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.
Rana Kapoor, Founder and CEO of Yes Bank, is proud of what his company has achieved. But his real joy and pride are his three daughters. In a candid conversation, Kapoor and his youngest daughter Roshini Kapoor, Executive Director at The Three Sisters Institutional Office, talk about their love for the entrepreneurial spirit and what drives them.
In pursuit of excellence
Roshini Kapoor has always looked up to her father, both for career as well as personal advice. “My dad has always been my role model. His dedication and commitment towards his work and his passion as an entrepreneur and leader has fired up an entrepreneurial spirit in me. He has taught my sisters and me to dream big and not settle for mediocrity,” she says.
Her father says, “I recall her intellect and passion to excel at what she did right from the time she was a child. She would excel at everything, whether it was her studies or on the sports field, and it made me and my wife Bindu very proud. Being the youngest, she was fortunate to get the best in education and has had several opportunities to travel and explore the world.”
Shared love for travel
Adding that his daughter has travelled to more places than he has, Kapoor says, “My wife and I have always encouraged Roshini to travel. The kind of learning you get when you travel around the country and globally is tremendous and it is a huge advantage even you’re at work.”
Roshini adds that she has fond memories of her travels, and they have served as inspiration in the start-up she has founded with her two sisters. “It was my recent visit to the Silicon Valley that was truly an eye-opener. I was impressed with the start-up culture, and the kind of enthusiasm you see there is quite infectious.”
The protective father that he is, Kapoor is always concerned about his daughters’ wellbeing. He says, “It’s always natural for any mother or father to be worried about their girls’ safety when they are growing up. But my daughter always told me to ‘chill’ and not worry. After spending four years studying overseas, Roshini has proven to me that she is a confident woman, capable of looking after herself.”
Roshini defies the gender stereotype here, saying that all youth, not just girls, need to take it upon themselves to drive progressive thought. “All youth today should recognise the empowering quality of education. This country’s future is in our hands and the positive change needs to be driven by us,” she emphasises.