“To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, an existential philosopher, concises it well. Risk-taking is an innate call to claim one’s
existence. To exist in your life! Risks are what life throws at you. Sometimes risks come crashing in the life
uninvited, while other times you venture out towards it. Risk-taking and playing unsafe is being redefined in the
present world context. Breathing life through the pandemic era is like facing war on all fronts, people are pushed
to their extremes to come and rethink their comfort positions. Unsafe is the only safest paradigm that ensures
existence in the world.
Are you ready to take risks in life?
Let’s listen to people who have done that all! Let’s unfold their experiences! Let’s play
Performer, Activist, Poet, Founder Director QueerAbad
"Anahita (she/her, they/them) is the Founder-Director of QueerAbad, Ahmedabad's only Queer-Ally support
and community platform. She is an educator and facilitator, teaching IB Theatre Arts and English Literature
to 11th & 12th grade students, as well as running theatre based workshops on creativity, team & confidence
building, mental health & peer support, & positive communication, for corporate and NGO clients.
Regardless of the work or project, Anahita focuses on having a continued dialogue and engagement with
gender, sexuality and the self."
"Adept in various art and photography genres, with an impeccable flair for creativity, Vimal Chandran
could be aptly named a Visual Artist. He's a self-taught artist whose work is a skilful concoction of urban
art, illustrations, installations, graphic design, photography and film. Hailing from Kerala, Vimal
currently lives in Bangalore, India.
Vimal undertakes commercial assignments/ brand collaborations with as much passion as his self initiated
works. He is also the founder of 'Unposted letters' that showcases his works on unique lifestyle
Aruna M. Bahuguna
Indian Police Service - Director General of Police (retired)
Aruna Bahuguna is the first woman IPS officer in erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. She has served in challenging
areas across the country and had risen to the seniormost rank of Director General of Police. She has been
Indian Police Medal for Distinguished Service, President’s Police Medal for Meritorious Service and Union
Home Minister’s Disc for Excellence in an Institution.
Founder & Director, Good Universe NGO
Kamal Nayak, the founder of the NGO Good Universe, is a UN SDSN Fellow, who advocates for sustainability in
the field of women’s health, climate change, and gender equality. His NGO’s vision is to create a free and
equal world where women, children and transgender can lead a dignified and secure life. Good Universe has
positively impacted more than 40,000 women directly, and 10,00,000 women indirectly in the last six years.
Being dearly addressed as the Padman of Hyderabad, he has also earned the title of Hyderabad Heroes Award by
Co-founded the Robin Hood Academy
"Pooja Dagli is the head of Robin Hood Academy, an initiative of the Robin Hood Army. Professionally, she is
pursuing a career in corporate law. Her foodie genes, love for kids, and a strong desire to give back to
society found her soul mate in Robin Hood Army back in 2014.
The Robin Hood Academy was founded in 2016 to empower underprivileged kids and bridge the education gap. The
academy has mentored over 7300 street children in more than 102 cities, and over 1800 children, fondly
called 'Academy Graduates', are enrolled in government-recognized schools."
Monk in Charge, Vedanta Society of New York
Swami Sarvapriyananda is a Hindu monk of the Ramakrishna Order for more than 25 years. Currently, he is the
head of the Vedanta Society of New York, a position he has been serving since January 2017. He was also in
residence at Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University last year. He frequently speaks at events centred
on the teachings of Advaita Vedanta. His spiritual lectures and teachings on the various texts of Advaita
Vedanta are widely popular and followed by people worldwide. His series of lectures titled "Who am I?" are
some of his most-watched talks.
Founder, Carbon Craft design
Tejas is an Architect - Researcher from Mumbai with a strong inclination towards Biomimicry and likes to
explore innovative sustainable strategies around clean air, clean water and clean food for the built
environment. He likes to fuse material knowledge with nature’s strategies to solve global problems with an
architectural intervention perspective. He has now set up a platform for research - Carbon Craft Design, in
Goa to experiment challenging work at the intersection of Tech - Craft - Design.
Associate Editor, Newslaundry.com
Meghnad is a public policy professional and a die-hard Parliament nerd who’s currently the Associate Editor
at Newslaundry. When he is not watching Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV obsessively, he spends his time poring
over legislation, trying to simplify them on Twitter and writing columns about them using GIFs. He hosted a
series to simplify the working of the Indian government called ‘Consti-tuition’ with Newslaundry. He is a
former LAMP fellow and has worked with multiple MPs in the past.
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