Josh Talks – a platform to showcase India’s most inspiring stories held its third session on Saturday in the American Excelsior Auditorium, Gurgaon. The event witnessed 20 prolific individuals – entrepreneurs, artists and sportsmen among many more who came together to share their stories, struggles and obstacles they overcame to reach success.
One of the first speakers was Franz Gastler, an American social activist based in Ranchi. His organization called ‘Yuwa’ uses football to combat child marriages and human trafficking and inspires and empowers girls of rural Jharkhand. One such girl is Chanda Kumari who shared the story of how she beat the odds and went on to play football in Spain.
Simran Shaikh – a transgender activist known for being a key member of Alliance India’s Pehchan programme and also interviewed by Aamir Khan for his show Satyamev Jayate also came forward to share the story of her journey from being a sex worker to a bar dancer and to finally being a member of the World Bank. “We need to fight the internalized homophobia and transphobia in our communities and transform our fear of our own gender and sexual identities” she said.
Sonia Chaudhary, a beauty salon owner came forward to share her experiences of recovering from an acid attack that changed her life. “The attacker just ruined my skin, not my courage and determination” she said, as she urged people not to ignore and be insensitive to such incidents.
Among the other prominent speakers was Mr. Arunachalam Muruganthanam, a common man who took up the cause of women’s health to create his company Jayashree which not only has machines in 27 states in India but various chapters worldwide. He also shared humorous stories and mocked the double standards of the corporate world.
During the course of the event, various performances were also lined up like a spoken word poetry act by Mildly Offensive Content and a performance by Hanita Bhambri, a singer and composer from the College of Business Studies in Delhi University.
The third edition of Josh Talks which aimed to move, disrupt, inspire and motivate certainly proved to do so.
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