Meghna: Making Waves
I am a nonprofit event manager focused on living in the present. I love all things soul-nourishing: grandma’s cooking, bookstores and dancing till my feet ache.
I chose to participate in YKB this year because I wanted to dive deeper into my roots and examine the effects of my socialization in a setting that is culturally specific and sometimes challenging because it goes against South Asian social norms. I hope that by sharing my story, I can disrupt the cycle of narrowly defined South Asian womanhood in my own family and in my community.
A poet, an artist, a music and nature lover, a dreamer. Wife, Mommy to a 11 year old and a teacher who teaches technology and art to kids.
Choice of participating in YKB was prompted by the calling to explore living life undefended and as an authentic expression of true self. I hope to create curiosity about how it might change things if we could cultivate a safe, sacred environment of relating to one another in ways that are non-judgemental and non-restrictive.
Shivani: Inherited Silence
I am Floridian who moved to the Pacific Northwest for the vegan food. I work as an audiologist and recently started my own practice. Having been a fan of YKB for many years, I loved witnessing the healing, strength and support between YKB sisters at each performance. This year seemed the perfect opportunity to participate now that I have more time for myself.I think it is important for our community’s identity to be based on truthful, shared experiences rather than myths or expectations. I hope by telling my story I can help us get there.
Siddhi: Clouds Do Part
I am a kind and fiercely loyal woman who loves everything Desi- from Garba and Bhangra to Bollywood to Desi Khana. I call Tasveer my home and chose to participate in YKB this year after being profoundly inspired by last year’s stories. Through my story I hope to inspire changes in family dynamics in our culture and encourage people to have open dialogues around difficult subjects.
Khurshida: Slavery to Bravery
I am a bold, confident decisive leader who joined YKB 2019 to enlighten our community on the hidden crime of human trafficking. I am a mom, sister and friend, motivational speaker and chef. I hope by telling my story that I can inspire the humanity in us all.
Sowmya: Calm After Storm
I am a single mom to an amazing and handsome son Eshan. By profession, I am a newbie Real Estate Assistant and loving it! I chose to participate in YKB this year because I am ready now than ever before to celebrate myself differently today. I am here to tell my story because its my story of courage, wisdom, and strength I have gained through the journey of suffering
Indu: Grief & Gratitude
I grew up all over India and the Pacific Northwest has been home for 17 years. At work, I operate in the niche between HR and Technology. At home, I apply systems thinking principles to decode the human experience. I am mom to two energetic nine-year-old boys and love travelling and exploring life, with my husband.
My story has helped me re-frame old narratives around primary relationships and pivotal events in my life. The light I shine on my past, gives me clarity for the future. I hope my story adds to the voices that bring a positive change in our community.
Cynthia (Mumtaz): The Weight of a Decision
I am a mother of two sons, a center-fielder, a wife, an auntie, and a sister. A maker of tatertot casserole, and an Academic Adviser in the Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) Department at UW.
I signed up for YKB to be in community. To be brave. To be vulnerable. I’m a Pakistani woman and a mother of mixed-race children. I realize how important having a strong sense of identity is for me and my family. That begins with sharing my story. The love, the joy, and the pain. I hope others will find connections to the echoes of who I am.
I am a daughter, a sister and an Aunt, working in luxury fashion, a world traveler and a lover of people. I chose YKB as I wanted to find a platform to share my own journey of pain and betrayal and in turn grow from it.
Life isn’t only about the destination but the extraordinary connections you have along the way. 2019 is a year that I did not want to sit back. There was something missing in my life and I just felt I was going round and round on that hamster wheel. Today, I am here because I learnt the art of forgiveness through YKB and my sisters.