Monica is proud to call herself an American citizen, firmly rooted in Hindu Indian culture. Brought up by immigrant parents entrenched in Indian customs and traditions, she considers herself fortunate to have inherited her love for Indian traditions and culture.
She has attended Sunday Balvihar school through Chinmaya Mission from the last 10 yrs where she has learned religious mantras and the epic stories of the Hindu religion. She has also represented Hindu religion at Interfaith prayer meet in Orange County, CA.
Monica graduated high school this year and proudly represented Indian culture by wearing a traditional saree to her high school graduation.
For Monica, dance is truly the elixir of life. Although she has learned multiple forms of dance including Indian styles such as Bharatnatyam, Bhangra, and Bollywood, as well as Western forms like ballet, hip-hop, and modern, the highlight of her dancing career has been learning the Indian classical dance form of Kathak. On May 8th, 2022 she completed her Kathak journey- Rangmanch Pravesh, the dance graduation. That performance was a defining moment that changed her status, from a novice, to a professional artist. She hopes that her efforts as a classical dancer will encourage other children to connect to their cultural roots as well.
Presently she is a student who will be majoring in Data Science at University of California, Riverside. She is the recipient of many awards including 2022 Edison Scholarship and the Resilience Award given by the House of Representatives for writing various children books, titled The COVID-19 Coronavirus ABC Alphabet Book, ABC of the Indian Festival of Lights: Diwali, and the ABC’s of the Indian Festival of Colors: Holi.
Hinduism being her North Star, as a Hindu she is dedicated to promote the values taught by her esteemed Gurus and her family. Forever indebted, in order to spread her love and awareness for Hindu religion worldwide, she is currently working on a project which aims to Introduce “Namaste” to different cultures. She innately values her religion and will always strive to be worthy of being born a Hindu.