When I look back, I do ask myself “How did I reach where I am right now?” My story is unique in many different ways. I come from a conservative background; grew up in a small town in India; am the youngest and the only daughter. I remember my mother telling me that it is very important have education and be self-reliant and I heeded the significance of what she meant.

I went on to do my Bachelor degree with Honours, then my Masters degree, then took on research leading to a doctorate degree (PhD). Whilst I was studying, I was also trying to figure out what I wanted to do, as from the very beginning I knew what I did not want to do – and that did limit my options in India.

Now when I look back in retrospect, I see I was not inclined to work in a very restrictive/structured work place. This lead to my starting some work with not-for-profit non-government organisations, and later joining a women’s organisation and setting up a counselling centre for underprivileged women and girls. I worked there for a few years, and went on to to explore some more possibilities (working for a few years as a school psychologist) before coming to Australia.

Moving to a new country comes with its challenges. I experienced frustration and despair as the struggle to find work was difficult. I started doing odd jobs to survive as money was becoming scarce. I worked in a rehab centre for some time, concurrently  doing extra training courses. I came to understand first hand how hard life can be, and how hard it can be to hang on to hope.

Then one day, as I was once again trying to explore the possibilities, I met Jenni. And that is how my journey with Mindwise began. With Jenni, what ticked for me was that our sensibilities matched, and it seemed to me that we both were looking, seeking and working towards similar goals as far as work is concerned.