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Love And Courage In The Face of Adversity - Poonam Maini on TedxColumbusCircle

Proffered in an arranged marriage at 17, Poonam Maini endured years of physical and emotional abuse before one shocking incident ignited her courage to escape. Alone with three small children, this is the inspiring story of one woman’s journey from victim to benefactor, a restaurateur who feeds diners nightly and souls around the world daily. A scrappy woman who picked up the scraps of her own tortured life and helps others do the same.

You will not soon forget Poonam Maini. TEDxColumbusCircle ( was produced by a team from Manhattan Productions (, Womenkind (, Gender Fair (, and Poonam Maini survived 18 years of abuse in an arranged marriage. After liberating herself and her children, she thrived when she finally had the chance to live authentically – free from cultural limitations and abuse, she reinvented herself as a successful restaurant owner. Share Care Global was born out of her search to love unconditionally and without fear. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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