Namita, is a Hindi teacher by profession, having almost 25 years of experience. Before that, she’s been the anchor at All India Radio for 4 years. Juggling all this, during the same time, she started a car driving school for women, being the proud trainer of 400 students! Ask Namita how she turned towards writing and she’ll just smile and answer with a I don’t know yaar! Prod her further, she’ll reveal it was probably after she became a teacher, while writing plays for her students and later songs for the school. Namita’s poems were well received and appreciated, encouraging her to write on other small pieces and stories. Inspite of all the appreciation, she doesn’t like to be called a writer. Namita says that she merely voices her heart and her words are but a mirror to her soul. We’re losing the beauty of Hindi and Namita is proud of playing her small part in sparking the romance for the language in young minds. All her colleagues agree that Namita is the favourite teacher of all her students. When questioned all Namita manages is that I see things from their eyes! Being a teacher is not less than a blessing for her, with the love of her students being her lifeline.
Coming to Pune, Namita was also associated with social work, initially on a personal level and then with her school.
How did you hear about this project?
Manisha, a participant of this project, told me about this project and warmly invited me for the same. For that, I’d like to thank her with all my heart.
What convinced you to participate?
I have always been drawn towards acting, but was unable to pursue it due to lack of opportunity. When opportunity presented, I just couldn’t let it go.
What kind of woman are you?
I’m attracted by new things. I want to live life to the fullest, see the world, do a lot of work and alleviate the needy. My life has been full of struggles, getting me the name of Iron woman. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve done something extraordinary…yet. All around me I see people dying, albeit a little each day. I am not one of them. My firm belief in God helps me live a complaint-free life. I feel being overly sensitive proves to be my biggest weakness and positivity, my greatest strength. The philosophy I live by is simple – “’ जो खोया उसका गम नहीं, जो पाया किसी से कम नहीं।“
How do you see the women in Pune?
I belong to Northern India where women do not enjoy respect and independence. Pune is a refreshing change, having these much needed mindsets. The women here are in a much better place and hence their future is promising bright.