Girl Power Talk interviews Sanskriti Mishra, author, storyteller, and the founder of Unsamaaj.
1. You recently started your own clothing brand called Unsamaaj. Why did you choose this name and what is its aim?
Sanskriti Mishra: The name Unsamaaj comes from the concept that women have a lot to follow, the rules set for them by the society (Samaaj in Hindi). As women, we have a lot to unlearn and that’s how I came to the name Un-Samaaj so my audience knows that we are here to break stereotypes and we wouldn’t judge them for their choice. To make them know that it’s a safe place.
2. Who has been your mentor and inspiration throughout your life?
Sanskriti Mishra: Many women like you and I who were brave enough to share their stories of success, stories of failures, stories of heartache and more. This was one of the main reasons why I wanted to come here and share my story, Because I know some girl somewhere is going to read it and take a call that will change her life.
3. If you were asked to describe your journey in a single word or a sentence, what would you say?
Sanskriti Mishra: One word would be ‘Phoenix’, and one sentence would be ‘Every battle a girl fights is one less battle for the next generation of women’.
4. What are some of the challenges that you have faced in the content and entertainment industry just because you were a woman? How did you overcome them?
Sanskriti Mishra: Self Limitation – most women put these limits on themselves even before the world has a chance to drag them down.
5. What would you call your biggest achievement to date?
Sanskriti Mishra: After getting forced into a marriage, dropping out of college, suffering through depression for two years and still getting up each day to dream big. I wrote two novels, started my own business and got to the position of Creative head in a Corporate.
6. Opening up about traumatic experiences is one of the hardest things we can ever do. What helped you muster the courage to write about it?
Sanskriti Mishra: When I look back to see what got me through my toughest times, I remember it was the TED talks and blogs of women who had gone through struggles, but they came out stronger and smarter. I wish to be that for at least one more girl.
7. What would you say to young women just starting out in their careers?
Sanskriti Mishra: Be bold, be strong, be unapologetic and never let anyone tell you otherwise.