CERI NAZ

Caroline ‘Ceri Naz’ Nazareno-Gabis, World Poetry Canada International Director to Philippines, is a multi-awarded contemporary poet, editor, journalist, museumist, linguist, educator, peace and women’s advocate. Graduated cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education, specialized in General Science at Pangasinan State University. Ceri have been a voracious researcher in various arts, science and literature. She volunteered in Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society, TELUS World Science, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Vancouver Aquarium. She currently experiments on deviantArt , mask and

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RICHA VASHISTA

“Let’s make the Indian society way more progressive than we think we can!” This sentence pretty much sums up what Richa Vashista strives to do! An out and proud queer individual and a mental health professional who has lived her entire life in Mumbai. She has done her Master’s in Clinical Psychology and loves food, travelling and music. Richa’s body of work is focused on three main aspects – ·         Mental Health: She works towards reducing the widespread stigma around availing mental

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THE PERIOD MOVEMENT

Menstruation or periods to be precise isn’t spoken about in our society. Since we consider it a taboo, the girls who grow up don’t have enough knowledge about the same, leading to issues during adulthood. At the same time boys aren’t aware about what girls go through which is why they end up making fun or bully girls in school. The Period Movement was started in November 2017 (Mumbai) in order to educate and raise awareness about menstruation after we

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PALLAVI SINGH

Ever heard of the saying, “With language, you are at home anywhere!”? Meet Pallavi Singh who helps those who wish to feel at home in India by teaching them Hindi.   Pallavi, who has studied an interesting combination of engineering, psychology, counselling, French teaches Hindi as a foreign language to visiting / working expats and foreigners in India. She has been teaching since 2011 and has seen her share of struggles and achievements but calls it a very fulfilling experience. Her method

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NAMMA BOOMI!

An Initiative To Free The World From Plastic Ms. Arulpriya, the Founder and CEO of Namma Boomi is a Wonder Woman in every sense of the word. After working in HCL for 8 years, she quit to start her own company. The trigger was fruit peels lying in a plastic garbage cover! The sight troubled her immensely and she felt a strong urge to delve deeper into research in waste management. She began by trying to develop and  implement a

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SAILAJA VISSEMSETTI

“To move forward, you have to give back” this quote by Oprah Winfrey came to mind when I started to write about the wonderful Sailaja Vissemsetti. Married at 14 years of age, she continued her education with the help of her husband and parents. She juggled her responsibilities as a very young bride, managed her home and yet stayed focused on her studies. She went on to complete her MSc. in Psychology. Sailaja, grateful for everything she had and all the

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GAYATRI ABRAHAM, PADME

Before we get into the theme of Adoption, we would like to introduce you to Gayatri Abraham. The first time we spoke, I instantly connected with Gayatri and the passion for the topic of adoption was palpable. Gayatri has worked in a variety of industries including public relations, hospitality, retail, holidays and leisure and education. But alongside her work experience, she has always been interested in women’s issues and child related societal concerns. In the mid-90s, she was part of

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SHOMA AND ASHWINI, NRITYANIDHI

Sisters, who draw their strength from their mother and in turn inspire each other. Meet Shoma Kaikini-Singh and Ashwini Kaikini. For one, dance is pure passion, for the other, it is a means to find inner peace. And together they have made it their life’s purpose to teach others the wonders of dance. Shoma started Nrityanidhi Spiritual Exuberance Through Dance in 2005 and Ashwini, was quick to follow in her big sisters’ footsteps and was thrilled to be invited by Shoma to

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DR. ANJALI CHAUGULE, DENTIST

“Regardless of where you may be in your life, whether it’s a time of failure and distress or a time of unbelievable success, don’t forget to live in the now”, says Dr. Anjali Chaugule and I am sure whatever point of life’s journey you are at – this will resonate with you. A top ranked student throughout school and college, Dr. Anjali always had an artistic flare and a love for medicine so she combined her loves and pursued dentistry

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BANANI DAS DHAR, AUTHOR

“I may sound weird but I am my own inspiration” says, Banani Das Dhar, Founder of the Lifestyle and Cultural Magazine “BananiVista” and author of “Emotions and Elation”, an autobiographic book that captures the transformation of a woman to a mother. More about the book later, let’s talk about Banani first. Banani was born in Assam, which many say is, “a land of blue hills, green valleys and a red river” It’s no wonder that she has a fascination for India and its

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