Interview #1: For the Joy of Sharing

Divyaa Doraiswamy

An Interview with Venkataraman L.N.
Adaptive Instruction

Call me an ECONOMIST / SHLOKAPRENEUR or a SOCHCASTER…firstly I am a theist in every right. An extremely confident young lady in my early 40’s living in one of the most beautiful cities of India – Bangalore. I love the Temples I visit and absolutely long for the Annadanams I partake in every Thursday. My frequent visits to an old age home helping elderly parents who have been left to the mercy of the Lord to get free medical treatment and medicines is the best thing I’ve ever been a part of. Most importantly, GURUKULAM – THE SHLOKA LEARNING CENTRE isn’t a dream any longer.

Divyaa Doraiswamy’s Life Story

While necessity is the mother of invention, adversity is the mother of self-realization. Until we are broken into parts we usually do not know the parts we are made of. It then becomes an opportunity to come into oneself as a whole, synergizing one’s willpower, passion, and purpose. Divyaa is an epitome of success and a stunning fighter, overcoming all odds. She is an entrepreneur running a global online school for children providing shloka education to preserve and pass the ancient Indian scriptural wisdom. Sanskrit mantras and shlokas have been scientifically proven to improve memory, focus and find inner strength. This is an essential life skill of practical use for dealing with stress through chanting of hymns. Divyaa’s life challenging crises have made her what she is today and transformed her by the very thing she teaches children – the chanting of shlokas. Any transformation goes through a rough treatment and it would be appropriate to consider negative experiences as important milestones towards self-actualization.

Divyaa shares her wonderful wisdom in ‘threes’ as shared below. In order to appreciate her thoughts and life story better, a follow-up video interview would be scheduled. Please look forward to it. Meanwhile let us celebrate her success and the spirit of her passion to make a difference to others.

By Venkat
Adaptive Instruction

Divyaa’s Profile Summary

FoundedThe first of its kind – Gurukulam, An online Shloka School for children founded in Oct 2014
OffersCurriculum based Shloka chanting, and activities
One-on-one class with each learner
For children from 3 to 16 years
Research projects and assignments on temples, traditions, Vedic heritage
Featured in The Thrive Global, CNBCTV18, FEMINA, TOI, NEW Indian Express, The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle, The Medium, Bangalore Mirror, Ritz Magazine, Doordarshan TV (DD-Chandana), All India Radio (Bangalore), and a lot of other publications.

Divyaa’s Wisdom in Threes

Describe yourself in three words

  • Excellent Communicator
  • Confident
  • God Fearing

Define life in three words

  • Difficult
  • Challenging yet
  • Very beautiful

Three things which have been your greatest source of inspiration

  • My supportive and extremely loving family is a regular form of inspiration
  • My past achievements
  • Prayer and contemplation are my great source of inspiration

Three tough challenges you faced in life

  • A  head Injury that changed my life upside down
  • My personal life – A divorce rather made me/makes me who I am today (mentally and emotionally a stronger person)
  • Anxiety and depression have taught me to be a fighter

Three ideas to build resilience to face challenges

  • Push yourself: Push yourself no matter what BECAUSE there is Light at the end of the tunnel.
  • Work hard: The rewards may not be great in the beginning but once the troubled phase is over it will make you realize that HARD WORK is your ONLY CONSTANT – not money, not the luxuries but the lesson that HARDWORK taught you
  • Never Give Up: Good times/Not so good times/Bad times are all a part of life. Just like how we cherish our good times, we should never give up during our bad times because Seasons do Change and good times/troubled times  are like seasons and they don’t last forever. So just don’t give up!

Three essential things needed to achieve success

  • Hard work: Hard work can help one achieve anything that they aim for. There is no shortcut/substitute to hard work.
  • Passion: Transform your passion into your profession because the joy in doing what you like to do most helps you perform in ways totally unimaginable thereby leading to success.
  • Motivation: Motivation helps one work during times when things are not going our favour, but thats the only thing that keeps us going.

Top three practices and habits you would advise to young students

  • Read: Read for half an hour to 45 minutes everyday – for reading opens up avenues, makes you think/imagine and learn something new every single time. It gives you information that you probably didn’t have earlier, it gives you knowledge in areas that you thought didn’t exist. Reading creates a world of opportunities for each one of us 
  • Physical Activity: A must do activity for all of us to keep us fit and healthy – Could be a walk, swimming, yoga, gymnastics or just playing with friends
  • Prayer Time: Prayer Time of 10 mins everyday helps us connect with the supreme high helping us fight negativity in any form be it anger, hatred, ego, restlessness, violence thereby contributing to the overall well being of a person.

Divyaa’s Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of Karnataka Women Achiever’s Award (KWAA 2021)- Excellence in Art and Culture
  • The Jury short list of the Times Award in 2020
  • Insight success Magazine –Women Entrepreneur 2020
  • Empowering Women in Business 2020 by Insights success
  • Featured (My Story) in The Big Dream Book Series (Available on Amazon)

Contact Divyaa

Video Interview Topic: Prayer

The objective is to serve as a means to trigger thoughts and insights, especially for young professionals and students. The topics are not covered in their entire range and depth of meaning. This sharing of experiences should open the doors to explore by oneself, the appropriate sources for a complete understanding on the topic.

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May 23, 2022 8:04 am

Kudos to Divya for her choices of developing her personality.

May 23, 2022 9:03 pm

Thanks Sir.Grateful for your kind words…

J Vaidhinathanj
J Vaidhinathanj
May 23, 2022 8:17 am

Really very inspiring. So confident and dynamic, iver-coming the past bitter pills. Sure she is shining and bound to achieve many laurels. Compliments.

Reply to  J Vaidhinathanj
April 17, 2023 9:28 pm

Thanks Sir.Grateful for all the kind words:)

May 23, 2022 5:30 pm

What a fabulous interview with multiple takeaways! Absolutely loved the format and the answers!

Reply to  thetapestryoftales
May 23, 2022 9:05 pm

Thanks for your kind words.Grateful!