“My mom’s job as the editor of a local daily got me predisposed to the arts early on. I wanted that to translate in school and therefore participated in any event that came my way. But all of it completely shut down when I experienced my first bout of bullying. I was fat-shamed majorly, right from middle school. It drove my usually vivacious personality down the drain. I slowly became an extremely reserved child sitting quietly in a corner whilst having a volcano of talent, dormant inside.
This trend continued until one day, when I went to a play hosted by a local comedy club. I was fascinated by this medium of expression and became curious to try it out. Moreover, I met my now mentor, who told me to come back once I’m done with my schooling. Knowing my interest towards standup comedy, my family along with him booked a slot at an open mic exactly a day after my eighteenth birthday. I had the jitters, to say the least, but was mind blown by the initial response and the overwhelming support I got as an amateur.
Since then the ride has been a fascinating one. I finally felt accepted for who I was and people laughing at my miseries in a standup setting almost felt therapeutic. I was also blessed to eventually find a group of friends, predominantly guys, who don’t judge me one bit! Even workwise, I’m treated equally for my hits and misses like my male counterparts. In fact, through my journey, I’ve slowly realized that most judgements on women are unfortunately made by other women.
I further understood that speaking one’s truth becomes the biggest joke in a world filled with restraint. With this reality in place, I became more forthcoming. What felt more liberating was the fact that I now had a voice heard and my opinions finally had value. Humour has definitely changed my life for the better!”
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