I started a Facebook page called Voice of Ram talking about social issues that I believed in and soon it took a life of its own. It is a platform which not only highlights a social issue but also offers a solution. It has touched upon issues related to India-Pakistan peace, political activism, anti-corruption and better governance.
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My father chose my name. He was very devout. He used to chant this verse and my name comes from there. It means beyond compare. He gave my mom a list of long-winded names. Nistula was the shortest of them all
I was studying in Class X when I was offered the Bengali TV show, Khela. At that time a Mumbai-based production house was also casting for a new show and called me for auditions. My dad didn’t allow me since I was still in school. Then for three consecutive years, they tried contacting me. Those days we had no access to the internet or mobile phones. So I would check my email at a cyber cafe once a month and would invariably end up seeing the mails after the auditions were over. Finally, I gave the auditions in 2009. Since I couldn’t travel to Mumbai, people came down to audition me and I was selected . After that, there was no looking back.
When I interviewed at Intel in 1996, I was asked where I wanted to end up in the long term. I said with full conviction that one day I would be the company’s country manager in India. It was my dream from Day One. Today, I feel very privileged to be living the dream, but it wasn’t always a sure thing.