Born as Nishant, Zara Sheikha, 27, has chalked out her own path. A transgender from Kerala, Zara has suffered a lot, for something that she was not responsible. She stood for herself, without giving a damn to the world. She gained acclamation after she landed a job in the Human Resources Department of UST Global, Technopark, Trivandrum in Kerala.
She has shared her journey in her own words. It is shared on the Facebook page, Being You. The page celebrates real life heroes, who have had the guts to follow their hearts and make a place for themselves in this overly crowded world!
Zara is an epitome of self-confidence, something that was her weakness when she was a kid. From being mocked at for her effeminate mannerisms in college, to being treated as an outcast, Zara has not let that dim her spirits. Instead, she marked them as her stepping stones. Today, she has learnt it all and is proud of her identity.
UST Global is a multinational provider of Digital, IT services and solutions, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, United States.
After receiving a B.Sc in Botany from Kerala University, Zara took up several jobs in Chennai and Abu Dhabi In Human Resource Management. She has also worked as a Quality Analyst with Sutherland Global Services in Chennai.
Zara has been away from her family. This must have been difficult for her. But she proved her mettle.
In her heart-warming words! This will make you understand the difficulty and suffering in her life.
"After I returned from Abu Dhabi in August 2016, I attended many interviews in various firms. Though I could clear the interview nobody was ready to accommodate me as a transgender. I was done pretending to be male, so I wanted to work somewhere, which accepted me as I am. That is how my friend Prajit helped me get a job in UST Global. They said they were ready to give me a job if I passed three rounds of interview.
The company was ready to offer me a job accepting my transgender status. It was my colleagues' behaviour that surprised me. When I went to the office the first day, I had a sinking feeling as to how others would look at me. Breaking all those pre-conceived notions, they were happy to accommodate me and they all respected my identity. The company also informed me that I could use the ladies washroom and toilets, which according to me is a great acceptance."
...who is the Member of Parliament from the same state (Kerala) shared her story on his Facebook account.
"Transgender police, schools, Metro Rail appointments, every new move is a hope for us and I am so happy about it. Let my job also set an example for other companies and make them accommodate transgender people. I am sure within a few years, the transgender community will be in the mainstream, at least in Kerala."
We know, you had been asked to 'be like a man' even when you were not born as one, now you can 'Be Zara' with pride.
WittyFeed is more than happy for you, Zara! *Pride*
Stay as you are, let nothing get you down!