Divya has a dual degree in Clinical research (Cranefield University) and Business Management (XLRI). She has more than a decade of experience in regulatory writing in a leading pharmaceutical company. She is ardently passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, and it’s her endeavor to create an ecosystem where diversity is normal.
Divya is a survivor of a sea accident, where she lost her life partner. She went on to take care of the family and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. She bounced forward as a professional, as a mother, and an author.
She considers the purpose of her journey through parenthood as a gift that she wishes to share with all parents and educators in her book Purnah – the complete parent. By sharing her experiences with others, she wants to co-create a joyful environment for children and parents and help them live a holistic life.
Inspiring, optimistic, and bursting with energy, is what describes Divya.
When my son and his friends intriguingly asked certain challenging questions, my throat dried up, looking for answers. Eventually, I came to terms and mustered the courage to answer them a series of questions followed with time. At each step I took guidance and drew on my inner strength to give a rationale and age-appropriate answer to my son. It wasn’t a cakewalk.
It is not that these questions have not been asked before, but mostly they have remained unanswered. As a person who was caught up and challenged by such situations in life, I blended with all those who were struggling with similar situations. Through these experiences, I realized that there is a need in society to be more accomodating to make all family structures a part of our lives. The best possible route to create awareness in society about the special needs of parenting was through a book. This encouraged me to write a book about my experiences and the experience of other parents in similar predicaments.
I started putting together my experiences around the challenges I faced as a single parent and started connecting with other parents on their challenges and how they overcame them. I conducted several surveys and workshops for parents to reflect on their parenting journey. Parents shared a few things they were very proud of and a few things that they struggled with. I was amazed by the influential stories I heard and how powerful these stories were. I decided to put my personal story as a thread, which strings together the pearls of the stories of other wonderful parents that I have met on this journey.
I also consulted educators and counselors to understand what was the gap they were seeing in the children and the parents. I gathered stories around those topics and put forth perspectives to address those issues. It was an art to weave all the learnings and stories in simple words.
In this book, you will find fulfilling experiences of parents in varied situations at different stages of parenting that could resonate with you, thus helping you.
Concept notes about the book.
Your child completes you as a parent. Devoid of whether you are a single parent or co-parent, parenthood welcomes you into a wondrous journey of empowerment, acceptance, awareness of self, and redefinition of your values.
Purnah – The Complete Parent is for all parents and educators to help them get prepared and to prepare kids for the ever-changing course of life. With the rising evolution of the family structures, society, and economy at large, there is a need to adapt to our parenting styles for the millennials. The book compiles stories of the experiential learning of countless parents. It helps you create an emotional and adversity quotient. It also touches upon some auspicious things we need to bear in mind while singly raising children.
The book touches on various aspects required for the holistic development of a child: to raise children who are joyful, brave, resilient, yet sensitive. It will help mold them in their early years into beautiful human beings.
Join us to reflect on your own parenting journey, pause, think, question, and define what is important and meaningful to you and your child. The goal is not to be a perfect parent or to raise a perfect child. The goal is to be aware, accept, re-define, and feel complete as a parent.
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