Mamta Talks About Her Journey: From A Homemaker To Business Woman
This is the journey of a 19-year-old homemaker, Mamta Bindra who had an arranged marriage and two children. This sweet young girl, who had never imagined getting an opportunity to ever work in her life, was encouraged to take up a business role, by her husband. Read on to find out how the story unfolds.
“I got married in 1991, when I was just 19 years old. It was an arranged marriage and I had barely known the man I was to tie the knot with and spend the rest of my life. Before I had started working, I was the quintessential homemaker. My prime focus was on being a good mother to my two sons and discharging my responsibilities as a homemaker. I was content with the way things were going at that time. Then back in 2005, my husband was planning to expand his business and venture into a new line: Home Furnishings. This was a massive step for him and he really needed me to be by his side. Up until then, my husband had been running the business all on his own. However, after the expansion, the sheer increase in the volume of operations was so large that he could no longer manage the work all by himself. It was then that he confessed that he could really use a helping hand. Though I was quite apprehensive initially, I finally agreed to join the business and pursue my interest in the field of home furnishings. Back then, neither my husband, nor my in-laws had ever encouraged me to take up a job or start a venture of my own. In the end, it was only due to my husband’s constant support, silenced all skepticism that came from my in-laws, that I was able to muster enough courage and energy to be able to start working.”
“Home Furnishings was a field that had always intrigued me, and played a vital role in helping me successfully transition to a working mother. However, this transition took place very gradually. I was slowly introduced to our clients and acquainted with our home furnishing and export units. I got an opportunity to step out of the house, to productively employ my talents and learn a whole new world of things. Gradually, I took up greater responsibilities and tasks at work, and as I got more involved and accustomed to working, it felt like one of the best things that had ever happened to me.”
“As a person, I have immensely changed. I have become more confident and sure of myself. I would say that I have also become more vocal about my thoughts and opinions on different matters, which is in sharp contrast to the shy and relatively quiet person that I had always been. You’ll be surprised to know that I’ve actually become more easy going, in the sense that now I feel more comfortable in taking it easy sometimes and cutting myself some slack, both at home and at work. Most of all, I’ve developed a sense of financial responsibility and independence, which I feel can be attributed to my becoming an earning member of the family. In the initial few years, it was a bit difficult to manage both the roles. I wanted to do everything at the same time. However, with time I learnt to prioritise my tasks and optimally divide work, around my schedule. What really made it easy for me was that through all these years, my husband and children acted as pillars of strength for me through their constant support and cooperation. By 2005, both my sons had become old enough to look after their basic needs. Of course, the fact they were very responsible children in general, really helped me adjust into my work routine. I also feel that had I started working earlier, my children’s upbringing would have suffered. In retrospect, I feel that it was one of the best decisions of my life.”