing this podcast with friends and family. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page.

 

 

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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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