We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruhi aka Rohini Hak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruhi aka Rohini, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
“Empathy”, beautifully defined as the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. The importance of this value and its relevance in creating a better world is distinctly obvious in the current world scenario.
We are in a state of chaotic disconnect even though we are perhaps the most connected in the technical sense via innovations in technology.
The world has become smaller yet growingly impersonal. Diseases like the current Covid-19 pandemic have shown us that nothing is too far from our own backyards. How connected we all are is evident in its spread. We all need to step up and ease others suffering as what happens in one country impacts another. Empathy can enhance our skills even in our regular jobs as we can broaden our perspective and be inclusive. So the positive impact it can have globally is huge and cannot be ignored anymore. Globally we need to understand the essence of being one global family whether its climate change or disease , We really need to increase tolerance and compassion towards one another to have a progressive and bright future filled with hope, peace and prosperity.
“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The art of living a purposeful life is one of the most important skills. Sadly its not a topic that is taught in school curriculums that are more focused on making a living and not living life. There are intangible and tangible needs we have in life and both should be balanced and fulfilled to have a life full of contentment. We need to water both gardens bearing tangible fruits like money , food, home and intangible like happiness, peace, bliss .
As an engineer by profession I attempt to create innovative troubleshooting solutions and as an award-winning director, writer, musician, and producer of films highlighting global issues and raising awareness via fictional stories and documentaries under my production- “A Voices Unheard Films” ,we try and inspire positive change .
I hold a Master’s in Business Administration, majoring in International Business Strategy, from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia and am certified in Education in Human Values from ISSE-USA at UC Santa Barbara. As a founder of my non profit HOPE B~LIT, I have spearheaded multiple ground initiatives & programs under the umbrella of ‘HOPE BEYOND BORDERS’ & ‘Wish Upon A Smile’ globally and have conducted over 3000 workshops in varied subjects for children and parents in USA, India, Mexico, Africa and other parts of the world and been invited to do workshops at UTLA (United Teachers Los Angeles) conferences. During Covid-19 we all were faced with the personal and professional challenges. With the non profit we had to move fast on the ground to try and help varied needs like families impacted by fires in California and correctional health services department in LA county with PPE supplies. Our global projects have had teams built water tanks, conducted oral care camps , assisted with farming communities in rural areas, assisted in needs of kids braving cancer & many more.
As an Indian American filmmaker based in Los Angeles originally from Kashmir, India. I have tried to being my unique perspective and inner strength to the Filmmaking industry. I hope the audience is not only enriched by the films but also moved to respond to the genuine and implicit call for all to look beyond our own selves. Each of us need to reach out to those around us who are suffering , but who don’t necessarily have the same resources, money, and support that we personally might have. We Don’t Just Make films; We Make a Difference!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles has the worldly charms and the scenic calms. One can lie on the beach in the sun or go skiing a few hours away.
I have had several friends from all over the world and their families visit me in San Pedro. The scenic beauty in the area is breathtaking and is a perfect town for calm sharing in nature amongst friends and family. Of course there are the must do’s of being in LA like the Universal city, Disney Land, Hollywood hikes, Rodeo Drive etc. But i have a list of cherished stops like The Lighthouse in Palos Verdes, the Wayfarers glass Chapel , the Sunken City area , the Korean Friendship bell and the San Pedro glass Mural built by multiple artists. Food in the local breakfast stops like the Yellow vase or the Omelette & Waffle Shop , lunch at the Swan Thai and dinner at Electric Karma would be amazing.
Beaches like Manhattan Beach, San Pedro for its quiet charm and Hermosa and Santa Monica for its night bustle and Venice for it artsy flare are must do’s as well.
All in all I love LA and its many mystical areas and people waiting to be discovered.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Every human being that crossed my path has been a mentor and guide for me. Every page in this book of life is full of intrigue and learning from these characters that come and touch our souls. Some move on and some stay with us for a while based on our karmic pasts. Good or bad an experience is a learning without which we don’t grow or learn. In fact some of the most pain causing events and characters are the ones i am most grateful for as without them the meaning of true happiness would remain unfelt and undefined. My parents & sister have been my core driving force inspiring me with their way of life and big hearts always giving others , encouraging me relentlessly in all my pursuits however unconventional, and loving me unconditionally. My mother and her selfless nature of being fluid and intensely empathetic to all beings animals and humans without expectations taught me many important life lessons. I think a supportive family is a blessing that can help one endure any challenge life may throw at you. Guru’s in my path like Satya Sai Baba and their teachings and ideals have also given me a balance of karmic clarity, “Hands in the society and mind in the forest” & ” Love all serve all” are some blissful thoughts he imparted to us all.
I am grateful to have the opportunity life offers with my work with children. They are such amazing teachers of how simple life is meant to be till we grown ups unnecessarily complicate things. I learn profound truths of life every time i attempt to teach them in my workshops.