Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born in Guwahati, Assam. I have a twin brother. I moved to Delhi to complete my senior secondary education from Delhi. I completed my 12th boards this year and have taken a gap year to explore. I want to study Mathematics and love playing video games. I was the president of the Mathematical society of my school and the mentor of the Chemistry club. I have volunteered for organizations like Teach for India and also have done other internships like making a film of girl safety, teaching kids in community centre, etc
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen?
One of my friends had liked a post on Facebook where Bhumi was mentioned. The name intrigued me, so I looked it up and signed up for orientation. In my earlier internships, I just showed up for a meeting before the day of starting, so this was different. After getting an idea of the various aspects of Bhumi’s projects, I volunteered for Little Einstein Math and Nakshatra.
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
I started volunteering for Bhumi with Nakshatra. I was in the liaison team and the best part about it is we travelled in groups for work. I have made very good friends here. I slowly started to love the work culture and requested to volunteer fulltime (volunteer during the week too). I have learnt a lot while working in various teams. Even though I’m one of the youngest volunteers in Delhi, I have never been made to feel so. Everyone is considered an equal and known by their work which is something I cherish a lot. Bhumi has made me realize my responsibility towards the society and has also given me a way to contribute to it. The satisfaction when a kid smiles when I enter into the centre gives me much more happiness than I initially imagined. Bhumi has immensely increased my level of patience.
One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian
After one of the meetings, a volunteer was reading a newspaper and came across an event that was going to be hosted the next day early morning. The aim of the event was to promote exercise so that one can live a healthy life. Suddenly a plan was made and everyone in the meeting showed up at the park the following day. There were a lot of activities like running, aerobics, cycling, Zumba etc. We did all the activities as a group which was a lot of fun. Everyone in the team was wearing Bhumi t-shirts and after the event, we spread awareness about Bhumi.
Tell us about one Bhumian, who has been an inspiration
I have met a lot of amazing people in Bhumi but the best inspiration for me is Tanushree Sharma, the Regional Manager of Delhi, Jaipur and Kolkata. As I work with Bhumi all through the week, I meet her on a regular basis and I get to learn something from her every day. We are taught to lead, to be patient with everyone but I have seen her do it on a regular basis. She makes sure that all the volunteers are motivated and treats everyone as friends. Her leadership skills are an inspiration to me and I hope to develop my leadership skills to her level.
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us?
During Nakshatra, a few kids from the centre I teach came running to me and asked me to close my eyes. I was sitting at the registration desk near the main entrance. They told me to hold my hands out and handed me their medals. They had won the gold medal and wanted me to put the medals around each of their necks. The torrent of emotions that rushed to me at that point of time was overwhelming and actually brought tears to my eyes.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi
We do a lot of things in our life but for me, profound happiness comes when something is done without expecting anything in return. Everything one does has a consequence and when I see that our effort is changing someone’s life, the feeling is indescribable.