I was seven or eight years old when my parents started taking me on these visits in a traveling clinic to developing communities around and villages around the city that we lived in called Bareilly.
We were packed into this ambulance and would my parents would provide free medical care to people who couldn't afford it.
My job at the age of eight was an assistant pharmacist.
I would count all the medicines put them in an envelope and give it out to patients, and I really took my job very seriously, very seriously.
But the more I went on these expeditions, the more I began to notice the simplest things that distinguished a boy from a girl or a man from a woman.
For example, girls were pulled out of school when they hit puberty because they were considered ready for marriage and babies.
That's 12 and 13 while boys still enjoyed their childhood.
Or basic human rights such as health care were denied just because they were women.
Let this, let's call this whole experience trigger number one for me.
Fast-forward a few years and many, many triggers in between.
Like a producer-director for example early on in my career, I must have been about 18 or 19, telling me that if I didn't agree to the ridiculous terms or painfully low salary in his movie that he would just replace me because girls are replaceable in the entertainment business.
That was a memorable one.
Made me decide to make myself irreplaceable.
But I think what really moved the needle for me and ultimately led me to create the Priyanka Chopra foundation for health and education and around the same time partner with UNICEF was an encounter with my housekeeper’s daughter.
About 12 years ago I came home from set early one day and she was sitting in my library reading a book and she must have been eight or nine years old and I knew she loved reading.
So, I asked her, I was like, this is, I mean, it's a weekday why aren't you in school?
And she said: “Oh, I don't go to school anymore.”
So, I went and asked her mother and I said, you know: “Why isn't she in school?”
And her mom said that her family couldn't afford to send her and her brother's to school, so they chose the boys.
The reason, she would eventually get married and it would be a waste of money.
I was completely blown, and it shook me to my core.