She talks with us about how to 'be ever onwards', what surprised when she arrived at UniMelb, and how she wants to help change India moving forward.
"There’s nothing on earth you can think of that is beyond your capability."
Q: What’s something people wouldn’t know about where you grew up?
Growing up in a place that’s well known around the world for its hustle bustle, Mumbai is much more than that! One thing I feel people wouldn’t ever know about Mumbai is it’s people! Mumbaikars are what make Mumbai so special! Their humbleness and kind nature can’t be found anywhere. It’s a happy feeling to live in a place like Mumbai. Mumbai is the place of origin for Bollywood (The Indian film industry), it’s a birthplace of literary giants like Salman Rushdie, Rudyard Kipling, it has the most expensive slum IN THE WORLD, and Mumbai is as populated as the whole of Australia.
Q: Growing up, would you ever believe you would be living in Australia?
A: As a cricket fanatic, I’ve grown up watching matches and Australia being one of my favorite teams, visiting Australia was on the rim of my bucket list! But living in Australia for good never really was the plan. It just happened and I would say unplanned things are the best in life!
Q: What philosophies or mantras help guide you?
A: “Be ever onwards” this has kept me going ever since I was a kid. This was my school motto and has stuck with me till now. We used to have ‘value education’ class in school and in one of the classes we were taught the importance of our school motto. Then, I didn’t realise the importance of it but as I grew up it has helped me move forward despite of the adversities I’ve faced!
"MBS has only made me more focused and other than just being a good business person, I wanna create an impact on the world, make lives easier for people who can’t afford it and influence people in doing so!"
Q: What have you learned about yourself being so far from home?
A: That anything is possible. I’m the only daughter in 3 generations of my family and hence I’ve been a pampered kid! I never thought I would move away from home and stay alone and pay my own bills. They say, if something comes to your mind, you can definitely do it. There’s nothing on earth you can think of that is beyond your capability.
Q: How does your native society value education?
A: When I came to the University Of Melbourne, I was culturally shocked to see that my peers are much much older than me and some of the domestic students didn’t believe me when I said I’m 22. In India, education is at the top of the priority list for almost all Indians. Being educated is very very important for us. And the government promotes education extensively!
Q: Has MBS changed your outlook on what you want to do with your career?
A: Definitely! MBS is a platform for me to meet so many different people from so many different parts of the world. MBS has only made me more focused and other than just being a good business person, I wanna create an impact on the world, make lives easier for people for people who can’t afford it and influence people in doing so!
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Q: How do you find balance in the busy world of graduate studies?
A: Well, it is difficult but having a social life is important as well. Indians do not follow the “weekend culture” that goes around here in Australia and getting weekends off helps me manage my social life and my graduate studies! I manage some time to go for a swim or maybe just a stroll with friends in the beautiful parks here. Of course, I have sleepless nights as well during exams and assignment submission due dates!
Q: What’s a culture that MBS has encouraged you to learn more about?
A: MBS has encouraged me to become a curious person. I’ve noticed MBS values knowledge, and it’s very very important to be well read here. I’ve been wanting to know more, learn more, read more and talk about it more ever since I’ve come here!
Q: Do you make plans? Where do you see yourself in 1 year? 3 years?
A: Yes I do make plans. In a couple of years I see myself running a business where I could make a little bit of difference in the world. There are so many places in India that do not even have the basic facility of electricity. It breaks my heart to see young hidden talents in these places living a life that do not deserve. I wanna start making their life different as and when I complete my education.
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