Arvana celebrated empowerment of women, their freedom, strength and success by honoring 25 ladies with Arvana Queen’s Award dedicated to businesswomen of Udaipur. The program was organized by Arvana – Business Destination under their CSR activity.
The chief guests of the program were Alka Sharma – director of Central Public School and Rockwoods High School, Asma Khan – First Muslim Pradhan of Kurabad, Varsha Tripathi, Bollywood singer and acid attack survivors Sonia and Rupa (Representatives of Sheroes Hangout).
Hasan Aftab of Arvana informed that Queen’s Award is named after the Queen’s Street a floor in Arvana which is dedicated to only women oriented products and goods. It is made to offer safe and secure shopping environment to the female shoppers.
The 25 women honored in today’s program are true inspiration to others. These females have faced many challenges and obstacles in life and achieved success through their dedication. Here is the brief profile of all 25 Arvana Queen’s Awardees.
Dr Amita Singhvi – Greet By Heart
Greet by heart is a personalized greetings and gifting company. The ecommerce portal www.greetbyheart.com is online since September 2015.
Founded by Dr. Amita Singhvi while she was looking something exclusive to be gifted to people, she started getting cards designed for her family members and friends on their birthdays/anniversaries etc.
Dr. Singhvi worked as a Principal in various commerce colleges during her academic career lasting more than 15 years. She wanted to start her own venture from a long time. On her 50th birthday she decided to quit the job and start her new venture as an entrepreneur. Thus came into existence Greet By Heart.
In the current generation of start ups, Dr. Singhvi started her own ecommerce venture with no technical background whatsoever and learnt the basics of technology from scratch just out of her passion for making people happy by designing special and exclusive gifts.
Really a big inspiration for every working woman.
Neelkamal Agarwal – MD of IMS Learning Center
Managing Director of IMS Learning Center, Udaipur & Founder of three other startups and services “Knowledge for Wealth” , “Chanakyapuri” & “Aamrapali” . She has rich experience of more than 15 years in the field of Management, Banking, Finance & Education.
Knowledge for Wealth is established to disseminate Financial Planning Education while Chanakyapuri is a Leading financial Advisory firm and Aamrapali Helps students by their personality grooming & Communication sessions.
Maintaining the crucial balance between family and professional life, Neelkamal strongly follows the mantra of “Believe in your Dreams” .
Garima Singhvi Babel – GB Temptations
From a qualified Chartered Accountant to a well known chef and baker, Garima Singhvi Babel is also the director of Mahila Samridhhi Urban Co operative Bank. Her passion for food dominated her profession of Chartered Accountant and finally GB temptation was founded with an intention to teach rich and quality dessert and dishes.
Till now Garima has taught over 300 lovely students and recently also started taking orders for cakes and desserts.
Ridhima Khamesra – Diet Clinic
Ridhima Khamesra is a dietician and originally hails from Ambala, she did her bachelors from Thapar, Patiala and masters from ICFAI.
Her love for nutrition evolved after gaining weight, she became intrigued by the concept of nutrition after losing tremendous kilos. Ridhima took diploma in Dietics and nutrition from Delhi and practiced in Chandigarh. Until she got married in Udaipur and started Diet Clinic which has now become a well known and trustworthy names in health and fitness sector of the city.
Khushboo Surana Sanadhya – Blossom Events
Owner at Blossom Events aims to pursue challenging assignments in event industry, while working with reputed organizations, individuals and corporate.
Khushboo is a dynamic professional with nearly 10 years of experience in the field of event management. Her skill at controlling routine operations involving Sales, Business Development & Client Relationship Management made Blossom Events as one of the most reputed names in event management industry in Udaipur.
Khushboo founded Blossom Events in 2009 and since then worked with several top notch corporate and individual clients including Vedanta Hindustan Zinc Limited, McLeod Russell, Tata, Aircel, Vodafone etc.
She also conducted exhibitions by name of “Blossom Festival Expo’from last 6 years to provide a unique shopping experience to ladies of Udaipur as well as providing a platform to women entrepreneur where they exhibit their product &skills in the exhibition every year.
Umang Jain – Art Street
Umang Jain started Art Street which deals in ready to pack wedding materials, ring platters, saree cover, kits, welcome gifts, bags, handbags, bajot, toran, festival items, corporate gifts, housie ticket, handmade items etc.
Art Street’s tagline “We decorate your dream” explains well the motive of Umang Jain who is running the business of selling decorative items from past three years. Art Street participated in many exhibitions like Eva, Shagun, Jainam, Jhalak etc and proved to be one of best in their field.
Raksha Pokharna – Queens Boutique
Raksha, the owner of Queens Boutique at R Kay Mall was teaching fashion designing before her marriage. After a short gap, she returned to continue her profession by opening her boutique selling western, ethnic and designer wears for ladies.
In very short span of 2 years ‘Queens Boutique’ became a renowned name in Udaipur with many high profile clientele and active followers on social media.
Rekha Panwar – Shoe Laundry (shoevival.com)
Unlike traditional trading, Rekha Panwar opted for an unusual but creative task. She is the owner of Shoe Laundry, an Online Professional Footwear Laundry and Shoe Refurbishing in Udaipur. This is the first franchisee of Shoe Laundry in Rajasthan.
MBA from Pune and working in corporate sector for 13 long years, Rekha started Shoe Laundry six months back. After facing challenges in making people understand their expertise and the concept of Shoe Dry-cleaning, the service is now going better every day.
Neelam Kalra and Kalpana Kalra – Rukmani Home Décor
The partnership of Neelam and Kalpana is an example for many others, in relationship both are sister in law but their in-house and on-store chemistry is amazing resulted in a smooth business and at the same time perfect management of house, family and children.
Rukmani Home Décor is house of high quality, exclusive, luxurious and comprehensive collection of more than 3000 items of home fabrics and bed sheets. Specially serves to Udaipur Women and Tourists and NRIs.
Juhi Agarwal – owner of Sukriti Beautiful Creations
Juhi, born and brought up in Delhi, got married in Udaipur. She started her venture SUKRITI BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS five years back.
After continuous hard work and dedication, she has made it a brand in Udaipur, catering to a wide cliental ranging from The Royal Family, Corporate Houses, Luxury Hotels, to high profile Destination Weddings, to Personalizing gifts for Festivals, Theme Parties and Customizing home decor artifacts.
Pooja Shah Gandhi – Owner of Choki Moki Homemade Chocolates.
Ms. Pooja is born – brought up in Mumbai and married in Udaipur. She started Choki Moki Chocolates in 2015 with a vision to provide quality and tasty chocolates without much artificial ingredients. Facing lots of challenges like non acceptance and unawareness, Pooja, with her dedication and strong will made Choki Moki Chocolates a successful product.
Shruti Sonali – Restaurateur
Founding Director at Tipping Point Ventures Private Limited, Shruti Sonali is a serial restaurateur with one restaurant in Gurgaon, one in Jaipur, and a kiosk at WTP Food Court Jaipur. Belongs to Udaipur, Shruti is all set to start a new multi cuisine rooftop restaurant in Arvana
Before embarking on the journey as a restaurateur her last assignment was with Hilton Worldwide APAC HQ taking care of recruitment for APAC and prior to that been into the recruitment industry with organisations of repute like Korn/Ferry, The Corner office and her entrepreneurial venture Quaeronitor which catered to companies across industry, vertical and geographical location(India, Singapore, MEA).
Vineet Kaur Gandhi – Wonder Chef Kitchen products
Vineet Kaur is franchise holder of popular kitchen appliance and utensil brand Wonder Chef, owned by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
With the support of her family, Vineet Kaur started working two years back by dealing in several brands like Tupperware, oriflamme and at present wonderchef.
She has achieved many prizes and recognition for her extra ordinary trading skill. She also joyfully share her opportunity to meet Mr Sanjeev Kapoor in person with family.
Hurratul Maleka – founder TerritoryofFashion.com
After doing engineering and MBA from NMIMS University Mumbai, Hurratul Maleka decided to open her own company and came up with an idea of Territory of Fashion.
Territory Of Fashion is an e-commerce store where one can find apparels designed by Hurratul Maleka, she is also into block printing thus promoting culture. Territory Of Fashion also has an online Fashion and Lifestyle Magazine. www.territoryoffashion.com
Hurratul Maleka also writes on her personal blog on personal styling and offer fashion consultancy. www.hurratulmaleka.com. She is one of most popular online celebrity of Udaipur.
Reema Gurani – Reemaz
Reema Gurani started Reemaz as a one stop solution for the ethnic designer clothing for women.
Founded in 2006, the organized store and workshop came into existence in the year 2011.
Strengthening further, a dedicated team of Tailors and embroidery artisan is there giving the real look to each design.
Reemaz also started serving customers from different parts of the country. This year Reemaz started its second store and has more expansion plans.
Samina Hanzala – Sam Panache
Passionate for fashion and style, Samina started Sam Panache an exclusive designer fashion brand that represents style and quality. Founded in “City Of Lakes”, Sam-Panache works on a basis of creativity and responsibility, fused with an international attitude.
Masters in Biotechnology, Samina is intended to expand Sam Panche to the overseas market with a vision and mission to make it a successful venture.
Nikita Lall is a makeup and style specialist. Born and brought up in Udaipur, Nikita completed her masters in English literature from MLSU. She started my career as F&B Hostess at Taj lake palace for a year and later did advance diploma course in Cosmetology from VLCC institute.
Nikita did many wedding events and also received compliments and appraisal for her work. Nikita started her first parlour in 2012 from a 150sqft then to a bigger area in 2013 and now starting a significantly large parlour at Arvana.
Rekha Chetnani – Dhanlaxmi Shringar Palace
Rekha Chetnani runs a famous cosmetic shop “Dhanlaxmi Shringar Palace” at Sindhi Market. Operating from last five years, the shop is managed by Rekha Chetnani and her ladies staff.
Rekha’s business journey begins while she used to assist her husband on his shop at Maldas Street. She quickly learned the trade method and her husband put up a new shop at Sindhi Bazar giving all responsibility to Rekha.
Saba Tarannum – Arsh Shoppe
Owner of Arsh Shoppe, a designer boutique, Sabah Tarannum is B Sc in Fashion and Apparel Design. Saba always had a passion for doing something of her own, and finally with her husband’s and parents encouragement and motivation she started clothes trading online and after getting tremendous response decided to open up her own boutique.
Ankita Singhal – Zoe’s Cakes and Bakes
Ankita started Zoe’s Cakes and Bakes in 2012 from her home town Bhopal. She’d introduced the concept of designer fondant cakes there. Meantime she also travelled abroad and learnt from various international cake artists from London, Australia and Malaysia.
After marriage, she started her venture in Udaipur and impressed her clients with her innovative and flavorsome cakes.
Rashmi Khaturia – Style Court
Rashmi is a budding businesswoman of Udaipur who runs a famous online cloth store Style Court. From a passionate stylist who always wanted her wardrobe to be filled with clothes of latest fashion and style, Rashmi is now providing ranges of clothes and accessories to her clients all over India.
From teacher to entrepreneur Style Court was started when Rashmi shifted to Udaipur from Mumbai and found lack of stores keeping clothes with latest and updated fashion. Soon she decided to solve this problem and started her own Style Court.
Shweta – Nanzing Global Education
Dr Shweta is a Director of Nanzing Global Education with presence in Asia and in Africa. Dr Shweta has worked in solve problems students are facing, to get proper knowledge of overseas education, living and foreign culture to adapt them self. To help students Dr Shewta has developed Nanzing global education group in India, Mauritius, and Singapore and now have its presence in Fiji as well.
Sunanda Jain started working at the age of 26 after the death of her husband and son. For many years Sunanda worked in mining and processing minerals by the name Talc India. Sunanda Jain entered into hospitality sector and started global cuisine restaurant Platterz.
Supriya Sharma – Owner of Rasm
Supriya Sharma offers clothes of wide varieties on rent. The idea to start “Rasm” came up when Supriya realized that not everyone can afford expensive clothes.
Supriya thought if can’t buy it, so what? They can rent it and that’s how Rasm began its journey. Initially Supriya operated from home but lately opened her store.
Kanupriya Prabhakar – owner of First Cry
Kanupriya Prabhakar is the owner of First Cry Store in Udaipur. Kanupriya is dedicated business woman with never to give up attitude and extra ordinary business skills.
Special Mention of Sonia and Rupa
Sonia and Rupa, from Sheroes Hangout Café, Agra, Both are acid attack survivors and founding members of Sheroes Hangout in Agra which is country’s first café managed and run by acid attack victims.
Fortunately, Udaipur the City of Lakes will also get Sheroes Hangout opening soon in Arvana Business Destination.