New Indian Woman

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.


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