Veena Nellissery Sethuraman

Learning to not get confined by labels. Ever evolving. Becoming.


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Three things people don’t know about you?

I am obsessed about aliens, I live to eat dosas, I feel lost when I use twitter.

What’s your greatest fear?

Not using my privilege in a meaningful way. I am equally scared of moving away from me and losing the essence of who I am because of external distractions like success, achievement, wanting to please people or be liked by everyone.

What is your greatest achievement?

I changed many limiting behaviors and beliefs in me to create the life I prefer to experience. I did this with the help of therapy. Coming from a background which deeply stigmatizes mental health and therapy space, I see breaking that stigma in me and leaning on that space to become my better version as the greatest achievement. My flexibility and openness to experience life as is and allowing the learning to happen is also my greatest gift and achievement.

High point of your life?


Low point of your life

When I went through postpartum depression

Which living person do you most admire?

Too many people to list. I love human beings. So, I have a long list of people whom I admire.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Vidya Bagchi - Kahaani, Udayamoorthy - Unnal Mudiyum Thambi

Who is your favorite fictional villain?


Who are your favorite authors?

Sidney Sheldon, JK Rowling, Ruskin Bond, RK Narayan

What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Harry Potter series, Sherlock Holmes series, Many lives many masters, Nine lives, All books of RK Narayan.

Is there a book you love to reread?

Harry Potter. Have read the entire series 9 times.

What are your 5 favorite movies of all time?

5-7, Cloud Atlas, Jo jeeta wahi sikandar, Manichithrathazhu, Unnal mudiyum thambi

One Superpower you wish you had?


Your epitaph would read? /Last line in your biography would be?

She got away with it.

If you had a time machine to take you back to any country and any time period, where would you choose to be for your childhood, adolosent , adult life and silver years?

I would revisit my vacation days during childhood in Pollachi (Tamil Nadu) when I spent the time with my maternal grand parents. Wouldn't go for any other space than where I actually spent my childhood, adolescent, adult life and silver years.

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Singing or Painting. Actually, both.

Which book you wish you had written ?

Ruskin Bond's - 'Falling in love again"

When and where do you write ?

I write as and when I feel like writing from the heart. I don't have a specific place preference. Wrote this book in different corners of my house, some meeting rooms in my previous office and some places where we had our family vacation.

Silence or music?

Silence on the days I am tired. Ilaiyaraja music on all other days.

One phrase that you use most often?

We are called human beings and not human doings for a reason. Just be.

Do you have a writing ritual / superstition?

None. Thank the Lord.

What’s your guilty reading pleasure?

Balarama - comic books for children

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Write for yourself. Feel all the feelings that come you way. Never try to imitate others in the process.

Veena Sethuraman is a Learning & Leadership Development Consultant by profession and a Psychotherapist by passion. She loves the art and science behind human behaviours and enjoys the intricacies of life. As a life-long learner, Veena enjoys juggling between her various passions including healing self and others through therapy, facilitating behavioural workshops, writing, binge-watching, reading and traveling.

Veena is a proponent of diversity & inclusiveness and mental health awareness. In this capacity, she works closely with LGBTIQ community to amplify their voices and is a board member of the community based organization ‘Queerala’ based out of Kochi. Veena has spoken at TEDxBangaloreWomen based on her observations about trollers. She lives in Bangalore with her family.

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Veena has spoken at TEDxBangaloreWomen based on her observations about trollers.
She has contributed to articles in various platforms including thenewsminute and infinumgrowth.
She holds PCC certificate and works with leaders/executives in the space of purpose-driven life coaching.
She published her first book, A Pinch of Hope in a Bowl of Life, an anthology of 5 short stories that invokes hope and courage through real life inspirations.

Why Veena Sethuraman?

You must look at hiring/booking/contact Veena Sethuraman as a motivational / keynote speaker for her journey of passion and determination in building her career in the competitive world. Hailing from a small village in Palakkad, Kerala, Veena has broken the shackles of the society and her own mind to be where she is. As a psychotherapist, she understands what makes someone hide their light. As she constantly works on her inner world, she deeply connects to the inner world struggles of the audience she interacts with and helps them seek a journey that they are generally scared to take.


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