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What does it take to reach the top of the world? Grit, sweat, and oodles of determination. Precisely the story of Indra Nooyi.
The Chairwoman and CEO of PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest beverages companies, Indra was born in (then) Madras in a middle-class household, and raised by her mother to dream big in life. Thus, not stopping at a masters from IIM (Calcutta), Indra went to Yale, Connecticut to pursue higher studies. Even if that meant working in the wee hours of the night as a receptionist to pay her bills.
Indra worked with Johnson & Johnson (where she introduced ‘Stayfree’, the sanitary napkin), Motorola, and ABB, before joining PepsiCo. Her masterly vision and never-say-die approach have been responsible for PepsiCo’s phenomenal growth.
Today, Indra Nooyi ranks fourth among the most influential women in the world.
Why we find her inspiring?
– Because she engineers the destiny of the world’s second-largest beverage (and food) company
– Because she is a great believer in work-life balance and strives to provide the same to her employees
– Because she hasn’t traded her core self for corporate success
– Because she proves by example that the world is our oyster
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As parents, we put a piece of our hearts out into this world and into the custody of the teachers at school and tuition and can only hope and pray that they treat them well.
Trigger Warning: This speaks of physical and emotional violence by teachers, caste based abuse, and contains some graphic details, and may be triggering for survivors.
When I was in Grade 10, I flunked my first preliminary examination in Mathematics. My mother was in a panic. An aunt recommended the Maths classes conducted by the Maths sir she knew personally. It was a much sought-after class, one of those classes that you signed up for when you were in the ninth grade itself back then, all those decades ago. My aunt kindly requested him to take me on in the middle of the term, despite my marks in the subject, and he did so as a favour.
Math had always been a nightmare. In retrospect, I wonder why I was always so terrified of math. I’ve concluded it is because I am a head in the cloud person and the rigor of the step by step process in math made me lose track of what needed to be done before I was halfway through. In today’s world, I would have most probably been diagnosed as attention deficit. Back then we had no such definitions, no such categorisations. Back then we were just bright sparks or dim.
Pathaan touted as SRK’s comeback has been in the news for mixed reasons. Right from the hype around SRK’s comeback and special mentions his body contours; yet I can't watch it!
The movie touted as SRK’s comeback has been in the news for mixed reasons. Right from the hype around the movie being SRK’s comeback and special mentions his body contours and even more than the female lead!
For me, it’s not about Deepika’s bikini colour or was-it-needed skin show. It’s about meaningful content that I find is missing big time. Not just this movie, but a spate of cringe-worthy narratives passed off as ‘movies’ in the recent past. I feel insulted, and not because I am a devoutly religious person or a hardcore feminist, but because I feel the content insults my intelligence.
But before everything else, I am a 90s kid who in the case of movies (and maybe more) is stuck in time as it wrapped around me then and the gamut has too hard an exterior for me to crack it open!
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