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Women Entrepreneurs Ruling The Indian Startup Game

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India as a country, has been the victim of patriarchy since men decided they just had to have the last word. Ironically, there have been only a smattering of women in power and it has been only now that the times have finally changed. The 21st century brought forth a new wave of growth, change and ideas.  Women started revisiting their inner potential and are moving forward with renewed vigour.

Spanning diverse fields like food, fashion, technology and education, these women have challenged the startup game from being housewives to creating a brand new niche for themselves. Here is a list of women who have set the ball rolling for a brand new path in innovation and creation.

1. Shubbra Chadda – Chumbak 

Shubbra Chaddha took a while to realise her dream and when she finally knew what it was, boy, did she make a splash! Shubbra’s brand, Chumbak, took the country by a storm by becoming one of the first companies that sells funky and creative designs, with a wide array of accessories, bags and nick nacks. A store that resonates with class, style and easy sophistication, Chumbak has set the stage for those who dare to dream.

2. Chiki Sarkar – Juggernaut Books 

After heading major publishing houses like Penguin India and Random House India, Chiki Sarkar decided the time had come to branch out into the world of smartphones. With this in mind, she began Juggernaut Books, the country’s first smartphone publishing house. Through this platform, Chiki Sarkar plans on expanding the number of books available to the world. As one moves into a world governed by technology, this company comes as a refreshing change for growth.

3. Suchi Mukherjee – Limeroad 

When Suchi Mukherjee returned to India from the United States, after a gap of 17 long years, she wanted to create something that was truly wonderful. However, her road to success was not easy. Armed with a goal in mind, the path to achieving the impossible was not a simple task. With a dream in hand and a world of opportunities in front of her, Suchi created Limeroad in 2011, an online shopping platform for those who did not have the patience to go shop in actual stores. A fashion portal that uses social discovery to stand out from competitors with features such as personalised stylist recommendations and scrapbooking to customised looks, Limeroad is every shopper’s dream come true!

4. Suchita Salwan – Little Black Book 

A foodie with a desire to look for new places set the ground for Suchita Salwan’s Little Black Book. Established platforms like Just Dial, Zomato and Swiggy failed to satiate her continuing hunger pangs. With the aim of creating something out of the ordinary, Suchita founded a platform which caters to a very niche and exclusive clientele. The rest, as they say, is history.

5. Richa Singh – YourDost 

Richa Singh saw people continuously facing negativity which more often than not, would lead to depression. When a fellow hosteler ended their life, Richa realised empathy and compassion are what is needed to make the world a better place. With this one thought in mind, Richa Singh started YourDost, a platform that not only gives you a friend for life but also gives you an opportunity to get over all the problems one faces on a regular basis.

6. Kanika Tekriwal – JetSetGo

The saying, “the sky is the limit” perfectly suits Kanika Tekriwal. The founder of JetSetGo, India’s first private planes chartering service, Kanika succeeded with flying colors. This company lets people book private planes for everything from weddings to business purposes. Often described as the Uber of the skies, JetSetGo boasts of having the largest fleet of aeroplanes.

7. Falguni Nayar – Nykaa

After a long stint as an investment banker, Falguni Nayar founded Nykaa.com in the year 2013. An online one stop shop for beauty products from Indian and international brands, Nykaa changed the world of online shopping. Who would have ever thought buying makeup online would be so easy? Falguni Nayar proved all of us wrong and created a brand new place for people who love experimenting with styles, designs and colors.

8. Sairee Chahal – Sheroes 

Sheroes is the first website of its kind, giving women the chance to work in the field about which they are really passionate. If you are a woman looking for a career change or a new workplace, then Sheroes is the perfect platform for you. Sairee created this website solely dedicated to women. Besides connecting businesses and interested employees to each other, Sheroes provides mentorship and support to career oriented women.

9. Shahnaz Husain – Shahnaz Herbal Inc 

Despite being married off at the very young age of 16, Shahnaz Husain realised where her true passion lay. With a major interest in everything related to fashion and beauty, Shahnaz turned her dream into reality with Shahnaz Herbal Inc. Best known for creating herbal skin care and cosmetic products without animal testing, Shahnaz has grown like never before. With over 400 clinics in 138 countries across the world, Shahnaz has been bestowed with the Padmashree Award in 2006 for her commendable effort in making the world of cosmetics a better, cleaner and healthier place.

10. Rashmi Sinha – Slideshare

Rashmi Sinha, a PhD holder in neuropsychology from Brown University, co founded SlideShare with her husband in 2006. Within just a couple of years, the website was so popular, it got acquired by LinkedIn for $ 100 million in the year 2012! Ranked number 8 in Fortune’s Most Powerful Entrepreneurs List, Rashmi was also named as the World’s Top 10 Women Influencers in the world of web.

From the accomplishments of these pioneering women, one thing stands out. The times, they are a changing. Women know what they want and what needs to be done to get what they want. They are here. They are now. They are finally coming into their own and soon, the world is going to be a much better place.

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IDFC FIRST Bank and Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health Launch The Centre for Trauma Studies and Innovation

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IDFC FIRST Bank today announced the launch of India’s first Centre for Trauma Studies and Innovation (CTSI), in association with Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM). The initiative, that was launched on World Mental Health Day, aims to address the need to look at mental health from a trauma lens, besides also creating awareness about mental wellbeing. Through this initiative, the Centre for Trauma will create curriculums and facilitate trauma-related courses for healthcare professionals at both urban and grassroot levels.

Despite trauma being a significant public health concern, leading to ill-health and mortality, there is a dearth of designated units to deal with issues related to it. The existing systems for trauma care are not only basic but are also largely restricted to urban and select semi-urban areas, without integration with regional or state-wide systems. Rural and remote locations in the hinterland lack facilities for prompt lifesaving treatment and safe transfer of those affected to better-equipped facilities. The Centre for Trauma Studies and Innovation is established to bridge this critical gap, promote credible courses that study key areas of trauma care and to deliver effective, accessible and affordable healthcare services for all. The Centre for Trauma Studies and Innovation will be open to healthcare professionals from various fields. The focus is on building capacity at a grassroot level. IDFC FIRST Bank and BALM have been building awareness about mental health through social media campaigns, newsletters and published articles.

Rachana Iyer, Head – Corporate Social Responsibility, IDFC FIRST Bank, said, “The gap in access to mental healthcare is more pronounced now than ever as people from all walks of life experience trauma caused by illness, isolation, loss of a loved one, job loss and such other incidents triggered by the pandemic. Trauma care systems in India are at a nascent stage and constrained by lack and financial and infrastructure support. At IDFC FIRST Bank, we are on a mission to bridge these gaps so that the underserved and excluded have better access to mental healthcare. The launch of the Centre for Trauma strengthens our efforts by adding enhancing awareness about the element trauma care in mental health.”

IDFC FIRST Bank and BALM have been partners since 2016 and have strongly supported capacity building of human resources in mental health through their fellowship program. Another unique initiative that this partnership has provided is the GoTN – Grief and bereavement counselling helpline program in partnership with the National Health Mission, Government of Tamil Nadu. The helpline service that was launched in May 2021, has already onboarded 80 volunteers who have made more than 5,000 calls. The helpline services have successfully reached out to almost 6,000 members of the affected families, provided ongoing counseling sessions to 486 people, and conducted 38 debrief sessions with volunteers across the country.

Madhuri Menon, Dean at BALM said, “At BALM, our approach is rooted in research and evidence-based techniques, and our goal is to build an empathetic and resilient society. Trauma is not necessarily one big event, but small, continuous events, whether being subjected to them, or witnessing them regularly-for instance domestic violence-can have major detrimental effects on mental health. Therefore, we believe that mental health services can truly be enhanced with trauma-informed care making practitioners more empathetic and catering to clients from vulnerable groups or those experiencing chronic trauma. Based on our strong partnership with IDFC FIRST Bank, we aim to create a number of initiatives to address this problem holistically. Furthermore, we are on a mission to create awareness amongst a larger audience about trauma care by providing informed courses and knowledge material that helps in a deeper understanding of the problem. Lastly, we hope that the initiatives we have carried out in the mental health space will contribute to advocacy and policy, making mental health services more inclusive and equitable to all.”

As an effort towards building awareness around the cause, Banyan Academy for Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) in partnership with IDFC FIRST Bank, also hosted a webinar on World Mental Health Day, October 10. The webinar included a group of diverse panelists including Dr. A Lakshmi Ravikanth, Co-dean, BALM; Sadaf Vidha, Psychotherapist and Co-founder Guftagu Therapy; Nandhini, peer leader at Banyan and Rachana Iyer, Head – Corporate Social Responsibility, IDFC FIRST Bank. The panel was moderated by veteran journalist Ranjitha Gunasekaran, Assistant Resident Editor of Tamil Nadu, The New Indian Express. Each speaker brought their unique perspectives contributing to an open dialogue on this topic specific to the Indian context.

About IDFC FIRST Bank

Created in 2018 by the merger of renowned infrastructure financing institution IDFC Ltd. and leading technology NBFC, Capital First, IDFC FIRST Bank, with a balance sheet of over Rs. 1,68,000 crore, has provided over 30 million loans in its combined history and serves customers in over 60,000 villages cities and towns across the length and breadth of the country. IDFC FIRST Bank’s vision is to serve an aspiring India, backed by human values and technology and to be a force for social good. The Bank’s mission is to touch millions of Indians in a positive manner. In a short time, the Bank has expanded to 601 branches, 161 asset service centres, 609 ATMs and 94 recyclers and 623 rural business correspondent centres across the country, a next-generation net and mobile banking platform and 24/7 Customer Care services, and is incrementally growing digitally. IDFC FIRST Bank is committed to bring high-quality banking at affordable rates to India. The Bank also offers technology-enabled corporate banking solutions.

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Inspired by Indian Culture and Handicrafts, Asian Paints Introduces Taana Baana Wall Textures by Royale Play

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Heralding the festive season this year is a unique collection of exquisite wall textures – Taana Baana by Asian Paints Royale Play. Inspired by the heritage of Indian crafts and weaves, Taana Baana is a work of art that will invoke a myriad of emotions and memories. From the charpais at our ancestral home to the ubiquitous wicker baskets we keep our fruits and flowers in, from grandma’s priceless ikkat saree to the bandhej dupatta in a bride’s trousseau, Taana Baana has recreated precious crafts to adorn our walls, and lives.

Asian Paints introduces Taana Baana Wall Textures by Royale Play

Taana Baana literally means warp and weft, which refers to the orientation of any woven fabric. They are the basic components of weaving, which turn thread to yarn, yarn to fabric, and fabric to lifestyles.

The collection consists of 8 elegant wall textures that are a tribute to the crafts passed on through generations of skilled artisans. From age-old traditions to contemporary homes, ‘Taana Baana‘ finishes are distinctive and represent all parts of India. The textures come to you in multiple shade combinations in metallic, and non-metallic variants and are sure to bring a sense of personal touch with a modern outlook to your living spaces.

Each texture derives its concept from a native craft that was popularised either by a state or a group of craftsmen. The ‘Charpai‘ texture captures the criss-cross weave of the snugly woven charpoys found widely across North India. The Palm Weave texture is inspired by the chevron weaves of the giant palm leaves along with India’s Western coastal states of Goa and Kerala.

The ‘Bandhej’ texture, as the name suggests, is inspired by its namesake ancient tie-dye form native to the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The ‘Basket‘ texture finds its way to us from the states in the northeast known for their distinctive cane and bamboo handicrafts, which are meticulously twisted and woven into furniture and artefacts. The ‘Madras Checks‘ texture preserves the vintage of the timeless plaid weave, a staple in the Southern states of India.

Royale Play Taana Baana | Wall Textures by Asian Paints | Inspired By Indian Handicrafts

The threadlike texture and natural asymmetry of the ‘Ikkat texture beautifully recreate the poetry of the loom brought to us from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Orissa. The ‘Pompom‘ texture is pure joy! Inspired from the cool northern states of Ladakh, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand, it summons the coziness and warmth of sitting by a fireplace on a winter evening. Like the untamed spirit of the silkworm, the ‘Tussar texture flows freely to bring luminosity and depth to large walls. It is as luxurious and breath-taking as the Tussar silk produced in the Eastern states of Bihar and Jharkhand.

Speaking about the one-of-its-kind collection, Amit Syngle, MD and CEO, Asian Paints Limited said, “We at Asian Paints are pleased to share ‘Royale Play Taana Baana‘, a truly special collection of wall textures inspired by the heart and soul of India – the artisans and their handicraft. The seamless transition of these crafts to our walls will not only create a strong sense of belonging, but also a unique decor theme – something that is indigenous and contemporary. The collection will fit into Indian homes with ease and will evoke fond memories.”

Watch the video of the Taana Baana collection, inspired by the rich and diverse handicrafts of India

YouTube Link – www.youtube.com/watchv=oRkiJKbl1KY

Website – www.asianpaints.com/campaign/royale-play-new.html

About Asian Paints Limited

Since its foundation in 1942, Asian Paints has come a long way to become India’s leading and Asia’s third largest paint company, with a turnover of Rs. 217 billion. Asian Paints operates in 15 countries and have 26 paint manufacturing facilities in the world, servicing consumers in over 60 countries. Asian Paints has always been a leader in the paint industry, innovating new concepts in India like Colour Ideas, Home Solutions, Colour Next, and Kids’ World. Asian Paints manufactures wide range of paints for Decorative and Industrial use. The company is also present in the Home Improvement and Decor segment and offers bath and kitchen products. The company also introduced lightings, furnishings, and furniture in its portfolio. In the Health and Hygiene segment, Asian Paints offers range of Sanitizers and Surface Disinfectants.

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Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan: A Quick and Effective Way to Manage Medical Emergencies

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Bajaj Finserv, through its lending arm Bajaj Finance Limited, offers customers a personal loan for an emergency to meet planned or unplanned medical expenses. The Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan doubles up as an emergency loan courtesy of best-in-class features such as instant approval, expedited loan processing, and online disbursal in 24 hours*.

Medical emergencies are rarely expected and usually occur without warning, which leads to financial strain too. Thankfully, solutions like the personal loan for emergency matters help deal with such situations promptly and without delay. Bajaj Finserv further simplifies this undertaking by making it easy to acquire funds for urgent needs. With features like simple personal loan eligibility terms and easy online loan application, this is an effective way to handle costs during a medical crisis.

Here are the key features that make the Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan ideal during a medical emergency.

High-value sanction up to Rs. 25 lakh

Treatment should never be delayed on account of a cash crunch. With a Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan, customers can get emergency funds up to Rs. 25 lakh, based on their profile. Borrowers can use it for all medical expenses, ranging from ambulance costs to surgery, speciality treatment, hospitalisation, and post-treatment care. There are no restrictions on end-use.

Hassle-free application and approval processes

Customers that meet the simple personal loan eligibility requirements can easily avail funds. One can apply online from anywhere and at any time by filling an easy online form. This eliminates the need to visit a physical branch or stand in a queue. Moreover, eligible customers get approval for a Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan in just a few minutes and can access the funds within 24 hours*. Customers can rely on quick disbursal in a medical emergency as it serves as a reliable safety net.

Pre-approved offers

To further expedite access to funds via the Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan, customers can check their pre-approved offers as well. These are tailored to match the borrower’s profile, making a loan much quicker to avail. Customers facing a medical emergency need only avail of their pre-approved loan offer and authorise disbursal to get funds in no time. The entire process is quick, easy, and completely paperless for existing customers.

Flexible repayment plans

Bajaj Finserv offers flexible terms so customers can stay financially healthy when dealing with a medical emergency. Borrowers can choose a tenor as per their repayment capability between 12 to 60 months. The personal loan EMI calculator further makes it easy to choose a budget-friendly EMI and plan repayment.

Competitive interest rates

Bajaj Finserv offers customers a cost-effective personal loan rate of interest. These are competitive per market standards, and applicants with strong financial profiles may even qualify for better deals. This helps tackle medical emergencies affordably, even if the customer chooses to prepay the loan or opt for it on a long tenor.

Flexi Personal Loan

Bajaj Finserv offers a Flexi Personal Loan, a facility that provides customers with added convenience. With its help, one can borrow from the approved loan sanction as and when required and pay interest only on the amount withdrawn. Further, borrowers can choose to pay only the interest as EMI in the initial tenor. This can help with cash flow management so customers can focus on the emergency at hand.

Whether in search of a personal loan for salaried employees or an emergency loan, customers can rely on Bajaj Finserv. The easy-to-meet requirements coupled with expedited processing and disbursement provisions make it an ideal instrument for any borrower.

*Terms and Conditions Apply.

About Bajaj Finance Limited
Bajaj Finance Limited, the lending company of Bajaj Finserv Group, is one of the most diversified NBFCs in the Indian market, catering to more than 44 million customers across the country. Headquartered in Pune, the company’s product offering includes Consumer Durable Loans, Lifestyle Finance, Lifecare Finance, Digital Product Finance, Personal Loans, Loan Against Property, Small Business Loans, Home loans, Credit Cards, Two-wheeler and Three-wheeler Loans, Commercial lending/SME Loans, Loan against Securities and Rural Finance which includes Gold Loans and Vehicle Refinancing Loans along with Fixed Deposits.

Bajaj Finance Limited prides itself on holding the highest credit rating of FAAA/Stable for any NBFC in the country today. It is also the only NBFC in India with the international ‘BBB‘ with a stable outlook for the long-term, by S&P Global Rating.

To know more, please visit: www.bajajfinserv.in.

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