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Week 2 is 2013 VOF Week 2

One’s life experiences make us who we are and for me every experience has driven me to believe in myself. From childhood the varied experiences helped me see girls and women as those who can change the world.

It took me many years to come to terms with my own issues. As a child I had my share of tears, but the fact that I was abused by my own cousins was something I didn’t have answers to. My cousins would beat me physically the time we spent our holidays at my mother’s maternal home. Apart from this trauma, was the fact that my elder sister who was a witness to it all, never uttered a word of it to my parents. She never did console me either. The nightmares took their toll but importantly, it taught me very early in my days that I had to fight my own battles.

My experiences left me with a clear sense of right and wrong and the fight for justice. The struggle to work on different levels and our ability to fight the situation taught me one thing never to fear. And this could be the main factor to drive me to become a journalist. I wanted a purpose. Some great minds have guided me and taking from them, I ask myself – who am I, what is my purpose and what do I do in the hours I’m awake? I have no plans or options to anything in life, as many suggest one must. I believe in the true spirit of life – I am just a small being in the whole society and universe, we are all inter-connected and hence each is connected with the other and eventually the social whole, the society.

Since childhood I believed anything I do must have a purpose and that includes my work. I love and I’m best at nothing but news. The goal of journalism is to inform and today, I do see women playing an integral role in this. The stories of women from across the world beginning with oneself are unique and compelling. As I’ve said before I love my city, Bombay, (renamed to Mumbai, like women’s names change after marriage), and I am happy to make my niche my own city. My partner and I are co-founders of a youtube channel and now I’ve started my own language channel – My city has given me the strength to NOT fear and I have been given the Mayor’s Award for bringing pride to the city on March 8, 2010, for International women’s day. I believe this was a reward for the woman I am, the causes i chose and stories i've covered.

We have our stories and we can tell them best.


Isabel Siegel Griffith's picture

Dear Neetak, Thank you so

Dear Neetak,

Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your journey to find your purpose in life is remarkable. I too have struggled in trying to find my purpose in life and trying to channel my various experiences. I can relate at a very personal level in regards to finding purpose in what we do every day. You could have not said it better: “We have our stories and we can tell them best.” Being a journalist and being able to share our many stories of overcoming the challenges we face is itself a source of power. I look forward to getting to know you better.
Thank you again for your story.
Warm regards,


neetak's picture


Thanks Isabel,

look forward to knowing you too and reading your stories. :)

thanks & warm regards,


sallysmithr's picture

Thank you!

I am very sorry to hear about the abuse you endured. That is very difficult and can take such a toll. You are a very positive person and sounds like you have found out who you are and are very driven with this purpose. I commend you and wish you all the best in the future. Thank you so much for sharing your story!


Emily Garcia's picture

Thank you!

Dear Neetak,

Thank you for sharing your story! I admire your strength and your courage and I am inspired by the way you have taken your own painful experience of abuse as a motivation to fight against injustice. I also can relate when you speak about wanting purpose in your life's work. I am excited that you have found your purpose reporting on the lives of women in your city! Keep up the great work and thank you again for writing! I look forward to hearing more about you and the work you do.

Best wishes,


Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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