Sky is the limit

There is no such thing called impossible. Her philosophy of   life is simple: There is always a way if there is a will. Have you ever met Nishat Mohsin, Namma Mysuru’s enterprising entrepreneur? The first thing that strikes you is her amazing confidence level. When one thinks it is tough for women to survive in a male-dominated world, Nishat begs to differ.

For god’s sake, never ever ask her if women can be successful entrepreneurs. Though she looks slightly agitated, but you can’t unsettle her. The answer is thrown back at you in a jiffy.  “Do you still think it’s a male-dominated world? Well, my experience has not been bad and I think it is the same for today’s women…  because it’s  no  more a male-dominated society , now like we say women are equal to men… you see a lot of men accepting it and encouraging too,” she sets the tempo of conversation.

It won’t be exaggerating to say Nishat was born to lead. Brought up in a family of enterprising people, Nishat’s was childhood was on expected lines.  She gets nostalgic when you quiz her about her early days.  “My parents are one of the most loveliest human beings who made my life beautiful. They were very encouraging and it’s because of them that I’m here doing something I’m passionate about, something I love to do. My dad was very hard working and emotional and my mom a very strong lady with a lot of patience and that’s where I get my qualities from making me who I am today,” she says as if to drive home a point.

Right from her school days, Nishat always thought of doing something independently.  Given her determination, it was never a tough job. After graduating from Vidyavardhaka College, it was time to look at future.  She thought of fashion designing, but as destiny would have it, she got into event management. It took little time for Nishat to realise her dreams and it came true in the form of Panache in 2008.  The multi-concept organisation has carved a niche for being unique and distinct in its approach.

Behind every successful person, there is a strong driving force. In Nishat’s blossoming career, her father in law, husband Mohsin, sister Misba have all contributed immensely for her growth. Success begets success. Nishat firmly believes in this. She may have earned name and fame, but the lady is not the one to sit back on the laurels. She always feels, ‘the more is achieved, the more is left.’  “If sky is the limit, I will go for it,” she says with grit writ largely on her face.

Q & A

Could you tell us something about your childhood? How much of it do you relish?

My childhood was without a doubt the best time of my life as I used to be the one who was pampered the most because I was very demanding. That’s one quality I have still retained! I am so lucky to be born in a big family with people always around me as I love to have people around me. Also I was very close to one of my aunts in Ooty where I spent almost all my vacations. Thinking about my reminiscent childhood automatically puts a smile on my face making me want to be a kid again!

Something about your academics. Where did you study… from school to college?

I did my schooling in one of the best convents those days, the Good Shepherds where I’ve had the most amazing memories and  made lifetime friends and I completed my graduation from Vidyavardhaka College.

What are you doing at present? How is the experience?

I’m passionate about my work and that’s what makes my life worth living. Currently, I organise designer exhibitions with my sister Misba, and we are a support system for each other.  Wherever we stand today is all because of our collective effort. It’s been a wonderful journey working with my sister and I know together we can overcome any hardships to make Panache successful.

What is your take on women empowerment? Do you think it is really possible?

Yes, it is very important to empower women. They definitely have the potential to make the world a better place to live in.

Yes it’s possible. Well I’m also a member of the Ladies Circle India, an organisation which believes in educating the underprivileged and empowering women. We do a lot of projects where we sponsor sewing machines and various things which help women support their family.  I believe that it is really important because it gives women a lot of confidence, respect in the society and also makes them independent.

Where do you draw inspiration from?

The women of today who have the power to overcome their difficulties, struggle to make a place in this world and make people realise that they too are important are my inspiration and this makes me feel more confident in whatever I do!

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

My family and my friends are my strengths who encourage me, give me strength and make me believe that sky is the limit!  One person without whom it would be impossible to be where I am today is my husband who was always by my side even if nothing seemed possible. My weakness ……….CHOCOLATE!!!!

What does one do to be successful in life?

Perseverance, focus and hard work are what it takes to be successful.

How long you have been living in Mysuru? What is so special about it?

I was born in Bengaluru. I was a year old when my parents shifted to Mysuru.  Since then I am a true Mysurean. I love the place for the simple reason that it’s a beautiful city with some beautiful people around.

Who are your favourite leaders/persons that you always look to?

My father in law always inspired me. He always encouraged me and never gave me a feeling that women are anyways less when it comes to achievements. His energy and his approach towards life is something that has impressed me.

Could you tell us something about Panache?

Panache is a premier multi-label concept that ties up with established high-profile designers. Organised every quarter, the event showcases an eclectic mix of contemporary fashion products that compliment the season’s stylish collections.

What is your advice to budding entrepreneurs?

If you’re thinking about a career as an entrepreneur, think  long and hard about what you’re passionate about; what you love doing in your everyday life and how these things can be improved. Once you’ve had a great idea, you need to make sure it’s an idea that people will buy.

Any unforgettable experience?

When my lovely daughter Rida was born, she made me complete as a women. That’s an experience that will always be dear to me. It is then I realised the value of being a woman.

Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?

As one of the finest organisers in India, we want to be the best in the next 10 years.

How is Nishat as a person?

An extrovert for the ones who know me, I love to make new friends and socialise.

Murali R

A senior journalist in the business, R Murali started his career with The Times of India as a reporter in sports. He has covered a lot of local, national, international events in cricket, hockey, volley ball, motor sports and table tennis. Over the years he has done a lot of special stories including general stories. Before Joining City Today, he worked in Deccan Chronicle and DNA. At City Today, he is an integral part of the team handling national, sports edit and op-ed pages. He also actively contributes to City Sunday features.

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