DiscoverNew Indian WomanWhat is essential to seize opportunities - Chat with Usha Mukunda - Part 2 - Episode 24
What is essential to seize opportunities - Chat with Usha Mukunda - Part 2 -  Episode 24

What is essential to seize opportunities - Chat with Usha Mukunda - Part 2 - Episode 24

Update: 2020-08-283


From doing, nee, acing her library course despite enrolling at 40+, Usha Mukunda went on to set up an open library. She talks about how children led her path in setting up this open library and later on when she co-founded the school Centre  for Learning. And, at 60, she decided to explore a much bigger role. She talks about what led her to participate in designing the librarian course and influencing the open library movement across India. Yes, we have details about this interesting course as well.

Her energy is infectious and when she talks about what is most essential to seize opportunities, yes, there is learning for each and every one of us. Hope you listened to Part 1 of this interview(click here). Could one person's life have so many variations in roles ? What does it take to reinvent again and again ?


What the New Indian Woman podcast is about

As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting.  Second,  We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles  and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the second category.

And in the process, my aim is to help  you, the new Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.

What's in this episode:

Usha Mukunda talks about how after acing the librarian course she thought she will take up a prestigious role and what  influenced her thoughts on the same. And then, how she started her journey of influencing young minds by introducing them to the beautiful world of books through unconventional methods, leading to the concept of open library.

She talks about open library which is bound to change one's image of a library forever..

Then she takes us through being the cofounder of a very different kind of school and how children, once again, play a role leading the teachers.

Then, on reaching the age of 60, she decides to explore many questions around making open school a reality even in rural and poor settings. This leads her to designing the course for Parag for librarians, a 7 month course open to anyone interested in books and children.

She talks about what it takes to be open and to look for and seize opportunities.

She shares what she considers is most important for all of us women..

She would love for you to reach out to her. Do feel free to send a mail to her at


If you have missed Part 1 of this episode, listen to it here -


You want to be inspired and figure out what practical steps you want to take in your life ? Don’t miss this episode.


Listen and share with all the women in your life..


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What is essential to seize opportunities - Chat with Usha Mukunda - Part 2 -  Episode 24

What is essential to seize opportunities - Chat with Usha Mukunda - Part 2 - Episode 24