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Episode 000 FindingTheVoices Introduction by Monica Ingudam

Welcome to FindingTheVoices.com, Khurumjari, mityeng tabiriba punamakpu taramna okchari.

I am Monica Ingudam, IT Professional, Freelance interpreter for Manipuri (Meitei Lon) Language, proud to be a Manipuri, blessed to be playing different roles (including being the cook, maid and driver of the house -YES, roles which are generally supported by staff in India) and wearing multiple hats in my life. Becoming a Mother is the best role I could have ever asked, and I love wearing the hat of a podcaster FindingTheVoices , searching for voices which should be heard and shared with everyone 🙂 as a hobby in my spare pocket of times. Thanks to Social Media and my smart phone which helps me a lot.

In my spare time (If I have it at all, 24 Hrs. a day is not enough !!), mostly during my drive to work in my car, enjoying the scenic route of GW Parkway in Washington DC (or diffusing the frustration of traffic !!), I love to talk and hear the voices of my family, friends and people to talk about things I believe in (Yes, I am using handsfree for my calls in the car), and this is where the idea and discussion for each episode of my podcasting began …

I will be focusing on talking with guest speakers about:

  • Sharing stories which inspire, empower, educate and entertain us. Basically focusing on positive and hopeful stories in the midst of all the disturbing news we hear everyday about Manipur and let the world know and hear about these positive stories.
  • Promoting talents and culture of Manipur and the north-eastern part of India including the Fun and entertainment, YES we do have Fun and entertainment ! Internet is a powerful tool and who knows who will see your talent and you may land up with more opportunities.
  • Student will get to hear from our own people about different Career and Job options which will help to widen the young minds of Manipur to hear about other line of work. I have spoken to many students and the general perception of career option are to become a Doctor, Engineer or IAS officer and other options are not much known amongst students as well as parents. Also there is the craze and pressure to join extensive coaching classes and wait for 2 to 4 years to get into the medical entrance exam. And within this span, there are many who would become depressed with low self-esteem, lose focus and stray away.
  • Food and Cooking in general, a subject closest to me and I am sure to most people. Who doesn’t enjoy good food ? I started capturing my journey of cooking in my blog Monica Gi Chakhum (Monica’s Kitchen) as I was struggling to deal with everyday cooking after I got married. I am still struggling after 8 years !! You would think it gets better with experience!!.
  • Raising kids and the whole package that comes with it. I am not sure how my Mom and Dad did it raising 4 of us. I beleive in EEMUL (Ema Epa Mitna Uba Laini meaning Parents are living God) and appreciate more and more of what they have done and the sacrifices they have made in making me what I am today.
  • Life in General, Healthcare, Technologies and how it changes our lifestyle.

            and the list will go on and on …

I will be presenting podcasting in English as well as in Manipuri (with the possibility to translate in English) to cater to a global audience.

Please feel free to send me any feedback or comments. Suggestions as to who to interview are most welcome. If you believe in what I am doing and want to contribute in any way, please contact me. This is your show to voice what you stand for, what you believe in, what you want people to know and talk about …

And If you enjoy the show, share it to your friends and please come back again to http://FindingTheVoices.com.

Thank you for listening and sharing my journey of finding the voices. Yamna Nungaijare

Comments (21)

  1. Md Raees Ahamed
    Reply

    Well defined subject…!!! Really doing awesome job Sister, keep doing such work…!!! We are with always….

  2. Yengkhom Anilkumar
    Reply

    what a great idea…podcasting in your way to work…would love to share ideas and thoughts…keep it up..you’re a true daughter of the soil..am following you..

    • Reply

      Yes most of my coordination with Guest Speakers and reviewing (listening) the recorded podcast for editing is done in my car 🙂 Thanks, please continue tuning in.

  3. Reply

    Dear Chey I am your big fan even before you start Finding The Voice as we used to share the recipe and comments at Orkut as well in your blog Monica gi Chakhum or Monica’s Kitchen …all the very best to you .

  4. linda
    Reply

    Though I’m from Assam and very near to Manipur ,I have never been there..all that i hear about Manipur always about economic blockade,bandhs,….So its really good to see manipur with a different eyes via ‘Finding the Voices’ ..keep going strong

  5. birjit taorem
    Reply

    its a great idea che you have started . I do appreciate your work but there are some suggetsions I would like to suggest .

  6. Reply

    Its a great and wonderful job that you have done. We are hoping to see more and more. Especially, spreading positive mind is the best one theme among all. After I glanced at this side, I started feeling to work more, to help people and for the betterment of each and every human being. I would say, “This site is like the magic which heals our mind to work on for better future and peace in Society” May God shower you with all his blessing. We LOVE YOU. 🙂 “Be positive to get Positive Result” Thagatchari (Thanks)

  7. umabati
    Reply

    It is really a good work.I would really appreciate your initiative to know about Manipur specifically in India where people have wrong misconceptions of our people..i will aslo surely see ways to contribute
    in your journey of finding the voices

  8. Reply

    Sister, I really appreciate your work…. encouraging the spirit of living especially among the youths and in redefining one’s identity. Echebu thagatchari (thank you sister)..

  9. Reply

    Eche i do really love your show and find it very interesting. Got a lots of motivational thoughts from the conversation you had with those amazing guest speakers and i am really inspired. But to make the show more exciting i’d suggest you to interview more NRI(particularly Manipuri) and make sure that the audience clearly gets the idea of how did he/she went there and started settling out there.

  10. Junita Nirmal
    Reply

    Hi Monica,
    Your site Finding the voices is awesome, I really like it. It has not been very long that I discovered this site while I was net surfing for Manipuri foods as I am a foodie and very much in love with Manipuri foods. Keep up the good work, and let me also try and post something from my end, if that is allowable to you.
    Thanks for everything you have done for people like us.

  11. Sushmita Sarmadhikari
    Reply

    Good job,Monica.Wanted to know about your initiative and finally got some time to find and see u so…..so changed with so much responsibility.Keep up the good job.Keep inspiring women for OUR empowerment.

  12. Imraan lee
    Reply

    Its great and brilliant job sister as an Indian that also born in Manipur sa aManipuri such kinds of imaging n unbeliveable job r doing i proud of u good luck keep it up….

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