A small-town girl from Nagpur, Neha Singh, who is now the managing director/editor of the magazine, Fab Women in Business, comes to Chandigarh for the launch of Monica’s Kitchen and Kaffe at Elante mall, on Friday. At the new outlet, Neha and her colleague Nimrit Nain Gill, feature writer of the magazine, held a women-centric discussion, where they gave women entrepreneurs a platform to share their stories and problems at work with each other.
Beginning with her inspirational story, Neha says, “I am just following my dream; something every woman should do. Since childhood, I have seen women facing a lot of challenges and struggle in their own way, and thus, I wanted to start a venture where I could reach out to them.”
Neha, who is a cancer patient, adds, “In 2010, I went through a treatment and was cured of cancer. In 2011, I had a heart attack, but now again, I have been detected with cancer. But, I am a fighter and no ailments are going to hinder to my living today.” Neha travels for 20 days a month for work and is mother to two kids.
“When I used to enter magazine shops and pick up women-centric magazines, the only topics that flashed were fashion, lifestyle trends and gossip. Magazines fail to recognise the intellectual power that women have.” Which is exactly what triggered Neha six months ago, to come up with the magazine.
“If I would like to read something that adds power to my life; I am sure there are more women like me. So, this magazine is a tribute to them,” says Neha.
However, it is not that the magazine does not carry fashion tips — fashion in the magazine caters to corporate wardrobe.
Ask her what restricts most women to venture into a business and pat comes the reply, “First, they are risk aversive, which hinders their growth. Secondly, a balance between professional and personal life is a must, which is another major hindrance. Initially, even my husband could not relate to my work travel, but eventually, he has.”
We ask Neha to define entrepreneurship in today’s age, and she believes, “Everyone who runs a business is not an entrepreneur.”
“There are three major categories — lifestyle businesswoman, someone doing something to pass time. The other is businesswoman, who is working for money and passion. And the last category covers the women who are innovative and are keen on expanding their business — these are the true entrepreneurs. But, everyone who is running a business is not an entrepreneur,” says Neha.
Monica’s Kitchen & Kaffe
The newly opened multi-cuisine café, now at Elante, serves Italian, Lebanese and fast food — burgers, crepes, wraps, and of course, desserts; the classic French desserts are a must try here. Macaroons, a French delicacy, is available in an array of flavours — chocolate, passion fruit, pista, rose, raspberry, mint, vanilla and many more.
Meanwhile, French cakes and mousses — Magador, Charlotte, Eclairs and Passionatta — will be available too. “We’ll be also offering different kinds of tarts — bitter chocolate, lemon, pecan, pista, frangipan and praline,” informs Gayatri Sood, owner and daughter of Monica Sood, who did a bakery course from Paris and holds a Diplome De Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu, France.