She has been involved in various business such as warehousing, real estate, hospitality, events, retail, manufacturing and agriculture. At the moment she is into agricultural and hospitality. She is coming up with a Hyatt Place in Nepal due to open in 2020 and she is selling organic produce under
our brand “MATO”.
What are you most passionate about professionally?personally?
I am most passionate about health and living a life of purpose personally. I believe each of us have a purpose for which we are on this planet and we need to be in sync with this purpose . My professional life is completely linked to my personal life. My brand ‘Mato” was born with a vision.
Matos vision is to provide organic food to everyone in Nepal at the same price as normal food thus making Nepal healthy. Mato is also trying to improve the income of the farmers and reduce the countrys trade deficit.
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
Exactly what I am doing now. I love my work. For me work is joy and work is worship. I wait to get off my bed every morning and reach work and totally love what I do.
I am a part of a business family and all my expenses are well taken care off so I don’t really need to work.
What are you surprisingly good at?
I am surprisingly good with my people skills and negotiation skills. I think anyone born into a Marwari family has negotiation in their blood.
Being women and a mother makes me have a lot of empathy and I think I have high EQ.
Can you share some of your life remembering moments?
Some of the most important moments in my life:
When I gave birth to my son and held him for the first time -felt so complete
When my dad got cancer he was totally depressed and very very sad – we were at MD Anderson Hospital in the USA and he had been advised to rest for two weeks in a home close by to the hospital with these tubes all over him. We were driving home from the hospital and I looked at him and asked him if he wanted to go to Vegas and he said -yes and smiled after so many days. I asked the driver to turn the car and go to the airport and took the next flight to Vegas and we had a ball. Post that I also took him to all the other places world wide which he wanted to visit and he was thrilled.
I had my summer holidays when I was in university and my dad got me a job at the Hinduja office which was an unpaid internship. On the last day my boss there came and gave me a hefty cheque and I was applauded by the entire tram there for great work.
How long have you been working in your field.?
I am into agriculture for just a year now.
Construction – I have been involved in this in my fathers company since college days. Construction of Hyatt Place- 3 years now.
How does your education connect to your professional career? What about personal experience?
I went to a convent school and the founder of our school was ‘Nano Nagle- the lady with the lantern’ so from a very early age we were taugh to lead a life where we are giving and that is what I am doing in my Agri business.
In college I did Business Management and Computing which has been very helpful in managing all the businesses I manage. I also did Family Managed Business which helped me understand the business context in this part of the world. 2 years back I did one more course to help me put my businesses on auto pilot so I can manage more than one business at a time.
I was extremely close to my dad and lost him to cancer. After his demise I wanted to do something that would help eradicate cancer. Pesticides and chemical in food is one of the root causes of cancer today. My brand Mato aims to make people healthy and prevent diseases like cancer.
Did you accidentally join this career or you choose from childhood?
Childhood. I was the first born to my parents after 13 years. My father wanted to adopt a son to continue the family legacy and I was very upset about this so I promised my father I will take care of his business and will do whatever a son can. So I knew from a young age that I wanted to be in business.
What are your goals for the next 10 years?
I want to ensure Hyatt place which opens 2020 first quarter does very well.
I want Mato to provide the entire range of chemical free food. At the moment Mato is only doing fruits,vegetables, rice and some FMCG products like honey, walnuts, tea and coffee. In the second phase Mato wants to also get into processing.
As of today Nepal imports 2 billions dollars worth of Agri produce. I want to get this to half in 5 years and to zero in 10 years time.
Nepal has different terrains which are untouched. I want to get into Agri tourism and provide different experiences which are unmatched.
What was the biggest hurdle you faced when working for your career and how you overcame it?
After my kids were born I was finding it extremely difficult to manage my time between kids, my parents health, work and time for myself.I also wanted everything to be done perfectly so would land up doing a lot of work which could be delegated myself.
I worked extremely hard but was finding it extremely difficult to do all the things I wanted to do.
I decided I needed to learn from people who manage what I do and a lot more. And carefully tried to see what they do.
So I joined YPO Nepal. I also took on a mentor and I did a 8 month course in Delhi called Auto Pilot your Business by Rahul Jain which helped me delegate better.
Today I am able to do all the things I want to do and manage much better.
Your biggest failure?
My dad got Cancer and I put in everything under the sun to save him.
There were a couple of things I didn’t do. I feel I should have given him more time and put everything else aside. I always feel maybe if I had tried these couple of things which I couldn’t do maybe I would have saved him.
Whom do you give all the credit for your success?
My Dad taught me that nothing is impossible and both my parents always told me I am amazing and am capable of anything.
They had 100% faith in me and made me believe in myself. I believe when you have full faith in yourself you can achieve anything you want and set your mind to.
What things build you? What are the qualities that all should have to be successful in their career?
Behind disciplined and having full faith and loving what you do and giving it your all.
What is the biggest dream you have?
My biggest dream is that everything a Nepalese eats is chemical free.
Once I achieve this in Nepal I would like to do the same in my mother country India and other countries as well.
What is your biggest accomplishment which you can tell us till now?
My biggest accomplishment has been starting the ‘Hyatt Place’ project from scratch and finishing it in record time.
What you suggest to youths who want to join in similar career like you?
Please choose a career you love and where work is enjoyment for you
Anything you do give it everything you do, have full faith and you will be successful.
Current Achievement what you have achieved till now in life?
I have managed my dads warehousing business and have rented his warehouses to multi national companies in India.
I was handling marketing for Tricot Industries and found many new buyers in Europe for Tricot and increased Tricot’s sale by 50%.
I took on the construction of Hyatt Place from scratch and have completed the hotel and handed it over to Hyatt in record time.
I have tied up with 5000 farmers in Nepal and have been able to convert them to chemical free farming and have also increased their income.
I am providing safe chemical free food to the people of nepal at the same price as normal food. At the moment we are selling 3 tons of organic vegetables per day.
Background from where you come? Family and Childhood memories?
I come from Chennai , India. I was born to my parents after 13 years. We were 2 sisters. I had the best childhood anyone can have filled with love. I went to Uk for my batchelors. I got married and came to Nepal when I was 21. Some of the most beautiful moments I have from childhood were spent in my fathers warehouses seeing him work and dreaming about a great future together. I loved going on holidays with my parents.
Daily routine tips which you do which makes you successful?
I give a lot of importance to my routine.
I believe a sound routine is very important.
I try to wake up before sunrise.
I ensure I get minimum 6 hours of sleep.
I start my day with my holy hour where I meditate, do deep breathing and work on my gratitude and goal setting journal. I write down gratitude and my goals for the day and also read my monthly goals, yearly goals and positive affirmations daily. I also schedule my week in advance and check my schedule every morning so my whole day is well planned. I also visit the temple daily and it keeps me grounded.
I drop my kids to school and then head to the gym for an hour before reaching office.
I am usually in office from 10.30- 6.30 and am home by 7.
Once home my time is spent with kids till they sleep. I like to feed them dinner and have individual talk time with them and put them to sleep.
I end my day by looking at my achievements of the day and I try to read before I go to bed.
I have never watched TV my entire life.
Even if I travel I don’t ever leave my gratitude and goal setting journal and my gym shoes.
I strongly believe that a healthy mind and body go a long way in ones success.
Milestone in Life and where are you till now in your visioned path?
Completing my bachelors – 2004
Completing my masters -2006
Starting work in Family Business -2004
Starting work where I can give back to Society -2018
I have studied and done many courses to help me in my visioned path. I have done various businesses in various industries and am slowly and steadily walking on my visioned path.
Success mantras which you follow daily?
I am in the process of creating a mastery of my self.
My mother always told me -Jaha Cheenu waha Cheeto Khud aa Jaati hai. Meaning make yourself so good in everything that you do that whatever you want will come to you.
How you found your passion in Life?
I was in a convent school and the founder of our school was Nano NAgle -the lady with the light who spread light wherever she went. We once had a session in school about her life and since then I realised this is what I want to do. I want to spread light wherever I go . When I got into business I decided to spread light through the businesses I do.