WEAVING A STORY
PALAK SHAH, 28 Founder, Ekaya, Delhi
Brimming with ideas and a winning attitude, it’s tough to imagine Palak Shah as a timid young girl. But time spent first at boarding school, and then at King’s College London in the UK for her bachelors in business management, and later for an MBA in entrepreneurship at Babson College in the US, shaped her personality and outlook on life. “I travelled alone for the first time to the UK in 2009. During those three years, I learnt to make my own choices” says Shah.
Eye on the Future
Shah launched Ekaya, a bespoke luxury label helping to preserve Benarasi weaves, in 2012. In 2015, she went to Babson College and it was as a college project that she conceived Ekaya Thaan, a textile gallery showcasing handwoven fabrics from all over India. “My professor told me it was not a profitable business model, but I was sure of my idea,” says Shah. A year old, Ekaya Thaan has turned out to be a profitable venture.
“I loved being in the US. It is a mature and competitive market. It throws tough tasks at you, and teaches you how to deal with problems,” she says. Shah’s advice for those wanting to take up a course abroad: get out of your comfort zone and do not be scared to fail. “No guts, no glory,” as she says.
A BRIGHT SPARK Palak Shah at Ekaya store in Delhi