“Well, it’s kind of a long story. I’d love to meet you and talk about, well... design!” Stopped (dead) in her tracks! Anu thought, “who is this bride?”
Who is Azhina?
Azhina is a young single mom of one. She graduated from high school at the age of 16 with AP honors and went straight into college. There she was, sitting in college, amongst students that were much older than her. During this time, Azhina wanted to pursue both medicine and computer science. So, she continuously met with her counselors to define her curriculum to meet the expected requirements.
She Initially pursued a career in medicine and obtained her pharmacology and nursing licenses. Yes, this was to mainly please her parents and to also prove that a daughter can hold multiple careers, accomplishments, and raise a son… all on her own! As her interest for medicine grew she debated moving further into the field as she still had a vast interest in computer science and technology. Shortly thereafter, Azhina received an opportunity to embark on a new journey within the tech sector. Fast forward to now, she is still a young, successful, woman leader working in the Silicon Valley!
Azhina has accomplished a lot. To add onto the list, Azhina was also an event planner on the side and the first female Bollywood DJ in the Bay Area!
Yes, this all sound like a great bio but what was that whole thing about “I got a second chance at life”.
The doorbell rings.
“Hello, Azhina?” (Anu reaches out for a warm embrace)
“Yes, It’s so nice to meet you!” (Azhina also embraces Anu)
The initial reaction from both was very positive and energizing. The conversation continued throughout the evening without a dull moment or a pause. They both had so much to share (beyond fashion). That night, a true friendship was formed. Leo Buscaglia once said,
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Did you catch the part earlier that said, “Azhina is a young single mom of one”? Azhina has a son. He is the first love of her life and will forever be her heart. Her son was from her previous marriage. A dark past that changed Azhina into whom she is today.
Strong. Independent. Relentless.
Of course, she was haunted by the talks of family, society and or how she was perceived. The thought of this mentality and how it is still around today fueled her ambitions to become a role model for her son. She doesn’t remember life before her son because she didn’t feel like she was actual alive back then or even living. Hence, “I got a second chance at life” which means to actually live life.
This was the start to a new chapter. For both, Anu and Azhina. Totally different. Everything changes from this point onwards.