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November 21, 2017

Our Vision

Drive Social Change through Empowerment of Women

Our Mission

A community that continues to nurture‘the LSR spirit of liberation through knowledge’ and transforms lives through sustainable support and action

Executive Committee

Rashmi Misra,
Batch of 1971

Vinita Sethi,
Batch of 1985

Nelofer Currimbhoy,
Vice President
Batch of 1977

Anam Hamid,
Hony. Secretary
Batch of 2011

Parool Trehan,
Hony. Treasurer
Batch of 1982

Smita Mankad,
Batch of 1992

Shivani Wazir Pasrich,
Batch of 1991

Vandana Sarin,
Batch of 1977

Ritu Sud Mathur,
Batch of 1989

Gayatri Srivastava,
Batch of 1996

Saveera Dugal Bahl,
Batch of 1990

Puneet Sikka,
Batch of 2007

Preeti Lamba,
Batch of 1994

ELSA Chapters


Vinita Bali,
Batch of 1975


Anu Misra,
Batch of 1993

Gesu Kaushal,
Batch of 1993

GCC Chapter

Ritu Arora,
Batch of 1979

ELSA Talks

Focusing on issues from gender stereotypes to parity and management....

First panel discussion: "Tackling gender stereotypes at work" -November 4, 2017 at IHC, Delhi.

Great participation and and prolific discussion by our Panelists
• Shazia Ilmi, Vice President, Delhi BJP
• Anjali Singh- SVP and COO, Banking and Financial Services, Genpact
• Rama Lakshmi, Editor Opinion & Social Media, The Print
• Varun Rana, Professor NIFT, former features Director at Harper’s Bazaar
• Sanjiv Sarin, Managing Director and CEO, Tata Coffee Limited

Shivani Wazir Pasrich, Member, EC ELSA (CEO, SWP Productions) moderated the talk.

Dr Meenakshi Gopinath, mentor ELSA and former Principal LSR set the tone for the deliberations with her inspiring words, and Dr Kiran Walia, member INC urged ELSAs to implement more on field activities for the underprivileged.

Not only did the panelists share their experiences from the world of politics, journalism to corporate and day to day lives, but also identified specific challenges where stereotypes exist for both men and women.

Tackling them is not easy but doable- change in attitude is a must! There is also a lot that women can do to "lean in" and support their fellow women co-workers.

Our male panelists also shared useful perspectives and contributed greatly by suggesting ways in which the sterotyping issues can be handled better at work places.

Eagerly await the next ELSA Talk....

Delhi Heritage Walks with Sohail Hashmi

travELSA Past Forward
November 5, 2017: ELSA EC organised a Lodhi Garden walk with Sohail Hashmi through TravElsa, followed by sundowners at the Lodi Restaurant. We were delighted to have over 20 participants that included elsas and their families. It truly was an enlightening and magical experience walking through Delhi's rich history in the city's famous gardens.

Follow 'TRAVELSA - LSR alumnae travel hub' on Facebook for upcoming trips!

Down Memory lane

Visit to College and tea with Principal, Dr Suman Sharma

New EC members called on LSR Principal, Dr Suman Sharma and spent a lovely morning discussing projects where ELSAs can contribute. From creating herb garden on campus to adopting parts of the greens to adding eco-friendly benches in the lawns, contributing to the auditorium upkeep, designing walls' graffiti to adding desktops in the Library.

More important to stay connected with our beloved alma mater.


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Bangalore Chapter

Decoupage workshop -- On a Creative High

Bangalore Elsas have been on a creative high. Delving deep into the world of art and craft, they have been busy honing their creativity skills and finding expression to their innate talent. A Decoupage series by our talented Elsa, Roopsi Jain, amidst fun and laughter, inspired Elsas to think differently. Aanchal Sagar opened up her lovely home. “I was meeting many Elsas for the first time but it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable afternoons. What is better than getting to know each other while creating pieces of art! The Elsa energy is infectious. Look forward to many more such fun and inspiring sessions,” smiled the gracious hostess. While Roopsi quietly observed, “With great trepidation and hesitation, we started work on our projects. Slowly the girls gathered confidence.”

When Elsas put their mind together, it’s magic all the way. And to have a patient and able guide is a blessing. “The decoupage workshop held by Roopsi for other Elsas was an absolute treat! In a couple of hours, uninteresting bric a brac transformed into works of art, all over cheerful banter and food! Can't wait for more such sessions where we meet up, learn and get inspired,” quipped Sumona Bagchi.

At the end of the day, each Elsa carried back their lovely creation to honour a special corner of their home. Roopsi, then followed this up with an advanced session at the beautiful home of Linika Kumar. As each discovered their strength and weakness, the team has come a long way under Roopsi’s guidance. Those who attended these series are almost professionals and continually experimenting on different surfaces sharing the joys and disappointments of their creations, inspired and supported by one another.

A block printing workshop was held in October and some of our ELSAs plus representatives from Swastha Coorg and Vidya Bangalore(NGOs), attended. This workshop was conducted by Pooja Gokul and coordinated by ELSA Pragya Jain. We saw an array of wooden blocks of all sizes and beautiful designs. We were asked to chose a block and take our places. This was the most difficult task as each block was better than the other! It felt like being back in school. A vibrant tray of colour was kept on each table and we had to block print 3 sheets with different blocks and colours. Each step was followed by instructions. We also had to use our creativity to place the blocks in the right place and print designs that would both look attractive and have some method in the thinking and execution.

We printed on cloth bags and then our stole. Two and a half metres of pure white soft stoles were given to each of us. With much deliberation on choice of blocks and colours we were proud of our creation and even paraded around happy with the end result !

Believe me, all these creative crafts may not make you an artist overnight, but it sure is therapeutic.

UK Chapter

Mumbai Chapter

Literary Project
Members of the ELSA Mumbai chapter met at Elsa Sangeeta Gupta's house on Oct 28th to discuss a collaborative literary project. Tentatively called 'The Blue Sky' project, this is an attempt to put together inspirational stories about Indian women across ages from a feminist viewpoint.

Over a delicious papdi chat, pakodas and steaming tea, diverse views and thoughts were exchanged.

Elsa Purvi Tantia conducted a seminar on 'Overseas Education' for high school parents of ELSA Mumbai on November 4th at her cheerful office in Worli.

The session covered aspects of the admission process for undergrad study abroad. Thanks Purvi, for the excellent presentation.


Your chance to recognise and use this tag to identify an ELSA (LSR alumna) on Twitter/Facebook; She will be an LSR alumna who is making an impact in her community, work place, be it corporate world, NGOs, education, administration, sports etc.

Do log on to Twitter and tag her. We are creating a repository of ELSA Changemakers and your contribution matters!!

ELSAs making a difference- the LSR Effect

SAHAS Foundation (ELSA Mona Yadav)- Enabling gender education
Sahas Foundation, run by Elsa Mona Yadav, is an NGO providing adolescents with "Gender Sexuality and Reproductive Health" education. Sahas is collaborating with ELSA Chandni Singh (an IAS Oficer at Baghpat) in U.P to implement a gender intervention with 60 womenfor the effective implementation of NRLM Government Policy.

More on Mona and Sahas Foundation at

Azad India Foundation (Yuman Hussain) - Woman empowering other women
An ELSA of the 1994 batch, Yuman Hussain runs Azad India Foundation, an NGO in Kishanganj, one of the least literate and poor districts of Bihar. She set up AIF in 1998, when it was almost taboo for women, especially daughters-in-law, to venture out of their homes in a predominantly minority community in Kishanganj. With support from Yuman's progressive mother-in-law and husband, AIF started its first stitching center and non-formal learning center at Chattargach village.

Currently more than 3500 children, half of them girls, are studying in the learning centers. Yuman has trained and mentored young girls and boys from the community who work as teachers and community mobilizers in different villages.

More information about AIF is available on the website:

Growing Community

We welcome our new Members :
Preeti Maroo, B.A.(Hons.) Economics, Batch of 1985
Vandana Gupta, B.A.(Hons.) Philosophy, Batch of 1977
Srishti Sogani, B.A.(Hons.) Philosophy, Batch of 2102
Dr. Meeta Pandit, B. Com. (Hons.), Batch of 1995
Malavika Sharma, B.A.(Hons.) Economics, Batch of 1971
Madhuri Hingorani, B.A.(Hons.) Psychology, Batch of 1987

Upcoming Events

travELSA EXCLUSIVE NOV 24 @ 4PM Don't miss the opportunity of an exclusive walkthrough & artist interaction Yukuhara Furuno - Japan, Jane Jermyn - Ireland, Robert Laware - USA, Mirta Morigi - Italy, Hanibal Salvaro -Estonia, Rekha Bajpe Aggarwal, Shama Maira, Shweta Mansinghka, Kristine Michael, Adi Writer -India.

BAITHAK in Bangalore 26th Nov
Our ELSA nightingale, Malvika Nirajan (1996 batch) who has just returned from an extremely successful tour in New Zealand takes the lead along with her band of musicians DWI. She will also throw open the floor to others who would like to sing and join in. Culinary expert, Madhuri Hingorani (1987 Psychology) will have a spread of delicious food laid out for us.

The evening is open to Elsas and spouses. 4.30 pm -7.30 pm Nov 26 email confirmations to

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