Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Ms. Sonia Parekh. See her interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a feature for and about everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
I am Sonia and I am starting to realise I have way too many passions. One of my biggest ones is driving positive social change through empathy.
I am the co-founder of The Goodwill Tribe, a social initiative that exists to inspire kindness and human connection.
2. We spoke to Nisha, another member of the Goodwill Tribe a few weeks ago. What are some of the events coming up that Bangaloreans can attend?
[Editor’s Note: At the time, I did not notice that the interview was scheduled for after the event happened. I am sorry for the mix-up and promise something like this will never happen again.]
Bangalore has got this BEAUTIFUL event called “One Kind” coming up. One Kind events are about conversations that inspire human connection.
Usually based around a theme (this time’s is Self Love), strangers are brought together in a circle of sharing and a safe space is created. Conversations are had with trust and authenticity. People are encouraged to tap into their inner journeys, speak from their hearts and share openly to connect with other human beings.
This is happening on the 25th March. The venue is yet to be decided, but one can stay tuned to our Facebook Page if interested.
3. Great. So when you say you have too many passions, what do you mean? Would you share a few with the readers?
I love stories, conversations, art – especially up-cycled art, reading, travel and there’s a new found love for drawing mandalas. 🙂
Overall, I hold a strong passion for life and all it’s beautiful offerings.
4. What is the driving force behind your life? According to you, how is empathy relevant today and why should more people actively strive to be more empathetic?
Empathy for me comes from a lot of life experiences and interactions with people, especially in the last few years. It’s beautiful. It makes us vulnerable and I think that’s what the world needs – for people to be understood, appreciated, valued and loved.
Empathy allows us to connect with each other’s joys and pains in a way that makes you want to reach out to them and be there for each other. It also erases the lines between what makes us different and focuses on what make us the same.
It makes us understand before we judge or devalue one’s emotions. To me, I realise that we all feel the same way – pain, joy, love, hurt – so really, beyond our race, religion and culture – we are all just humans and that is a driving force behind why I choose empathy.
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything to plug? It could be a product or event, or it could be anything from a song to words of wisdom.
Music, always, especially the Beatles. 🙂
I often read quotes by Rumi for inspiration and articles on awakin.org for much-needed wisdom. Rumi’s quote [below] serves as a beautiful reminder!
“Stop acting so small, you are the entire universe in ecstatic motion.”
Thank you for reading Talkback Tuesday! You can leave a follow-up question for Sonia in the comments below. I’ll get an answer for you.
Next, check out the previous interview from last Tuesday with Divyansh Jain by clicking on the image below.