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The Sindhian – stories from Jan-Mar 2020 issue

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Here are my stories from the Jan-Mar 2020 issue of The Sindhian:

Trrishant Sidhwaani. The big fat Indian wedding has got bigger and fatter and no one knows this better than DreamzKrraft Wedding that started almost two decades ago by Sundeep and Priti Sidhwaani. Their son Trrishant Sidhwaani who joined the business four years ago now heads the Planning division and ensures that latest technology is put to good use to simplify the wedding planning process. Born in Mumbai, Sidhwaani completed his schooling at AVM, Mumbai and International School Bangalore in India after which he moved to the US to do his double major in Finance and Marketing at the Kelly School of Business (Indiana University). For someone who self admittedly was fascinated by film sets, it was a trip to Australia with the entire crew for a shoot that made him realize his passion for events. “Watching my mother on DreamzKrraft wedding sets, I was naturally drawn to the entire process and I began absorbing the nuances of production and coordination/planning that leads up to a perfect execution. I did not have to think twice about joining the family business.” Read the full story here:

Misha Vasandani. Ask any woman what she needs the most and it is likely you will hear the answer ‘me time’. Mishka’s the brain child of Misha Vasandani, seeks to fulfil this need through a luxury beauty studio in Kolkata. The space offers a variety of nail services under one roof bringing together global techniques with the best of services. The salon done up in hues of rose gold, grey and pink is both plush and chic. A business student with a keen interest in luxury brands and management, Misha took up ‘Luxury Brands’ as a subject for her master’s degree at Sunderland University in London where she studied between 2012 and 2014. She dabbled in the tea industry as a Brand Manager for luxury teas for a while. Read the full story here:

Mohit Nawany. Making a mark in the manufacturing industry is certainly not easy. But Mohit Nawany is different as he has climbed the ladder of success one step at a time. “Being a state level swimmer, I loved the juggling between extracurricular, co-curricular, sports and academics all through school. After completing my board exams in 2003, I did my civil engineering from the prestigious Sardar Patel College Of Engineering, Mumbai. Handling the finance department for college festivals and co-founding the entrepreneurship development cell helped me in my campus placement with Larson & Tourbro (India’s leading engineering conglomerate).” He joined L&T in 2007 and spent a year with the design team in Chennai working on the Mumbai International Airport Terminal 2 flyover. “Subsequently I was deputed on site for a year to ensure execution on behalf of the construction planning and methodology team.” He then joined the family business (Nawany Group) in 2009 to nurture his entrepreneurial spirit and start a new logistics vertical (ASL Logistics) within the group. Read the full story here:

Prathana A Narang. In 2012, when she enrolled herself for a in Chennai, she knew that sitting behind a computer doing a 9 to 5 job was certainly not what she wanted to do. Prathana A Narang then started attending baking workshops and realized that she was actually enjoying it. “I also knew that if I need to excel in this field I need to learn from professionals and from those who were the best. After doings some research I came across Lavonne Academy in Bangalore and I was sure I wanted to do their Diploma course.” She enrolled at Lavonne in May 2015 but as there was a waiting period of six months and since she had no prior background in baking, she took up a part time job as a HR in Chennai till the course began. Prathana shifted to Bangalore in January 2016 for the Diploma at Lavonne. “I joined Leela Palace Bangalore in July 2016 for my six months internship in Baking and Pastry. Working at Leela was a crucial part of my career and I was sure that I wanted to continue in the industry of Pastry Arts, but at that time I understood my mission and I knew what path I had to choose.” She returned to her alma mater Lavonne in Jan 2017 as an instructor. Read the full story here:

Carol Jagtiani. When a college student meets with a bad accident that amputates her right leg, it is but obvious that her world turns upside down. However, if that same girl beats all odds to become a full-time practicing lawyer and a Motivational Speaker you know she is special and that is exactly the word that describes Carol Jagtiani. “My father is Sindhi and my mother is from Nagaland and I was born and brought up in Nagaland till I was15. I came to Mumbai to do my higher education and joined the 5-year law school after my 12th standard.” Her happy-go-lucky life took a U turn when she met with a terrible railway accident in her last year of law school. “As I was about to board the train, it started and I slipped and fell under the wheels. I was dragged until my right leg got cut off and I had a severe head injury too. I was rushed to Sion Hospital where I was actually declared dead on arrival.” Read the full story here:

Bhavna Harchandrai. For someone who has been active for as long as she remembers, Bhavna Harchandrai went from being a throwball player in school to becoming sports captain. In fact she saved up her allowance as a student to enroll into aerobics classes when it was introduced in Mumbai in the 90’s. She completed her International Air Fare Desk course in Travel and Tourism in March 1997 but never stopped her aerobics classes. “Post-college I was preparing for my MBA while working at my uncle’s travel agency as well as at Shipline Company to gain work experience. I would see fresh graduates from IIM given mundane clerical jobs with no time to themselves. I wondered how I would be able to manage my fitness regime and career goals when I saw their lifestyle, so I decided to focus on fitness as a career.” Read the full story here:

Neeta P. Kishnani. After completing her schooling in Queen Mary High School, she did her majors in Psychology from Jai Hind College and did a year of Government Law College. Married at 21, she was a housewife but having a flair for clothes she started sending clothes out to her friends abroad and received a good response. With health issues whether physical or mental on the rise, there is still much that needs to be done as far as stress and depression is concerned. Neeta P. Kishnani has over the last 12 years used the power of the mind to heal almost every illness through ‘alternative healing therapies’.  She has received the Women of Worthiness (WoW) award for hypnosis in November 2019. Read the full story here:

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