“I AM A FIGHTER – I DON’T GIVE UP EASILY,” -RJ Pooja Dalal Dholakia

Pooja Dalal Dholakia is the first Radio Jockey to start a story telling session namely ‘Vaachikam’ on an FM radio station in Gujarat in 2010-11 and continued it till 2018. Today she does Live Vaachikam session and also has launched her Vaachikam podcast on Apple, Spotify and on YouTube. Some of her popular shows on social media platforms are ‘Me, Mom & Moments’, ‘Candid with Pooja’ and the hit ‘The Pooja Show’. Pooja is a strong promoter of Gujarati literature and has propagated significance of Gujarati language through the storytelling format previously on radio and still continues to do so through other communication today – hosting numerous live shows or Garba events are one of her regular work routines.

‘I am a fighter – I don’t give up easily’ – says Pooja Dalal Dholakia who has donned many hats in her professional life. Pooja has been a Radio Jockey for 10 long years with Ahmedabad’s FM radio station ‘FM95 Radio One’, and has also worked in the capacity of a Producer, Programming Head, Copywriter. Pooja too takes book translation projects additionally, and recently translated the famous book ‘Calling Sehmat’ by Harinder Sikka in the Gujarati language.

Pooja has an art background to her credit. She has dabbled in theatre where she has performed many theatrical plays with the theatre group led by Mr. Raju Barot. Her penchant for the performing arts was nurtured by her parents from childhood. Training as a vocalist propelled her to sing in various garba groups and also for many television series title tracks, jingles, live programs and Gujarati film songs.

Winner of the GIFA 2016 Women Achiever’s award, Pooja asserts that she never faced any gender discrimination on the professional front. She thanks her parents and now her husband for her steadfast rise as a professional, initially she faced many hindrances be it pursuing her Masters degree in Journalism or her decision to be a radio professional, but her independent streak pushed her to make her own path which began with her as an intern with Radio Mirchi 98.3 in 2006-07.

Pooja believes boundaries are built by women themselves : ‘Break your own barriers, and make your own destiny’ is Pooja’s message for all women. She has a long bucket-list of things to do in her life -from farming to paragliding to working at Google to visiting a space station. Well amidst everything in life at this point she is loving and enjoying the ever changing challenging role of a mother to a three year old daughter, but very comfortably she says ‘Challenge yourself in everything constantly and you will grow leaps and bounds’, -and her face sparkles with a smile.

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