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I am allergic to certain phrases in my life like “Nothing can happen”, “No Future” or any inhibition & negativism. As a teenager I always discovered & explored talents in children who were” hyperactive & indisciplined” & who were rejected by the society. I would try to explore them &start discovering some creative performances by them. My biggest challenge arrived when my own brother started suffering from schizophrenia & all the Psychiatrists declared that “no development” is possible for him. I started my center Turning Point with a dream to bring back development & growth not only in his life but also in the life of all the unfortunate victims of mental illness in 1998.
From then on wards I have initiated a number of techniques like interactive games to increase their attention, concentration level, initiated a number of skills development & training for them, bestowed responsibilities on them to run the organisation with few of us as volunteers & support system & to take decisions for their own benefit. This whole process showed a great development in their life but the professionals were not willing to accept it as a strategy/ therapy for their growth & development .
East Side Institute & Social Therapy helped me to boost my confidence, learn some new techniques which were very similar to what I practiced at my center & allowed me to feel liberal to see & think differently. The concept & philosophy of Social Therapy is very similar to Indian Philosophy which I enjoyed. After returning back from ESI, I started an entrepreneurship initiative -“Jhankar” for them which have also received few national & international awards. To me, the most important factor is bringing development & growth to these people through some unconventional, affordable techniques to suit our budget plans. We now have three centers in three different areas & we are planning to open more. We are planning to restart Social Therapy courses again in India as now I have a willing member who is interested to collaborate with me & utilize his infrastructure to start the course very soon.
Winner of Helen Keller Award.
1st Place in Boston Pledge, entrepreneurship competition.
1st place in India in Metro Community awards.
Selected in the first 10 in TSEC competition at IIM, Kolkata.
Selected in the first 10 ebela samman.
Selected as best practice in UN Head Quarter, Austria in Zero Conference