write this article about the turning point of my life, since I complete my 12
years of entrepreneurial journey on 10th March, 2003. The strange
part is that in my life never ever had I dreamt of plunging into being an
entrepreneur. This transformation didn’t happen overnight but is the resultant
sum of lot of incidents. Today, when I look back, I feel that although it was
tough whenever I went through a low phase, but, every low phase could help me
to learn from the same and move ahead in life. What I am going to write won’t
be just about my entrepreneurial journey but a combination of some of those
incidents which made me the person who I am today.
formative years were the best ones in my life, and were extremely active,
secure, and protective with my parents and brother. A transition happened when
I had to move out of cocoon to be in hostel for my further education. Moving
from a protective secure zone to an independent zone was not easy for me. Suffered
from lot of home-sickness and emotional troubles. I went on to become an
introvert person from a very gregarious person. Years went by and lot of
changes happened in and around. The biggest turbulence was to lose my father
when I was 19. My mother stood strong and I completed my Post graduation in
Chemistry from Delhi University.
Trainee Chemist in Noida. I started learning the things but I never was
confident to present the work which I used to do. One day, I was being given
the responsibility to design Standard Operating Procedures Manual and I
completed this much before the deadline. My immediate superior was very happy
and he took me to the Executive Director’s room and I was trembling with fear
though I was being called to be appreciated. The ED said: ‘Bindu, you should
not be afraid of anyone. Remove that ‘fear factor’ out of your life. Realize
that you are a great person and also a great professional.’
people and situations. I tried to conquer the fear within me, and slowly I started
opening up my natural self.
being a great performer, my credibility, dependability and reliability factor
was questioned, when I refused to accompany all alone a foreign client for his
site seeing to Agra, Jaipur. I did not have good vibes about the same person,
and so I could not manage to say yes. This was very personally taken by the CEO
of the company, and he applied his own techniques to put me down i.e.
humiliating me in the shopfloor, not granting me even short-leaves, scolding
for no fault of mine, giving me an increment of Rs. 800/- against Rs. 3000/- to
my counterpart in spite of me being instrumental in ISO certification and
establishing a new department Product Development successfully. He expected me
to confront him, which I did not do, and also I did not criticize about him to
others. His acts of emotionally harassing me continued, then one day, I thought
to talk to him. I asked him – ‘Why you are doing this to me. Haven’t I
performed to my optimum. Customers are also happy with my work who send
appreciation mails. But why you are not happy. Tell me, where should I correct
myself. Tell me one incident, when I have taken my work for granted. What
complaints do you have with my work?’ He said – ‘Kaam to sab karte hain (everybody
does work)”. I was experiencing great anguish and I felt as if I was slapped, it
hurt my self-esteem. This particular statement ‘Kaam to sab karte hain’ hit me
actually very very hard. I felt, he looked at me as a commodity to entertain
clients. I just got up and said –“Sir, ideally I should be giving you the
resignation letter now, but I will not give you. Since, if I go now, you will
say that Bindu could not handle a crisis gracefully. I will resign on that day,
when you will change your statement publically”. And I walked out of his cabin.
I was deeply hurt emotionally. That incident made me think and relook at my
professional goals. I continued working passionately as ever and one day my CEO
declared on the shopfloor – ‘I find Bindu to be better than any of my male
colleagues. She is a great professional and so I have decided to promote her to
the Assistant Manager level (from an executive).’ It was a victorious moment for
me, and I walked once again to his cabin to give my resignation letter since I
had decided that when he would change his statement, I would quit my job. He persuaded
me to stay back, but I decided to stay with my decision. I left my job in
Birth of Insignia Solutions: After quitting the job, I sat with one of
my ex-colleague and good friend to conceptualize and float an HR Consultancy
with recruitment as core area and we started Insignia Solutions Private Limited
on 10th March, 2003 with our PF amount. Meanwhile, I had also
pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Business management from Amity University
(2001-2002). Though I had not done this course with specific intention to be an
entrepreneur, but this did gave some amount of confidence to explore the
fortunate enough within a month to explore another competency i.e. of imparting
soft skill training programmes.
A new journey began with Summer Camps for Personality
Development for school students to Soft Skill training programmes in Corporates.
In the process, lot of learning happened to me as an individual. I came out of
my shell shedding my inhibitions and started becoming adept in handling various aspects of running the company,
brand building and giving quality to the customers.
known people due to my own inner complexes, today, I am able to address
strangers everyday as part of my profession. There was a time, when I used to
look at certain turbulences of my life and used to feel that ‘why me only?’,
but now, I count my blessings since I am able to facilitate people to come out
of ‘Why me only?’ attitude. There was a time, when I used to sulk sitting at a
corner and wonder how to bring changes into my life, today, I have taken
command of my life in my own hands and take the responsibility of bringing positive
changes in and around me.
entrepreneurial journey, I am happy, content but not complacent. I intend to take
this journey ahead by becoming an Organizational Development Consultant so as
to become a catalyst for Change Acceleration of self, and others.
In 2013, my college St. Joseph’s college in Kerala celebrated Golden Jubilee
Year and they selected 50 students as Golden Jubilee Ambassadors over the last
50 years on the basis of various parameters viz. growth as an individual,
growth as a professional, contribution towards the society etc. I understand
that there are many more St. Josephites who are doing great in their lives and I
was chosen as just one of the representative of that bigger lot.
I feel humbled and blessed to be one amongst those fifty.
would happen. According to Paulo Coehlo, turbulences help us to decide between
what is temporary and what is permanent. Turbulences are just temporary,
whereas the learning which we get out of turbulences are permanent.
reframed it a little bit) – “How Old are You” as Lesson Number 4.
new chapter of your life.
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