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#Heroes4Us – Bali Sanghvi, Co-founder, Active Little Readers

10th Jan 2017  [50 views]

Me and my boys

Bali is an inspirational woman who wears many hats. Writer, Entrepreneur, Counsellor, mother of twins and the list is endless. Her hard work and drive are inspirational and her smile is contagious. She is our Hero!

FT – Tell us something about your children

BS –  I did not lose myself when I became a mother…I found myself’
My children, my twin joys, Vivaan & Vedant are my life. Born on the day of love, (February 14th, 2011) after undergoing fertility treatments for 17 months, they are my life and soul. Similar, yet so different. Inseparable, yet fiercely independent. One is a dreamer, the other is a go-getter. For one, the world consists of Lego, books and innovation and for the other, the world is a myriad of colours and creativity. Sensitive, caring and humble…that is what they are. Every day is a new adventure with them

 

FT – Tell us a little bit about your school/college/professional qualifications or any particular memory from your growing up years

BS – I have been a student of Loreto Day School, Elliot road and thereafter, Loreto House, Middleton Row. Even though I have graduated in Accountancy Honours from the Bhawanipur College, my bent has always been towards Literature, Poetry & Language. I have completed my post-graduation : One year Diploma in Counselling, from Kornash, The Lifestyle Management School, securing first division. The fondest memory from my growing up years was when I was exposed to books and poetry at the age of 13.  At 13 years I started writing poetry first, for my mother and thereafter about events, thoughts, and feelings that touched or broke my heart

 

FT – Tell us something about your professional achievements and elaborate on your present work  

BS – My professional achievements include:
– Numerous short stories published in five of the Chicken Soup For The Indian Soul Series namely: Chicken Soup For The Indian Soul: Indian Woman, Chicken Soup For The Indian Soul: On Friendship, Chicken Soup For The Indian Soul: Celebrating Brothers & Sisters, Chicken Soup For The Indian Soul: Couples & Chicken Soup For The Indian Soul: Enterpreneurs
– I have also co-authored a book called “ Rendezvous With God’ which is a collection of short stories on modern day miracles, published by Wisdom Village in 2012
– I am also the author of “My Frozen Embryo”, my first solo novel which chronicles my journey from infertility to motherhood

 

Besides my writing work, I am also engaged in the following work-

– We are successfully running a book rental library by the name of myonlinelibrary.co.in, since 2009 which was featured in the Femina Magazine (October 2010)
– My current work includes running the book rental library with my co-partners which also conducts outdoor educational workshops for children under the name ‘ Active Little Readers’ Our primary aim here is to introduce the child to the magical world of books, while focusing on the visuals (eg: if we are reading a fire engine story, then we take the kids to the fire station as well)
– Apart from this, I am a published author and also an infertility counselor and founder and owner of “ Avrrti” which specializes in offering counseling services to couples undergoing fertility treatments, pre-natal and post-natal counseling, lactation, child counseling and child nutrition

 

FT – Challenges faced in being a working mother and how did you overcome them. Was there a moment when you wanted to give up?

BS – Raising twins and working can be quite challenging. There are times when you wish that the day had more than 24 hours. Sleepless nights, changing diapers, crying children, an open laptop and phone calls on speaker mode: I’ve done it all! There are no full stops, no pauses. Work was work and it had to be done, no matter what, whether you had help with the kids or not, or whether you were sick. Complaining was not going to solve any problems, so I started focusing on the solutions. It was very important for me to plan my day, to prioritize the important work, wake up early so that most of the work can be done before the kids wake up. Stay focused. Stay positive. Most importantly, everyday give time to yourself. I ensured that I had my ‘me’ time every day by swimming, zumba, reading and writing. Doing the things that I love brought in a sense of calm and renewed energy to work towards my dream

 

FT – How big a role your family support system played in your success?

BS – My family has been my backbone and held me during my most testing times. There have been numerous days when my husband has stepped forward and taken up the responsibility of the kids, coming home early to give them a bath and dinner while I was at the clinic counseling patients. Before workshops, he would help me prepare snack packets and put certificates in seal kings! There was a time when I wanted to give it all up… but he has helped me see through darkness towards light…he had faith in me….. when I had lost mine. He ensured that I never gave up……I have also got immense support from my in-laws. The freedom they have given me has made me a much, much more confident person. The faith of all my family members has made me work much harder to make my dreams come true… because somewhere, my dream had become theirs too……..

 

FT – Your success mantra that you would like to share with other working mothers

BS – In the midst of raising children, don’t forget who you are, what you are made of and what you love……..in-between meals, cleaning, doing the laundry and running for classes, remember to take out time for yourself. Don’t neglect your body: exercise, eat healthy. Don’t wait for your children to grow up before you pursue your dreams: do it now! Balance your life: who says that excellent entrepreneurs cannot be excellent mothers and vice versa? Surround yourself with people who are positive. Don’t succumb to the rat race or pressure: Hold your head high. Follow your passion and no matter what, don’t let anyone or anything take away that spark from you

FT – A favorite quote that inspires you 

BS – “Once you choose hope, anything is possible”

 

If you have a similar inspiring story of a working mother, please share it with us at [email protected]

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