Star power

Work, vi­sion, style: the iconic Renu Hane­greefs-snehi, Vice Pres­i­dent of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions, PR and rep­u­ta­tion man­age­ment for the Carl­son Rezi­dor Ho­tel Group, shares her recipe for suc­cess.

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My back­ground

I was born in New Delhi, In­dia, to a mid­dle-class fam­ily at a time when women were less than equal. I started work­ing in fash­ion at a young age, de­spite strong pres­sure to find the ideal hus­band, and be­come the ideal wife and mother.

The day the neigh­bours told my par­ents I should be mar­ried off was my turn­ing point. I couldn’t stand the pres­sure any longer.

De­ter­mined to find my own way, I left home with­out telling my par­ents and moved into a women’s hos­tel near my work.

I was only 16, but I knew I had to choose be­tween up­hold­ing so­ci­ety’s dic­tates and my own ca­reer and life. Even though my par­ents were up­set, they didn’t try to change my mind.

“I love this say­ing by the Dalai Lama: ‘When you talk, you are only re­peat­ing what you al­ready know. But if you lis­ten, you may learn some­thing new.’”

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