What was your childhood like?
Exciting – my childhood was exciting! I lived with my parents, younger sister, Nani, and Nana, and for a while, my Khalas as well. There was never a dull moment. I learnt something from everyone: my Nani taught me how to plant tomatoes in the garden; my Khala taught me to use a computer; my mom taught me to ride a bike. That’s the best part about growing up in a joint family. There’s so much love and so much excitement surrounding you at all times!
Who has been your greatest mentor?
I know this sounds a bit cliché, but the person I truly call my mentor is my mom. Even when I was a child, she’d treat me like an adult. She gave me the space to grow, learn, and share my opinions and thoughts. Whenever I set a goal for myself, she did everything in her power to facilitate it. She led by example – I watched her live her life as a strong, motivated woman. I hope one day my kids can say that about me too.
How did you raise money for the humanitarian projects of Al-Wasila trust?
When my mother and I began collecting money for Al-Wasila, it was just a slow day-to-day process. We never had any specific amount in mind. We collected the money as it came and simply handed it over to Al-Wasila. Our role in raising the money was simple: we spread the word and watched the kindness pour in. People have great hearts, and once a small act of goodness begins, everyone joins in. I didn’t raise the money for Al-Wasila – we all did together.
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