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Purabi Mahapatro
Purabi is a Management Graduate from XIM Bhubaneswar. Worked in micro finance sector in India promoting rural finance with World Bank sponsored projects. An entrepreneur, co founded a handloom designer studio named Varnika. Currently is the chief of operations at VANAJARAO GROUP.
The thought of chumming is still a scare and more of a taboo than a biological change in a 
female being. Female being sounds very dissonant, so is the social taboo related to 
periods. PERIODS  the inherent biological potent of a woman to be able to give birth to a 
new being. 
Times changed and what not has moved developed advanced and recreated to the best of 
human achievements which needs no mention, yet I shy away from disclosing to any of my 
male relations be it be dad, brother, colleagues or my own life partner about my PERIODS. 
It was an unsolved puzzle for me before I got my own periods. Scared to discuss with my 
well educated mom, I would quiz my grand mom about it. And known as she is for a very 
respectable and an example of being the perfect mother and housewife she would dissuade 
my questions with answers which were more of avoidance than of the biological change 
which was going to storm my teen age. Aie (my maternal grand mom) explained to me that 
I would become an eligible lady to take care of a house and would be equipped to handle 
the family. 
As I entered my 8th standard unknown of sex education session in my Convent by a noted 
gynecologist my mom would ask questions as to do I bleed during urination or observed 
any red spots. Coming to the orientation sessions on female anatomy, in school, it was more 
of a scientific terminology session and being a Co-ed school, I hardly bothered to ask any 
queries. Even the day of my first periods my mom just told me how to and when to use a 
sanitary napkin, but absolutely no discussion on the biological and hormonal changes 
undergone by a girl during this phase of life. 
All lessons learnt are through the changes which occurred in my body and very little 
knowledge gained from the biology chapter in school about Human Reproductive system. 
Definitely over the years friends and cousins shared their own experience to feed me with 
few insights.  
And there was a time where I put these thoughts into oblivion and worked in a male 
dominated micro finance sector accepting all the unhygienic sanitary condition in every 
nook and corner of our country. 
Time has changed; we have the latest advertisements for sanitary napkins, and a big market 
and drum overflowing with varieties of sanitary napkins. We do watch these adds with our dad, siblings, cousins, toddler or teenage son family friends with the same awkwardness we 
did  40  to 50 years back. 
 
Then came the time when my daughters friends started getting at an early age of 10 years, 
I being an considerate educated working believer of gender equality MOM( as self 
proclaimed—yet to be authenticated by my daughter) started talking, scaring her and 
sometimes covering up my fears putting her to unnecessary thoughts. But it was definitely 
different for her in her coed school, they had open sessions with teachers explaining very 
clearly about the change, the process and the biological developments in her body. 
At one point she shut my mouth by uttering whats the big deal most of my friends have 
started their chums, so will I get it! She never shied away in discussing with her dad openly 
about all that is going to happen. And definitely I am happy and comfortable that my 
daughter is well informed and hopefully she should never hesitate in discussing with me 
any part of her biological and  emotional life 
Was I happy of the change? Did I get a chance to discuss with my Professor dad who loved 
me the most of all my siblings? Not much except for that he used to get my sanitary napkins 
from the market.  
In the Present time, do all the girls get a chance to be open about their feelings with their parents. 
It is the right of every teenage girl and boy to know and be well informed about the process of 
periods. What are the rights and wrongs of sex and what call should a female take in response to 
her biological needs of her body. Is it necessary or will they learn with passage of time.   
 
Let us scrape the tabooed thought process !!  And  make sex education a compulsion for 
both the genders in school. Our kids should not only discuss in private with their friends 
but should be open in front of parents to wipe out all chances of doubts. Accessibility to an 
informed and hygienic sanitary life is a birth right of each and every girl born on this planet 
Earth. 
 

Dr Vijaya Krishnan is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), and the Co-Founder and Director of Healthy Mother Sanctum, Natural Birth Centre. She is the leading official Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) in India and teaches the Healthy Mother Lamaze Accredited Childbirth Educator Program.

At her Natural Birth Centre, The Sanctum, she has pioneered a unique Collaborative Model of Care – Women receive Independent Midwife Led Care, through pre-conception, pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum, with back-up support and emergency infrastructure on site

Dr Nidhi Agarwal is a connoisseur of the Holistic approach to propagate medicine free lifestyle for the last 12 years! She is a Homeopathic physician, Lifestyle & Wellness Coach, Relationship Counsellor, a holistic healer and the Director of Prakash Holistic Health Care Centre (PHCC).

Dr Nidhi, a harbinger of holistically healing any individual body, mind and soul.  Her motto is to successfully guide her patients towards a lifestyle where they can cure their body from within by understanding the requirement of the body and nutrifying it by embracing home remedies and using ingredients from your kitchen, with the minimal or no medicinal intervention.

Period Hub is proud to have Dr Nidhi on the Advisory Board. We share the same value system and advocate the Natural way of living. Period Hub hopes to benefit from her rich experience and utilise her insights to enrich our workshop modules. We also hope we shall be able to extend her expert advise to our customers and bring them out of their Period Woes.

Hema Balakrishnan is a social entrepreneur and founder of The Conscious Storey – A Unit of Color D Earth – A Handmade Collective. Hema is an alumnus of the prestigious 10000 Women program, a Goldman Sachs funded Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs in 2009. In March 2012, she was chosen by the U.S Department of State to attend the coveted International Visitors Leadership Program on Women and Entrepreneurship by the U.S. Department of State.

An ardent believer of conscious living and sustainable lifestyle Hema mentors The Period Hub in its outreach programmes and activities at the grassroots level.

Kanupriya is a seasoned marketing leader with more than 16 years of rich hands-on experience in various facets of marketing. She has spearheaded the creation of multiple brands and digital properties in start-ups like Canvera and Seventymm, as well as managed the brand portfolio of large conglomerates like Godrej and Infosys.

Anuhya Korrapati is the founder of BeyondBlood (An organization that initiated an inclusive menstrual-mental health movement to spotlight PMDD and PME). She also sits as a member of the Steering Committee at Global South Coalition for Dignified Menstruation, Nepal and as a joint secretary at Indian Health Economics and Policy Association. As a Policy Fellow at YLAC, she was part of a four-member team that drafted the Menstruation Benefit Bill 2018 for the office of Mr. Ninong Ering, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and created an advocacy campaign for menstrual leave.

Her published work focused on menstruation, mental health, medical tourism, gender equity, and financial inclusion. During her time at the University of York, she has fostered her academic interests in heterodox perspectives, feminist economics, class-caste-gender intersectionality in health, the economics of disability, feminist and qualitative methodologies.

She is a Junior Research Fellow at IIHMR, Jaipur who received her MSc in Health Economics from the University of York and a recipient of the Postgraduate York Gold Award 2019. She had a brief stint at the Centre for Health Economics, York before moving back to India.

Period Hub is proud to have Anuhya on board as an advisor. We look forward to her expertise on Menstruation and Mental Health and be the guiding force for us as well as our customers.