Hosted by the Odyssey Bookstore, this is a live, reflective, non-commercial Conversation Series anchored by both Vaani and AVIS. the happynesswalas explore the lived experiences of guests who have faced Life's upheavals stoically. Sharing from their own journey and those of their guests, Vaani and AVIS showcase learnings on the value of choosing Happiness in any situation or context, despite the circumstances. Audiences take away inspirations and reflections on living fully with what is!
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the happyness conversations on Saturday, February 29, 2020
Featuring Umasree and Raghunath!
On their wedding night, in August 1997, Raghu confessed to Uma that he was dealing with schizophrenia; he had been forced into this arranged marriage by his family. Despite being shocked by the unfairness of it all, Uma decided to give her relationship with Raghu understanding and love. It wasn’t at all easy. The social stigma associated with mental illness, his family wanting to hide his condition, the endless domestic pressures and an attempt on Uma's Life – camouflaged as a fire accident – inside their house, brought the couple to the brink. Desperate, one day in 2005, Uma went up Raheja Towers on Mount Road, in a bid to end her Life by leaping off the top floor. In the elevator though, serendipitously, she bumped into Siddharth Jayakumar, the superstar banker-author with a cerebral palsy condition. Inspired by the encounter, Uma decided in that nanosecond to give her Life, and love, another chance. Laboring through compassionately, Uma and Raghu have helped him overcome his mental health challenge. They live a meaningful Life together now, leading thriving careers, championing for mental health awareness, supporting social causes and doting over their daughter Aishwarya. Listen to them share their incredible journey – of how they found meaning and Happiness by celebrating Life despite its imperfections!