Why celebrate Women’s Day?

Why celebrate Women’s Day?

I am one of those people who has always frowned upon Women’s Day.  I have always wondered why make so much of a fuss on Women’s Day, what is the significance of this celebration? I am a recent convert to the celebrations. Let me give you a bit of a back ground to this.

My choices in life have not always been conventional. Back in the 90s, my first job was in sales in the lovely city of Bangalore.  My family was shocked at my choice and my friends found it weird that I would consider taking up the job and dismissed it saying, I would realise it was a folly and quit in few months. Well, as it turned out, no such thing happened, I enjoyed my work and made some great friends.  I was the only woman in sales in entire south India, but that did not make things difficult for me because I fitted in with ease.  It may have helped that I grew up with 2 brothers but then again, I had always studied in an all-girls school and college.  Whatever the reason, I got busy with work and lost touch with most of my women friends from school/college.

My women gangs!

I made very good friends at work and all were men. I could easily sip cutting-chai while they took countless smoke breaks and soon both they and I forgot whatever gender differences existed. Work was such that I had no social life outside of it.  I met my partner in crime, in my first job and he was absolutely fine with me hanging out with my friends who were all men. This actually gave me wings because I did not have to worry about how my parents would be answerable to xyz uncle and aunt.  I continued to thrive in sales and moved to Mumbai after marriage.  Again, I was one of two women in sales in a telecom company. Initially I was taken aback by the language used,  addressing each other with BCs and MCs and while all the gaalis was something I had never seen before, there was no special consideration for language used in front of me. Soon I got used to it. I competed, fought and made friends who still stand me in good stead.

At the end of a corporate career spanning 16 years, all my friends were male and my only female interactions outside the family was with their spouses. They even made fun of me saying I would not know how to interact with women and make engaging conversations to save my life. I believed so too, and was blissfully happy with very few women as friends. When I finally gave up my job to start something on my own, my interactions were limited to the families of my friends over the years and soon I was part of the women’s group where I enjoy the company of the wives while my husband talked shop with my ex-collegues who are now more his friends than mine. 

The women in my family!

That’s when also something magical happened, I was suddenly exposed to moms of my children’s classmates, all thanks to Whatsapp.  There has been no looking back ever since, I have had such a wonderful experience interacting with women. I have not come across any one back-biting or any negativity in the last few years. On the contrary I see us celebrate the victories of everyone, recognise that each of us have a different challenge and support and motivate each other.

What started with just spouses of ex-colleagues and school moms has now mushroomed into so many separate sets of friends – the fitness training group, the financial planning fraternity, I am now back in touch with my college friends. Life would not have been so joyous and secure if it weren’t for you.  I now know how special these friendships are and recognise that this is an absolute necessity to keep my sanity and keep looking ahead.

A big thank you to all you women who have included me in your lives and accepted me for what I am. If camaraderie, unconditional acceptance, lack of envy and genuine warmth doesn’t deserve to be celebrated, then I don’t know what is worthy of a celebration. Cheers to many more years of togetherness and celebrations!

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 8

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 8

Our final Finwise Woman is Mrunali Majmudar Sathe, a successful corporate executive, someone who has worked at senior levels in the corporate world as well as has successfully run her own company. For her, money has always been a means to an end, towards achieving her ambitions and desires for her and her family.

Mrunali says,

“As a working woman I have always been financially independent, driving many of our financial decisions of key investments like house and big expenses as well. But as the kids grew up and I took a year off on sabbatical, it struck me that one day I may not be able to earn and the burden will fall on my husband alone or on our meagre savings.

Thats when I realised I needed a personal financial advisor. Enter, Prathiba. I have ever been so grateful that she came into my life. I can say that today my financial future is absolutely secure thanks to her meticulous planning and coaching. All I do is follow her. I can now even think of expensive college education for my kids which I had all but given up on.

In a city like Mumbai if both partners don’t think and act alike to influence their financial status, it is difficult to thrive. Thanks to Finwise, I am wiser and in charge of my and my family’s financial future.”

We hope you enjoyed reading the stories of how these women took charge of their financial lives and went about building financial security and independence as a bulwark for their futures. It is never too late to begin and we urge all women to begin their journey towards becoming “finwise” today!

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Finwise is a personal finance solutions firm that helps successful women gain financial and emotional security by helping them plan for their financial goals and achieve financial independence. For consultations, please reach me at prathiba.girish@finwise.in or +91 9870702277.

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 7

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 7

Today’s Finwise Woman is someone who is surrounded by aromas, both at her job and when she is not (her passion is to see the world)! Anusha Iyer is Creative Fragrance Director and is based out of South Africa with her spouse.

She says

“It’s been about 20 years since I started working and I’ve been managing not just mine but also our household finances till date. My goals in life were to have my own house, be debt free and travel the world. Successfully managed to achieve the first two and the latter is work in progress. Having become a travel addict and with a long-term goal of maintaining our current lifestyle I realized it’s time for me to up the game.With Finwise am looking forward to a great partnership to help achieve my dreams!”

#finwisewoman #financialindependence #womensday

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 6

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s  Day – 6

Our next Finwise Woman is Mandira Chowdhury, a retired Govt. employee who takes pride in being in charge of her own financial affairs, while pursuing her joys – her grandson and classical music.

She says,

“As a working woman, (in those days, it was not as common as it is today), I always had exposure and enough interest to understand finance and various options available to me.

Added to this, I was married into a progressive family with a strong mother-in-law. I was always aware of our investments and was part of healthy discussions regarding it.

 Therefore, when I lost my husband a few years back, I knew where to pick up the threads. While it is a blessing to have a concerned and affectionate family, consisting of my daughter and son-in-law, I take great pride in having the last say in managing my money while recognising the need for impartial and trustworthy professional advice. Prathiba has very ably and patiently helped me in my journey so far.One never knows what life has in store for us, best to wake up and take charge of your financial life now!”

#finwisewoman #financialindependence #womensday

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s day – 5

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s day – 5

Our fifth Finwise Woman is a someone who has lived life on her terms, and built financial security for herself through sheer perseverance. Kavita Krishnamurthy is a successful executive, working as a General Manager in a logistics firm, and a mother of one.

Kavita says,

“As a senior executive, and parallelly an independent mother, I have learnt to be cognizant of managing my funds well and conserving my resources optimally. Without any such backing and support for my future, some far sight and advice taught me well to keep my future secure and dependable.

Financial awareness and the right investments have been largely catalytic in helping me manifest these goals. It is indeed a matter of pride to reflect upon how far I have come in life thanks to my prudence and ability to take anything thrown at me and make something worthwhile out of it.

Being on top of your finances is not a choice, it is a compulsion, especially so for us women!”

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 4

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 4

Our next story is about another doctor, a scientist from the reputed Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital, Omshree Shetty.

Dr. Omshree says,

“Come to think of it, how many women have access to top class education and circumstances conducive to building a career? Given the opportunity it is important to make the most of it and build a strong and independent financial base. It is a non-negotiable step to be able to have choices in life and exercise them.

Being a professional myself, I am a strong advocate of seeking professional help in areas outside one’s expertise to help one live a fulfilling life.In this era of women empowerment, the true sense of independence that women can enjoy is financial independence and that can be accomplished with careful planning and smart investment. So be wise, invest smartly and live with peace of mind and happiness.”

#finwisewoman #financialindependence #womensday

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 3

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 3

Today’s first Finwise Woman story is about another strong woman, who, in an era of male dominance, has been an inspiration for many other women. She is Dr. Neela Dabir, Dean, School of Vocational Education at the internationally reputed Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Incidentally, while her spouse is a very successful surgeon in his own right, she is usually the one involved in the finer details of their personal wealth.

Dr. Neela says

“I have always been interested in money matters, and I go the extra mile to keep myself updated with the latest information and trends. In fact, my CA appreciates that I understand the financial matters for both of us. Being on top of things and constantly monitoring the how and why are important to me and give me a lot of peace. 

I truly believe that it’s important for financial decisions to be joint, failing which, one must at least be informed of where the money is being spent or invested. Every one learns to cope when forced to, but doing so voluntarily can take away a lot of unwanted stress and mistakes when you can least afford it.It is equally important to hire the right professional who places your interest on top and I have Prathiba and Finwise doing that for me by bringing all our finances together meaningfully and helping us live our dreams, while knowing that our financial future is being secured.”

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The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 2

The Finwise Woman series – In celebration of International Women’s Day – 2

The second person whose story we share today is Brindha Rao, a blogger and avid gardener. She says

“SAHM. The title I bestowed upon myself to raise my daughter. That does not mean I can’t understand or talk money. My husband has always made me an equal partner in all our financial decisions. And now Finwise has helped us plan our daughters education and hopefully our retirement. I know I am in safe hands with Prathiba’s judgement about our finances. The best that comes out of financial planning is that you get to live and spend at measure and without guilt. Thank you Finwise, I am a wiser and more financially sorted person now.” Feel free to share with other successful women that you know who you think are also financially savvy. #FinwiseWoman #WomensDay #financialindependence