India.com has your exclusive first look at the series premiere of Those Who Made It, airing this Saturday, October 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. PT, 8:30 p.m. PST).
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. Fueled by her own experiences as an immigrant from India, Sheela Murthy lives by this motto, using her success to help others like her.
On Saturday, October 14, ZEE Entertainment will air the first episode of its brand new, highly-anticipated television series, Those Who Made It, and India.com has your exclusive first look at the series premiere. Each 30-minute episode of the will feature the story of an accomplished Indian-American, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to success.
On the first episode of the seven-part series airing on ZEE TV, Those Who Made It will explore the life of Sheela Murthy – a lawyer, entrepreneur and philanthropist who overcame the odds to become one of the most respected immigration attorneys and advocates in the globe.
Following in the humanitarian footsteps of her father, a veteran of the Indian military; and her mother, a teacher, Murthy knew at a young age that she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others. During a time when the legal profession was looked down upon in her native country of India, she was sure of one thing – she was destined to become a voice for the voiceless.
Against her father’s advice to study another subject, at the age of 18, Murthy decided that she wanted to major in history and law. Adhering to her true calling, Murthy went on to graduate first in her class and was selected as the best outgoing student in the entire college. Earning recognition for her academic performance, she was awarded a scholarship, which she would use to pursue her Master’s Degree in Law.
Out of 1,500 students, Murthy would once again finish at the top of her class. Furthering her goal to become an advocate for change, she would continue to study law, competing in international moot court competitions, representing her native country of India and garnering national recognition for her legal skills.
Around this time, Murthy would meet the love of her life and now-husband – photographer and media specialist, Vasant Nayak. Still unsure of herself, on Those Who Made It, Murthy reveals that it was Nayak who gave her the confidence she needed to apply for Harvard Law School – the most respected law school in the United States.
Like many new immigrants in America, Murthy too had a hard time adjusting to the American way of life. On this week’s series premiere of Those Who Made It, Murphy says the transition of life from India to life in America is one of the biggest obstacles she has had to overcome.
In her first semester at Harvard Law School, Murthy would study 40 hours a week, all while working 40 hours a week to ensure that she was not buried in student debt. This hard work and dedication would pay off the following semester, when she would be offered a job at a prestigious law firm in New York City.
Upon graduation, Murthy had all the experience she needed to start her career as an attorney. After a brief stint with corporate and real estate law, Murphy decided to follow her dreams and start her own firm. Confronted with the obstacles that come with being an immigrant, a woman and a minority, she rose to the occasion, never once allowing her perceived disadvantages get in the way of her goal.
Using her own personal experience as an immigrant, Murthy saw an opportunity to help others like her. After a bad experience with her own immigration attorney, she realised the dire need for a law firm that genuinely cares about the people it serves.
What started as a two-person immigration firm would quickly evolve when Murthy’s practice went digital during the birth of the Internet era. The success of her firm’s website would grab the attention of India News Network, where she would go on to be the outlet’s first immigration advisor. Though she was at first reluctant to offer her legal advice free-of-charge, she knew that it could help others who have struggled with life in America, much like she did. Her advice column on India News Network would put her on the map as a leading legal expert on immigration.
But running a highly-successful law firm was simply not enough for Murthy, who wanted to do more to help others. Shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Murthy and her husband established the MurthyNayak Foundation – a nonprofit created to channel their philanthropic contributions to nonprofits that serve the needs of women, children and immigrants, particularly in education and healthcare. Through her work with the Foundation, along with her tireless advocacy for immigrants, Murthy continues to earn recognition for her philanthropic work.
Today, Murthy Law Firm, based in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the world’s leading US immigration law firms. Murthy’s practice has more than 100 employees and has satellite offices in Seattle, Washington, and India. But Murthy’s road to success was not an easy one, as viewers will see on this week’s premiere of Those Who Made It.
Tune in to ZEE TV this Saturday, October 14 to see Sheela Murthy’s inspirational story on Those Who Made It.
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