5 things to NEVER say to a Woman Entrepreneur

“Great! Now you can take it easy”

NOT. We all know that starting off one’s own venture is nothing easy. If anything, it means double the time, double the work, and double the pressure to perform. Of course, it’s also much more rewarding (personally and maybe financially) once it kicks off, but it’s NEVER “easy”.

“Aah! Nice. Making time to plan a family?”

HELL NO. The two are completely unrelated, and may or may not coincide, if at all. Ever

Women Entrepreneurship – The Answer to Economic Progress

A recent report from the World Bank cites a worrying statistic of a falling rate of Female Labour Force Participation (FLFP), ranking India 121 out of 131 nations, followed only by Pakistan in South Asia. Aptly titled “Precarious Drop”, the report notes a significant drop in women’s participation in the workforce from 42.7% in 2004-05 to 31.2% in 2011-12. What this translates to, is about 19.6 million women and girls having dropped out of the workforce


GST: Is it Really Good and Simple?

Many things become cheaper & many dearer! That’s Your Good & Simple Tax!

It has been just over a week since the start of the revolutionary tax reform Goods and Services Tax (GST). There has been no `chaos’ so far as many had expected and many businesses which missed the deadline are migrating to GST. For most consumers it’s a mixed bag – if eating out has become more expensive, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) have

Cooking up a better life: “Stranger Than Fiction”

While watching “Stranger Than Fiction”, personally for me, the centre of attraction was Maggie Gyllenhaal in the role of a baker. Along with her, the movie had Will Ferrell alongside great performances by Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman. For, if you ask me, this movie is all about the attempt to make the world a better place…with cookies.

The story revolves around an ordinary IRS auditor Harold Crick, played by Will Ferrell, who has


Maternity Benefits and the Elephant in the Room

On the face of it, the Maternity Benefit Amendment Bill 2016 has been welcomed by Corporate India with open arms. Passed in August last year, the bill came into effect of May 1, 2017, mandating companies to grant 26 weeks of paid leave for maternity care to pregnant employees, with additional facilities of a crèche at work places with more than 50 employees.

A handful of companies have gone the extra mile to implement the new law, even before it


Striking a balance between professional and personal life: “Piku”

What you find in Piku is an appealing portrait of a father-daughter relationship. We see Deepika Padukone playing Piku, an architect and an entrepreneur, who has co-founded a design firm. Her father takes pride in the fact that his daughter is financially independent and, even subscribes to a theory that women shouldn’t get married as they end up losing their


Look around and discover the unsung heroes

In a fairly patronizing move, one of the leading Hindi movie channels decided to show the Gauri Shinde hit English Vinglish – to celebrate Mother’s Day. For those who may not be familiar, the story is that of a cotton sari-clad Puneri mum who “embarrasses” her children for her discomfort with the English language, goes on to join an English-speaking class, while on a trip to New York. Her children however, an adoring son of about 8 or 9 and an angsty tween


The buzz in the swarm: The Secret Life of Bees

Bees are the centre of this story. The storyline of ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ is the life of Lily Owens, a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. It is set in 1964, in South Carolina. Trying to escape her lonely life and a troubled father-relationship, Lily flees with Rosaleen, her caregiver and friend, to land in a South Carolina town (which holds the secret to her mother’s past). Here she is exposed to the intelligent, independent Boatwright


Escapades of a successful bakery owner: It’s Complicated

From the ‘entrepreneur’s’ point of view, this movie is about the life of a lady, who owns a popular bakery. It’s Complicated was released in 2009 on Christmas Day.

From the family kitchen to the bakery – we hear of many women today, who explore this avenue. In fact, we all enjoy the occasional baking adventure – mixing, tasting the batter, watching the rising loaf, the whifting aroma. Now, imagine doing it as a full-time profession:


Pink & Other Hues of Budget

This year’s budget has something for everyone: friendly for the low salary earners, while taxing the very rich, the budget boosts digital transactions and entrepreneurship

The most eagerly awaited economic event of the year, the annual budget, for the next fiscal, presented by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley last week, had something for everyone. There were no specific `women oriented’ policies, barring increase in allocation for women & child development to Rs 1.84 lakh crore in the year 2017-18, compared to Rs 1.56 lakh

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