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International Women's Day Interview: Sangita Desai, Co- Founder, Raw Nature Company

Name: Sangita Desai
Age: 55
City: Mumbai
Occupation: Co- Founder - Raw Nature Company

ST:  Who is a woman that inspires you the most and why?

Sangita: My mom. She Believed in me. Never gave up on me and never let me feel lesser because of my hand. Since my father was busy with work, she raised us 3 children all alone in Mumbai, a new city for us. She is extremely determined. I remember she wanted to drive as that would help her manage the kids. Back in the day in 1974, she went out all alone and voila in 10 days she was driving us around. The One thing that I learned from her which has held me in good stead, is believe in the power of self.

ST: How are you celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day? 

Sangita: This year my mom turns 84. I intend to spend the better part of my day with her for both, my selfish reasons to be with her and also thank her for being by my side throughout and making me what I am today. I am because of her.

ST: What is the most important message you want to send out to all the women around the world on this occasion?

Sangita: To balance the equation of life, we need to have a good sleep. This can only happen if we are content and happy. So do what you love the most. Make it your life. You will sleep well. And adopt a dog.

ST: What according to you is ‘women empowerment’?

Sangita: I dont wish to address this question as a social change topic. I believe is has to come with within. one has to FEEL empowered and no one can do it for me. Empowerment is knowledge.  Knowledge that you are truly a unique individual and you matter. Knowledge that you can handle any adversity that life throws at you. Knowledge that you can love with abandon and live with what you loose. Its actually about ACCEPTING this and the day you do, you will be empowered. 

ST: What would you say are the main challenges facing women at present in India?  

Sangita: Again this challenge is internal. There are many women who in the face of male dominated adversities have shone. And they were able to do it is because they believe in self. So I would say that the biggest challenge we women face is the Inability to respect ourselves. Whilst its our nature to give, there is a thin line between giving and the sense of sacrifice. The latter is subservient. We need to put ourselves and our dignity right on the top of our value system and make sure that is understood by everyone within our own personal ecosystem. 

ST: Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years? 

Sangita: We started out with RawNature about a year back. This is my swan song and my whole hearted love affair. In the next five years, I believe we will be at the helm of Men’s Grooming in India and overseas and I would like to be seen as that Women who bought about this SAFE grooming haven to Men across the world. 

Sangita Desai

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