LAVANYA ASHOK, FINANCE

Meet Lavanya Ashok, if there was a way to fill a bottle with her energy and zest for life – I would make sure to take a lifetime supply! An Executive Director in a leading Global Financial Services firm and a new mother to twin boys, Lavanya says she is at that point in life where her “productive-professional self and twin-mom self, have been forced to befriend each other”. To her, success at work means to be a thoughtful bridge

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RASHI NARANG, HUFT

Meet Rashi Narang, founder of Heads Up for Tails. Her Labrador Sara, is the joy of her life and was all the inspiration she needed (along with her love for design) to set up Heads Up for Tails. With a tagline “Pets are Precious”, Rashi describes her company as “a celebration of pets and all the joys that they bring into our lives”. It all started back in 2008, when Rashi could not find quality products in the market for

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RUCHIKA SETHI, HR

Meet Ruchika Sethi, HR Enablement Leader and Director at Ernst & Young. For those of you who’ve met Ruchika, you’ll know what I mean when I say she is a bundle of energy. There is always a spring in her step, a witty comeback and warmth in her words. I asked her how she does it – how can one be such an optimist all the time? Does she not have bad days? Does nothing get her down? Pat comes

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SANAA A’ESHA, KIDCHEN

Meet Sanaa A’esha, founder of Kidchen, a cooking school for kids. Sanaa describes her school as “a culinary adventure for kids to discover ingredients, flavours, kitchen skills, and their love for good food”. When she had her son, Eesa (now 5 years old), she always found it strange when everyone warned her about how difficult it is to feed kids once they transition to solids. “How could something adults love indulging in, be repulsive to children?”. It bothered …her to

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ALICIA SOUZA, ILLUSTRATOR

Meet Alicia Crescencia Souza, Illustrator Entrepreneur and founder of the whimsical world of Alicia Souza that makes happy stuff for happy people! Just browsing through her website and looking through her creations is sure to put you in an upbeat mood! Alicia, is a perfect example of someone taking something she loves doing and making a success of it. She does not claim it is easy, nah! but says that neither is it impossible. It took a nudge from her

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AARTI KATHPALIA, TICKLES & TALES

Meet Aarti Kathpalia, storyteller, puppeteer and founder of Tickles & Tales. After spending 7 years as a teacher, Aarti, who confesses she never considered herself a risk taker, quit her job and set out on her own. She was determined to listen to her inner voice that urged her to combine all her three loves – children, stories and puppets! Her biggest hurdle was to convince her potential clients of this creative and effective way of storytelling. It took a while…

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