“Culture -and- cultural values are the most richest treasure that we get as our legacy——we all Indians are born in the world’s most ancient culture. If observed carefully- while growing up, slowly and gradually we learn and start adopting our culture. If cultural values are sincerely adopted throughout one’s childhood, then adulthood will be remarkably mature. Our Indian culture has precise learning about every aspect of living- calm, composed and graceful life. The more you love, and more you live in your culture, the inherent values of your culture becomes more stronger -and- your culture becomes more richer day-by-day.”, and, this is the very first message that Neha Ankit Kadakia wants to give us all.
Neha Kadakia holds a spirited approach towards her life, and this approach is quite evident in her myriad tasks which she performs routinely. While this is been written, Neha carries the portfolio of covering a news bulletin for Mumbai’s three iconically different suburbs- Andheri, Vile Parle, and Santacruz —— she works for MID-DAY (Gujarati) -the promising news daily of Mumbai. Moreover, she is a State Influencer for Maharashtra at WOMENOVATAR (the acceleration platform for entrepreneurs, professionals, social activists, and mentors). Along with these all professional and social commitments, in her dream project ‘GANESHA & ME’ – she writes interesting stories in the form of a blog where Lord Ganesha is characterised as her father and his mount Undir (mouse) is portrayed in different avatars——GANESHA & ME teaches the morals of life. Neha is also active as a UN Peace Ambassador and member of Women-Wing at Indian Merchant Chambers (IMB). Furthermore, she renders her various honorary services as Cyber Security First Intervention Officer, where she helps people to know about how to register and file a complaint with the Cyber Cell, and how the Cyber Cell works and takes actions on those complaints.
In the year 2017 Neha Kadakia started her Facebook group ‘HASTAKSHARR SELF MADE DIVAS’—— a group that promotes native products through a Networking Podium. Basically, the group is intended to provide a digital platform where the creative side of its DIVAS (its female members) is highlighted and showcased -and- its community network generates new business opportunities for its women entrepreneurs running various micro-industries. The group organises vivid forms of events to encourage its members to showcase their talents under the guidance of various experts from across different walks-of-life. Every affair at HASTAKSHARR is well planned and meticulously curated to unleash hidden talent and best work-qualities of its members. HASTAKSHARR has more than 40 intercity whatsapp chapters – a virtual network which actually is a curated market for members to trade their products and services. The participation at her HASTAKSHARR SELF MADE DIVAS group certainly adds value to one’s life.
Born to a Chartered Accountant father and law study pursuant mother at Devgadh Baria, a small town in Dahod district of Gujarat, India (Devgadh Baria is also popularly known as Paris of Panchmahal)——Neha was brought up with her younger brother. Since her childhood she was inclined towards art and literature, she completed her graduation in the year 2001 and she started serving the corporate world. In the year 2006 Neha got married to a businessman. To pursue her art preference, she got enrolled at JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai and in the year 2007 grabbed her diploma in fashion-designing. Neha served in the corporate sector till her son was born in the year 2016. Neha also has studied Batik Art from Gurushishya Parampara of Ministry of Art and Culture. She is an ardent promoter of Indian Vedic Culture and in her personal life she earnestly follows it——she is raising her son in a manner where he is made aware of the cultural values through the importance of the Sanskrit language, the Shlokas and Mantras from the Puranas.
Encouragement and unconditional support from her family allows Neha to do much more——she is an Eco Warrior who believes in Recycle- Reuse- Refurbish. Neha enthusiastically promotes sustainable living through various activities on her social media platforms. She has been selected as the ‘Earth Day Hero 2020 (Maharashtra)’, the recognition is awarded by an international platform for mobilizing women and children to engage in eco friendly activities. Very soon in the coming years of her life, Neha wishes to go completely ‘swadeshi’.
While signing off this conversation, Neha in her message to other women says, “Firstly- You may choose forward living but you must stick to your cultural values. Secondly, you must raise the younger generation by making them aware about the right ethics and morals. ‘What you sow today you reap tomorrow’, so you must imbue the right values and discipline into our children- which in turn will make them virtuous citizens of tomorrow’s India,”.