Sometimes it is hard to introduce yourself because you know yourself so well that you do not know where to start.
I am a true-blue Bangalorean, an absolute optimist these days and love to be surrounded by people. I am also a big foodie, a crazy shopaholic (I love my comfortable shoes), an avid blogger and I love to laugh – a laughter that is completely infectious.
I love teaching my little children and doing lots of research to help them be their best. My regular swim sessions keep me completely sane!
Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently
I am a master in economics; a shlokapreneur; a theist in every right and an extremely confident young lady in my 30’s, living in one of the most beautiful cities of India – Bangalore. I love the temples I visit and absolutely long for the annadanams I partake in every Thursday. My frequent visits to an old age home helping elderly parents who have been left to the mercy of the Lord to get free medical treatment and medicines is the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.
And yes….my Shloka school, Gurukulam, isn’t a dream any longer.
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote
At this point in time, my only focus is on Gurukulam and the reach it has to about a million children.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
Gurukulam is a first-of-its-kind Shloka School in Bangalore. Reaching out to parents has been the biggest challenge since it’s a new concept and people need to believe in your work to get their children to come for such classes.
I started putting up small advertisements in local shops, boutiques, pre-schools, fitness centers and Facebook. Advertising was the best thing that happened. We grew from six children to a whopping 50. The word of mouth also worked wonders and today, we don’t need any advertisement. We have people waiting to join our classes. We are still small but we’ve grown well.
We have enquiries from USA and Indonesia and students are already in queue for Skype lessons.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
For me, success is purely being able to help children. Chanting improves concentration, reduces violence, anger and restlessness and creates good values among children. Being able to help them in the right way and channel their energy is what is a huge success for me.
Within one year of its operation, Gurukulam was featured in a leading newspaper, The Hindu, and proved to be a huge milestones.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
Gurukulam just happened. If it was not for Gurukulam, I would have been doing a regular 9-5 job and working in the area of Communiations – considering the people’s person I am.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
Personally, I am a very self-motivated person and draw my inspiration from my own self.
What does the future hold for you?
During 2016, Gurukulam is planning to expand its services to many more Pre-schools, Dance-Schools and Blind Schools. For Blind Schools and Government Schools, I plan to do this more as a service activity, than as something that gives me an income.
Gurukulam is situated on the outskirts of Bangalore and will be fully operational by the end of 2016.