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Aparna  Shewakramani

Aparna Shewakramani

TV Personality & Author of She’s Unlikeable: And Other Lies that Bring Women Down

Biography

The breakout star of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated Indian Matchmaking Seasons 1 and 2, Aparna Shewakramani became an overnight ambassador for those women demanding to have their voices heard - not only in their choices for a life partner, but also in the workplace, in their homes and in every space they occupy. Ever transparent about the vitriol she experienced ranging from cyber bullying to death threats, Aparna spoke her truth and shared her personal story with over 200+ media outlets since the airing of Season 1 in July 2020, including features in the New York Times, Washington Post, O Magazine, Time, Refinery 29, PopSugar, Grazia, Vogue India, Today.com, CNN.com, Betches, Travel + Leisure India and the Guardian. She’s been invited on over 75+ podcasts and has been on The Tamron Hall Show, Late Night with Lilly Singh and Kal Penn Approves This Message. Read More >

Aparna took her own story from the press straight into writing her first memoir, She’s Unlikeable: And Other Lies That Bring Women Down, published in March 2022 by Chicago Review press and in April 2022 by HarperCollins India. Her first book explores a behind-the-scenes look at her unwitting role in a reality series and her "rules to living an authentic life" - a very specific lifestyle with 11 rules (fittingly 11 chapters) that she shares with charm and candor. A best-seller in India and widely read in the US and Canada, She’s Unlikeable appeals to women everywhere who are determined to reclaim their own narrative.

Prior to her debut into the public eye, Aparna practiced law full time for ten years and received her JD from Vanderbilt Law and a BA from Rice University. She is now two years into her journey as a “recovering attorney” and has pivoted her career to writing full time. With several projects in development ranging from feature screenplays to creating a docu-feature which places her both behind and in-front of the camera, Aparna will continue storytelling from her unique point of view. While career driven, Aparna remains relatable, genuine and unapologetically herself both on and off camera. Armed with her feminine style and direct way of speaking, she is certainly not one to fit into the mold - which is exactly why the world fell in love with her! Born in London and raised in Dubai and then Houston, Aparna is currently a nomad with extended pit stops in Texas and NYC. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

South Asian Trailblazers presents Aparna Shewakramani, Indian Matchmaking Star and Author

Author of She’s Unlikeable: And Other Lies that Bring Women Down

Share It and Inspire

Death Threats, Interviews and Press

Rawness and Vulnerability

‘Indian Matchmaking’ Star Aparna Shewakramani Talks New Book & Harsh Backlash

Reclaiming My Narrative

Houston star of Netflix’s ‘Indian Matchmaking’ talks life after hit show | HOUSTON LIFE | KPRC 2

‘Indian Matchmaker’ Aparna Shewakramani No Longer Working With Seema Taparia In Season 2 | EXTENDED

Speech Topics

Reclaiming Your Narrative in the Workplace & Beyond

A focus on the tropes of women that start at a young age that are then perpetuated into the planes of corporate America, politics, pop culture and even their personal lives; a discussion of Aparna’s personal anecdote of using methodologies on a macro-scale when she was misrepresented on a global stage through a TV show and how that is applicable to every woman.

The Age of Authenticity: Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

A discussion of the ways in which women have been taught to emulate an alpha “Boss Babe” culture with the realization today that the “whole self” is more valuable to the organization and of course, themselves; women can partake in leadership roles in an empowered mindset while staying true to the roles they play in and out of the workplace.

Brand Building & Storytelling in the Digital Age

A “masterclass” of tactical strategy and instruction on brand building across social media channels for corporations and individuals (over 1000+ conference goers attended this session at SXSW 2023)

Power in Numbers (and People)

The power of the collective voice in empowering ERG groups within the organization; the importance of sharing our stories in a workplace environment.