Come Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Have Courage To Take Risks In Life
By Ms. Shailza Sood Dasgupta- Chalo Lets Go
Beautiful Minds - 'Wings of Inspiration'
Shailza Sood DasGupta - A woman who believes that life is incomplete without the unforgettable travel experience and who believes in being independent in life.
Q.1 Tell us about the beautiful journey that you have travelled so far ?
I belong to a small town, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. I came to Delhi 18 years back with a small dream of being independent and living my life my way. I worked with multinationals like Google and McKC for a few years to gain the required skills before I started my journey to be an entrepreneur.
Q.2 Give us an insight of your business 'Chalo Lets Go' ?
‘Chalo Lets Go’ (http://www.chaloletsgo.com/) is a travel initiative started 7 years back with the aim of providing people unforgettable travel experiences. We believe that travel is not just going on a vacation to any exotic destination but an experience that needs to be well crafted. Choosing a right destination as per taste, interest and time in hand, making effective itinerary so that you are in the right place at the right time and effectively organize it all within budget – everything works together to make a Happy Memorable Experience. And that’s where ‘Chalo Lets Go’ comes into picture. After having a detailed discussion with the client on his requirement and his idea of ideal vacation, we plan the trip and offer an end-to-end solution to the clients. Working of ‘Chalo Lets Go’ is focused on the relationship between the client and travel expert who act as an advisor not just before going on a trip but all along the journey till the client comes back with a smile.
Till date, we have planned unique trips for more than 10,000 people from India and abroad and helped them discover the joy of exploring. The power to make difference in someone’s life is what gives me and my team a boost and keeps us going.
Q.3 What motivated & inspired you to start your business?
My love for travel and strong urge to do something different and meaningful was the driving force behind starting Chalo Lets Go.
Q.4 According to you, what are the key aspects that can help an Indian woman to achieve professional and business success?
The most important attribute every woman needs to have is - believing in herself and her capabilities no matter what other say or think about her.
Q.5 What is the greatest obstacle you had faced in achieving the success you desired? How did you overcome it?
To make me and my company visibly apart from the competitors was the biggest challenge before me.
A year’s extensive research and travel helped me build a strong network of locals who knew inside out of their place. I utilized this time understanding the pulse of travel clients and made some unique itineraries to lesser known destinations of India. These itineraries immediately clicked in the travel world, as at that point in time people were bored of regular touristy destinations and were looking to explore the unknown destinations. Also, people were quite keen to mingle with locals and understand the culture of the places which was the highlight of ‘Chalo Lets Go’ itineraries.
Q.6 Do you manage your finances on your own and do you have knowledge of all your investments ?
Yes, I manage all my finances myself.
Q.7 Should women have financial knowledge and how much important it is for a woman to to be financially independent ?
In my view it is extremely important for every woman to be financially independent. She will be able to take major decisions of her life only when she is not depending on anyone for financial support.
Q.8 What advice would you give to the young women entrepreneurs about being more organized and informed about startups ?
There are many initiatives taken by finance institutions and government these days to encourage women start their own business and help them in terms of knowledge and funds. The young women entrepreneurs must keep themselves updated and informed by reading or consulting financial advisors.
Q.9 The young entrepreneurs will love to know your SUCCESS MANTRA, so that they can also use it for their business growth.
Come out of your comfort zone and have courage to take risks in life; believe in yourself and your capabilities; and do not ever forget to enjoy little things in life.