“Women can’t have it all. We need to com­part­men­talise our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at dif­fer­ent times.”

India Today - - EMPOWERMENT - By Shelly Anand

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

NOVEM­bEr 2007

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