|Born||Kochi, Kerala, India|
|🏡 Residence||Kochi, Kerala|
|📆 Years active||2007–present|
Johnson Peter (Undated.)
Neena Prabhavathy Menon is a South Indian Radio Jockey, who is popularly known as Rj Neena is presently hosting for Radio Mango 91.9 in Ernakulam City. Besides being a radio personality, she is also a public speaker, Social Media influencer, motivational speaker, a vivid social worker and a certified acupuncture healer.
Rj Neena was born in Kochi, Kerala to P.B.Hariharan Menon and Prabhavathy. She finished Schooling from St.Treasa's convent Ernakulam, Graduation from St.Xavier's women's college Aluva and Post Graduation from Amrita Institute of Science and Technology. She was one among the pass-outs from the first-ever batch of MSc.Visual communication in Kerala under Cochin University. She met with a terrible accident and was bedridden for around a year and a half right after her studies. Her recovery stage happened to be the budding time of FM radios in Kerala. She was selected by an upcoming station then. But there she had to face demotivation, as the voice trainer declared that her voice doesn't suit radio. She was insisted to choose another career. “It was the moment where I had to decide whether to listen to them or to my inner self and follow my passion! I followed the voice of my heart. I couldn't stand on my real limping leg then but I decided to stand on my own mental strength. Same people applaud for the work I do now” said Neena in an interview given to Arogyam Magazine while talking about mental health and positivity. Neena decided to move on to be One among the first Radio Jockeys in Kerala. Started off her show with the esteemed presence of prominent singer K.J.Yesudas unexpectedly, which she took it as a green signal from destiny.
Rj Neena is one among the First Radio Jockeys in Kerala FM radio history. As a little girl, she would always find humour in even the most serious situations. She looked at life in a lighter vein and invariably spoke her thoughts. She made people around her laugh. But was always tagged as 'outspoken, rude, irresponsible' etc. Years later the same person is now a successful radio jockey, keeping up high ratings all these years in all surveys. She joined as Radio Jockey at Club Fm, Kochi. After two years She joined Radio Mango 91.9 Kochi which belongs to Malayala Manorama. Currently working at Radio Mango for nearly a decade. In the History of Malayalam Radio, Rj Neena is the one who launched the first-ever transgender radio jockey (goes to the link on Facebook) through her radio show. Makeup artist Ananya co-hosted the radio show along with Rj Neena. This act was much appreciated by the listeners. Rj Neena was invited to talk about the same at the Toastmaster's Platform at UST global, Infopark, Kochi when Inforpark hired a Transgender Employee creating history. Rj Neena stands for equality and freedom of speech which has a strong basement of mutual respect. On a daily basis, she brings up social issues and caters it in a lighter sarcastic way to society. “I don't think about what people think about me. If my thoughts change someone else's way of thinking, that is my success” said Neena to Vanitha, one among the top-rated magazines in Kerala, when she was chosen as one among ten different women in Kerala by them.
The television show 'Nayika Nayakan' in Mazhavil Manorama featured her as a guest which exposed her story of the struggle to the society. Rj Neena met with another terrible car accident when she was following the steady flow of her life. Her personal and professional life took a sudden break. She lost a major portion of her face by hitting her head on the windshield of the car in the accident. Her eyelid had to be grafted from her thigh. Lip was split into three and one-pieces were taken off. Her face was no more the same. She fought the situation with great courage and came back to life. Tattoo on her right hand became much popular after the telecast which says 'I am the soul born twice in a body' she explains what it means in the television show “when I stretch my hand to point my finger at someone out of anger.. this tattoo should remind me of my second chance to live! This tattoo should ask a question to my soul whether I should use this second chance to stretch my hand to point my figures at others or to shake hands with others with a smile. Its a reminder” she says. The accident left her in misery for many years. Her backbone which was seriously injured was fixed through acupuncture therapy, which fascinated her to heal people with the holistic treatment. She learned acupuncture under Bharathiyar University to be a certified Acu-healer. She is certified by Bharath Sevak Samaj also. Learning lessons from the setbacks in life, Rj Neena started speaking to the mass at many venues based on the core idea 'No one, but only your own life can motivate you'. All her videos are based on her life experiences.
As a vlogger “You can raise a problem only if you can suggest a solution. I don't believe in making videos for raising problems, make some noise and then do nothing about it. I make videos only when I have a practical solution for the issue I am pointing my fingers at” Neena's version about her videos. Through social media, Rj Neena constantly tries to build a positive atmosphere in society. Her gentle cheerful way of dealing with circumstances is widely appreciated by her followers. As a popular influencer, she makes meaningful videos which are very precise in nature. She releases her videos through her Facebook page and YouTube page. Her first video on the precautions commoners should take before GST is launched, was much criticized and debated on, which went viral with 1.1 Million views. Later after one year, the same video was appreciated by the same people who criticized her. As a powerful voice raised against racism, gender discrimination and body shaming, she made a video in a bald outlook  which went viral with 1.5 Million views. She points her figures at every social irregularity in a sarcastic way. Same way not a single good deed slips her eyes. To quote an instance, on the way to work, she saw a local home guard filling a huge pothole on the road, with his bare hands in the pouring rain. She stopped by to make a video to bring him to public's attention saying “I met God on the road today” went viral and was featured on Manorama online, one among the top-rated online news site. According to her “drops of goodness together create the ocean of the same. Droplets have to be found and exposed to others” When the whole world was shaken by the #metoo movement, Rj Neena made a video where she spoke about eight men who protected her like their own sister when she was abandoned at the hospital causality injured and naked at the night she met with the major accident in which she lost her face. Where she says “it's not 'men' or 'women' but evil humans are to be revealed than attacking a particular category by generalizing them.”
When secular India was celebrating its 70th independence day, Rj Neena presents a small report about communal riots took place in the year 2016 and death rates caused by the riots in her video. While every moment in our country people is fighting for their favourite Gods, she went around interviewing school students of lower primary classes, asking the children who are their favourite. All their answers were “mom and dad” towards the end of the video Neena pleads to the viewer not to pollute innocent minds injecting communal discrimination.
Another popular video of Rj Neena which has over 2.3 Million views addresses the misuse of social media. The video was based on a real-life event where one of her friends had to runway from the society because of a nude video of hers which was spread by her lover. Rj Neena shares the info about how our video chats can be recorded by a third party and also each App which seeks permission from our phone extracts every data from our phones. “Loving someone is not any crime. But love people who respect our existence” she says to people who share their private moments with loved ones. Few of her popular videos deal with - How each App your download, become a trap, How should parents train their children to escape kidnap, How to go legally about the potholes on roads. Everything under the sky which matters to the common man's life is a topic for Rj Neena's videos.
As a speaker
As a TED speaker she was described as 'The epitome of a millennial, Rj Neena is just as delightful the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time you meet her Brimming with laughter and always ready with a joke at hand, she is a radio host with several afternoon shows, the evening drive, toll free fun and loose control. She provides a welcome mental pit stop for her listeners at the end of the workday as her enthusiasm for life transmits clearly over the sound waves. With a wide variety of interests but a surprisingly strong stance on issues she is passionate about, Rj Neena embodies a youthful spirit, a rarity in today's commercial entertainment industry'
Speaker at the BIL-Conference. BIL is a global conference known as the ad hoc analogue to TED. When this Global event was brought first time to Kerala and is held at College Of Engineering Perumon on Feb 9 2019, Rj Neena was one among other prominent speakers in the panel.
Speaker at many venues of IEEE summits, IEEE, an association dedicated to the fostering of technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity, is the world’s largest technical professional society. With over 425,000 members worldwide
Speaker at NSS National meets The National Service Scheme (NSS) is an Indian government-sponsored public service program conducted by the Ministry of Youth Popularly known as NSS, the scheme was launched in Gandhiji's Centenary year in 1969. Aimed at developing student's personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in Colleges, Universities and at +2 level working for a campus-community
And of course, she has spoken on many venues including schools colleges corporate venues in and around kerala
As a Social worker She is an ardent social worker who involves herself where ever she is needed. According to her Old age needs more attention. She spends her free time serving at old age homes. Flood 2018 brought her activities to limelight through lieutenant colonel Hemanth who spoke about Rj Neena's contributions on MM News a prominent news channel in Kerala. Madras Regiment of Indian Army acknowledged her active presence in Flood 2018 in Kerala for her involvement in rescue and relief by sending an official letter to the higher authorities of the radio station she works for. The letter quotes “The support she gave to me and my team during the recent rescue operation which we carried out during the flood in Kerala was really commendable. Rj Neena was instrumental in supporting me and my team in reaching out to people who were stranded at places. It was the initiative and presence of mind of Neena that we could actually reach out to them without any delay”
She influences youth to come forward for social causes through her social media platforms. During the sea turmoil, coastal areas like Chellanam in Kochi were badly affected. Most of the houses were flooded with seawater. Rj Neena insisted her followers to join her to build a temporary sea wall for them, hundreds of her social media followers even students of many colleges came together which helped them to complete the task in lesser days than expected. Neena always makes it a point to acknowledge people who join her by posting about them on her social media. According to her “If we can post every moment of celebration in our lives on social media, all the kind deeds and charity should also be posted for others to watch, like and imitate. Next-generation needs to see more of that” 2019 Flood also witnessed her selfless presence along with many prominent NGOs. She requested her followers to donate their monthly ration if they are not in need of it. People from Udaya Colony Kochi, all the families feed on their monthly ration for survival, the majority of those families sacrificed their one month ration for the flood victims. Her followers literally follow her words with so much love. Neena revealed the story of this kind gesture through a video posted on her social media platforms. Even after the flood, she visits tribal colonies of Wayanad to extend help, along with the members of A.P.J Abdul Kalam Foundation where she is an active member.
- Kochi, RJ Neena. "കാണാതാകുന്ന കുട്ടികൾ; കാണണം ഈ വിഡിയോ", Manorama Online, Kochi.
- "About the accident she met", Vanitha, Published on 1 August 2019
- "Women and humour: Welcome to the era of women with funny bones", The Times of India, Kochi, Published on 1st December 2017
- "How an Accident Changed Her Life; The Miraculous Story of a Radio Jockey", EOINDIA, Published on 12 April 2019
- "നിങ്ങൾ അവരിലൊരാളാണോ ..??", Facebook
- "What it takes to love", The New Indian Express, Kochi, Published on 13th February 2018
- "പാലത്തിലെ കുഴികൾ മൂടുന്ന ഹോംഗാർഡ്; ഹൃദ്യമായ അനുഭവം പങ്കുവച്ച് ആർജെ നീന.", Manorama Online, Published on 13 August 2019
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