The day that pregnancy test turns out to be positive, the happiness, the bliss, the ecstasy and every other synonym of happiness finds a roof within your soul. Maternity is a blessing indeed but there are women who prefer compromising with their careers or their dreams just to fulfill the societal norms of motherhood. This Mother’s Day let us look into the stories of the women who nurtured their kids and family, and their businesses, and most of them became entrepreneurs AFTER becoming a mother.
Meena Bindra- BIBA
Totally flattered by the ethnic collection of BIBA, we couldn’t have forgotten to praise Meena Bindra. You surely know what a Patiala is and now FYI she is the one behind this name. Meena Bindra shares her Patiala story with The Hindu:
Once in Delhi, I went to a Sardarji tailor in Shankar Market who stitched a gherewali (with gatherings) salwar to perfection. He said he was from Patiala and I decided upon the name and it remains.
She started her journey 33 years ago when she was a 36 year old housewife and a mother of two. It began with a bank loan of Rs 8000 and soon she was making profit by selling ready-made suits and kurtas (ready-made dresses were not so imaginable then). She launched BIBA as a brand in 1988, way too back, isn’t it? It was 1988 and it is 2016 now and we are still drooling over the BIBA kurtis.
Well, if she could have done it around two-and-a-half decades back, then why can’t you now?
Shubra Chadda- Chumbak
When your life partner is a partner in your success story too, the delight is unique than the unique. 😛
Shubra and her husband Prabhakar got inspired to start a design company when they realized that India didn’t have any kind of souvenirs to giveaway to its visitors and that’s where Chumbak came in. An entirely new idea we feel. Now finally, we too can have the auto-rickshaw bobble-head or the cow mouse pad.
A year after my daughter was born in 2007, I was ready to do something challenging. So, for a whole year before launching Chumbak, we researched about products, designs, manufacturers etc. We approached many designers as well.
P.S.— She started after her daughter was born. Ho gayi na shakti dugni? 😉
Vandana Luthra- VLCC
Don’t you just love the awesome VLCC products? Well they are full of motherly care because it comes from a woman who is a mother too and who didn’t let motherhood jeopardize her career as an entrepreneur. Vandana Luthra was honored with the Padma Shri for her contribution in the field of trade and industry and was also listed in Fortune India in 2015 as the 33rd most powerful woman in business in India.
She established VLCC in Safdarjung in 1989 in New Delhi after her two kids were born. She used her training in cosmetology to start this chain of wellness centers. This gorgeous woman is a grandmother to three kids now. Neither being a mother nor being a grandmother stopped her from doing what she loved.
Suchi Mukherjee- LimeRoad
I didn’t know that the e-commerce website that Facebook kept reminding me about, was founded by a mother of two. When I started researching on this topic all these women were entirely new to me while their brands had a place in my mind. Suchi Mukherjee was an Investment Banker before her son was born and it was during her maternity leave that an idea struck Suchi.
She told Economic Times,
Flipping through the pages, I found a piece of jewellery I really wanted to touch and buy. I realised then there was no place where one could access the vast array of amazing products that were being made and shipped out of India.
A Eureka moment during her maternity leave? Hmm! We are inspired, aren’t you?
Is it fair to stop a lady from working just because she is a mother?
We don’t think so! The day you take your career in your hands, there is no stopping. As we struggle to bring together millions of women, we at WitsAndWings feel that every woman should get the chance to go out and chase her dreams even if she is a mother. Well, watch Mary Kom if you haven’t yet, “Maa banne se ek aurat ki shakti dugni ho jaati hai.” And if someone disagrees to this point then make them read this article which boasts about every woman who did not treat motherhood as a hindrance. Instead, she tried balancing both her responsibilities with full dedication.