Daughters of Legacy
How a New Generation of Women Is Redefining India Inc.
What are the challenges and perks of handling age-old legacies?
If you come into a position of power through a position of privilege, how do you make sure that you earn respect, more so if you are a woman?
These and many more questions are what Daughters of Legacy seeks to answer through the stories of twelve successful women who grew up with strong business lineages.
While Ashni Biyani, chief ideator, Future Group, looks at herself as a co-creator of the business rather than a just a legacy bearer, Manasi Kirloskar, executive director and CEO, Kirloskar Systems Ltd, admits that she is hugely privileged in inheriting a large business, but also goes on to point out that she could lose everything overnight if she isn't competent. And Meher Pudumjee's acceptance as non-executive chairperson of Thermax Global that legacies can sometimes feel like a burden is followed close on the heels by the realization that there is nothing more that one can do except give one's best.
Chosen from a wide cross section in terms of scale of business, roles and hierarchy these women have not only kept the legacies alive but have also gone on to carve a niche for themselves as individuals beyond their famous last names. Clearly for all of them legacy is far more than mere inheritance.
Rinku Paul is an internationally certified life coach and a proponent of
women leadership and an inclusive work environment, and has brought
together her love for entrepreneurship and writing in her published
works. Her previous books-Dare to Be: Fourteen Women Who Gave
Wings to Their Dreams and Millionaire Housewives-were released
to acclaim. Her passion project is 'Dare to Be Conversations'-a
podcast series and a platform for women to be a part of stirring stories
and breakthrough ideas.
In her previous avatar, Rinku has had a corporate career spanning
over sixteen years with the news channel Aaj Tak, a part of the India
Today Group, till she decided to pursue her dream-impacting
Rinku lives in New Delhi with her husband and daughter.
Puja Singhal, having spent more than a decade living the corporate
life, strategizing on how best to marry business and people as an HR
specialist, decided to take a break to focus on her family and other
love, writing. Having co-founded a writing studio, The Muse, and
published two books, Dare to Be and Millionaire Housewives, along
with Rinku Paul, she is now back to juggling corporate responsibilities
along with family duties and, of course, writing.
Puja holds an honours degree in political science and an MBA in
human resource management.