Sonali Dahotre was born and brought up in Pune. Being raised by working parents, she enjoyed the freedom of forming her own opinions from early on. Sonali went on to choose architecture, but her passion for nature, which was as old as her, led her to further pursue landscape architecture. Sonali continues to be a practising landscape architect, striving to perfectly balance art, design, ecology and sustenance.
How did you hear about this project?
I heard about this project from my ornithology friend, another participant of 99 Women, Smita Kelkar.
What convinced you to participate?
I was easy to convince, the format completely won my heart! The underlying idea of 99 women, carrying 99 stories on a single stage is power-packed! Honestly, more than the final performance, the journey of reaching there with women from diverse backgrounds, age-groups and mind-sets is what intrigues me.
What kind of woman are you?
I am a woman who speaks her mind. One of the many who endeavours to balance the classic family and career duo. Apart from my child and husband, I spend a lot of time with the worry of drawing the line between giving my child enough and not being extravagant. At the end of it all, I live life on my own terms, aiming to make a difference each time.
How do you see the women in Pune?
I see women in Pune as go-getters, carving their own identity with each step they climb. Being well-informed with the happenings of the world, they do not hesitate while participating in public discussions. They manage to do all this while carrying along our value-systems.