Daring Greatly, brings to the fore fascinating profiles of Inspiring Indian women who have carved a niche for themselves in a multitude of sectors. It is an interesting and eclectic mix. Many of these are moving stories of hope, of women achievers in the midst of grappling with life’s challenges, given their multiple roles. With Womans Day Today, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind all of our gals here reading this to “lean in.” Look at all of these badass, powerful women throughout history that have paved the way for our growth –– whether it be in healthcare, the workplace, or in other social movements. Please, ladies, give yourself some damn permission to achieve greatness. You have it within you…it’s so clear! No matter your age, sexuality, color, or size, you were made to do big things. Here is me virtually handing you a permission slip to be unapologetically ambitious, whatever that may mean for you in your current season of life. May your tribe grow. May they find the straight to stand up and walk tall and like you may they never cease to amaze.
Rhea Banerjee – Founder Pretty Little Blog
I always had a thing for creating art. Not just the usual drawing and painting, but finding art in the ordinary, noticing the little things in life and sharing them as photographs on a blog. It all started back in 2015, I created my IG handle, it was called the foodie page. I used to share all my food expeditions and experiences across Mumbai. The page started to grow, I got my first 1000 followers and by that time I gave it a brand identity – Tiny Eats Blog.Through mid 2016, I started getting invites from places to try out their food and share my experience but then I had to move to UK to pursue my Masters. I wanted to continue blogging and so gave it a shot from there.A few months through, it kinda blew up. And because of a few personal reasons, my entire focus had shifted away. We can say Tiny Eats Blog kinda faded off, I totally stopped posting there. The page was losing its engagement too because of my inactivity. Until one fine day, I got super impulsive, went onto the web browser and deleted the account. I told myself, if I ever blog again I’ll start fresh. A fresh new identity, away from all the hate and negativity, a new page which extends its boundaries beyond food. Pretty Little Blog came to life in 2017 December when I was in London. My initial posts, are from there if you ever scroll down till the very end. In 2018, I returned to Mumbai. The focus was on and off. And eventually I decided, I’ve had enough. If I am gonna do this I’ll do it the right way. It was October 2018, I became regular with my posts. I indulged myself into Pinterest. I spent weeks learning flatlay photography, editing, basic design tools and so much more. Slowly I started incorporating everything until mid 2019, I was ready with a beautiful lifestyle blog. Today I’ve worked with one of India’s very popular brands like Chumbak & Accessorize, I’ve styled innumerable flatlays for so many homegrown brands, visited almost all aesthetic cafes of Bombay and every time something new comes up I get super excited. I guess it’s about never giving up and pushing yourself that one extra mile. If you don’t get opportunities, pause, evaluate and create one for yourself. Design a life you’ll love. If you truly want it, it’s already yours. You just have to embark upon the beautiful journey called life, and then go and grab it.
Tanushree Jain – Founder Door to Decor
I always wanted to create. Create something that doesn’t exist. Which is why I took up architecture. 5 years of college and 3 years of a 9-5 later, I realised I wasn’t creating. Which is when I started my first page – @doortodecor26 for unique thematic home decor ideas. What started out as a passion, soon turned out to be a doorway to unexplored possibilities. The response was great, and without knowing that it could have so much potential professionally, it soon opened a world of opportunities to create and contribute- hence @dtd_style. I’m a full time product stylist now. It’s great to see my work on other people’s feed every morning. And I hope I can keep creating and innovating. I’m doing what I love and loving what I do, finally.
Pragya Varma – Founder Writenery
Being a small town girl from Pilani who never dreamt or aimed for doing something on her own. Born and grown up with service family values worked & excelled in events & flower industry for 6 years, the future goal was to apply for better opportunities. Like a stomach worm there was always a bug in my mind of stationery, especially fancy one and why is it not available in India. However, like a stomach worm, there was always a bug in mind that was crazily attracted to stationery, especially fancy ones but they were never available in India. An idea was shaping and with limited knowledge, even little resources decided to jump in the deep pool of Indian stationery market. Of course things failed big time in the beginning with no sales and even worse, no guidance and direction to walk in. Talking to people gained a different perspective. Taking one step at a time and each day as it came and with hard work (albeit limited resources), Writenery started growing.
Tilika Vispute – Founder Panda Social
I said YES. I was TERRIFIED until I took the step of actually going forward with my gut. It was a DM on my other profile for a shout out. I didn’t do the shout out because it was from another niche and wouldn’t have been fair to my followers/audience. But something else happened. The person asking for a shout out was looking for social media person and I was lacking courage to take up social media as my full time freelance career. I said yes. I let go of all the reasons why it shouldn’t or couldn’t work out and focused on what if I succeed? I gave in all my efforts and received my first client who was just as happy to have me onboard. Even today many hurdles come my way but then I ask myself, “ What if I succeed?” I hope my story gives you the nudge to take the step and succeed! I know you can. You just have to believe like I did. And, “what if you succeed?”
Shailja Agarwal – Founder House of Sasha
In times where women have taken the front seat, House of Sasha takes great pride in being a brand run by two independent strong women. This venture has personally inspired me to think beyond lines and empower women in my life and work towards their dreams and believes. House of sasha has recently employed two creative young women who’ve set out on their journey to inspire and motivate others who dream to create a positive impact in the society. This is a shoutout to all the women dream big and wish to inspire others.
Simran Bhatia & Harneesh Kaur Sahni – Co-Founders Masaya Couture
Seeing the recent trend where we see celebrities and fashion influencers hitting the streets, movies and bars in the most comfortable yet stylish wear, we realized how comfort plays an important role in today’s world. Since the two of us are from two different educational backgrounds and have always been inclined towards fashion, therefore, we took it as a challenge to understand the field of fashion thoroughly. Yes, it is a very challenging task to convince people with the idea of wearing pajamas outside their houses but well its worth a try. So here we are, founders of Masaya Couture, Simran Bhatia and Harneesh Kaur Sahni, selling comfort rather than just selling a product. The two of us are true believers of Pyjama’s being the new cool.
Sakshi Chandak – Founder House of Sasha
I always preach to other people that there is never a “too early” or “too late” for big risks in our lives. Though I’m often referring to starting your own business venture, I think making big transitions in your lifestyle also applies. I’ve never been one to shy away from risks, mainly because the greatest advice I’ve ever received from someone was to stop worrying about what you’re going to lose and just do the damn thing. When I’m older, I really want to look back at my 20s & 30s and KNOW I took opportunities for growth. I’m a 26-year-old women, unapologetically trying to build a brand and mission that others resonate with. This is my purpose. Though certain transitions and moving out of your comfort zone can be scary, I am confident there are bigger things on the horizon for House of Sasha. With Womans Day Today, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind all of our gals here reading this to “lean in.” Look at all of these badass, powerful women throughout history that have paved the way for our growth –– whether it be in healthcare, the workplace, or in other social movements. Please, ladies, give yourself some damn permission to achieve greatness. You have it within you…it’s so clear! No matter your age, sexuality, color, or size, you were made to do big things. Here is me virtually handing you a permission slip to be unapologetically ambitious, whatever that may mean for you in your current season of life. May your tribe grow. May they find the straight to stand up and walk tall and like you may they never cease to amaze.