I am the Lightweaver. I weave idea-streams, thought-concepts, people, places and objects into new possibilities for future. I coach folks to enable, rehabilitate and rejuvenate their creative flow – whether writing, music, dance or technology.
I have a Doctorate in Communication from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque U.S.A. I have two Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner certifications from different trainers and NLP Master Practitioner Certification from Anchor NLP. I have taken coaching from Nick Kemp on Provocative Change Works and courses on Andrew T. Austin’s Metaphors of Movement. I continue to study the nuances of NLP and its allied areas from my mentor Master Trainer Col Sudip Mukerjee. I received my Masters in Communication and Journalism from University of Pune and my Bachelors in Zoology from University of Calcutta.
Professionally, I started my career as a Bharatanatyam dance teacher at the age of 13. Since then I have worked and excelled in diverse fields—pharmaceutical medical representative; software engineer leading Euro conversion projects; co-set up a training consultancy which later flourished as a nationally popular group; taught University students and researched in United States in the departments of Communication, Women’s Studies, Religious Studies, Peace Studies, Public Administration, and History. I am the founding-member of University of New Mexico’s flagship Interdisciplinary program, Research Service Learning Program. In addition, I taught at the Central New Mexico community college which gave me tremendous experience in working with diverse populations. Later I worked with Bernalillo county health council, weaving state and local entities to work together for Public Health.
I returned to India in 2010 after living abroad for 8 years. I have served as a faculty with two different universities; as a Program Director of a rural development foundation; and as a Communications Director with a media startup. I set up my first consultancy Nissima Consultancy and supported communication needs of individuals and non-profits. I also worked as a ghostwriter for two years, authoring seven books in this period.
I started writing at the age of 8 and wrote several short stories. As a researcher, I wrote and presented 16 papers at International Communication Conferences. I began to blog in 2011 under the name ‘The Earthwoman’. I am a trained Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam dancer. I have also formally learnt Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Contra and International Folk dances. I have received training in Carnatic and Hindustani music as well as Rabindrasangeet. I am currently learning the keyboard. I have participated in plays, including alternate theatre forms.
I support several social causes. I supported the Taskforce to End Hunger in New Mexico as well as the organic farming movement worldwide. I have been active with many disaster relief activities in India and abroad. I actively support groups working around issues of gender equity and gender violence.
The summum bonum of living a life of incredible diversity and creative richness is this offering— The Lightweaver Consultants. I share with you the gift of weaving light across disciplines, of being able to discern and create new patterns, of swimming through the many inner emotional and spiritual blocks to emerge your worlds a new.