“I was born in Muzzafarnagar but I moved to Hyderabad when I was three months old. My mother was a school Principal and my father, a chartered accountant. We also had a family run business of Wineries and with god’s grace, I had a decent upbringing.
There’s always a tendency in Indian families that the boys get more privileges than girls but there’s no discrimination as such in our family. We are two sisters and I am grateful to my parents for allowing us to pursue our career paths. They gave us complete freedom and support in all possible ways and that certainly reflects in my personality too.
I had always been independent in life right from my growing up years. I used to do all the activities on my own — right from paying my college fees, handling my bank account, attending counselling, interviews, anything for that matter.
I have done my Graduation from Koti Womens College in Psychology and Post Graduation from St. Francis with Masters in Social Work with Personnel Management and Industrial Relations as my specialisation. As part of the curriculum, we were supposed to avail training and I worked in a top MNC for a couple of years. Later, I have done my Research work on Training. It was truly a great learning experience as got to know the real facts of HR there.
My mother was a radio artist apart from being an educator. I used to go along with her right from my teenage years. I used to be a part of the Bhajan team and other radio shows and that’s how I got into the field of Radio. Once I turned 18, I started giving my own stories, discussions, talks on the topics of general social issues, autobiographies, etc.
I have been a Radio artist and presenter for the All India Radio for over 25 years now and have recorded many programs on various topics in Hindi under the program Prakashkiran and Mahila Sansar.
Apart from that, I conduct various empowerment programs for women and also a few service-oriented initiatives. During the Covid 19 lockdown, I had linked up with a few social groups and mediated for the Covid emergency requirements.
As a mother, I have given my children the complete liberty to choose their career paths and that trust is something that I believe is required in every family. My parents had kept trust in my approaches and I wanted to provide that for my children too.
I have also started an NGO named Prerna on the 24th of August last year during the Birth anniversary of my dear mother, Smt. Karuna Agarwal, with a motive to serve the needy. The main motto of this organisation is Sewa, to the people by utilising the available resources. We are catered for the welfare of women, children and the community at large.
When it comes to the challenges, I believe that the hardships we encounter in life are designed for us to become better as human beings. We should use our challenges in life as a motivator to become better versions of ourselves. I just wanted to say one thing to everyone- never get discouraged by people who try to pull you back. Instead, they are giving you the motivation.”