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Siblings mean business!

india Updated: Aug 13, 2011 03:19 IST
Surabhi Chauhan
Surabhi Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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The bond between a brother and sister is so strong that they can even become great business partners if they want. In fact, there are many sibling duos in the Capital who have started business ventures together. Take for example the case of Akanksha Arora, 28, who started a home and furniture export business with her younger brother Akshay. It was a big step, but she was confident, as she completely trusted her brother. While Akanksha is the creative one, Akshay, 26, looks after the management.

“We fought as much as any other siblings — over chocolates and things — but since we are now more mature, it doesn’t interfere with our work,” says Akanksha, adding that the siblings ensure they keep their personal lives separate. “We have our own sets of friends and that’s how we like it,” she says.

Another brother-sister duo, 27-year-old Abhilasha Sher and her younger brother Abhishek, 25, started a design house a year ago. A NIFT graduate, Sher says she always wanted to start her own label and when her brother asked if he could work with her, the idea sounded great. “I had actually joined my father’s business. But when I was in college, I saw Abhilasha’s designs and I thought I could work the business side for her,” says Abhishek. But the going is not always smooth, as working with a sibling sometimes means they’re harder task masters. Akanksha says her brother can always tell if she’s making an excuse or doesn’t feel like working. “I can always tell. But, since she’s my sister, I always expect more from her,” says Akshay.

Famous siblings
> Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace worked with his sister - “muse and critic” Donatella -until his untimely death in 1997
> Film director Zoya Akhtar worked with big brother Farhan in Luck By Chance and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
> Randi Zuckerberg worked together with brother - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg - as the marketing director of the company before starting her own venture.

"Working with my brother means if I ever want to call in sick, he can tell that I am just making up excuses."
Akanksha Arora, 28

"I can always tell when Akanksha is making an excuse to not to work! Since it is my sister, I have more expectations."
Akshay Arora, 26

"Abhishek decided to work with me even when he had an option of joining our father’s business."
Abhilasha Sher, 27

"Though I am not as creative, I knew my sister was, and working with her would be more fulfiling than joining the family business."
Abhishek Sher, 25