Anila Dhami is 24 years old, a Television Presenter for Zee TV’s Zee Companion, a humanitarian, and feminist. She studied a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Literature and knew her calling in life is to help humanity. Her writings and work on television aim to educate and inform people, raise consciousness, challenge norms, attitudes and beliefs, to ultimately create positive change.
What inspires you?
People inspire me. I love meeting and talking to new people because everybody has a different story to tell and each story is unique and intriguing. My family and friends also support and motivate me greatly as we work together to achieve our dreams.
Those who act of out goodness and spread love give me hope for humanity in a world where there is a lot of hatred. Yet negative actions also inspire me to speak up to hopefully incite and initiate change.
The universe also inspires me because I know that if I work with it, the possibilities are endless. After all, we are stardust that wishes are made on! And with the belief we are a collective consciousness, I am inspired to continue my work for humanity.
What’s your message to AWMB community?
Take action and break barriers in whatever way you can – whether for yourself or with the motivation that your steps in the snow will create a clear path for others.
We live in a world built by men. Rather than making our bodies fit into patriarchal structures, we should envisage and then lead the way. Women are capable of achieving anything if given the opportunity. But sometimes it is necessary to make opportunities too. So letting go of fear and realising that something is greater than fear is important.
Tell us something that would surprise us about you?
As AWMB is about business, I’ll let you in on a secret that many don’t know. I used to help my parents when they worked as market traders. At the age of 10 I used to wake up at 4am, even when it was snowing, and help them! I loved it, as I met knew people all day long, and learnt all my social, people, and communication skills. I used to be the one shouting “2 shirts for £10!”
It also taught me the value of money, and the true meaning and importance of hard work – as opposed to the importance of money. Seeing my parents work so hard and also assisting them sometimes, means that now I am determined and even more driven when fulfilling my dreams.
I will definitely make my child(ren) work on their own market stall for a few weekends so they too learn the value of money and get fire in their veins to work hard!