My love for buildings is intangible. Structures and designs have fascinated me since childhood. But, growing up in an orthodox culture, my relatives often abashed me saying ‘ Designing is more of a luxury than a profession, it’s just a waste of money.
Despite all the flagrant, my parents made sure that my academics was never hindered. So, when I graduated and started working at my first job, it felt like a dream come true.
Having worked there for 6 months I moved ahead with dexterity and opened my own company ‘ Vapp Designs ‘. While I put a full stop to all the ‘ You will fail ‘ remarks from my relatives, I was shocked to receive backlash from my seniors.
One of my mentors even dared to tell me that ‘ women have to give a backseat to their careers to live a respectable life in India ‘. I was even backfired by my friends.
I even started my design institute during the pandemic last year. Having worked in the industry for so many years, I started my institute following my gut that I can provide the people which is foremost important in the design world – ‘ Exposure ‘
I was shattered at first but didn’t give up. I even reached out to one of my seniors for guidance. She charged me around 50k for it, and it was that moment when I realized – ‘ every achievement comes with a cost to pay ‘; the rest has been history!
Seeing me in the academic sector directing an institution – my mentors, colleagues, seniors and a lot of people from the industry challenged me that I won’t be able to make it. One of my ex-bosses even said ‘ Dekhlena, you will be shutting it down in less than a year ‘.
Let it be pursuing my dream of living my reality or changing my goals midway – I’ve always had a fair share of people trying to pull me down. But, here I am – a proud designer and Director of 145+ students and way more to go!
I managed to stand out against all odds because ‘ Kuch toh log kahenge, logo ka kaam hi kehna ‘. But my aspirations are as concrete as the buildings I design! “