Neha lives her dream of starting her own website and is a wonderful mother too. She is the Founder of Guftagoo.in, a content portal on personal experiences, travel experiences, book reviews, movie reviews, hotel reviews, parenting articles, emotional stories & more. She did not give up on her dreams despite the challenges and is our Hero!
FT – Tell us something about your professional achievements and elaborate on your present work
NS – Well, in regards to my professional journey, I might not have any medals or laurels to flaunt like I had in my student life but yes, there are some intangible things that I consider no lesser than achievements. In my 8 years of corporate journey I happened to work at 6 great places in the field of content writing. When I entered the industry, my profile was that of an associate indexer and abstractor. In between I did editing, instructional designing and summarised legal depositions. And when I left, I was a trainer and a team lead. I didn’t realise then but in retrospect, I had already done the groundwork that was needed when I would want to do something of my own, which has turned out to be my website www.Guftagoo.in. Above all, I earned goodwill and made contacts, rather relations, with the most talented content writers and the most beautiful human beings to be with.
FT – Tell us something about your child/children
NS – I can go on endlessly on this one! Like any other mother, I too find my son the most adorable, most loveable, most peaceful child in the world…when he sleeps. But when wakes up, he turns my world upside down. J Anyway. My boy comes with the tag ‘handle with care’ because he is too sensitive. He would be emotional (at the age of 4.6) at the drop of a hat. The other day, my husband, my son and I went out with my cousin and her family and just like that my husband uttered that today Ayaan (my son) is going to sleep at Aarna’s (my niece) place and shifted on to some other topic. Moments later, I realised that he’s crying silently because he actually thought we’re going to send him away. He’s that sensitive. The plus side of being a sensitive person is that he’ll be harmless for the society as in sensitive people are, generally, sensitive about others around them as well. But the down side of being sensitive is that such people could get easily hurt because not everyone around them is as sensitive as them. So I think the biggest challenge for me would be to make him an emotionally strong person. Other than that, he’s a lovely boy. Needless to say, I love him to the moon and back. He’s the one because of whom I ain’t no more scared of getting old because as I grow old, he’ll get young and I long to see him grow into a handsome young man and a beautiful human being. J
FT – Challenges faced in being a working mother and how did you overcome them. Was there a moment when you wanted to give up?
NS – Being a mother of a new born, I faced challenges in continuing my corporate job. After attaining motherhood, I only tried once for a couple of months to get back to my job and that too when my child was 1.3. But it didn’t work for me. It wasn’t being possible for me to do a 9-5 job, then travel for 3 hours a day and also take care of a baby. Leaving the baby to the care of a nanny or sending him to a crèche was never a choice for me. I gave up because with that job I could not balance out the role of a mother and a professional. But it is this motherhood that gave me confidence of becoming a mompreneur. Doing something as per my own choice and as per my convenience makes me happy and allows me to look after my baby well.
FT – How big a role your family support system played in your success?
NS – I’ve yet to taste ‘success’ but yes whatever I’ve been able to do so far is because of the support and values of my family. Without my family, I don’t see myself a confident, happy and a rational person.
FT – Your success mantra that you would like to share with other working mothers
NS – One, I am not fearful of failures. Two, I think even if I lose everything else, I’ll still have one thing to gain and that’s experience. But as I have said, I am yet to achieve success so I would call it my mantra to carry on rather than my success mantra.
FT – A favorite quote that inspires you
NS – “Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ashe Tobe Ekla Cholo Re (If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone)” by Rabindra Nath Tagore
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