“Somewhere past my graduation, my life took a diversion and led me to take a course with Chinmaya Mission. Despite being placed in a job, something in me told me that it was not something I wanted and I took up this course instead. It was a value added course of one year post which, we were given the opportunity to serve in the mission. Here we were given all the knowledge of our Indian temples, architecture, our dharma and values. For someone who had felt these questions nagging at her, I found most of my answers here and it helped me find my purpose in life.
After completing my course, I moved to Mumbai and took the knowledge of this one year to different schools and colleges as part of our mission. Moving back to Chennai, I continued my work with people and served in a HR consultancy post which, I completed my MBA in Human Resource Management. Upon being married, I moved to Shanghai with my husband. Being in cross roads once again, I was in a fit as to what I wanted to do. Being a Bharatanatyam dancer, I gave a performance in Shanghai and it instantly led me to have access to so many aspiring dancers who were waiting for a Bharatanatyam teacher. I started teaching Bharatanatyam and combining with a yoga institute there, I did a course called Nritya Yoga combining the teachings of Yoga and Bharatanatyam. When our deputation was up, we had to move back to Chennai. But post our move back, I was given the access to a business visa to come and teach there.
Once here, upon contemplating my next move, my friend brought up an interesting proposition. She wanted to design a board game for kids which would inculcate all the key learnings of our Vedas and Upanishads. Our first game was based on the life of Krishna and how at each phase, we could take different lessons to help us in our day to day lives. As that became a success, we started to add in more and more projects to the table. We designed a few other games and we started developing interesting content for our media platforms. One of our recent projects involved answering 100 different questions from different children about our Indian culture. These were often answered by eminent personalities from diversified fields like authors, hari katha artists and so many more.
It’s been a successful run of three years and we have many others interesting projects lined for us. It has been one interesting journey to look back on. Looking back, the turning point in my life came by taking up that course and since then, my life seems to have found its purpose. My love for teaching kids combined with my passion for discovering our Indian culture has brought in immense fulfillment and bliss in my life. The journey has just begun and I hope to discover and learn more along the way.”