Friday, 6 September 2013

A woman of many hues

She was my first friend on foreign soil. She held my hand and was a strong support for me, when I moved to the UK and settled in a new job. Her name is Nirali Pandya and she plays many roles every day, that of a friend, a wife, a mother and an entrepreneur. I know her since the past 6 years and each day I see her achieving new milestones in her life. 

Nirali at her desk


When you meet Nirali, you can see the effervescence and the enthusiasm bubbling from her personality. Set within her small frame is the determination and drive to achieve her dreams. Coming from a Gujarati family, entrepreneurship was always in Nirali's blood. She worked for a SEO firm while in UK and so starting her own Web design and SEO company when she moved to India was a natural progression. Also it was important for her to maintain flexible work hours as she was juggling pregnancy, her business and home all at the same time.

Nhance Web solutions Pvt. Ltd. started its operations in June 2009 from a 400 sq ft rented space in Ahmedabad with a staff of just 5 people. The company provides Website design and development, SEO and customized software development services. It has now grown and employs 28 people and has a turnover of nearly Rupees 1.2 crores per year.

Nirali says she could make this possible only because of the support of her family. Her husband Nishit has been her pillar of strength, her father-in-law has also been very co-operative and so have her twin boys aged 4. Nirali's mother has a significant role to play in her success. Bhavnaben supports Nirali by taking care of the boys everyday and is especially helpful when she works UK shifts that go on till 11 in the night during Winter days. 

Neither pregnancy nor autoimmune illness like Rheumatoid Arthritis have stopped Nirali from doing what she wanted. She has never missed a single day of work because of her illness, such is her willpower. From decision making, guiding employees to handling clients, she does it all. She believes in having a very friendly environment at work and is open to suggestions from her employees. Her kind nature and friendly demeanor automatically makes people listen to her.  

For Nirali, weekends are sacred, that is when she spends time with her twin boys Swar and Swarit. She unwinds by going shopping or watches a movie.  She tells me that weekends keep her sane as other days are filled with activities right from the moment she opens her eyes. 

Nirali with Nishit and twins Swar and Swarit

Nhance Web solutions Pvt. Ltd. now caters to clients in the UK and USA. Nirali's vision for the future of her company is to explore and work for clients in the Middle East and Australia. She wants to concentrate mainly on providing customized software development services with speed and precision.

When I ask Nirali "What advice will you give budding women entrepreneurs?", She replies 

"Nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. Women have immense courage and determination. Don't doubt yourself, take that decision and just start your business and success will automatically follow".

When I ask her "What does independence mean to you?"

She says "Financial security and standing on my own feet is what  independence means to me. The ability and the right to take my own decisions is what I call as being independent". 

With this I wrap the interview and realize that don't most women crave Independence...being able to make their own decisions and at the same time have the support of their loved ones. 

Nirali has played a significant role in my life. She is the one who helped me make the career change from a 9-5 job to that of a writer.  I will always be thankful to her for believing in me and giving me a chance to write for her company. Because of her encouragement I was able to make a jump into the totally new world of content writing. 

Written for the Indiblogeshwaris Ladies Independence Special Contest in association with http://womenentrepreneursinindia.com/ 

9 comments:

A Walk into the Woods said...

Thanks Vinita for introducing us to Nirali. :) What a name, and what a persona. She is a source of inspiration to all us women, who want to live a life of dignity.

Lazy Pineapple said...

She is such a good person and a lovely friend. She inspires you with her hardwork.

rachnap said...

Very interesting and inspiring story, Vinita!

C. Suresh said...

Wonderful write-up about a wonderful woman.

Clifford said...

Hi Vinita,

Great article. Enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing the inspiration.

Best Regards.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Thanks Rachna :)

Lazy Pineapple said...

Thanks Suresh..she is indeed wonderful.

Lazy Pineapple said...

Hey Clifford, thanks for appreciating. She is definitely an inspiration to me...

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