Dr. PRERANA GUPTA
- A Brief about yourself and how you describe your own Personality and Persona.
Two wordsdescribe my persona: “free spirit”. I am a strong believer that in order to achieve my true potential, I need to think free, free from the shackles of self-doubt, prejudice, hate and discrimination. I strive to achieve the best in myself by hard work and determination. I like to focuson my strengths which include a do or die attitude, understanding human emotions and empathy. I have a lot of patience and this helps me personally as well as professionally. Last but not the least, I am extremely fun loving and want to live each and every moment of my life with full zest.
- Your Achievements that make you feel high.
My biggest achievement in my life has been to be able to provide service to my country by tending to the mental health issues of the community. Each sad face when turns into a happy soul, each broken spirit which rebuilds itself fills me with a feeling of pride for my profession. I have the power to touch so many lives and influence them in a positive way which makes me feel very high. Also raising my son to the best of my abilities, insinuating good values in him, trying to connect him to our traditional roots is also something which I am proud of.
- Define the true beauty.
True beauty is a complete package. It is a person who is beautiful in all ways and dimensions: physically, mentally and spiritually. A true beauty is pleasing to the eye as well as to the soul. It provides great comfort to all experiential existence, making this world a better place to live in. It could be many roles wrapped in one persona each contributing to the true beauty of a woman. A true beauty not only cares for herself but also for the people around her.
- What makes a complete, healthy and happy family for you?
A family where each member is entwined with other by threads of love, care and respect. The members may not necessarily be related by blood but are connected to each other by heart. A family is a place where each individual is allowed and encouraged to reach their full potential. All members love and care for each other unconditionally and find happiness and contentment in each other’sendeavors. A family that sits together for 2 meals in a day where home cooked food and traditions are given priority over new age fads for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of all.
- What is your favourite Idea of Holidaying?
A great vacation is a holiday which gives rest to the soul and invigorates the weary body and mind. A getaway in the nature is my idea of a perfect holiday. Nature always soothes and resurrects me. The glory of nature makes me humble and I realize how miniscule my problems are in front of the mighty Mother Nature. The mountains, the seas, the wildlife and the flora make me believe in a higher power, the Parmatma – the creator of this universe. To be able to witness nature with my loved ones in a peaceful atmosphere is the idea of a perfect holiday for me.
- Why you are participating in Mrs India Queen of Substance?
I have always believed that women have the power and potential to give direction to the society. With their beauty, innocence, wisdom and mental strength, they can make many things right. I want to spark a change and raise my voice using this platform about two things for which I am greatly passionate for – protection of nature and promotion of mental health. This portal of Mrs India Queen of substance will give me adequate exposure and arena for my voice to be heard aloud and far.
- What bothers you most about what is happening in the country today?
The rising numbers of depressed people and suicides happening in our country is what bothers me most. They are in turn tied to poverty and unemployment. The ignorance, illiteracy and lack of equal opportunities also add to the burden of mental health challenges faced by the nation today. Poor outreach of health services, education is also a major cause of concern. Most problems faced by the people of the country are interlinked and all round work in all areas simultaneously is the need of the day.
- The Quote or saying that encourages you?
“Don’t shrink yourself to fit into places which you have outgrown.” I am deeply affected by the hidden power in these words. Many times we get cornered by social norms, doubts and fears about ourselves, societal pressures to let go of our dreams and aspirations. We try to live a compromised life and sacrifice our ambitions in order to fit into a water tight compartment made by the society. The greatest service which we can do to ourselves and our loved ones is to have the courage to say yes to our dreams and follow them relentlessly.
- What is true “Sportsmanship” for you?
While we strive to achieve our own dreams and realize our true potential, it is also important for us to be kind to other people’s needs and aspirations. Giving due regard and respect to fellow competitors and respecting their dignity is true sportsmanship. Extending our hands for timely help when someone needs it the most and making them feel valued is sportsmanship.
- If you were selected as a Charity Ambassador what Value addition would you like to make for our Society and how?
I hope to be the beacon of raising awareness of two important mental health issues – suicide and drug addiction. The steadily increasing number of deaths by suicide and the alarming growth of drug addiction in children and adolescents pose a great risk for the development of our nation. I would like to create awareness and I would strive to free our society from these menacing problems by private public partnerships to create affordable mental health care for every strata of society especially to underprivileged children.I believe that it is much easier to build a healthy adult than to repair a broken adult.