My nomination: Sisterhood

Kirthi Jayakumar
Posted December 13, 2019 from India

My third nomination for the Sisterhood category is Aparna Nagesh. 

In a brief interaction at TEDxChennai, our bond was cemented. What followed was the powerful crystallization of one feminist effort after another: be that nurturing careers of young women through mentorships or using dance, theatre and poetry to present evocative art before audiences to encourage a change in mindsets, the two of us have worked together on some incredibly life changing projects. Aparna is a stellar example of what it is to be a sister: she builds, holds, nurtures, and expands spaces through love and inclusion, building bridges where there were never any to begin with. 

What strikes me most about Aparna is her unconditionally giving nature. I have seen her open doors as an artist, encouraging the seed of change to grow in the most unlikeliest of minds. I have seen her work against systems that have been dead set against including her. I have seen her hold her own with a powerful resilience amidst a sea of men steeped in patriarchal power. I have seen Aparna take on narrow cultural barriers and engage with them to the point that their dismantling in her hands has helped other women sail through on a path she painstakingly cut.   Aparna may be new on World Pulse, but she has embodied, embraced, and endorsed everything World Pulse has ever stood for, every day of her life. This nomination, then, is celebrating a new sister on World Pulse, but a longstanding ally who holds these values so dear.

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Hello, Kirthi,

Wow, this is another great nomination for a sister. You never run out of good things to say. Thanks for sharing this with us. It's nice to know you met Aparna in person. :)

Kirthi Jayakumar
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you Karen! I truly hope you and Aparna meet some time, too :-)

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

You're welcome, dear. I hope so, too. :)

Jill Langhus
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Hello Dear Kirthi:-)

Thanks for sharing another lovely story and nomination for this amazing sister and woman. What is her World Pulse profile? I found a couple women with the first name "Aparna," but was unable to find anyone by this name. I was curious about her and wanted to know more:-)

I hope you're having a fab Friday and that you have a wonderful weekend, too:-)

XX

Kirthi Jayakumar
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you Jill! She has commented on this post below :-) I can't wait for the two of you to be connected!

Jill Langhus
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

You're welcome, love:-)

Great! Thanks for clarifying!

Hope you're having a great weekend!

XX

Aparna Nagesh
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Thank you so much Kirthi! You are my rock!

Lisbeth
Dec 13, 2019
Dec 13, 2019

Dearest Kirthi,
Thanks for your nomination and
Congrats Aparna on your nomination. When my dear sister Kirthi spot you then you are blessed :-).
To borrow sis. Jill s words,
" Wow, you're on fire". Dear Kirthi please keep the fire burning. And thanks for your 3rd nominee.
Warm regards
Hugs

Jill Langhus
Dec 14, 2019
Dec 14, 2019

Welcome to World Pulse, dear Aparna!! Looking forward to seeing stories and posts from you!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Welcome to World Pulse, sister Aparna! Looking forward to knowing you through your stories!

maeann
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you for nominating Aparna for a Sisterhood. She indeed has the World Pulse Spirit.