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After spending nearly 8 years in a boarding school I decided to pursue a degree in communications and moved to Australia.
In my late teens and early 20's I was rebellious and stubborn hence after a few years I decided that I had enough and moved to India.
I enrolled myself in a P.R course during my stay and in due course of time I fell in love and married.
Marriage was difficult form the start. I was not allowed to work, emotionally, verbally and physically abused. I was in a dark space and could not cope. After 2 years it was all over.
I travelled back home and volunteered at my family's orphanage. My family supported me throughout and slowly I recovered. The orphanage took in children from the minority communities from Tripura and Marma tribes and gave them education and opportunities to better themselves. My father taught me the ropes initially and then I was left on my own. I admired him, he still worked in his clinic and also dedicated time to these people. He would wake up early drive for 3 hours everyday to be at the orphanage and then again head back to work. Seeing my dad working so hard for these children, I felt inspired. It was then I realised how minority communities are persecuted and they need an outlet and equal opportunities. After couple of months at the orphanage I decided to head back to India to work on my divorce, it was then that I received a call from a Non Profit for a job position they had to offer.
I was very lucky to get the job at Ektara. Ektara works with people from the marginalised communities, focusing on the girl child. I have learnt a lot throughout my journey of self discovery and self realisation. Through my experiences as a child and as an adult I have understood that minority communities around the world need opportunities to better themselves. I hope that in the future we as humans will be more tolerant and accepting.
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