International Women's Day Interview: DJ Paroma, Celebrity DJ - Startup Terminal

Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day Interview: DJ Paroma, Celebrity DJ

Name: DJ Paroma (Paroma Chatterjee)
City: Mumbai, India
Occupation: Celebrity DJ

DJ Paroma Paroma Chatterjee
DJ Paroma (Paroma Chatterjee)

ST: Please tell us briefly about you.

Paroma: My name is Paroma, NOT a staunch Bengali, born and brought up in Mumbai. After being a cabin crew for around 5 years, I am now a guest dj who plays in India and across the globe. I absolutely adore my job , love my family and a little proud of my achievements.

ST: Who is a woman that inspires you the most and why?

Paroma: Every woman inspires me in some way or th​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​e other, but the closest I can relate to is my Mother. I was brought up most of my life under her loving care. She is one of the few women I know has stood fiercely against all odds only to raise her children and let go off all her peace and happiness only to make sure we had a deserving future. Yes, she has also been quite strict in my younger days, but I am glad she was. We have one life and in that if someone spends most of his/her life sacrificing then why isn't he/she supposed to be my hero? Especially when its my own Mother.

ST: How are you celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day?

Paroma: Yes, I am going to celebrate it by simply saying a small prayer and thanking God for giving us what we have and for making us 'Women'. I am going to celebrate it by acknowledging all what we have achieved so far, hoping to cross even larger barriers in the future.

ST: What is the most important message you want to send out to all the women around the world on this occasion?

Paroma: All I would like to say to the all the dynamic ladies around the world .. please assert your place in the sun, fight for what you deserve, let no one belittle you and most importantly, love yourself and find that inner peace.

ST: What according to you is ‘women empowerment’?

Paroma: A few pointers that I strongly believe make an integral part of women empowerment are :
- Gender Equality
- Respect
- Appreciation of the challenges she faces throughout her life
- Right to make her own choices

ST:  What would you say are the main challenges women face at present globally?

Paroma: I think, domestic violence, trafficking, sex selection, abortion and female foeticide, denial of right to education and rape are sadly the problems women face across the world. How I wish all the women were physically as strong as men. We all say gender equality must be practiced everywhere but I just don't see that happening. Yes, I support equal rights for women and strongly feel if a woman isn't being treated the same for doing the same job that a man is, and am being called a feminist then, OKAY!

ST: Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years?

Paroma: I don't like making plans for myself. I believe in living for the moment as none of us have seen the future. So, I don't quite see myself anywhere, but what I would like to attempt is owning a small cafe and may be start a chain if it does well and actively be a part of an animal welfare NGO.