My Story. (kinda-ish).
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 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 of storytelling, ancient wisdom, and spirituality. I wanted to know how I could be of service through digging deep into the root cause of human suffering.
Since graduating from university, I've decided to dedicate a large part of my time traveling and immersing myself into experiments of service. From what started as a 6 month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia led to a one year journey around the world. On this journey I was blessed to meet a number of inspirational people and organizations sprouted from the Gandhi Ashram which continue to anchor my growth. After those experiences, my life completely changed.
I'm now focused on listening to my inner voice and seeing how I can use my time, resources, and gifts to be of service to the world. As the Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj says, "Love says 'I am everything', Wisdom says 'I am nothing'. Between the two my life flows". Through this journey of unlearning and relearning, I've been challenging myself to love fully, to trust and listen to this inner voice which continues to uncover a greater wisdom, understanding of my life, and also of the interconnected universe we live in.
I've spent the greater part of this year understanding how I can bring an intersection between inner transformation and social change. Through writing, dialogue circles, and immersing myself in different spaces, I'm still trying to navigate my way and find what, if anything, falls within this intersection. You can check out what I'm up to now here. You can also learn more about my travels, learning journey, and reflections on my blog or writings page. More on my background here.
This online space is a work in progress and hopefully will help tell the story of my inner journey and some of the outer manifestations that blossom along the way :)