A Venture to Spread Joy and Happiness 374

Gone are the days when women were considered no match for all powerful men in this world. Today India has its own pool of fearless and talented business women who’ve established their own venture.

 

Today I am going to talk about one such woman named Manpreet Sangha, daughter of Late captain Gurpreet Singh Sangha, who grew up with her other four sisters in her ancestral house in a village called Nawanpind Sardarn in Punjab. After completing their studies at Sacred heart convent, and settled in their careers, the Sangha sisters joined hands and laid the foundation of their venture -The Kothi. Yes, you read it right!

Believe me, when they call it KOTHI, they really mean it.

 

The innovative idea of converting their ancestral home into an elegant farmhouse with a turn of the century flavor is incredible. Though it was a joint venture in it’s foundation phase, today Manpreet is the heart and soul of the venture, looking after marketing, hosting, training, inventory etc.

With a vision of sharing their legacy with the world, she also hopes to work towards the betterment of the village.  Her mother Mrs. Satwant Kaur is a strong support to her, hosting whenever she is not in town and helping villagers to fetch various Govt/ non govt jobs.

Indeed a family of values and ethics!

Talking about her venture -The Kothi, surrounded by lush agricultural pastures and a canal, located in the heart of the village is just an hour drive away from Amritsar. If you really want to enjoy the rich heritage of Punjab and discover its culture by interacting with the villagers, experience crop harvesting, Punjabi food cooking, tractor, tonga rides, nature walk along the canal, dairy farm, kite flying, mehndi art, folk music and dance –The Kothi is the place.

The house not only a piece of architecture that retains its character of a traditional Punjabi kothi but also well equipped with modern day facilities- rooms with attached bathrooms, hot & cold water, both traditional and modern kitchen, television and Internet connectivity. What more one can ask for?

Oh yes! The food… 😉

One can choose from the wide platter of the local cuisine. Garden fresh fruits and vegetables to matar paneer, dal makhani, sarson da sag & makki di roti, straight out of tandoor. The meals are served as a buffet—in the dining room or you can even sit close to the chulah in the traditional kitchen or in the sunny outdoors. Though the local cuisine features mostly rustic vegetarian food, but mouth watering non-vegetarian dishes on request are also prepared.

My village is true to its rustic roots and unique cultural ethos, which remain untouched from rampant urbanization. The distance from the main highway and proximity to the canal discourages city life from trickling in. With its low height buildings, lush woody setting & vast turfs of agricultural pastures, the experience is one to keep.

– says Manpreet with a smile, while teaching Yoga to girls in her village.

A must visit coz the experience is truly pure and magical.

Find her on Facebook : The Kothi

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The Man Behind The Glamour and Beauty! 1761

Jewelery and Accessories add a little sparkle wherever you go.

Absolutely right!! Coz every piece of jewelry tells a story. Isn’t it??

Today I am here to share the story of a man who fancied, created and designed his own brand for jewellery. Meet Mr Abhishek Sehgal, owner of the fast-growing online brand of jewelry, JEVELEN, that has already made its mark all over the world, and is all set to make a mark in India too.

India is a country with a great passion for jewels, art, and culture. Various stones like ruby, diamonds, emeralds etc, not only have their prominence in enhancing beauty but also are used in significance to the horoscopes. We find custom made ornaments depending on our choices and Jevelen is one such brand set out to bring a difference at an affordable price and at the comfort of buying online.

I feel like Jewelry just happened! It kind of chose me, I think!!

– says Abhishek, thinking back to how he came into the business of gems and diamonds.

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Being born to a business class family of Delhi, he was always driven by a desire to start something on his own. A business that sets him as a unique and successful entrepreneur, a job where he can be his own boss. After completing his senior secondary in education, he decided to go to Sydney, Australia to find himself a job. But it was difficult to find a good one and he worked in a couple of places trying to find a living. He also worked in Agricultural farm land for few months before he found of job in a jewelry workshop.

I have always loved designing and doing creative things since my childhood and finding a job in designing and creating jewelry out of precious stones was like a dream come true to me.

– recalls Abhishek, with a smile on his face remembering his earlier days of his dream job when he initially started as a worker.

Although he was the most intelligent and best worker, his salary did not make him reach his dreams and to make his own mark with his talents that he learned over the time while designing the jewels.

Then is when he decided to start JEVELEN his own brand of beautiful Jewelry and accessories. He began to design and market his products. The start was definitely not a walk on a bed of roses. He did struggle to bring his business into one of the top-selling jewelers without any much back-up, support and being self-funded. Well, as they say, “where there is a will, there is a way”…. stands true to this man. There was no stepping back once he started and he began with promoting his products. As he was in Australia, he started from there and slowly he spread the business globally.

The biggest challenge for me was creating a product differentiation. Keeping that in mind, our products are unique in design and in its make. Jevelen Jewels are made with Rhodium, an American Diamond. The best part of it is they are not copied or merchandised and are original.

–  tells Abhishek who is all eager to bring it to his home country that is India.

Being successful globally, he is looking forward to launching the brand here in India with a dream of many possibilities. Launching his brand alone is not the idea, but he also wishes to provide jobs to the unemployed by setting up workshops of jewelry making across many cities in the country thereby hiring people with a craftsman’s hand.

The company will be launched with about 50+ franchise outlets across PAN India and will be soon one of the major jewelry brands of our country. The company also donates 10% of their monthly profit to charity in terms of child education, old-age homes, widows, animal feeding and orphanages trying to provide a hand to those in need.

Here is a man who not only has a good heart and is talented with an art of designing gems & diamonds but also knows the value of hard work.

As an entrepreneur and a good human being, Abhishek Sehgal, truly stands as an inspiration who has achieved so much at such a young age.

So, what are you waiting for? Go check Jevelen website and order up the fanciest jewels of your choice.

You can find Jevelen at www.jevelen.com

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Their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jevelenofficial

Common Startup Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid 45

Setting up a new business is very difficult, launching up a startup is even more challenging. Attempting to build a company from scratch is a hideous task, regardless of prior experience many entrepreneurs pour in their energy, money, time and heart in developing a business idea. Unfortunately, due to lack of expertise, many startups fail within few months. You can avoid your startup from this misfortune, by not committing these common mistakes that kill startups:

  1. Launching it Alone

If you go through the history of successful business ventures, however big or small you will notice one thing in common, that is more than one founder at the time of launching. It is very rare for a startup to succeed if it has one founder. Having one or two extra partners not only makes it easier but also lessens the burden and there in enhances the chances of the startup to prosper.

  1. Not Researching the Business Idea

Failing to conduct a proper research on the business idea is one of the major mistakes novice entrepreneurs commit. Conducting a proper research of the business idea is very important, this allows you to find out the feasibility of your venture and if there is a proper market for your product and service.

  1. Absence of Enough Capital

Although there is no foolproof path of succeeding in the business world, having enough cash on hand will help you get started and can significantly increase your chances of succeeding. A majority of entrepreneurs make the mistake of using their personal savings or money they get from family and friends. There is no harm in taking loans from investors. Just remember this small trick, only borrow enough capital to take your business ahead.

  1. Choosing the Wrong Investors

While selecting an investor for outside funding, make sure to look at the value an investor will bring to your business, rather than focusing only on the money. A majority of startups make the mistake of going with investors who provide more capital, but in the long a run these investors can cause a lot of added pressure too.

5. Inappropriate Hiring

Unfortunately, entrepreneurs make the mistake of hiring a bunch of employees at a very early stage, on the other hand approaching talented part-timers for managing various aspects of the business is a more suitable and sensible plan.

6.Overlooking your Customers

When your business is going good, it’s likely to ignore the most crucial part: CUSTOMERS. Since customers are the backbone of every company ignoring customer feedback can bring unfavourable results.