GAYATRI ABRAHAM, PADME

Before we get into the theme of Adoption, we would like to introduce you to Gayatri Abraham. The first time we spoke, I instantly connected with Gayatri and the passion for the topic of adoption was palpable. Gayatri has worked in a variety of industries including public relations, hospitality, retail, holidays and leisure and education. But alongside her work experience, she has always been interested in women’s issues and child related societal concerns. In the mid-90s, she was part of

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SHOMA AND ASHWINI, NRITYANIDHI

Sisters, who draw their strength from their mother and in turn inspire each other. Meet Shoma Kaikini-Singh and Ashwini Kaikini. For one, dance is pure passion, for the other, it is a means to find inner peace. And together they have made it their life’s purpose to teach others the wonders of dance. Shoma started Nrityanidhi Spiritual Exuberance Through Dance in 2005 and Ashwini, was quick to follow in her big sisters’ footsteps and was thrilled to be invited by Shoma to

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DR. ANJALI CHAUGULE, DENTIST

“Regardless of where you may be in your life, whether it’s a time of failure and distress or a time of unbelievable success, don’t forget to live in the now”, says Dr. Anjali Chaugule and I am sure whatever point of life’s journey you are at – this will resonate with you. A top ranked student throughout school and college, Dr. Anjali always had an artistic flare and a love for medicine so she combined her loves and pursued dentistry

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BANANI DAS DHAR, AUTHOR

“I may sound weird but I am my own inspiration” says, Banani Das Dhar, Founder of the Lifestyle and Cultural Magazine “BananiVista” and author of “Emotions and Elation”, an autobiographic book that captures the transformation of a woman to a mother. More about the book later, let’s talk about Banani first. Banani was born in Assam, which many say is, “a land of blue hills, green valleys and a red river” It’s no wonder that she has a fascination for India and its

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SUGUNA RANGASWAMY, DOLL MAKER

Meet Suguna Rangaswamy, 79 years old, born in Chennai. She got married at the age of 16 and moved to Kolkata with her husband where she spent close to two decades. Suguna always loved art and craft but actively started to make dolls and puppets in the early eighties (with a huge dose of encouragement from her brother who urged her to convert her passion into a small business). Although self-taught, Suguna was confident and ventured into professional doll making with a four day exhibition in

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PAYAL GUPTA, CHEF and FOOD STYLIST

This unique feature is dedicated to all the women behind the scenes who work tirelessly and are the true force behind all our wonder women. These moms do not seek attention or appreciation. Their biggest joy is to see their children do well. Today, I would like you to meet our wonder woman, Payal Gupta and her three mothers! Payal is a chef, food stylist and a floral stylist working out of Mumbai. She was born in the City of

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POOJYA BASAVARAJ, PEDAL IN TANDEM

“Have you tried riding a bicycle lately?” asked Poojya Basavaraj, Co-founder of Pedal in Tandem and when I smiled and said no, she asked “What’s holding you back?” Poojya who loves to travel started Pedal in Tandem with her husband Dheeraj when they discovered the joys of cycling tours and vacations. It helps with fitness, keeps you close to nature, allows you to explore places that are not accessible by cars…the list is endless.   With no experience in both, travel and the fitness

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SANDY SAMUEL, SOMEY’S KITCHEN

“I don’t measure achievements based on revenue figures or awards. I feel an achievement is when you enjoy doing what you are meant to do every day”, says Sandy Samuel Jerome mother of two and CEO of Somey’s Kitchen (Speciality food producer). She has lived in the UK for close to ten years now and has been donning the hat of a successful mompreneur since 2015. Somey’s Kitchen started small by selling its products online and in small Asian stores in West London. 2017 however

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HAREENI MAGESWARAN, INDIASPAAWARDS

“I am no feminist, I just feel strongly for women and their well-being” says Hareeni Mageswaran founder of IndiaSpaAwards which is an award and recognition platform for the Wellness and Spa Industry. Hareeni believes that a woman’s well-being is equally proportional to a nation’s well-being and the segment of women over 40 are often ignored. At 40, a woman is at the peak of being the driving force – be it at home or the work place. As a mother, entrepreneur,

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SUDHA MENON, AUTHOR

When and how did your love for books start? I grew up in a small Mumbai suburb, Dombivili, in a house by the railway tracks. My father was a railwayman, unwaveringly honest and totally committed to the cause of improving the lot of railway workers, many of whom worked in the unorganised sector. Life was simple and frugal back then because he gave away a better part of his earnings to the poor and the needy. But what he was

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