Status single with Shree

Shree is a celebrated author, columnist and a dear friend. Couldn’t refuse when she approached for this session. Looking forward to hear her and other esteemed panelists whilst also adding my views.

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This is Taslima. A very confident and beautiful girl. Elegantly dressed in a Green, printed, cotton salwar suit, flashing her million dollar smile with gleaming eyes. She was born and brought up in a village in Pimple Nilakh (Pune) in a financially challenged and orthodox family. Her father is a laborer, mother is a housewife and she has four siblings.

The people around her and the financially challenged mileu put forward several hurdles in front of her growing up. Still, she had always been a bright student and also a super efficient nanny for her siblings. ‘There have been days when either I was locked up in the house to stop me from going to school or denied food”, she quips. They were trying to marry her off even before she became 18.

She completed her schooling upto SSC in Marathi medium and then switched to English for further studies in Commerce. Noone in her house can speak or understand English however Taslima can, due to her constant endeavours to learn the language. “It’s a must-have skill”, she says.

She doesnt have a mobile or even an account on any social media platforms. Her typical day starts at 5 am in the morning and ends at around 11 pm which involves a constant balancing act between family and her aspirations. She is brutally honest when she says she doesnt have any hobby because there is no time for it.

Today, she yearns to work in the field of accountancy against her family’s will and I am sure, with her determination and spirits, she will succeed….she is my iron lady…she is my Malala.

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PuneConnect 2019 – A flagship event that brings Pune Technology eco-systems together.

I had the privilege of being a part of the PuneConnect 2019 – a flagship event which brings the Pune technology eco-systems together organized by #SEAP yesterday.

It was an honour to be a panelist on the #workforcenxt track along with
Mr Ketan Kapoor B (D&I HR, Siemens India, Ms Priti Singh (Vice President, Human Resources, South Asia, Mastercard), Mr Krishna Gopal (Global head – Enterprise business solutions and alliances, Tech mahindra).

This platform gave me opportunity to hear the astute views of my co-panelists whilst also adding my bits on diversity being an enabler and not a hindrance. How tough conversations are perceived to be tougher with a diverse workforce and is the workforce ready to alter their social behavior in the diverse eco- system at work?

We also spoke about how the tide is turning and the various initiatives that are being run/ need to be run to embed the culture of diversity and inclusion in your company.

Thank you Suanshu Malik (Human Resources business partner- Mastercard) for being such an insightful moderator, thoroughly enjoyed the session.

#SEAPPuneConnect2019 @SEAPune #WorkforceNxt