Hosted by the happynesswalas, 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!
Please scroll down to see pictures and videos from Editions in 2021.
the happyness conversations on Saturday, April 24, 2021
Dr.Shanthipriya (Priya) felt her whole world cave in when, in 2011, she was told that she had an early onset of Parkinson’s Disease (PD)! Her career as an ophthalmologist was at its peak and she was just 36 years old at that time!! Overcoming the initial shock and fear, she discovered the power of accepting her Life for the way it is! In September 2018, at the Ms.Inter-Nations Pageant in Singapore, even as she won the Empowered Woman title, she courageously announced to the world that she had PD. In end-2019, Priya went through a complex surgery for Deep Brain Stimulation to help her manage her PD condition for the long term. Emerging from the post-surgery phase, and all through the lockdowns in 2020, Priya immersed herself in her deepest passion – art! This was her way of expressing how she was feeling, coping and healing! She recently held a solo exhibition of her paintings and released her book of art and verses, 'Metamorphosis'. She says being accepting and open about her condition has led her to her Life’s Purpose! Priya now leads the SAAR Foundation that provides patients with PD both emotional support and the resources to stay fit, to stay active and to live fuller lives! Come, join us, as we explore Priya’s inspiring journey, of finding meaning and Happiness in Life when caught in the throes of an irreversible health challenge!
the happyness conversations on Saturday, February 27, 2021
Featuring Maneesha Ramakrishnan!
A story of acceptance, resilience and courage! Maneesha Ramakrishnan, Bengaluru, India It will be easy to introduce Maneesha as “the lady who has seen death at close quarters.” But it is important to celebrate her as the one who knows “the true meaning of Life and Happiness”! On 23rd February 2010, Maneesha was trapped on the seventh floor of Carlton Towers in Bengaluru when the building caught fire. She survived the over-one-hour entrapment, but she had to go through nine surgeries over the next few years to be able to live on and tell her story. She has lost most of her voice, she breathes through a tracheotomy tube implanted in her larynx, and she has no sense of smell. Before the Carlton Towers fire episode, her Life had not been exactly smooth either. She has had to deal with two marriages, both of which did not last; she has raised her two children, Akarsh and Dhruv, as a single parent. She has had to “stumble and struggle” through various career options to “earn a living”. And then the Carlton Towers fire left her physically, financially and emotionally devastated when she was just 40! Anyone in her position would have lost the will to live. But Maneesha has not just survived and soldiered on, she has learnt to be happy despite her circumstances! Listen to her inspiring story – of acceptance, of resilience, of courage and of celebrating who she is, living fully with what she has!