NAIN BELLIAPPA, Houseof9design

She was told not to start out on her own, but Nain Belliappa, a 28 year old Marketing graduate, listened to her gut and established her very own interior design firm called Houseof9design. Now, two years and many projects old, Nain, recounts one of her initial projects where she had to design a velvet tufted table and position an ornate logo so that it was visible to the customers as they walked into her client’s store. She designed it, visualized

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MANOOSHI CHANDY, CHEF

Meet Manooshi Chandy, chef at Lavonne Academy of Baking Science and Pastry Arts, who sleeps, breathes and dreams food. While art in the traditional sense never appealed to Manooshi, she was always intrigued by science and being a person driven by emotions, it was liberating when she discovered that food, especially desserts, was a perfect way for her to express herself. She ended up being an artist after all – but with food as her medium. When Manooshi bakes, it fills her with nostalgia, it is therapeutic and extremely

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NEHA SAVARA, CREATIVE EPIPHANY and CAFE BUZZINGA

Neha Savara, founder of Creative Epiphany and Café Buzzinga, knows very well that in our attempt to fit in, we mustn’t lose ourselves. And Neha walks the talk. She aims to stand out. While the all day diner, that she and her husband started, aims to make people happy via food, her personal project allows her to experiment with up cycling and repurposing old, seemingly useless or broken objects. When you browse through her work you will see how skilled

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SU IYER, Mommyandmewithsu

A mother, singer, voice over artist, creative consultant, curator at Kalaalayam (a YouTube channel), business head at Matribhasha (a creative agency) and Founder of “mommyandmewithsu” – that leaves absolutely no doubt why Su Iyer has made it on the wonder women list! To my question on whether she finds it challenging to manage all of it, she replies with calm confidence that “Nothing is tough”. There were so many things to write about this multi-faceted wonder woman but we mutually

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KAVITHA DEVAIAH, SILVER LACE

The year 2002 marks one of the biggest turning points in Kavitha Devaiah’s life. Acting on the inspiration she got from her role model Martha Pullen (well known for turning heirloom sewing and machine embroidery into a popular hobby), Kavitha established a kids wear boutique called Silver Lace. Having started out 15 years ago, I asked Kavitha how it compares to doing business today. She recalled how her main mode of marketing was by word of mouth. So when she

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SANJANA MADAPPA, CUPA SECOND CHANCE ADOPTION CENTER

This young woman, along with her team, has rescued 600 dogs in the last four years and re-homed around 450 of them successfully. Meet Sanjana Madappa, who set up the CUPA Second Chance Adoption Center in 2013 because she realized that the city badly needed a place where abandoned and abused dogs could go to heal and then find homes that would treat them well. The toughest part about what Sanjana does is witnessing the amount of hate and cruelty

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NITHYA DAVID, UPSTREAM

“Listen to your instinct always. It is your third eye.” Says Nithya David and that is exactly what she did. After working with many reputed firms, Nithya put her third eye to good use and discovered her entrepreneurial side. In 2008, she set up Upstream, a recruitment firm in Bangalore. According to Nithya, being an entrepreneur is a very lonely job which is why she seeks inspiration and motivation from her fellow entrepreneurs. Her role demands dealing with the Human

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SUJATHA BALAKRISHNAN, THEATRE FOR CHANGE

“Age is just a number, defy the myth about ageism” says 60 year old Sujatha Balakrishnan teacher, counsellor and a theatre actor based in Bangalore. I immediately filed away this little piece of advice knowing it will come in good use someday. Being a theatre person, Sujatha started “Theatre for Change”, which addresses social issues in a theatrical format. It is based on her strong belief that art forms must go beyond entertainment and involve social criticism and political activism.

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KANAK HIRANI NAUTIYAL, KARIGAR

“My biggest achievement till date has been learning how to ride a bicycle at the age of 30”. Meet Kanak Hirani Nautiyal, Co-founder of Karigar who, with this candid statement, will help you realize that it is indeed never too late to do anything – if you set your mind to it. Kanak lives in Amstelveen in Netherlands. She and two like-minded partners established Karigar as a sustainable fashion brand that combines Dutch design with Indian handcraft. Kanak has spent

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AMRITA SHARMA, BUDDING STAR

“Be passionate and be wild” says 25 year old Amrita Sharma from Chandigarh who is the Head Content Strategist at Budding Star, an online platform dedicated to provide parents with the best information to bring up their child creatively and innovatively. Amrita, a post graduate in English Literature, started out as an amateur blogger, but was soon sought out for her ability to write engaging blogs and was offered the responsibility of designing and implementing strategic content for Budding Star.

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