The Beginning

Sowmya Swaminathan
Posted March 7, 2020 from India

Hello, people! 

My name is Sowmya, and I'm typing this on a sturdy laptop while sitting on a comfortable chair in a beautiful, artistic and cosy co-working space — a clear indication of my privilege and exposure. 

This is my first interaction with the World Pulse community, and I hope this is the beginning of a journey of learning, unlearning, sisterhood, inspiration, and growth — for myself and the world.

A few things about me — 

1) I'm a thinker, learner, writer, and educator — all of which have empowered me to see the world for what it is: grey, unequal and unsafe. But my experiences have also taught me that there is "enough room in this wide world for you and me", and enough space for hope, courage, kindness and vulnerability to exist. 

2) I love all forms of creative expressions  — they help me think, learn, express and love.  

3) I believe in the power of questions. During my journalism training, I was repeatedly taught to "ask questions", a skill and a mindset which has helped me immensely in life. Questioning the status quo leads to changing definitions, pushing the envelope and becoming harbingers of change. I have allowed myself to question the definitions of several social constructs such as sex, gender, identity, caste, religion, spirituality, community, and most importantly — education and learning. 

4) Women have been my pillars of support right from childhood (another indication of my good fortune!). I have loved, laughed, learned with/from women of all walks of life, and I truly believe that each woman on this planet is a phenomenal powerhouse of talent, potential and courage. 

I'm immensely grateful and thrilled to begin this enriching journey of sisterhood with all of you on Women's Day, and as the free T-shirt says, "Every day is Women's Day on World Pulse."   

Feel free to reach out to me for everything under the Sun, and beyond! :)

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Vidya Rajagopalan
Mar 07
Mar 07

This introduction is truly one of a kind. I loved your subversion of the social constructs!!

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you for your kind words, Vidya! :)

Kirthi Jayakumar
Mar 07
Mar 07

How wonderful to hear your voice through this piece, Sowmya! What a beautiful beginning on World Pulse! I truly hope you find your sisterhood and community in this cohesive network of loving hearts.

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you for your kind words, Kirthi, and I'm immensely grateful to you for introducing me to this community. Looking forward to a wonderful journey of learning and sisterhood with you!

Hello, Somya,

Welcome to World Pulse! Wow, we are so happy that a new voice from India is rising up! This resonates with me, " there is 'enough room in this wide world for you and me', and enough space for hope, courage, kindness, and vulnerability to exist."

You definitely have a space to speak up here, dear. We are looking forward to reading more from you! Yes, it is true, "Every day is Women's Day on World Pulse."

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you for the warm welcome, Karen! Looking forward to learning from you!

Dawn Arteaga
Mar 08
Mar 08

Welcome to World Pulse! So glad you are here. I also studied journalism school. Curiosity is one of my favorite qualities! Can’t wait to read more of your stories. Welcome!

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you for the kind words, Dawn! And yay, always glad to meet a fellow journalist!

Manasa Ram Raj
Mar 09
Mar 09

Dear Soumya,

It is wonderful to have you here and to hear your voice! I can't wait to see more stories from your side!

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 09
Mar 09

Thank you, Manasa! Can't wait to read your work, and learn from you!

Anita Shrestha
Mar 10
Mar 10

Thank you for sharing

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 12
Mar 12

Thank you for reading, Anita!

Gratitude-Love
Mar 11
Mar 11

Dear Sowmya,
I enjoyed reading about you and you are such a delight. I am grateful you are here.

Shirin

Sowmya Swaminathan
Mar 12
Mar 12

Dearest Shirin,
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm grateful for your presence as well! :)

Gratitude-Love
Mar 12
Mar 12

You welcome dear. We just keep spreading gratitude around and I just love it.