It takes two to tango, business or friendship

Updated on May 27, 2013 03:06 AM IST
Great partnerships make for great success stories. We zoom in on the lives of five pairs of friends who have achieved their dreams together.
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Hindustan Times | ByChetna Dua, New Delhi
Great partnerships make for great success stories. We zoom in on the lives of five pairs of friends who have achieved their dreams together.

Manav Maini and Navneet Ahuja

Giving words to art

They bonded over samosas and nimbu paani while studying in Delhi’s St. Stephen’s college over a decade ago, and now, Navneet Ahuja and Manav Maini are nurturing each other’s passion through a common business. While Manav has a passion for photography, Navneet gives Manav’s pictures a perspective with words. The duo had their first exhibition last year.

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Sandeep Singh and Prabhjot Singh

For the love of adventure

Sandeep Singh, 27, and Prabhjot Singh, 28, met about 10 years ago at a training centre while preparing for IIT. Little did they know that their love for travel would soon make them give up the corporate job rat race. "Throughout our course at IIT (Sandeep was in Roorkee and Prabhjot in Delhi), we made many adventure trips together and explored our love for the unknown," says Sandeep. They are now providing offbeat adventure experiences to Delhiites for the weekends through their platform, iExperience.

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Ishit Pilani and Chaitanya Varma

Going organic

While staying together in Gurgaon a few year ago, roommates Ishit Saurabh Pilani and Chaitanya Varma, both 32, decided to turn their dream of providing delicious organic meals a reality. In 2009, they left their jobs to start Organic Express — a venture that provides organic meals in Gurgaon and Hyderabad. "When I have a big order in Gurgaon, Chaitanya flies down to help me, and vice versa," says Saurabh.

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Mira Jhala and Megha Jaiswal

Cooking up a storm

It was their passion for food that made Meghna Jaiswal, 32, and Mira Jhala, 34, form a bond 15 years ago. They recently strengthened their friendship by turning business partners who provide home-style food to bachelors in Gurgaon, through their venture, Curry in a Hurry. Meghna is good at dealing with customers and Mira keeps an eye on the balance sheets and resources. "We became friends on the first day of college at IHM Aurangabad in 2000, and would often work as a team in the culinary class," recalls Meghna.

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Vidya Deshpande and Mimi chakrabarti

Ladies’ Special

To be a woman and to travel alone, most would agree, is no cakewalk. Along with concerns of safety, come family worries and daily responsibilities. So in January this year, Vidya Deshpande and Mimi Chakrabarti, both in their forties, decided to change this with Soul Purpose — a women-only adventure group. Friends since 18 years, Vidya and Mimi are pillars of support for each other. While Vidya is good at finding offbeat places, getting discounts and making bookings, Mimi encourages people to try these expeditions.

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