A Feature on an NGO worker

Born to a comfortable family with ample means and having protective parents might make one less aware of the plight of the underprivileged. But the opposite seems to be true for Satabhisa who seems to have an unending empathy and passion to help the underprivileged. Her aim to be a journalist also stems from her desire to help the downtrodden. A few minutes with her is enough to see why she is one of a kind. Her confidence is her first striking attribute. She knows what she is doing and is not afraid to question herself. Her confidence doesn’t mean lack of weakness but rather that she knows her weakness well. Her empathy, another striking feature, makes one wonder the way her world has been built.

Her passion for helping the weak and the needy is unparalleled. She has been working with the NGOs for almost ten years, having started at a young age of 13. She has even ‘unofficially’ adopted four orphans- Tapur, Tupur, Mohini and Moima- and has financially provided for them with her modelling job. Meeting them has been a life changing event for her and she claims that they gave her a new sense of responsibility. This kind of responsibility can be hardly found in a teenager. On asking whether she regrets losing out on her teenage years, she assures that she has no regrets. These kinds of incidents helped her to build herself as a person.

Satabhisa cites her family as the main source for her passion to help people. Her paternal grandfather had worked tirelessly for the underprivileged. Being a Marxist, he believed in equality. Her maternal grandfather, a NGO, works for proper sanitation in villages. Her father too believed in simple life and made her understand the importance of helping the people who do not have the same life as others. As a kid, whenever she bought something, her father would interject the reality of someone who couldn’t buy the same stuff as her. This even made her feel guilty cementing her desire to help others. She calls her urge to help as genetic and believes that if she had been born in a different family, she might not be the same person she is now.

Aside from her family she also has other people who have influenced her. She still fondly remembers her Class III English teacher, Savita, whose teachings developed her from a weak student in English to a top scorer. Another important person who broadened her world view is her friend, Shambhavi Saxena, an activist who was in the forefront of the Nirbhaya movement. “She sensitized me on gender issues and changed me for the better. She made me accept people with different sexual orientation,” Satabhisa smiles as she thinks of her friend.

Her undying urge to help others do result in danger. Once when she was covering a story, as a journalist, on increase in vegetable prices she was expected to call people to ask about it. But with her impulsiveness, she went on site to cover her story. She ended up against the vegetable mafia with guns. Implied warning was given with a loaded gun. After pacifying the mafia, she says she had to run from there. This kind of situations doesn’t seem to stop her or make her think twice about the actual dangers present. Helping people still remains her first priority.

Aside from all this, she is interested in travel, fashion and food. She runs a website called ‘sociomartini’ which deals with all three. Interviews of famous chefs and advice on how to travel are available in her website. She hopes to make her website more popular. She has also travelled to many places. Among her peers, she is known for her sense of humour and friendliness. She is universally loved by everyone and has everyone’s well wishes.