In Conversation

August 5, 2015

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photo by kama catch me

“I had people tell me I didn’t look Indian, or ‘act’ Indian but no one taught me how an Indian girl should act. I was taught how a human being should act. Ethnicity wasn’t the first explanation we reached for to explain differences”

“I’m in constant competition. With myself. I don’t really compare myself to other people – not because I’m arrogant but because I don’t know their stories, their standards, and their challenges. It just seems unreasonable. Instead I compete with myself every single day”

Last week I sat down to a rather candid interview with fellow creative Arieta from Talanoa (the word talanoa is the Fijian, Samoan and Tongan word meaning to talk or discuss). What started out as just another interview gained so much positive response that Arieta and I have been left wondering what we could possibly do next to build on this. Before I get too carried away on the next steps I wanted to share this interview with my readers and my community. I talk about ethnicity and race issues, career and business as well as my journey. I think in part the response has been what it is because this is an aspect of my story that I hadn’t really shared. I hope you enjoy it and as always, I love your feedback (positive and constructive).

You can find the full interview here.

3 comments

  • Nadeena

    I finally got a chance to sit down and read this and I am once again inspired by who you are as in individual, the way you look at the world and people and the life you lead.

  • Devina Ramlu

    I love reading your blog, especially relating to how “you did not look Indian, ” and your other challenges that you have mentioned. I also grew up being told I did not behave Indian. It was always important to me that what I did for others, showing compassion and empathy be first and foremost.
    I find it quite amazing how I relate to lots of things that you mention. I have a daughter who writes, she is an amazing young woman like yourself.
    I would love to read more about your views on women, their constant fight for acceptance in society and also children from broken families etc.

    • Vanisha

      Hi Devina, Thank you for leaving a comment and saying hello. I tend not to write much about women directly but I guess it comes across indirectly in my work. I explored children’s experience of schooling during my PhD and found that family support and a sound family environment were vital to children completing their education x

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