Name: Prachiti Pratik Kataria
Company name: The Laughter Chapter Café (P & P’s Hive)
Company URL: http://www.thelaughterchapter.com/
On this Women’s Day, how is being a woman entrepreneur relevant more than ever?
It brings to me the sense of pride in being the woman who has been determined to convert dreams into reality. The change entrepreneurship has brought in me is from being a naive girl to a responsible woman and sharing the motto of spreading laughter!
How did your journey as an entrepreneur start? Do tell in brief about your company.
Honestly, it was my retirement dream but sometimes the universe conspires against what you really wish! I have always been a foodie and I always wanted to make people laugh — make a merry life with some scrumptious food, this is where the journey of entrepreneurship began.
What challenges have you faced in this journey?
Breaking the shackles of being in my comfort zone and plunging into the real world with a concept, which is new to the locality we serve, was my biggest challenge, which I have overcome.
To whom will you give credit for your success?
The credit of my success goes to my husband, who has given me the strength to cross the hurdles and also kept me calmly grounded in the times of success.
What do you think are your strengths?
I am very determined, I work hard till the objective is achieved. I also have meticulous observation skills. I feel a person learns a lot by imbibing skills consciously or subconsciously.
What is your support system and source of inspiration?
The powerhouse that drives me is my family – it is driving the force within and has supported me through thick and thin.
My sources of inspiration are my grandfather and father-in-law, who have always reaffirmed my belief that work is the best teacher. Both of them said the same thing that appreciation for life shouldn’t stop irrespective of good or bad times.
If you were to mentor or guide women-led start-ups, what would your top three suggestions be?
- Integrity in believing the true nature of multi-tasking and utilising your time efficiently.
- Women have the power to connect emotionally with others. It helps in reaching out to your team and gives them a higher sense of security on a plausible level.
- A brave heart survives the toughest of battles! The factor of others being judgemental should not curtail the power in you! Unleash the power within you!
What is that one change you suggest that will make women entrepreneurship blossom in this country?
We women can make the best of being entrepreneurs, as we already possess the ability to multi-task and we believe in justifying the work in the best manner. Utilizing the resources optimally and carving each step with a view to making the world a better place to live in. As a community, we should support women to understand their true potential by having faith in their decisions.
How do you measure success? Is it different for men and women?
For me the quotient of happiness and gratification is the pinnacle of success.
A funny or memorable anecdote or situation that you would like to share that had gender bias or happened because you were a woman.
Fortunately, the environment was so conducive for me that I was never treated lesser to a male counterpart. Maybe my work never allowed them to be judgemental.
We wish Prachiti and ‘The Laughter Chapter’ all the best.