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THE AB­SENCE OF TOP BUSI­NESS DE­GREES FROM FANCY IN­STI­TUTES HAS NOT STOPPED THESE YOUNG­STERS IN THE RE­GION FROM MAK­ING EMERG­ING AS A FORCE TO RECKON WITH.

India Today - - COVER STORY - _ By Sukant Deepak and Navleen Kaur Lakhi

Nail­ing it Right Binny Kaur, 27, Binny Nail Stu­dio, Chandigarh

When Binny Kaur started her busi­ness in Chandigarh, most peo­ple, in­clud­ing her par­ents and friends, were ap­pre­hen­sive. No one had heard of such an en­ter­prise. “But I was not wor­ried. I bor­rowed around Rs 18 lakhs from my par­ents, the only time that I sought money from them, and thus, one of the first Nail Stu­dios in the re­gion was born in 2013,” says Kaur as she looks back.

SELF TAUGHT The young woman says that she had al­ways been fas­ci­nated with nail art and would try it on all her women friends. Her par­ents were not open to send­ing her for train­ing to a metro, all she could do was look at videos on­line and learn. “I knew that this was what I wanted. De­spite the fact that I com­pleted my MBA in HR from PTU, Lud­hi­ana in 2014, design was some­thing that al­ways fas­ci­nated me,” says Kaur.

BIG DREAMS With a turnover of around Rs 20 lakhs ev­ery year, the nail artist is happy that she has been able to prove to her­self that one does not re­ally need a huge in­vest­ment to re­alise dreams. Kaur has now opened a hair sa­lon also this year and is man­ag­ing both single-hand­edly. She dreams of ex­pand­ing her busi­ness to other parts in the re­gion and says, “Though we get clients from across Pun­jab, it would be nice to open more branches and in­crease our pa­tron­age.”

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