As part of the Star Plus Nayi Soch initiative, we unveil a series of father-daughter interviews that challenge gender stereotypes and give a glimpse into this very special bond.
Ramesh Tainwala may be the Global CEO of Samsonite but he is first and foremost a doting father who wants nothing more than his children’s happiness. Here, Tainwala and his daughter Anushree Tainwala, Executive Director-Marketing for Samsonite South Asia, tell us how they challenged every gender stereotype to reach new heights in their business.
Do what you love
“My dad always encouraged me to do whatever I wanted, whether it was becoming an athlete, an artist or taking up a corporate career. Growing up, I always noticed he loved doing whatever he did and I wanted to be just like him. I wanted to enjoy the work I did,” says Anushree.
Tainwala tells us about how impressed he was with Anushree even when she was young. “At a young age, what always surprised me about Anushree was her perseverance. Even when I thought of giving up, she never did. She was always determined to excel at what she did.”
On success and happiness
Anushree recounts her father’s valuable advice when she joined Samsonite amidst a financial crisis, as she says, “I remember wondering whether I would be selling suitcases for the rest of my life and thought it was a rather unexciting job. That’s when my dad told me it is not about the job or the industry, but about finding joy and pride in whatever you do. Once I understood that, I began to find happiness in my job and I started doing very well at work.”
The proud father, who never discriminates between his son and daughter, says, “The one piece of advice I have given both my son and daughter is that they should remember to be good human beings first. If you earn a lot of money, always remember that you are just custodian of that money. It should find a way to go back to society.”
Ramesh Tainwala has a few words of advice for young women following their dreams: “The biggest impediment is yourself. As long as you believe in yourself, you can never allow society to stop you from achieving your goals. No one can tell you what you can or cannot do!”
“My dad has always been more forward-thinking and progressive, while the society I grew up in was still very conservative. I appreciate the fact that I have been a nayi soch daughter in a purani soch world and I hope that more women can experience the freedom I have,” Anushree says with a smile.