11LS01A.qxd 9/10/2012 7:28 PM Page 1 tuesday | september 11 | 2012 | CHANDIGARH TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE ON A MELODIOUS NOTE The show, Sur Kshetra, pioneered by Gajendra Singh has started with a bang on Sahara One and Pakistan’s Jiyo TV. It brings together 12 amateur singing talents from India and Pakistan. PAGE 2 Þ THE CASTING COUP Kambakkth Ishq director Sabbir Khan, who is directing Jackie Shroff's son Tiger's debut film as an actor, says though he is excited about the project he also has an added responsibility of giving a fillip to someone's career. PAGE 3 Þ ALL THAT SHE WANTS Sonam Kapoor just wants to enjoy life at the moment and is not ready to get into a committed relationship. PAGE 3 Þ PUTTING — DELOFTED PUTTER AT IMPACT To create top spin on the ball, which helps it roll better on the green, we need to have the loft of the putter at impact less than the rise angle of the stroke. Standard putters come with a loft of 3-4 degrees. PAGE 4 Þ PHOTOS: PRADEEP TEWARI Flight of FANTASY Traversing the vast swathes of the deep blue sky, these women pilots have given wings to their dreams Vasudha Gupta Men in uniforms, take note. These women in uniforms are doing what you have been confident about with more panache, elan and grace. Yes, they have taken over the driver's seat. Not of the car, but of something that is much more than a four-wheeler — the winged plane! We check out on these courageous women pilots from the region. Noor Maan Singh. This rather good-looking pilot went all the way to California for her flying training in 2007. "This was right after Class XII," she says. It was in 2009 that Noor landed a job in the Indian Coast Guard. "It was just too much to handle for me," she adds. Come July 2011, the youngster landed a job in a Nigeria-based commercial airline and has been NOOR SINGH MAAN a happy flier since then. "Aviation does tend to test your patience," she says. If you think studies are only an engineer's or a doctor's forte, look around. "Being a pilot is hardly an easy job. The study hours are gruelling and it does tend to get a lot tiring than a normal job," she says. Whenever a woman will step into a largely male-dominated world, there is sure to The unconventional approach Noor Singh Maan While most of us love our cushioned 9:00 am to 5:00 pm job scenarios, there is an entire breed of people who will never stick to a conventional work-place. "When you get up in the morning and dress up in a crisp uniform, trust me, everyone takes notice," shares 22-year-old ASTHA NANDA SUKHMANI BRAR be a hue and cry about it! "The industry is such that people do tend to put us down," she says. Noor does credit her instructors for instilling confidence in her. "Fortunately, I found a good lot," she adds. The private flying experience Astha Nanda While there are several commercial airlines, there are a few luxury bitten people who own aircrafts and for Astha Nanda, it is the joy of flying KJS Ahluwalia, one of the biggest miners of India. Despite her engineering degree and a conventional job, Astha quit it soon when she saw her younger brother taking a pilot-training course. "How you get handled in this job depends on how you tackle the situations," she says. For her it's not about the regular roster that comes each month, but a four-hour notice before flying out. "We pretty much do everything on our own in the plane," she says. From maintenance, handling, looking after the passengers and sometimes even carrying her own bags, she has done it all. "Though, no doubt, Orissa is the last place one is excited about, but trust me, when you have that perfect landing it just boosts your confidence to the highest level. I just love it," she says. For this 27-year-old, though the world above is far more beautiful than down below, the landing is the toughest part. "Apart from men, trying too hard to be cute, there really is no other problem in women flying," she laughs. Love for the uniform Sukhmani Brar There is not an iota of doubt that pilot training is a man's SUCCESS MANTRA With strong ethos… Mona With little formal business training, Anu Saboo has accomplished a lot on the go. Head marketing, communication and training for Ethos, India's largest chain of premium and luxury watch boutiques; she is a home-maker, fitness enthusiast and an amazing cook. Anu has been involved with Ethos that started as a single store in Chandigarh in 2003 in creating the introductory marketing initiatives. The chain has grown steadily to 36 stores across 12 cities in India. They showcase over 60 global watch brands, including legendary Swiss brands. Having maintained a growth of 40 per cent per year and they will be touching sales of Rs 2 billion this year! Her role has expanded with the growth of Ethos to include handling the loyalty programme with over 40,000 members, the inhouse magazine going to 7,000 customers, co-operative programmes with over 10 brands and coordinating an extensive training programme, covering brand and product-training. She also coordinates the mystery shopping internal audit programme for the group. Anu, along with her husband Yashovardhan Saboo, enjoys sports and likes to keep fit. They love music, dancing and travelling. Anu's passion for cooking has made her take up several professional courses at the Ritz in Paris and Le Cordon Bleu at London. In a corner of her heart, she dreams of opening a café that would combine music and good food. This high profile business-woman shares the five mantras that she thinks have been instrumental in her success. Clear focus We live in a complex world with hundreds of distractions and constant multitasking. To prioritise and focus on what is important and urgent is something that comes naturally to me and helps me keep order. This also means that I am not afraid to say no when it needs to be said. It has offended some, but almost always they have come back to appreciate my mantra of "doing one thing at a time and finishing it". Confidence pays I have no formal business education. I joined the retail business armed with little more than common sense, an ability to get things done and belief in myself. I realise that these are invaluable for any entrepreneur. I taught myself the fundamentals of watch retail by listening, reading and imbibing. I also experimented and my confidence helped me learn from every experience, whether a success or failure. Communicate well More than half of management problems arise out of poor communication - of ideas, directions and wishes. I remember a great Bernard Shaw quote: "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." I have to communicate constantly with our brand partners, our store managers and our vendors - often repeatedly - to make sure it takes place. I never forget communication, which also includes listening well. And, saying thank you. Seek perfection The only way you can distinguish yourself is by being better; better than others and better than you were yourself the last time. I always aim for perfection, even knowing that it is not always possible. We often do events with watch brands. I plan down to micro-details, something that surprises even our most finicky Swiss partners - every minute of the programme, every detail in the table-setting. Eventually it works out well. WATCH OUT: ANU SABOO Maintain balance I believe women are homemakers first. My family is my highest priority. I am passionate about cooking. I follow a strict fitness regime. In India, unlike many foreign cultures, we often get so involved in business that we forget all hobbies, and can think and talk of nothing but our profession. I like dancing and music as much as working. Maintaining a balance between office, home and travel allows me to enjoy everything to the fullest. email@example.com domain. "The only reason I am a pilot today is because my parents encouraged me," says Sukhmani Brar. At 27 years of age, she has a swanky office in the air. It was after training in Canada for three years that Sukmani landed a job in Indigo airlines. "I initially trained at Northen India Flying Club in Patiala and left to train at Langley Flying School in Canada," she says. Her multi-engine training and instruments flying training got her introduced to Cessna 152, which made her love flying more. Despite the odd questions from relations and friends, it sure is the job she loves. Thrill of take-off Anjna Singh After all, whenever a flight takes off, there are several who put their faith in the pilot, right? "It was the scari- est moment when I was flying in dense clouds and heavy rainfall. For a moment, even I was uncertain where this will go," says Anjna Singh, a 21-year old pilot from Chandigarh. Her reason for flying is a common feeling. "Just the sheer thrill of flying and I went ahead with the course," she adds. It was 2010 that Anjna finished her flying course from the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi. After four months of ground training, she is currently taking her Airport Transport Pilot Licence exams. Sometimes the challenges are also a bit institutional in nature. "Whenever the weather conditions were bad, the flying would be suspended," she adds. Donning the uniform, for this young girl, is surely a matter of pride. firstname.lastname@example.org ANJNA SINGH
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