As the world gears up to celebrate International Women’s Day tomorrow, these words from Marilyn Monroe cross my mind.
“Give a girl the right pair of shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
From our home to office, and from movies to sports, women have inspired us all year. We saw the incredible success of PV Sindhu and Dipa Karmakar at the Olympics and ended the year with the inspiring story of Phogat sister’s in Dangal.
So this Women’s Day, I thought why not share the success stories of some incredibly inspiring young women of Jaipur. These women dared to take the road less traveled and have carved an identity for themselves with their grit and determination.
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World Record Holder. Olympic Qualifier. Commonwealth Gold Medalist. National Champion.
That’s just a small snippet of what this young champion has achieved already. At a young age of 24, Apurvi is already counted as one of the finest Indian shooters. Born to a Rajput family and an alumnus of MGD in Jaipur, Apurvi’s forte is the 10 meter air rifle event.
Backed by her father’s unfailing support and the guidance of her mentor Abhinav Bindra, Apurvi gave the biggest signal of intent after breaking the World Record Score of 2011.2 in women’s 10m rifle event.
The unprecedented success stories of Apurvi, Dipa, and Sindhu has pushed more young women to consider a career in sports. An apt ambassador of the Women’s Day.
So you think women aren’t funny, right? Well, what better occasion than Women’s Dat to dispell that delusion.
Stand-up comedian and founder of Limeshots (Jaipur’s first stand-up comedy club), Saloni is not just beauty with brains. She brings along a dash of humor too.
When asked about the idea of starting a comedy club in Jaipur, she says it sparked while she was in Mumbai in the company of top notch comedians, like Vir Das and Rahul Subramanian. She wanted to introduce Jaipur to the world of stand-up comedy and with Limeshots – an open mic platform for aspiring comics – is doing just that. Her motivation behind this – the uncontrollable fits of laughter people that comedy sends people in. That’s more than enough.
Manish Malhotra, Masaba Gupta, Ritu Kumar…Paridhi Jaipuria?
A graduate from Lasalle college of Arts, Paridhi might just be the next big thing in Indian Fashion scene. She has already made her way to Lakme Fashion Week twice. For her, fashion is not just about following the trend but also about bring out one’s individual identity.
Counting her father as the earliest influence, Paridhi started her own label Paridhi Jaipuria in 2015 focusing on the needs of urban women. And she hasn’t looked back ever since. A fusion of Rajasthani culture and Singaporean lifestyle, her designs are as unique as her personality.
Akansha and kritika shrimal
This charming sister duo are the faces behind one of Jaipur’s biggest pop culture event – Colorstrokes.
Keenly interested in arts and passionate for exploring new things, Kritika and Akansha have always have always loved the idea of promoting young artists and their work. And that idea later took form of Colorstrokes. The event is carefully curated with numerous pop-up shops, experiential workshops, food stations, and live performances.
Sounds interesting? The next Colourstrokes is happening in April. Know more here.
The first Taekwondo player to represent India internationally, Nikita is a multi faceted person who doubles up as an entrepreneur. Her inclination towards sports and fitness, made her start ‘Liquido,’ a healthy juice bar in Jaipur. She excessively promotes healthy living and through Liquido, helps people achieve their fitness goals.
You can check out the store here.
If you do what you love,you’ll never work a day in your life. That’s the mantra for Harshi – an artist and a painter.
A kid who grew up leaning how to paint from her mother, it was while pursuing MBA that she realized her heart belonged to the arts. After specialising in zentangle art, sketching, and acrylic painting, Harshi started her own label Brushes n Strokes.
Her biggest achievement so far has been beautifying all the stores of the famous Bikanerwala across the country.
Her super fine works with bird’s feather is interesting and at the same time intriguing.
A post-graduate in Economics, Aditi’s passion for giving life to broken feathers began in 2015. Since the, she has been creating beautiful designs with broken bird feathers acting as her canvas. Feather painting is a very unique artform and I’ll count them as perfect gifting options. She experiments with different styles and mediums, and her detailing of portraits and landscapes is just masterful.
Interesting, right? Aditi also takes worshops regularly. You can connect with her here.
A freelance graphic designer and owner of design studio Kassa, Aarushi is a multitasker.
She started the studio back in 2011 and her work with art and design has fetched her a lot of recognition. She loves working with leather and is always exploring more designs and ideas in the field.
To know more about her work, visit here.