“Women can’t have it all. We need to compartmentalise our responsibilities at different times.”
She might be shuffling her time travelling across three continents looking after various verticals of the family-owned business (Apeejay Surrendra Group), or busy expanding Oxford Bookstore across the country (one in Delhi and another in Kolkata)— still Priti Paul feels connected and at home the minute she is back at either of her three aesthetically designed abodes in Morocco, London, and India. Donning several hats with ease, that of a businesswoman, a wife
(to Morocco-based hotelier, Jaouad Kadiri), a mother to three young boys, a daughter, a sister, a good team leader with a futuristic vision, and now an author (her book ABC Desi just got published), Paul is grounded and clear about her priorities as a mother and as a businesswoman. “It is very important to not get stuck in behavioural roles, and to make up our mind as what is essential in life, at a particular time. The role of a mother is most important to me, and it overrides everything else,” she says.
Priti Paul 49 Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group Morocco, Delhi