On the occasion of Mother’s Day find out what these industry players have to say about their mothers. Read on as they share what they learnt from their mothers, anecdotes and some of their best memories.
Radhika Gupta, CEO Edelweiss
My mother and grandmother were both working women, and both held on to their education and career despite what life threw at them. They taught me the importance of financial independence and how having a career did not mean a woman must sacrifice her personal life. My mother completed her education and went on to become the principal of a school despite being married to my father whose job took him all over the world. Her determination to be financially independent and concentrate on her career while accompanying my father always inspired me.
Swaroop Mohanty, CEO Mirae Assets
My mother is my inspiration; I at times feel she is a better investor than I am. My mother retired as the principal of one of the leading institutions in Odisha. However, despite drawing a teacher’s salary in a government college, my mother has managed to increase her portfolio substantially by just being a buyer for the past 15 years. One of the lessons my mother taught me growing up is, to live within my means. She taught me to be grounded and down to earth despite my position in life. My mother is one of the most down to earth persons despite her social status. I am proud to be known as her son in my hometown.
Shifali Satsangee, Funds Vedaa
My father had been fighting cancer for eight years while I was still in school, and college. All those long stays in the hospital, which my mother would manage all alone, completely drained her energies, physically and emotionally. Yet she made sure she greeted me with a smile when I came back from school and never complained about anything ever. She made sure nothing came between my studies and I, which paved the path for where I am today in my career. She is a true example of how strong a woman can be in adversity, and the power of human endurance. I’ve also learnt from her that no work is too big or small to do and that whatever you do, you should seek perfection in it.
Vinod Jain, Jain Financials
When I think of my mother, the first thing that comes to mind is how she would insist on conserving natural resources. She taught me to be frugal and never to spend frivolously. I think these are the lessons that have stayed with me. Even when I started my company, I spent only on things that were necessary. Even today I do not like wasting electricity or water, and this is a lesson I pass on to the younger generation too.