I grew up spending my summers in my parent's villages just outside of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Year after year my mother brought me and endured the hot summer months as I spent time with my grandmothers and played with the children of the village. Little did I know those hot summer days would one day serve to be some of the most meaningful moments of my life.
When I was 17, I decided to go between India and the US whenever I had off from university to work with differently-abled (also known to society as disabled) children and young women from villages. This eventually led to the inception of Mamta School and Aahana. More importantly, it led me into the deeper unknown of development work and what it means to be of service. I saw the good and bad behind working in financially poor communities, but came to an understanding that "poor" has many levels.
Through these experiences and a series of questioning, I left the world I knew of corporate business and non-profits and dove deeper into the world. I backpacked through Southeast Asia, motorbiked through Vietnam, worked in slums, walked 1,000 kilometers across Spain, and lived on and off for 2 years in the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
I am now back in the United States finding ways to bring my learnings into the work that calls me the most.
"What do you do now?" is a question I get a lot these days.
What does it look like to live the life you feel called to live? I facilitate workshops and speak to universities and groups about designing a life that is aligned to the deepest callings of your heart. Whether it is where or how many hours a week you work, the desire to live a life of travel, or have the opportunity to spend more time with the people you love, I provide the tools and practices you need to listen to your inner voice and use your gifts to do what you feel called to do in this world.
In 2016, I found out about my hormonal imbalance through a misdiagnosis of PCOS. Since then, I've been experimenting with different exercises, foods, nature based remedies, and lifestyle shifts that nurture my mind, body, and soul. I am now bringing my experiments and what I've learned about hormonal health to other women, especially those of South Asian descent. While most of us are given band-aid medicinal solutions, I am on a mission to share what I've learned and what has worked for me with the millions of other women, young and old, who are looking for answers.
The Book of Generations.
The Book of Generations is a placeholder name for a book I have been working on for the past decade. This book goes back up to 2,000 years, traces the journey of my ancestors over time, and finally tells the story of my parent's immigration from India to the U.S. While this story is told through the lens of a first generation Indian-American (me), it paints a larger picture of where, as humans, we have come from and what we need to do now for the sake of our future generations.