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.
After switching from Lamha to Lamhaa to Lum to Lumha, our name officially becomes Lumhaa.
The Lumhaa website launches.
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.
Lumhaa officially becomes an LLC, marking the beginning of the registered company.
Our first cohort of interns joins us for the Princeton eLab Summer Accelerator.