VRINDA DUGAR, ART BY VRINDA

Here’s introducing a spirited young lady who started her journey as an entrepreneur while still studying. Meet Vrinda Dugar, Owner and Director of Art by Vrinda.  Only 19 when she held her first solo exhibition and 23 when she founded her venture, Vrinda who was born in Kolkata, raised in Bangalore and currently lives in Jaipur, is a self-taught freelance artist and designer (both textile and apparel design). Vrinda confesses that she “breathes” art and design and credits converting it

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UMA PREMAN, SANTHI MEDICAL INFORMATION CENTRE

Uma Preman, Founder and Director of Santhi Medical Information Centre, is only 46 years old but has accomplished what most of us probably will not in our entire life time. Uma remembers a tough childhood, daughter of a cotton mill worker, she recalls that in spite of their own tough times, her father spent all his free time selflessly helping the sick and the aged members of the neighbouring communities. Apart from her father, a young Uma was greatly influenced

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SAYLI RAJADHYAKSHA, PawsRUs

How many of you are currently juggling two careers simultaneously? Both driven by passion, both highly fulfilling and both demanding the same level of attention. Here is a feature especially to let you know that you are not alone. Meet Sayli Rajadhyaksha, a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy in a famous medical college in Bangalore and the founder of PawsRUs India, that provides dog behaviour consultation, basic obedience training, pet photography and now, even physiotherapy for our four-legged friends. Sayli did her Masters

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VIBHA GHORPADE, YoMama!!

I must admit, every time I walk into a cosy café serving scrumptious food, I tell myself “maybe I should set one up too!” but knowing what a mammoth effort it is, I quickly distract myself with the menu instead. There are some who like taking on mammoth challenges, like for instance, Vibha Ghorpade, a mompreneur, culinary adventurer and the founder of YoMama!! A café with no frills or fuss, just wholesome continental food.  At YoMama!! the menu comes with

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VIDULA KOTHARE, ENTREPRENEUR

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s never too late to start”, but let me introduce you to Vidula Kothare, Owner and Director at Think Creative AdSolutions Pvt. Ltd., who will tell you, “It’s never too early either!” Vidula was all of 21 when she and her two like-minded friends founded the company. She had one computer, one client and zero investment. Sounds absolutely brave doesn’t it? I think the beauty of starting young is that you are fearless, under little

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SAKSHI TALWAR, RUGS & BEYOND

“I am an evangelist of women empowerment.” I love how Sakshi Talwar, Co-founder of Rugs & Beyond, candidly described herself to me. When I started writing this feature, I struggled to keep it short and at the same time provide justice to Sakshi’s plethora of admirable achievements. She has a background in Finance and Interior Design (Parsons, NY), is an artist (modern contemporary art), a writer at The Huffington Post (especially on women-centric topics), has been written about (in Business

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NEELU KHANNA, AASRAA TRUST

Today, I would like you to meet Neelu Khanna, Honorary Secretary and Managing Trustee at The Aasraa Trust in Dehradun. Before I tell you more about Neelu, let me tell you about the organization that she is so passionate about. Aasraa is an education trust that seeks to restore dignity to the lives of the street and slum children through education, love, grooming, basic literacy, vocational training and shelter homes for abandoned and orphaned children. Founded in 2009 with 35

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MADHU SHUKLA, PLAYSPACE

Meet Madhu Shukla, Founder of Playspace. I can’t think of a better way to introduce Madhu than to use the quote that flashes on the homepage of the Playspace website. It is by Richard Lingard and it says “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation”.  At Playspace, Madhu promises that you will discover more about yourself and the people you engage with. She believes that “when we play, we

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SHALINI BATHIJA, CREATIVE OUTBURST

“Trust your own madness, follow your dreams and listen to your heart….always!” says Shalini Bathija, founder of Creative Outburst, a company that loves to gift bundles of joy to children and grown ups via creative and personalized products. Shalini comes with a background in teaching and watching children learn and explore the world always moved her. Even after she quit her job as a teacher, she always knew that whatever she does will surely be associated with children. In fact, Creative Outburst

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SHILPA SHARMA, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

The Wonder Women World would like to celebrate a person who has dedicated her life to a profession that hardly gets the attention it deserves. Meet, Shilpa Sharma, a Speech Language Pathologist based in Mumbai. I am sure most of us would struggle to describe what the job entails. Speech and communication form such an important part of our lives and we often take it for granted but there are so many people (including many children) who struggle with some form

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