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.
Rajiv Vij, Managing Director and CEO of Carzonrent, is a successful businessman who has not only carved out his own niche, but also encouraged daughter Sakshi Vij, Founder and CEO of Myles at Carzonrent, to follow his footsteps. Vij and his daughter talk about how they inspire each other in the personal as well as professional sphere.
About their inspired entrepreneurship
Sakshi tells us that she has always looked up to her father while growing up: “My father has been my mentor and he has always made me look up to him in more ways than one. Watching him at work, I always aspire to be the kind of professional he is. Working with him has, in fact, brought us closer and helped our relationship get stronger.”
Her father says that he is always inspired by her confidence: “Sakshi is far more confident than I was at her age. She is excited and passionate about her work, yet takes mature decisions. My only advice to her with respect to her career is that she should enjoy what she does and give her best to whatever she chooses to do.”
Vij tells us that his only vision for his daughter is her happiness. He says, “All I want is for her to lead a happy life. As far as accomplishments and milestones go, I do not want to put any pressure on her. She already takes on way more than I would have expected, so I keep reminding her to enjoy her life. Her happiness is far more important than her success.”
Sakshi adds that her father is the one person she can reach out to when she’s faced with a challenge. “There’s a sort of comfort I get from him. Every time I face a dilemma, I know I have someone at home whose advice I can rely on,” she says.
Breaking gender stereotypes
Vij adds, “I come from a family where there were no differences made between sons and daughters. I recall how blessed my wife and I felt when she was born. We could not be more proud of the woman she has grown up to be and we never felt like she was never good enough. My hope is that the Nayi Soch campaign reaches different parts of the country and the world to promote gender equality.”
Sakshi reflects that her success should be attributed to her parents’ solid support. “They encouraged me to follow my dreams, and I owe a great deal of my success to their love and support. They encouraged me to speak freely, be open minded and to ask more questions,” she says.