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Thursday, October 23, 2008

That’s the way we like it!

They’re boldly going where no woman has gone before! A detective, a DJ, a photographer or a bartender... they’re storming the male bastions and doing it with relative ease too
Right from boardrooms to traffic signals, from sport arenas to flying high in the skies, from leading the country to anything a man can do, Indian women have made sure they followed their counterparts everywhere. As a result of this, there’s hardly any field left that can be called as a men’s only profession. Women in Delhi make sure they enter these professions and get paid for it too. Here’s a peek-a-boo into the world of an average Delhi woman…Carry on Kary DJ Kary: If you are the one frequenting the happening pubs of South Delhi, you must have shaken your leg a number of times to her beats. She is Kary Arora, the first woman in town to have broken into a solid male bastion that of deejaying.A trained fashion designer from IIFT, she freelanced for Bina Ramani and Ritu Beri for sometime. However lack of finance to open her own boutique made her look for other options. “I used to be an active disc hopper and noticed that there were no women DJ’s in Delhi. I decided to give it a try,” shares Kary. It was all easier said than done. She not only met stiff resistance at home but also from the DJ fraternity. But she didn’t lose hope. Kary got her first break at the Gold Regency. “For eight months I would reach the disc at 11 in the morning and practice till 6 in the evening. By 7.30 pm they would let the crowd in and then I would play till the wee hours of morning,” reminisces Kary. Things changed with her joining Buzz. Today, along with playing at Buzz Saket and Gurgaon, Kary runs her own studio set up, Spectral Energy where she composes, mixes, remixes and trains people who aspire to be DJs. All said and done, the only thing that bothers her is the dearth of women DJs in the industry. The Bond GirlTaralika Lahiri, lady detective: A detective by profession, Taralika Lahiri, Delhi’s very own Bond woman, chairs the APDI, Delhi chapter and runs an academy of intelligence management. "I have always been curious and inquisitive by nature. I have taken lots of risks all through my life,” says this resident of Panchsheel Park. “Initially my mom was very apprehensive about it but later on my husband and my in-laws became my greatest support,” says the brave lady. It has been 19 years now that she has taken up this profession. “Loads of mental homework and knowledge about all sorts of modern gadgets are all that is needed to excel in this profession,” tips Taralika to the new entrants.Juggling it rightNeeta Tenjore, bartender: Neeta is a perfect example of a woman breaking into the male bastions not only professionally but also in terms of space. Having started her career as a manager in a Nepal restaurant, she learnt to juggle, flare and experiment with liquors, all by herself. This is how her interest in bartending began. As in case of others, here too it wasn’t a smooth sail. “My parents were not enthused when they heard that I wanted to be a bartender. They kind of dissuaded me as they thought that being a woman, I would not be able to handle the inebriated crowds or late timings. But my husband has been my greatest support throughout,” she adds. However she personally likes her profession because it gives her a whole lot of authority. "I am in charge there. I have all the authority to serve and stop people from drinking," shares Neeta. Moreover according to her this is one of the most well paying jobs. "Big bars pay you somewhat around 20k plus service charges while smaller ones pay you nothing less than 10k," adds Neeta. For all the people who still look down upon this profession for women, Neeta has just one thing to say "grow up". The third eyeSumiko Murgai Nanda, fashion photographer: Sumiko, a resident of Gulmohar Park loves nothing more than laying her hands on her camera and capturing everything that is beautiful on this planet. And the best part is that she gets paid for her passion. For Sumiko, an alumnus of LSR College, photography used to be a hobby that is today her profession. “Success in this profession depends on how focused you are. You have to have lots of talent. You have to have an eye different from others. You have to have your own signature style. Then only you can stand out in this profession," adds SumikoShe has a word of advice for the Gen X, “Like any other profession, fashion photography has its own nuances. Although it is one of most rewarding professions, it also involves a lot of hard work and long working hours. Those wanting to join this profession must be prepared for it all.”


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