At Lum, we believe that life is like a movie. Movies are defined by frames weaving together stories that flow seamlessly. Lives are defined by memories weaving together moments that create magic.
Lumhaa exists to elevate those moments in life, and to savor the gaps between the frames.
In 2018, our award-winning research showed that creating and (re)visiting memories can make you feel happier, less lonely, more connected to the world, and better understood. That’s why we made this company -- to highlight the humans behind the histories, to immortalize special moments, and to help you see how your story fits into the world. Because every day, we dream about living in a world where everyone feels loved, understood, and welcome.
Welcome to your thousand lives. Welcome to Lumhaa.
Shriya Sekhsaria ’18 used her lifelong interest in collecting memories as inspiration for her senior thesis. This summer, she took that interest a step further by turning her thesis into a startup company called Lumhaa with the help of the Keller Center.
Imagine being able to store and share some of the unforgettable incidents in your life. Well, people maintain diaries, to jot down some important and unforgettable happenings in their life. But even their near and dear ones won’t get to see these pages because a diary is considered very personal.
Coimbatore: Memories are something everyone is fond of. It brings back those happy memories making us feel more energetic especially in times of loneliness.Keeping this in mind, Lumhaa, a Unique website & Mobile application was launched by Shriya Sekhsaria to help people cherish their best memories.
Meet Lumhaa founder and CEO Shriya Sekhsaria '18, currently in the Keller Center's eLab Summer Accelerator. Shriya graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in June with degree in Psychology and certificates in entrepreneurship, European cultural studies, and finance.
Shriya was 5 and had started collecting memories from strangers. She wrote them all in a little book she called “The Orphant Girl”. She had to stop soon though, because her family was sure this activity would get her kidnapped.
Shriya went to a boarding school far away from home. As a farewell present, her mother had made her a little book of her memories. Flipping through that book everyday, even though she had it memorized, got Shriya through her homesickness.
Shriya started writing a book about the terminally ill children in India to raise money for their treatment. When some of the children passed away, in an effort to immortalize their lives, Shriya filled little notecards with memories of the children, put them into jars, and mailed the jars to the families.
Shriya worked with other “endangered people” like soldiers to create memory jars of their lives. She then extended her memory jar project to include “non-endangered” individuals, beginning with a memory jar as a birthday gift for her grandmother and then helping other senior citizens pass on their stories to their children and grandchildren.
Shriya starts making art using memories, like this wall mural she made for Princeton Tower Club from members’ favorite memories.
Shriya wanted to know how memory jars work, so she decided to write her Princeton senior thesis about them. Several Princeton University professors joined her in researching the cultural, religious, and psychological ramifications of sharing memories. Shriya started by using a barebones digital version of Lumhaa to see if people wanted to write memories.
120 Princeton seniors made memory jars of their favorite memories of Princeton and then return later to read their own or anonymous others’ jars, because Shriya wants to test the effects of writing and reading own and others’ memories.
27 January 2018
After switching from Lamha to Lamhaa to Lum to Lumha, our name officially becomes Lumhaa.
7 February 2018
The Lumhaa website launches.
12 February 2018
The first Lum Day posts go up chronicling individual’s earliest memories.
Shriya takes on our first official social impact project where she made memory jars for 200 senior citizens with Alzheimer’s in 11 assisted living residences in New Jersey, USA.
12 March 2018
Lumhaa officially becomes an LLC, marking the beginning of the registered company.
10 June 2018
Our first cohort of interns joins us for the Princeton eLab Summer Accelerator.
We hired our technology geniuses.
We had our first official launch event, where we introduced Lum to the people of Coimbatore, India.
We started working with artists in emerging communities around the world to create handmade physical products personalized with users’ memories. Proceeds benefit the artists!