Sanjukta is a fiercely independent woman who lives life on her own terms breaking unfair societal constructs based upon gender and sexuality. A Delhi University law graduate, she has the rich experience of working in multiple sectors and industries like public, private, judiciary, non-profit etc. She is the founder of Samyukta Media a Social Media and Communication Consultancy for Nonprofits, SMEs, Artists, Activists and other unlikely sectors. Also, a prolific writer, photographer and social activist, she uses her writing, which is sharp and unapologetic, as her tool for activism, her blogs being the platform. She mostly writes on pertinent topics such as woman, gender, sexuality, culture, media and representation. But most importantly she writes about herself baring her heart and soul, saying the things we all feel but are too afraid to express. The strength of her soul reflects in her writing, which inspires others to live a life strong and free from inhibitions. She owes her self discovery to blogging and thus evangelizes the same. Her mission in life is to travel the world collecting hugs and smiles.
Shrinking the world. I have a problem with gaps, between rich-poor, urban-rural, black-White & so on, and am on a mission to bridge them. My tools, technology, internet, social media and a heart.
Make that 'Ideas' - Let's bridge the urban rural divide, not bring our villages to cities, instead let's build infrastructure, increase connectivity and take the cities to the village. Let's inspire the youth to take Agriculture, farming, fisheries etc as occupation choices, there's nothing more green and sustainable that that. Let's take the power of social media, free individual publications and online media revolution to every door step. Give everybody the skills to communicate, we never know what they could achieve with it. Finally, as TED India speaker K Ramdas said, Let us invest in women, its them who are rescuing us.
Me, my folks, friends and dogs. About the great Indian virgins - how they never had sex yet multiplied so massively. About truth and freedom. Finally about social communications.
...dancing, singing Bollywood numbers, cooking, laughing, breaking silence, listening, talking
Something extraordinary happened which catapulted me into the bandwagon of some of the greatest mind, a group I always thought I don’t belong to. Because you know, I don’t have foreign degrees or Phds, I didn’t go to Harvard, I am no IITian, IIMite or ISBite, I am no school topper, I never won a medal or a trophy for academics. I am very ordinary compared to my fellow TED India fellows. Then what makes me special? Why I deserve to be here? What did I do? Honestly, I don't know. I guess I was just being me all my life and that got me this far. If there is anything about me that I am proud of, it's my identity in all its imperfection and that’s what inspires people. This unconventional woman doing unusual things yet living a simple life; there is nothing extraordinary about me except that I refuse to be ordinary at every turn of the road.
My thanks to friend Md Tauheed who nominated, inspired, encouraged & insisted me to apply for TED, I wouldn't have otherwise.
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