What a kick it was to see Soma Girls, a beautiful film directed by two of my former co-workers at Oxygen Media — Nandini Sikand and Alexia Prichard.

The description on their Web site says it so much better than I can: Soma Girls explores the lives of girls growing up in a hostel in Kolkata, India. From ages 6-17, the film follows these intelligent, funny and high-energy girls as they overcome extraordinary circumstances to lead ordinary lives.

What struck me over and over as I watched it was the spirit of these girls and their camaraderie. Sometimes I think if we can remove our Western sensibility and just see someone else’s “normal” for what it is, we can learn so much more.

So thrilled for my friends who have seen this creative and rewarding project come to fruition.