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MO­HANA NAIR Pres­i­dent, IMC Ladies' Wing

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Mo­hana Nair, Pres­i­dent, IMC Ladies' Wing

Mo­hana Nair, the pres­i­dent of the Ladies' Wing of IMC Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, a lead­ing Mum­bai-based trade body, is a cor­po­rate lawyer, spe­cial­is­ing in bank­ing, in­sur­ance, com­pany, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy laws. Apart from deal­ing with the so­phis­ti­cated of the cor­po­rate sec­tor, Ms Nair also takes up so­cial causes. A post­grad­u­ate in Physics (Elec­tron­ics) from Mum­bai Uni­ver­sity and, of course, law grad­u­ate, Ms Nair sits on the boards of sev­eral com­pa­nies. She ad­di­tion­ally ad­vises non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions, like Awaaz Foun­da­tion, GyanPrakash Foun­da­tion and Isha Foun­da­tion and has filed pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tions for sev­eral causes, in­clud­ing pro­tec­tion of trees in Mum­bai and sav­ing a wild life cor­ri­dor in Ma­ha­rash­tra, among oth­ers. In an en­gag­ing con­ver­sa­tion with Sharmila Chand, Ms Nair talks about her likes, dis­likes, strengths and weak­nesses.

How do you de­fine your­self?

Am­bi­tious, metic­u­lous, de­ter­mined and fo­cused. Quite in­tel­li­gent too, I think. Ac­tu­ally, I hate to talk about my­self, so I feel quite awk­ward say­ing all this.

What is your phi­los­o­phy of life?

What­ever you do, give it your best.

What is your pas­sion in life?

To shine and ex­cel in my pro­fes­sion and in ev­ery­thing else I set out to do and to be recog­nised for my own worth

What is your man­age­ment mantra?

Be firm, and at the same time, be un­der­stand­ing and com­pas­sion­ate. Stand up for your em­ploy­ees be­fore oth­ers, and take the blame for their faults, but be­rate them in pri­vate, and en­sure that they never com­mit the same mis­takes.

What would you like to say about your work?

My le­gal ca­reer re­ally ex­cites me. It pushes me to use all my abil­i­ties to the max­i­mum ex­tent and gives me a great sense of achieve­ment.

A busi­ness leader you ad­mire the most...

Anand Mahin­dra and Indra Nooyi

Your strength...

My pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and the be­lief that ev­ery­thing will work out ul­ti­mately

Your weak­ness...

I can­not suf­fer fools and ex­pect per­fec­tion from ev­ery­body around me.

Your kind of mu­sic...

Old Hindi film songs

Your favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion...

Any­where in the God's Own Coun­try - Ker­ala

Golf or Bridge or…

Ly­ing in bed and read­ing a book

For­mal suit or ca­sual at­tire...

De­pends on the oc­ca­sion, but sari is what I am most com­fort­able in, and I feel that it is the best at­tire for In­dian fig­ures

You are a tough, se­ri­ous boss or…

Well, I try to be, but I do not think that I suc­ceed be­cause my em­ploy­ees say that I scold them with a smile.

What do you en­joy the most in life, gen­er­ally?

Be­ing with my fam­ily and go­ing on hol­i­days with them

How do you de-stress?

By do­ing the Odissi dance, my hobby

Your mantra for suc­cess...

Be am­bi­tious but re­al­is­tic

Your dream...

To be recog­nised and re­mem­bered as some­one who fought the bat­tles life threw at her and did not give up

Ten years from now, where do we see you?

Hope­fully, re­tired and en­joy­ing my time with my grand­chil­dren

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