I welcome you here in the name of all my ancestors and the many beings that constitute the all-of-me. In absence of real physical welcome to my home, I invite you respectfully with a smile and love in my heart.
To talk about me, is to talk about places I lived in, people I met, what I read, who I trained with and the many life experiences that moulded me.
My current bioregion is Southern Deccan Plateau and I like to believe my gut environment is very Telugu. I have been nourished by the waters of River Hooghly, Cauvery and Godavari in South Asia and Rio Grande in New Mexico. I derive my ancestry through my Tamilian heritage – they were not confined to their villages, rather they travelled widely and lived in different places like Kerala, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Assam and West Bengal. The many stories that have passed intergenerationally have shaped me for worse and for better.
I have studied in a variety of learning environments – zoology honours at the college level, followed by communication and journalism at masters level, and a doctorate in gender and intercultural communication, with multiple diplomas in marketing management, public relations, software coding programs. I have learnt three forms of Indian classical dance and at least 5 forms of western forms of dancing, received foundation training in Carnatic/Hindustani music and Rabindra Sangeet. The diverse studies have provided a very unique ability to crossmap skillsets and understand issues at multiple levels.
I have been associated with Communication, Media, Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, and Peace Studies departments across the world. I have worked with neighbourhood community groups, health councils, media startups, community space projects in multiple cities across the world. I have supported research projects with departments in Public Administration department, English Literature, History department (Navajo focus), Religious Studies, and Education. The diverse experiences have showed me how little I know, no matter how much I do. It has helped me embrace the unknown part of any project I enter into and keeps me in a learning mode.
I have experienced marraige, a mother to a son, with a dear brother and his family. I have been blessed by many friends and held by multiple communities. I have enjoyed company of dogs and cats and many plants. I have learnt much through their presence.
I have trained in Neurolinguistic Programming with multiple trainers (I guess about a dozen leading NLP trainers), in Mental Space Psychology with Dr Lucas Derks and Society of Mental Space Psychology, and in Clean Language approach, I have attended workshops with Penny Tompkins, James Lawley, Marian Way, and Judy Rees and am a part of Clean Language community.
I have been a Speaker at two UXIndia design-thinking conferences and in its inaugural Women in Design Fest. I have spoken and presented in three Global NLP summit conferences organized by NLP Conference India. I facilitated a session at Mental Space Psychology Conference organized by SOMSP, Netherlands. Besides this, I have presented 16 peer-reviewed conference papers in International Communication Conferences, served as division chair for Spiritual Communication Conference, and reviewer for both National Communication Association (NCA) as well as International Communication Association (ICA).
I have been a co-author/chapter contributor for five books and supported at least dozen other books as editor or writing coach. These include–Civil War in the 20th Century: Lessons to Learn and Unlearn, with Devendra Oza; “Empowering Crisis Response led Communities: Lessons learned from JKFloodRelief.org Initiative.” In Sanjay Misra & Ricardo Colomo-Palacios (Eds) Strategic Management and Leadership for Systems Development in Virtual Spaces; “My matrilineage” In Abhirami Girija Sriram & Babitha Marina Justin (Eds) Salt & Pepper & Silver Linings.
In Systems approach, I have trained with and moulded by the loving presence of Nora Bateson of International Bateson Institute, the Bateson keepers and warm data hosts across the world. I am also Buckminister Fuller Institute’s Trimtab Space Camp fellow as well as completed Fritjof Capra’s Capra Course on Systems View of Life. And I have attended Nigerian Philosopher Bayo Akomolafe and Tyson Yukapurta’s online sessions worldwide.
My life journey has been very rich and vibrant. And in the last decade, I have been increasingly sharing the wisdom and resources gained from this journey with others, independent of the usual social structures. In my work in the world, I am a Lightweaver, in my being, an Earthwoman, and in my purpose in life, a Nissima — the one without boundaries.
I hope my about-me interests you to explore further into what I offer/lead and maybe your spirit will join a burgeoning community of lightweavers and earth people in Global South.