Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Monica Bhide

Monica Bhide is a celebrated food writer, modern Indian recipe creator and a frequent contributor to NPR’s Kitchen Window.  A storyteller at heart, Monica combines her love of family, friends and food – along with personal anecdotes highlighted by her Indian heritage – to help people add an exotic, unexpected and most-welcome new element into their lives. Tell us more …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Mallika Dutt

  Mallika Dutt is an Indian-American human rights activist and the founder of Breakthrough. Tell us more about yourself and what you do? I am the President and CEO of a human rights organization called Breakthrough. We are focused on making violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable. We work through centers in India and the United States and address a whole range …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Aparna Das Sadhukhan

Aparna Sadhukhan is the founder of Nine By Thirty, a jewelry business that sells silver and beads/gems. Tell us more about yourself and what you do? What inspired you to start working with jewelry? I was born to a modest family with middle class values and aspirations, in India. Like most others who grew up in similar circumstances in those days, I chose …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Lakshmi Puri

Lakshmi Puri is UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN). A champion of Human Rights, Ms. Puri is passionate about gender equality and the empowerment of women. Tell us more about yourself and what you do? I am UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN). I have worked …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Kalki Koechlin

  Photo Credit: Colstin Julien Kalki Koechlin is an Indian film actress of French descent who debuted in Anurag Kashyap’s critically acclaimed Hindi film Dev D. Koechlin prefers to call herself a humanist over a feminist, urging people to celebrate ‘Equal Day’ instead of a day for women. Tell us more about yourself and what you do. What lead you to …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra is an Indian author, journalist and film critic. She has written several books on Indian cinema and has been a film critic for NDTV, India Today, as well as the Hindustan Times. Tell us more about yourself and what you do. Why did you become a film journalist? I am a television anchor, I’m a writer, I’m a …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Nandita Das

Nandita Das is an award-winning Indian film actor and director who is passionate about social issues related to women, children and marginalized communities. More recently she is among the recipients of the 2014 Yale World Fellow honor, a prestigious distinction given out annually by Yale University. Tell us more about yourself and what you do. You have a Masters degree in Social Work, …

Meet The Woman Extraordinaire – Priti Menon

Priti Menon is an Indian vocalist born and brought up in Mumbai, it has been her life long dream to become a playback singer for Indian cinema. “Hearing my voice on the big screen and seeing actors miming my songs gives me a special feeling”, says Priti. Her wish is that she lends her voice to  the famous music genius …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha Koirala is the founder and director of Maiti Nepal – a non-profit organization in Nepal, dedicated to helping victims of sex trafficking. She won the CNN Hero of the year award in 2010. Tell us more about yourself and what you do. I consider myself to be an ordinary woman. I feel and react to circumstances just like any other …

Meet the Woman Extraordinaire – Lakshmi Rebecca

Lakshmi Rebecca Lakshmi Rebecca is a talk show host, director and producer. Lakshmi founded Red Bangle, a film production house, in 2011. In the same year, she also launched an online talk show called Chai with Lakshmi. Tell us more about yourself and what you do. I am a filmmaker and anchor who sometimes is also a marketer, is definitely an …