DASHMI RANI, BIKER

“I love to ride motorbikes and have covered 10,000 km in India. In fact, my first solo bike ride was to Kolkata.” Meet Dashmi Rani C J, a mother, teacher, social activist, civic leader and an avid biker! Born in a middle class family in a small town in Karnataka called Chitradurga, Dashmi says, “Life was a struggle. I have faced so many hardships and had to fight hard to get what I want. Growing up, I was filled with

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SHREE SEEVA, VYMIGRATE

“Men do not always respect women in leadership positions”, says Shree Seeva, Director of Vymigrate (pronounced as why-migrate). Shree has had men not look at her when she talks knowing fully well that they can learn a thing or two from her. This Law and Science graduate from Australia moved to India to set up her venture that is a one stop shop for all country migration (with legal licensing provisions). With ten years of experience, Shree is looking to expand

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Dr. CHYTRA V ANAND, KOSMODERMA CLINICS

“I enjoy competition” says Dr. Chytra V Anand, Founder and CEO of Kosmoderma Clinics who set up the award-winning chain of clinics in 2006 when she realized that India lacked in world class skin and hair service. Also noticing a gap in formal training, Chytra went on to establish The International Academy of Aesthetic Medicine to educate doctors in India and train them in the field of cosmetic medicine. Chytra thrives on tough situations and says it makes her more

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KHUSHNUMA DARUWALA, AUTHOR

“A unique point of view or an idea; an untold story inspires me” says Khushnuma Daruwala, author of 50 Cups of Coffee. She does not mind being referred to as an “accidental author” and admits that her tryst with writing started as a whim.  Being a coffee lover, I took to the book instantly and couldn’t help chuckling at the tagline (The Woes and Throes of Finding Mr. Right). I was eager to get my hands on a copy! Khushnuma credits the unique topic of her

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ANJALI SINGH, AZILAA

Meet 37 year old Anjali Singh, Co-founder and Chief Designer of Azilaa, an exquisite antique fashion designer jewellery brand online. Anjali is from the Gurkha community and was born in Darjeeling. Coming from an Army background, she recalls listening to heroic stories about her grandfather and his association with World War II and her father who served India during the 1971 war. As one would expect, growing up amidst army legacies and stories, her life too got imbibed with strong

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PRIYANKA TAYI, APPAREL DESIGNER

“I went to college in my second trimester carrying my baby bump and my laptop bag. I studied and worked over weekends or at the hospital while waiting my turn for check-ups and during the lunch break at college sometimes. There were times I had to storm out of presentations to throw up but still managed to win over the clients at the end! ” Need I say more about the sheer grit this wonder woman displays? Meet Priyanka Tayi,

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DEVIKA TAMIA ARORA, 420 ROOFTOP

“Ecstatic trips around the sun, as well as deep dives into the rabbit hole.” that is how this wonder woman describes the last eight years. Meet Devika Tamia Arora, who started her entrepreneurial journey in 2011 and now heads up three unique ventures. Devika, after winning a reality TV hunt by MTV, started Char So Bees / 420 Rooftop, Kolkata’s one and only roof top venue that focuses on local retail and the performing arts. She also created Magic Mind a thought-provoking

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AASHNA NARULA, PSYCHOPEDIA

“I am completely a self-made woman” says 25 year old Aashna Narula based in Chandigarh who after a Masters in Psychology, did not get a job but instead of crying, cribbing and wallowing in self-pity, took matters into her own hands and established Psychopedia, a coaching institute that imparts education in an innovative, fun and positive way in the field of – you guessed right – Psychology. Answering my question on how it felt starting out on her own, Aashna said, “Honestly,

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ANUJA PANDEY, LOFTY SPECTRUMS

A topper in college (with a background in Law), a voracious reader (who loves to write), a former lawyer in the High Court of Bangalore, meet Anuja Pandey who quit her job to partner with her equally enterprising brother Ashish Dubey to set up Lofty Spectrums – a fashion, travel and lifestyle blog. Anuja, because of her father’s profession, grew up experiencing the fabulous diversity across India. It has helped her easily adapt to people, languages and cultures. She says,

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RACHANA GUPTA, HAPPINESS COACH

You’ve met Rachana Gupta on The Wonder Women World before. For those of you who missed that chirpy post from last year, Rachana is a Happiness Coach! Yes, you read it right! In her role, Rachana enables and empowers women to value their happiness over everything else. The year, 2017 has been a defining year for Rachana. She says, “It has made me unabashedly pursue what makes me happy and take the path less travelled. During the last few months

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