3 pm Mar 08, 2013
International Women's Day: on her book on 25 inspirational women entrepreneurs
Meena Bindra did it. Jasu Shilpi did it. Nina Lekhi did it. 'Follow Every Rainbow' is the story of twenty-five enterprising women who took up a challenge. They raised a family as well as a company, with love, laughter and patience. Managing multiple equations - never giving in or giving up. These stories say one thing, loud and clear. Women think and act differently than men, but they can be just as successful. What 'success' means, is something only you can decide.
28 questions answered | 2 questions pending
- Namastey ma'am.Happy women's day. My question is, do you believe that situation can change by giving reservation to women candidate in parliament or at other govt post,as the ground reality is a bit different.seats of some panchayats have been reserved for women but what we see there is women panch or mukhiya are mere puppets.. Asked by: Ashish kumar (JST )
- Wish you a happy and fulfilling Women's Day. I hope that 2013 is watershed year in fight for women's right, dignity and freedom in India. Asked by: Shshank Srivastav
- Thanks again. Do you think the idea of Disturbing the status quo of the past and present stopping men (Not all men. I am talking about the some who are against theis idea) from supporting Women Empowerement ? Asked by: Harsha
- Rashmi Bansal Society cas a whole changes very slowly but definitely individuals can change within themselves. Yes, men are in a sense lost and confused as the traditional role they played is no longer enough. Somewhere I feel they wish things could remain as they were in an older time, when roles of men and women were clear and there was no blurring of lines
- I am big fan of your book Stay Hungry Stay Foolish; do you have any future plans in releasing second version book, regarding few more young entrepreneurs who are successful in IT, Consulting and or Stock Market Businesses? Thank you. Asked by: Nirmal
- Hi Rashmi, your books are inspirational and love the real stories with no preaching and biases.You bring out the best and leave the rest to the readers to implement in their lives. I liked Poor litle Rich Slum as what you have highlighted in the book is juxtaposed to how Dharavi is 'only' known for. I hope the foreign countries take a cue from it and also incorporate it in their study and books. Asked by: Samanvay
- What is 'women empowerment' to you. Asked by: Nighat
- Hi Rashmi, Are there any women entrepreneurs/pioneers in the business areas of ecology/environment protection, universal healthcare and education? And what do they bring extra to the table? Asked by: Shshank Srivastav
- How many women did you meet and talk to before finalizing 25 for this book ? What was the criteria for selection. Asked by: Ravi
- Rashmi Bansal I do extensive research and then decide which subjects to meet and interview. The criteria is both factual and emotional. My subjects must be first generation entrepreneurs with an inspirational story. The business must be ethical. And I look for variety - East, West, North, South, different educational backgrounds, different industries and age groups. This book also has 3 stories from outside India.
- I too want too become an entrepreneur what r the steps i should follow Asked by: Saloni Garodia
- I too want to grow up in corporate world, please give me some tips Asked by: Rekha Garodia
- Rashmi Bansal Work hard, stay focused and take ownership of your job. ie do not work only for paycheque. Put in more effort and take more initiative, as you would for anything very important to you. Focus on positive qualities in others instead of finding fault. Have patience, do not keep hopping jobs in search of a few extra bucks!
- Do you feel there should be reservation for women in every filed. Not that I would like to but men have left us with no choice. We need to exert ourselves ? Asked by: Soniya
- Hi Rashmi, How do you handle work and family ? Asked by: mansi
- Rashmi Bansal I do not try to achieve 'perfection' - it is not possible. I have a lot of support from my family and I have a very good housekeeper who I trust with all the routine jobs of the home and I focus on my work. I also practice yoga and meditation, it makes me calm and I no longer get bothered by minor problems or even major ones. 'This too shall pass' is what I believe!
- Thanks for the previous answer. ISB has been working really hard towards empowering Women Entrepreneurs with its regular courses. Why don't government take any such initiative ? Rather is comes up with silly initiatives such as "10000 INR for every girl child that is born in this financial year." And then they stop that half way through ? Asked by: Harsha
- Some of the women entrepreneurs come up after inheriting family business so are they lot more indifferent towards other feminine problems at workplace Asked by: Hitesh
- why don't you try on fiction,which inspire people as well as entertain them ,too? Asked by: umesh
- I'm big fan of yours.who're your ideals who inspire you? Asked by: umesh
- Rashmi Bansal Among people I have never met - Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, writers like R K Narayan, Malcolm Gladwell. Among people I know - my dad who came from a small town and became an astrophysicist, my mother for her ability to always be positive and giving and my teacher Sunil Handa who is a mentor and guide in everything I do.
- What is your writing schedule like for books? Asked by: Jyoti
- Could we expect a book from you regarding global warming? Asked by: Nirmal
- What qualities have you learned from the women leaders you most admire and why you admire them? Asked by: sumeet
- Rashmi Bansal Leaders - whether men or women - must be passionate, purposeful and they must persevere to attain their goals. Women also have the ability to create balance and harmony in whatever role they play. They are, in my opinion, more honest, more ethical and more focussed on long term than short term. They also have a way of smiling through all their problems and staying positive!
- I for one, don't believe that celebrating "Women's Day" on one designated day will make any difference to what is happening in India. What in your opinion can change this ? Asked by: Harsha
- Rashmi Bansal You are right - Women's Day is more commercial in nature, an opportunity to promote shopping and jewellery to women. But still, on the positive side, it is one day when we do see wide coverage of the women's achievements as well as their challenges. This kind of discussion and awareness is helpful. FInancial and mental empowerment of women is what will make the real difference. Entrepreneurship is one such tool.
- Can you share some writing tricks? Asked by: Honey
- I want to be a writer too. Can you give some tips? Asked by: Pawan
- Rashmi Bansal Write for fun and not for any 'purpose' like making money. Write to express yourself, do not write for others. Write in your own unique style, never copy another. Start by writing on some subject where you either have depth of knowledge or depth of feeling. Once you start writing, keep writing, make it a habit. You will get better and better at it!
- Why are there lot less females in corporate boardrooms discussing more serious corporate problems while they are still used in glamour industry like films, advertisements etc Asked by: Manav
- Rashmi Bansal Women are equal to men in intelligence and capability but the primary responsibility of raising a family rests with the woman. The corporate culture is a cut throat one where there is no scope for having a balance between home and work life. Hence most women find it impossible to rise up the corporate hierarchy. Somewhere along the way they drop out.
- happy women day mam Asked by: rishabh
- What/who inspired you to start writing or become an author Asked by: ranjan
- Rashmi Bansal I studied in Allendale Elemntary School in Pasadena, California in grade 3. There, I had a teacher Ms Edith Monteroso who encourage me to be a creative writer. She also got my very first article published in a paper called Christian Science Monitor when I was 7 years old. I would like to thank her for igniting the spark within me to become a writer
- Are the political stunts like opening up of women bank by FM in budget and help in improving predicament of women as common man is still not involved with the issue Asked by: Manush
- Rashmi Bansal SEWA Bank is an example of a women's only bank which has made a huge difference to the lives of ordinary women who run their own business and need small loans. They would never have courage to go to a regular bank. I feel we need many more banks like this so that a vegetable vendor or a small tailor is freed from taking loans from sahukars and middlemen. It is a positive step IMHO.
- Why is it that women entrepreneurs after making it big with business leave it to male for carrying the business instead of developing more females Asked by: Ravi
- Rashmi Bansal I dont agree with this statement. Women are inheriting the businesses started by their fathers - whether it is Preeta Reddy of Apollo Hospitals or Priya Paul of Park hotels. With women-owned businesses also, if they have daughters, these women are likely to join the business. There are such examples in my book
- Would you define yourself as a writer first or a woman first? Asked by: Ashwini N
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