Fifteen is a delicate age. After spending a decade in illusions, we steer out of haziness and start consciously deciding ‘To be or not to be’. For me the choice was clear, I decided ‘To be’ a medium of change, as something Gandhi Ji said always inspired me ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’.
It is difficult enough to break the taboos let alone think of doing at age of fifteen when no one takes your words seriously because people think ‘you are too young’ to have judgment or opinions. But they all are excuses people make because they have accepted to live with distorted views, never realizing that their rituals are outcomes of irrational superstitions. I am talking about one of the biggest taboos women bear brunt of their whole lives- Menstruation.
A lot of people are set out to speak the unspeakable but one voice- Aditi Gupta’s Ted talk stirred something inside me and made me realize what I really wanted to do! The realization marked the beginning of my journey – to burn the stereotypes and judgments and bring the purity of thoughts. It was difficult at first but being brought up in an unorthodox and supportive family gave me the courage of taking up this initiative of making society aware about “Menstruation and its Taboos”.
I started out small, taking a few workshops in the neighboring schools; creating awareness on Menstruation, talking to the students freely about the whole topic, telling them what to do and how to do. It was a bit difficult sometimes. I wasn’t appreciated by the teachers in some schools because they thought it was something that should not to be talked about in open. But I outgrew all the negatives and despite all the hurdles I have managed to conduct 20 workshops with a footfall of around 2500 people till now. The biggest achievement was the success of an event in Delhi where I organized an open discussion on “Menstruation and its taboos”
Now that I have a good start, I plan to expand my reach, make more people aware about menstruation and break the silence on this topic. I want people to understand that it’s not a curse rather a blessing to get periods. There is nothing impure about it and there is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a natural process, that every girl, every woman goes through. It’s a gift to women.
No good thing ever dies and I hope my small contribution will create a ripple in the sea and bring about the change needed to break the taboos on menstruation.
Anvi| Founder ‘Nazariya’ Organisation
I’m Simran – a young 21-year-old enthusiastic psychologist, actor, anchor, a radio person, a researcher, a poet and a social entrepreneur. I have been working in media since 2011, and that is the same year I started studying psychology and fell in love with it. A culmination of 7 years of experience in media and psychology helped me curate ‘Talk Happy Therapy’! My idea for ‘Talk Happy Therapy’ was conceived on a scooty ride and is an effort to stop our generation from falling deep into an abyss.
Our generation is special; we are not like our forefathers. We follow our hearts, we do not settle for a 9-5 job and a simple video going viral can turn us into media sensation and celebrities. Following your passion is not a choice apparently; this is something we must do. And what about those who are not that ‘special’ as per society’s definition or never become celebrities? We all have felt this seemingly innocuous discontentment of being ‘not special’ or ‘not successful’ crawl into our brains but we knock it off or bury it though we never get fully rid of it. This dissatisfaction grows roots in our brains and settles to take form of ‘Depression’. A large part of our generation has fought this issue at one or another point of their lives. More than five crore people suffer from depression in India (WHO, 2015) and it is ranked 122 in the World Happiness Index, 2017.
On a scooty ride while I was contemplating these issues and my life – this million-dollar idea struck me with one word – ‘Happiness’. The goal of human life is to be happy and right now our generation seems to be a little misguided from the route to happiness. Then, I thought to myself – what do psychology and entertainment have in common? The answer is – they both make us happier. One does it through therapies and discussion on our life problems and the other through comical dialogues, songs, stories etc. Psychology has a dry approach (the old and dull sitting on couch approach) but what if I could change the approach to make it interesting say via media ‘talks’ – on radio, on TV or on stage as public sessions with a psychologist.
Entertainment. Entertainment. Entertainment! Or more like Talk. Therapy. Happy. Bingo- ‘Talk Happy Therapy’
Today with my wonderful team, we have covered 4 cities, counselled 500 individuals and saved 13 lives through our fun filled dilemma solving workshops. We focus on the sources of common anxieties such as failure, bullying, relationships etc and provide counselling on how to tackle these issues in a non-conventional and non-boring way. A lot has happened in a short duration and I want to keep on impacting more and more people. A particular case which I vividly remember is that of one of my dearest friend who was on the verge of committing suicide but fortunately my attention and counselling stopped him from taking this dreadful decision.
With all the passion, we move forward and help everyday through workshops and provide peer support to spread smiles.
Simran|Founder- Talk Happy Therapy