International Women’s Day Interview: Rashi Bahel Mehra, Founder, Alanna - Startup Terminal

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

International Women’s Day Interview: Rashi Bahel Mehra, Founder, Alanna


International Women's Day 2018 Special Interview Series

Name: Rashi Bahel Mehra
Age: 35
City: Mumbai, India
Occupation: Entrepreneur

Interview of Rashi Bahel Mehra, Founder, Alanna
Rashi Bahel Mehra
ST: Please tell us briefly about you.

Rashi: I have done Masters in Business Administration and have worked with leading corporate houses including Tata Communications, Lenovo and Samsung before I realized a gap in the natural skincare range segments available across the Indian Market and started with Alanna with the thought that seeking the goodness of nature is a luxury and every earthling must be able to access the benefit of Mother Nature.

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

Rashi: Every woman right from a housewife to the first lady of the country is an inspiration for me as all of them have somewhere fought the odds on similar grounds. However, the women I adore the most are Sushmita Sen & Oprah Winfrey as they are independent thinkers who have carved their own way and don’t believe in follow any of the set traditions. They hold belief in a purpose that is larger than life and empower women with their actions and not just words.

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

Rashi: Alanna as an organization believes in empowering the women by creating jobs for them. At Alanna 90% work force are women. Alanna is also planning to do a give-away in form of charity to a few women organization that supports the mutual cause as we do .It also has 15 % discount offer on select Alanna products.

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

Rashi: As a woman & man, we are equal in every aspect and regards and there is no reason we should have any self-doubts to succeed and fulfil our desires, both professional and personal. Believe in yourself and take chances to fulfil your dreams. We are blessed with only one life let us utilise it to the fullest.

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

Rashi: The key to women empowerment lies in educating the girl child and if not more, then equal opportunity must be given to women to develop all-rounder skills. They should be endowed with the right to choose what they want to achieve in their lives. Furthermore, leading organizations can support working women by providing additional aid like extended maternity support along with work from home facility during the menstrual days and last but not the least, have a stringent enforcement of women safety across all levels at the workplace. 

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

Rashi: a) Lack of Education- Girl child education should be given utmost importance to our country.
b) Gender inequality - Equal work & Equal pay.
c) Post marriage expectations - Post marriage, the support of In-laws & husband should be     more supportive.
d) Lack of support - Early marriages, post- maternity freedom & support for working.

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

Rashi: I foresee myself as an established entrepreneur who is able to make a difference in the lives of women and also set an example that anyone can achieve whatever they desire as long as they believe in themselves.

(This interview is a part of ‘International Women’s Day interview series’. Share your feedback at startupterminal@gmail.com)