My nomination: Sisterhood

Kirthi Jayakumar
Posted December 15, 2019 from India

No true celebration of sisterhood is ever complete for me without celebrating my most lifeline, Vaishnavi Pallapothu. I had the opportunity to meet Vaishnavi when I taught her class at her school - little did I know that I would become a lifelong student and she, the powerful teacher by example, in our friendship! What began as a conversation around careers, internships, college, and life, led to one of my most valued friendships and bonds of sisterhood and I cannot thank Vaishnavi enough for all that she has been and continues to be, for me.

Vaishnavi is compassionate, gentle, giving, and incredibly empathetic. She holds space and offers silent but constant encouragement to help you heal, to grow, and to be your true self. She celebrates you for who you are, and gives you the gentlest of nudges to help you if you deviate off your path. For someone who often bugs her with questions, requests for advice, and for a bunch of other random things, I am wayyyy undeserving of her generosity, but it makes me want to be a better person to be worthy of her and her goodness.

Vaishnavi epitomizes sisterhood. She is wise beyond her years, and knows when one needs a listener and when one needs advice, and knows how to convey difficult things with the most gentlest and most non-violent form of language. I have learned so much from Vaish - her leadership skills, her dedication to inclusion, her wisdom and intelligence, her capacity to do brilliantly in any task she takes on, and her incomparable thirst for knowledge - these are just a few of the tangible skills. 

How do you fit a whole universe into one post, yes? 

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Wusufor
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Hi again :-),
The fire is still burning ha. Thanks for this Noble nomination for our dear sister.
Congratulations :-) and best wishes.
Lizzy

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

Hello, sister Kirthi,

Wow, it's great to know that you've connected with Vaishnavi and found a real sister in her. You are such a great writer. You never ran out of great things to say considering this is your nth nomination. Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth Ziro
Dec 15, 2019
Dec 15, 2019

A good read. Wishing her all the best

Jill Langhus
Dec 16, 2019
Dec 16, 2019

Hi Kirthi,

Wow! She's sounds amazing, but I kept thinking your description sounds like you, dear! I hope that Vaishnavi writes more posts so we can get to know her and her work more. Thanks for your nomination.

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Anita Shrestha
Dec 17, 2019
Dec 17, 2019

Thank you for sharing

maeann
Dec 19, 2019
Dec 19, 2019

Thank you for nominating Vaishnavi for Sisterhood. She is indeed has a World Pulse Spirit

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

HI Kirthi,
Thank you so much for your nomination. Have a lovely day.

Chi8629
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thanks Sister for sharing.

Ellie E.
May 04
May 04

Thank you for sharing! I can see how much Vaishnavi means to you.

Millynairi
Aug 04
Aug 04

Wow! A good one about sister Vaishnavi. Wishing her all the best