Kerala’s Jinsha Basheer is making a change in society, armed with her trusty video camera and Royal Enfield Bullet.
Jinsha Basheer is a former software engineer from Alappuzha, who decided to ride a bike. Nothing special, since women have been riding motorcycles for aeons.
However, this Kerala lass is a video blogger (or a vlogger) and a special one at that.
Jinsha is a good samaritan in the truest sense of the word. She helps common people with everyday problems, persuades people to donate to the needy, provides information about employment opportunities, and basically, does things that benefits society at large.
We, at The Better India, spoke to Jinsha, to find out what drives her.
It all started when Jinsha was at a petrol pump and noticed that an employee was tampering with the quantity of petrol being filled in the vehicles.
“When I decided to confront him, he asked me to stop making a fuss as this was a common occurrence,” Jinsha says, adding that the employee said that this has been happening for years, and the public is aware of such activities.
It was then that Jinsha decided to film a video, where she asked the public why they remain quiet while witnessing such issues when, in fact, they must react.
The video of the petrol-pump episode fetched 5000 likes on Facebook. Soon, a couple of other videos posted by her went viral, and she gained close to one lakh followers in a month.
Today, Jinsha rides a Royal Enfield Bullet and is a full-time vlogger, who lives each day with a purpose— taking up issues which she feels deserves attention.
From the very beginning, Jinsha has displayed nerves of steel, navigating through the avalanche of negativity that has followed her. Folks accused her of craving instant celebrity status, berated her, questioned her, and judged her for being smart. Jinsha was also targeted or riding a bullet, and even though her videos caused no one harm, people just kept spewing venom, which all boiled down to one thing—they could not stand that this woman was breaking the glass ceiling.
Even in her family, her sisters and mother were initially against her initiative. However, her father and husband, both provided her with unstinted support.
A former soldier, her father told her that she should never stop believing in what she does and should go ahead with it. Her software engineer husband, Faisal, showed his unconditional support towards his wife’s noble endeavours.
Jinsha, however, says that she was raised to be fearless and is glad that she persevered because today, many of her videos have ensured timely help when all hope was lost, and literally changed the lives of people.
Take the case of late Shaan Shahul, who lost his life just 25 days after he had left for the Gulf. Jinsha’s video recording of the family’s despair was taken up by the Saudi-based Al Khaseem NRI Group, who donated Rs 11 lakhs to Shaan’s family.
In yet another video, Jinsha recorded the plight of one-year-old Ayesha of Malappuram, who needed a bone marrow transplant. Within a month, Ayesha’s family had received donations amounting to Rs 30 lakh!
Muneer, a man who lives in Kozhikode, Kerala, was going through a tough time, when Jinsha decided to help him. With no roof above his head and no income, he was always stressed about what would happen to him and his three daughters.
Jinsha recorded a heartwarming plea for a house for Muneer and a call to kindhearted folks, who would marry the girls, without thinking about a dowry. Sure enough, one of the girls is now married, the other is engaged, and Muneer received approximately Rs 4 lakh to set up a small house.
Despite all the good work, Jinsha has been fighting opposition from all sides, especially from members of her community. She is, however, clear in her stance.
“I do not blindly accept things that a community imposes on its people. No religion has ever preached that women should not raise their voices against odds in society.”
With 2.8 lakh followers on her social media page, Kerala’s Jinsha doesn’t need publicity and says that is the reason she steers clear from politics and religion.
“My followers would increase in the blink of an eye, but for me, ethics are what come first,” the young lady says.
Well, with that effort and attitude, accolades have to follow. Kerala’s Jinsha won the Best Social Media Blogger Award 2018 and has received many accolades. She has helped bring financial assistance to the needy, and many NGOs and trusts have asked to collaborate with her. However, she isn’t interested.
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“I hope to get a better camera, to take better quality videos,” Jinsha says when asked about her future plans. She also wants to create a tutorial on how people can make money video vlogging.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)