POOJA SAMPATH, MONSTREPRENEUR

At an age when most kids are thinking of how to get through a day in school, Pooja Sampath, all of 14 years old, landed her first acting job. That was back in 2003 and it took that one experience for Pooja to fall head over heels in love – with filmmaking! Since then, she has worn several hats – that of a casting director, actor, executive producer, creative producer and director. Those around her started to call her the

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AKSHAYEE SHETTY, SENSE KALEIDOSCOPES

“If they can’t learn the way we teach, then we teach the way they learn.” I would like to introduce you to Akshayee Shetty Founder and Director of Sense Kaleidoscopes – A Unit of Ayathi Trust. Akshayee, has closely known anxiety as a dyslexic teen and always sought comfort in the rustic smell of old papers, the comforting arms of her mother and in organizing, re-organizing and colour coding  her multi-level folders, subjects and tasks. In simple terms, Akshayee identifies

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KARUNA JEROME, BE THOUGHTFUL

How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you. And the little world called, Be Thoughtful that Karuna Jerome has set up seeks to bless, inspire and encourage people. Timid by nature, Karuna never imaged she would be making her foray into the world of entrepreneurship. Her journey started with a stall in college, evolved into several pop-up stores and is now established as a brick and mortar store that functions as a five -in-one enterprise ->

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VIDHYA THIAGARAJAN, BUTTERSCOTCH CREATIONS

I would like you to meet Vidhya Thiagarajan, Founder and Principal Photographer at Butterscotch Creations LLP, who at 42, still finds it tough to convince people that a lone female photographer can take care of herself and all will be well especially, during outdoor shoots. Vidhya, started out as a travel / landscape photographer. Her slow and steady evolution as a professional photographer involved shooting with a Motorola camera phone and capturing an F1 race on a Canon point and

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YOGMAYA PRADEEP, LAWYER

In response to our invite to the men to come forward with stories about their wonder women, Ajay Shankar was one of the first to do so. He recommended Yogmaya Pradeep, his partner, both, at work and on the home front. Yogmaya, at 25, was one of the youngest female lawyers to have co-founded a Law firm (A&Y Partners) and of course, there were many raised eye-brows. “Aren’t you too young?”, “Do you have sufficient experience?” were some of the questions

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TINA GARG, PINK LEMONADE

Meet Tina Garg, founder of Pink Lemonade, a creative services company. Tina and her team’s refreshing creativity comes through even as you browse through the company website.  What you first notice about Tina is her warm smile and I figured the reason behind it is that she loves to do good, “there aren’t enough of us investing in that without expectations”, she says. Pink Lemonade, as Tina describes it, is “an agency with a heart” and it thrives on being

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ARCHANA NARENDRAN, INK TRAILS ILLUSTRATIONS

This young woman is a trailblazer. And she makes her mark with ink! Yes, you read that right! Say hello to Archana Narendran (Pereira), founder of Ink Trails Illustrations. Via her brand she creates travel based illustrations which find a way into the lives and homes of travel enthusiasts and art lovers as travel souvenirs and unique décor products. With a background in Architecture and a deep love for art, Archana was drawn to combine her two loves and started

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SHARMAIN KHOREE, GOBBLE UP CHURROS

A Parsee, married to a Bengali, has brought a bit of Spain to Bangalore! Meet Sharmain Khoree, Founder of Gobble Up Churros. For those of you who are not aware, churros is a lip smacking Spanish sweet snack made by frying dough. It is a versatile dish that can be frosted, topped in different ways, and even made with scrumptious fillings. Sharmain’s love for Churros began when she took her first bite in one of the oldest churreras in Spain.

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SRILAKSHMI AMIRTHESWARAN, THE DESI DOG PROJECT

Meet Dr. Srilakshmi Amirtheswaran, the first to be featured under our “Adopt, Don’t Shop” initiative. Srilakshmi was 22, straight out of medical college, when she rescued her first dog. She was volunteering at a local shelter when she saw a tiny little bag of bones dumped outside the premises. He was terrified and did not trust anyone. Srilakshmi won him over, took him home and named him Maximus. Seeing Maxie thrive under unconditional love and grow up to be an

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NANDITHA KARUMBAIAH, HAND CRAFTED WITH LOVE

Handcrafted with Love, the name says it all. Meet Nanditha Karumbaiah, who transforms everyday objects into exquisite pieces using an art form called paper decoupage. Decoupage finds its origin in France and means to artistically decorate something by gluing pieces of paper on the surface of an object and coating it with several layers of varnish, until the finished product looks like it is painted on. Sounds very simple, but mind you, it is a tedious process requiring immense amount

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