ReCharkha
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ReCharkha

Let me take you on an exciting entrepreneurial journey with Amita Deshpande, the founder of ReCharkha – an inspiring one that showcases the power of combining cultural heritage, sustainability, and social impact. I had the pleasure of visiting her boutique in Pune, where I discovered her collection of upcycled handwoven products that are handcrafted in…

Aditi Athalye: From Dancer to Entrepreneur
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Aditi Athalye: From Dancer to Entrepreneur

During a conversation with Aditi Athalye, I learned about her efforts to help women in modern India provide traditional foods to their families. With more women working outside the home, time is a precious commodity. Aditi explained that some women who continue to cook are forced to take shortcuts to prepare meals faster, leading to…

“Hustle | Seek | Give”
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“Hustle | Seek | Give”

In honor of International Women’s Day, I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and highlight the achievements of two young female entrepreneurs in India. Suhani Dhadphale is an inspiring young female entrepreneur who is actively creating markets for artisans and artists to sell their unique creations. By recognizing and uplifting these women, we…

Bandh.Ja
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Bandh.Ja

In honor of International Women’s Day, I would like to take this opportunity to celebrate and highlight the achievements of two young female entrepreneurs in India. (in this post and the next one) Janhavi Joshi, with her BandhJa line of textile accessories, is just one example of the many talented young women in India who…

MatiBani means ‘the language of clay’.
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MatiBani means ‘the language of clay’.

Welcome to the world of the studio of MatiBani, where functional ceramic meets artistic expression inspired by traditional motifs of India. Tejal Mehendale’s work is inspired by the rich cultural heritage of India, and she incorporates traditional motifs like mandalas and folk art into her designs. Slip tracing and Mendhi (henna art) are two traditional…

Blending tradition with contemporary: Srishti Lifestyle
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Blending tradition with contemporary: Srishti Lifestyle

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the talented woman behind several brands, Debjani Banerji. Her business, Srishti Lifestyle, is not just about fashion, but also about promoting the use of natural materials and supporting local artisans. Do you see the maroon color of her sari matches the color of her sign? The vibrant pink…

Pumpkin Pie with Pineapple
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Pumpkin Pie with Pineapple

A Tropical Pumpkin Pie Inspired by Tahiti – Mautini Painapo A couple of weeks ago we were at a friend’s house for a birthday part and at the end of a traditional ‘ma’a Tahiti’ – ┬átraditional dishes cooked in a Ahimaa, or underground oven. To finish, they had prepared a typical Tahitian dessert called “po’e”…