DON’T WAIT FOR THE TEA BAG TO BE DIPPED IN HOT WATER

Upasana Chauhan
Posted June 4, 2013 from India
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It was 1993, when Revathi a housewife was living happily with her husband and kids. One day her husband decided to start his own business and took loan from his friends and banks to start up his venture. It was the 7th week of his business when he passed away and left Revathi and kids with only debt and debt of millions. It was the funeral of Revathi’s husband when the banker’s knocked her door and gave her a notice that his husband has to pay so much of money to the bank. Even the friends started asking back for the money. Revathi was already in shock of her life and financially they were not so stable that she can pay back the amount as her husband just started his venture. When she told the same to bankers, they told her that if she can’t pay it her children have to pay it. She was terrified and her world shook. ‘They are 11 and 14.How do you expect them to pay?’ She Said. The banker’s asked her and her children to sign a bond that when they start earning, they have to pay the loan amount back to the bank and till that time bank will continue charging the interest. But, later on it will be more of a bonded labor for her kids. In another week after her husband left her she got another setback for her children. The banker’s asked her tiny kids to sign that bond from those lovely cute hands. She was extremely hurt by this- I could see it in her eyes when she said that. She decided to plunge in and take control of the business herself. First day she went and called up her manager to discuss on the business. He told on her face that you won’t be able to handle it. She said nothing to him and just asked the details. She was supposed to pay 10 Million INR to the bankers in 5 years and she paid it off in just a year. It was a shock for all – her manager, bankers, relatives and people who discouraged her. Her husband just started the venture and she took it to different level. That was 1993 and now in 2013 her major product – Electronic digital meters to record the electricity bill is in each and every house across INDIA. She is the most inspiring and courageous lady I have personally met ever. I met her at an entrepreneur's meeting hosted by 'Fab women in Business- A UK based Magazine' few days back and asked her that how she managed it all and what were her challenges faced. She said the biggest challenge she faced was that nobody believed in her for the same venture which her husband was running. Everybody supported and appreciated him but not her. She snapped on every ones face back with a big bang. But, the most beautiful thing about her is the way she treats people at work or her clients. From her clients to her watchman, she will make sure that everybody feels special. ‘I always ask my peon that how is his wife. At times even I will get him Idli –Sambhar (an Indian dish made of rice and lentils)’. She will make sure to send flowers and chocolates to all her clients and workers as well on their birthdays. These small little things which anybody generally ignores can be taken care of only by a woman. She is running a multi-millionaire business and taking care of everything one can ever imagine of personally. When she needs to be strict, she will blow off the heads and CEO’s and teaches them a lifelong lesson. At the same time, she will pamper her employees and clients with flowers, cake and homemade food. I was deeply touched and inspired and realized the power of a woman. Today She trains other women in India to become successful entrepreneurs. She runs her business , takes care of her family, an crucial role in AWAKE(Association of women entrepreneurs of Karnataka) and each and every role of her life is flawless. She is flawless. Hats off to her. It is very rightly said that "A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water." I am sharing this experience here to tell all my sisters of world pulse and everywhere else that please don't wait for the tea bag to be dipped in hot water. You have it in you; we all have it deep down somewhere. Unleash it and come out shining in this beautiful world.

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Wendy Stebbins
Jun 04, 2013
Jun 04, 2013

Hi Upsa,

This is such a wonderful article that I am speechless. Every woman here in America and throughout the world should be required to read your article. It is beyond words but no one can miss the point of this great lady. Your writing makes her come alive in such a meaningful way.

Ubuntu,

wendy

Upasana Chauhan
Jun 05, 2013
Jun 05, 2013

I met her at a meeting and when she was narrating her story trust me that pain was still there. She was such a simple lady but soooo bold and confident .. sweet as well .. I mean I had never imagined anybody being such a deadly combination and she is definitely ruled our country in a way and by her own words 'IF I CAN YOU ALSO CAN'...

Wendy Stebbins
Jun 05, 2013
Jun 05, 2013

Hi Upsa,

I think of you sitting in the audience listening to her both in pain and energized. I still can't get over this woman and your reporting of it. Not that I should tell you want to do, BUT I really think you should try to get your article into a large publication magazine or something because I meant it when I said this should be required reading for every young (and old) female. Every woman alive should have this posted in her home where she reads your story often.And you are the one who brought her to our attention.

Ubuntu(I am who I am because of who we are together),

Wendy

Upasana Chauhan
Jun 05, 2013
Jun 05, 2013

I really wish the same Wendy that every girl or women should read it and be inspired. I am not sure how to reach to the major publications but yes I really spread the word by talking or sharing this. She is one burning example of how a woman can turn her world from darkest cave to the brightest path ... that too spreading the love and affection but when required she will be a ROCK. Let's Spread the word together.

Wendy Stebbins
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013

Hi Upsa,

I have a friend and I am going to ask her how you could rach major publications. Let's take this to a new level, Upsa.

I'll get back to you.

I even will see about here in America. Even putting it on bulletin boards in our apartment buiilding with an email address from you (Perhaps a new one) and giving people the opportunity to email you about it.

Wendy

Upasana Chauhan
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013

Thanks a lot Wendy ... that sounds great... Many women will thank you for this who will read it and I wish we can bring that beautiful and bold colors out of each and every one of them 2 rise and shine... You can mail me at upasana.c20@gmail.com .. we can get in touch and I can give you more details on the same...

mrbeckbeck
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013

Such an inspiring profile Upasana! I love hearing how she faced a huge painful challenge head on, and took it to astounding heights. This is a story more people should hear, I agree with Wendy. Thanks for sharing!

Upasana Chauhan
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013

She is really an inspiring soul ... her charm, energy , smartness and softness all together will really touch the deepest part of your heart. After the meeting, I went and met her personally and I asked her how she stood up so strong and her answer was "When my kids signed that bond with their tiny hands .. I was hurt I was hurt I was hurt" ... I just looked at her with wet eyes and she continued that how nobody believed in her. She literally had nobody with her except HERSELF. In one of the meetings with the CEO of one of the major banks, he was trying to scare and cheat her. She gave him such an answer and lesson for that that till today he thinks multiple times before even speaking in front of her. All this is not easy and that too in a country like INDIA where even today girls are not encouraged for their ventures. Infact when I started my social enterprise, everybody made faces and expressions that its not possible for a girl but it's currently operating in 3 states employing 20 women in 4 months. After meeting her, I was even more inspired and encouraged that inspite of all the odds or discouragement I face I will stand even stronger. I really want every girl , women and especially single moms to know that they dont need to be discouraged rather be stronger as now they can show to the world their true strength.

mrbeckbeck
Jun 06, 2013
Jun 06, 2013

YES! Despite any odds women can reach their dreams. I deeply believe that if we gave every woman and girl just a chance, an ounce of encouragement, our world would be transformed! I know that your successes will inspire others too.