Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently
Born and brought up in Delhi, like all little girls I grew up idolizing my mother and observing her classic and elegant style resulted in me falling in love with classic silhouettes as a child. I was always creative and this fascination with clothes led me to studying fashion design after completing my schooling. I got married at a young age but fortunately my husband encouraged my creativity and helped me open my own boutique which I ran until I had children. At that time I felt like it was important to raise my children on my own and provide them a solid foundation. I started working again 4 years ago when the magazine started and I realized that with two grown up children it was time to put my creativity to use again.
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote
Our attempt at Delhiites has always been to acknowledge and recognize the dynamic and unique personalities of Delhi. Highlighting the fact that what makes Delhi such a remarkable city is the people of Delhi. We are lucky to be blessed with some of the most noteworthy artists, theorists, lawyers, politicians and writers in the world. The cause closest to my heart is recognizing strong and unapologetically ambitious women who have made their mark in their respective fields. Encouraging women executives and entrepreneurs in their endeavours is the first step in providing our children with strong female role models.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
There are many challenges in a person’s journey but I believe that you have to overcome the biggest obstacles to achieve your biggest goals. I have never given too much thought to my problems or issues. I like to deal with things in a pragmatic manner and move on instead of getting bogged down with things.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
What makes me happiest is the fact that I have always put my family first. Making my children my priority was a personal decision. It was not forced on me but one that I took after careful consideration. Work gives me an outlet to channel my energy into but nothing gives me more satisfaction than having dinner with my family at the end of a long day.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I believe that if I hadn’t gotten involved with the running of the magazine then eventually I would have returned to my fashion roots and done something related to that but I’m very blessed to have the opportunity to work on the fashion segments of the magazine as well as other areas of my interests such as interior design, health and fitness as well as beauty.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My mother was without a doubt the most inspirational woman I knew. She worked at a time when most women didn’t and raised two children while maintaining a lovely home. She was the epitome of elegance and taught me that nothing looks as good as a crisp sari and she did it all without breaking into a sweat or ever letting us see the hard work that went into maintaining work-home balance.
What does the future hold for you?
We are venturing into events/award evenings for different shades of the society this year. We started with Lifestyle awards in February which is being followed up by Healthcare Convention & Awards in August. We started our polo team last year ‘Delhiites Polo’ and ended up the season on a high after lifting the ‘Maharaja Hari Singh Memorial Cup’. Looking forward to the polo season which begins in October.