This Women’s Day, we are celebrating the all the women who have shaped us. The one who brought us up; the one who became our confidante; the one who helped us with a work task; the one who danced with us, laughed with us, cried with us. Now more than ever we need to remind ourselves that we’re stronger together than apart.
These women entrepreneurs tell us about that one woman in their life who has supported them through it all. Read to know more.
"My best friend Kanika Kapoor has been my rock. She has been with me through my ups and downs both personally and professionally. I'm inspired by her grit and determination towards life," Sumaya says.
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Anahita tells us, "My best friend is my person. Since the beginning of my career, she has always been encouraging and supportive. Since I know she's always looking out for me, I run all my major decisions by her!"
Charu has two women in her life who have helped her become who she is: Her mother and her sister. "My mom has always been a multitasker, an entrepreneur and a homemaker, but she never let us feel that she was busy. For every school performance, every PTA meeting, every sports day event, she was there. She encouraged us to become better human beings and focus on our spiritual side. She’s a fabulous woman, a great mother, and an amazing wife.
The other strong influence in my life has been my elder sister who has loved me, supported me, and accepted me. I admire her strength to deal with all the problems that I think she has learnt from my mother."
"My mother has always been my pillar of strength, for my career and for everything else is life. She has taught me to work tirelessly, love unconditionally, and live freely and peacefully. I feel blessed to have her as a mother and a role model everyday," Roshini quotes.
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Shreya says, "For me, it would be my mother. She has given me strength and support all my life—when I was studying at IIT and now when I have my own business. She was a housewife for over 20 years after she got married, but once my sister and I got settled in life, she pursued higher education, got a PhD and become an entrepreneur. At 50, she is doing marketing, social media, client management, and finances for her nursery and it’s inspirational that she’s learnt everything on her own."
"My biggest inspiration and motivation has been my daughter, Tahira Tara. She is my best accomplishment and greatest achievement. The one who keeps me inspired every day of my life. She’s my biggest strength and possibly my only weakness," Kalyani says.
Namrata tells us, "My inspiration throughout my life was my mother, she was always there for me. She always guided me. And after she passed away, my sisters became my guiding lights."
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"In my professional life, Vani Kola has been an important influence. She is the lead investor in my company. As Vani has also been an entrepreneur - she knows what the journey is like. She’s the one I go to for advice. What I admire the most about her is that she’s a very strong woman and she’s unapologetic about it," Priyanka says.
"This might sound cheesy, but my mother has been my biggest support. I’m an ex-investment banker and when I used to live in London alone, I had crazy hours! I don’t think she slept through the night in those years, for I would call her at odd hours of the night. She had this saying that I still live by, “This too shall pass,”" Ayesha quoted.
"Women entrepreneurs have always been very supportive. Priyanka Gill, Vani Kola and Suchita Salwan have gone out of the way to help me. They never held back despite how people say women don't help other women," Swati quotes.
Shradha says, "I met Angela de Giacomo in Berlin two years ago and she’s become a close friend. We’re the same age and is also in a similar industry. She feels like my soulmate; she somehow knows what I’m thinking and we understand each other. She’s the one person who won’t judge me. From her, I have learnt what genuine friendships of a lifetime mean."
Dear ladies, take a cue from them and tell the changemaker in your life how much you appreciate everything she has done for you.