GUNJAN JAIN


Gunjan-JainAuthor

Years of working in the industry, your contribution reflects versatility and volubility. In your own perception- How did you emerge as one of the most powerful Indian women?
My forte has been my resolve and my detrmination to not let anything deter me. And these are the traits that can be perceived in many women today who don’t give up despite the many odds they face on a daily basis. In fact, our struggles are what make us stronger.

How challenging has your journey been?
There have been challenges along the way but nothing that was insurmountable. There were times when it was tempting to give up but I am glad that I was able to keep my chin up, figure out a way forward and power through. I have learnt that there may be many difficult situations, but there aren’t any impossible ones.

PERSONAL GRID

What things fascinate you the most when you travel?
Nothing speaks more about a place than its people. I love to sit in a café or a park and watch people go about their daily routine.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, of course. Besides that I also enjoy travelling and theatre. I had many athletic pursuits through my school and college days and I try to go back to them whenever possible
Best and the worst thing about your job.
The best thing for me is that I get the opportunity to interact with so many different people and see things from their perspective.
The worst or rather the most difficult part is the editing, making that decision to leave out bits that you have painstakingly gathered is tough.
What is a Sunday to you?
A Sunday is time for myself and my family. A Sunday is not looking at the clock or the phone or emails. A Sunday is switching off and allowing myself to recharge for the next week.
PS-A message from you to all the future women entrepreneurs/leaders.
Self-belief will take you further than you imagine. So, believe in your dream, keep it in your vision and pursue and it with everything you have.

What has been your greatest achievement till date?
My biggest achievement has been to see my dream through in the form of my debut book She Walks She Leads. Moreseo, the fact that I was able to create the book exactly as I visualised I despite my lack of experince in the field.

What has influenced your decisions and thought process at various stages in your career. What/ Who has been your guiding force?
In my case, there has not been that one guiding force but many influencers along the way. From my mother who is the strongest woman I know to all the different women and men I met in the course of writing the book. Each meeting has contributed to my journey as a writer and more importantly I have picked up an important life lesson from each one of them.

Your perception of an empowered woman.How far your industry has / can contribute for the same?
In my opinion an empowered woman is one who exercises her right to make her own decisions, whatever they may be. She may choose to prioritise her professional life or her personal life, and should not be judged for making either choice. As women, we need to have the confidence to chart our own path and not feel compelled to conform to the expectations of those around us.

One thing you have to let go of as a leader?
Possibly the control over your own time. You can try to schedule things, work within time frames and plan everything to the tee but an unexpected event can require you to reorganise it all. It does not matter what time of the day it is or whether you are on holiday, you have to drop everything and sort out the issue at hand.

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