Namita Lal, Director-Principal, North Oak Public School, Sanjauli, Shimla
- How do you define yourself–It is certainly difficult to define oneself but I think I am a sincere, hardworking and a compassionate person.
- Have you discovered yourself–Many situations arise in life and everytime you respond differently and realize that there are so many facets to your personality of which you yourself are not aware. So self-discovery is a constant process.
- How do you balance work and life–Since I value both, my work and personal life, it is important to maintain a balance.As I have a very strong family fabric which is always motivating and supporting me, I am easily able to balance. They have more faith in my abilities than I do.
- A dare quotient (anything you would dare to do or say!)– A dare quotient for me would be to do adventure sports.
- Life lessons learnt – I learnt that things don’t turn out the way you plan or the way you think they should be. There will always be good and bad times, but you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, if you have people who love you.
- Your driving force– My passion for education and being in this profession through which I have touched and shaped so many lives over a period of thirty years is my driving force and not to forget the strong support that my family gives me.
- Success / failure (what it means to you?)–Success is an individualistic term. Success is not the key to happiness, rather if you are happy doing what you love doing is success to me.
- Three things no one knows about me–Everybody knows everything about me.
- My most over-used term–Everything will be O.K.
- New things I learnt from my kids– My children are more tech savvy and that is what I have learnt from them.
- I love to watch–Movies based on true stories and Mafia movies.
- Most recent book I finished reading–Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. I am currently reading Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of An Empire.
- My first thought in the morning– Thankyou God for another day!
- Fictional place I would love to be in– Never thought about it.
- Message to peers and my readers– Always remain positive and treat every individual with respect.
- Feminism to you is–Simply gender equality – whether it is in education, sports, wages, professions, that is, all spheres of life, as women are more sincere, hardworking and farsighted.
- Women empowerment to you means– I believe in empowerment of each individual. Empowerment definitely comes with education; education builds confidence; gives skills to analyze a situation and find solutions; helps in communicating effectively with others and being tolerant of others views and behaviour.
(Founder Principal, Doon Valley Public School; Former Principal, Guru Nanak Foundation Public School, Mohali. She has over 30 years’ experience as an educationists and strives to work for improving the education system by adopting innovative ways of teaching and skill building.)