When the job you do starts to get on your nerves, you should take a step back and introspect. Most often than not, you will realise that you’ve not been following your heart. This is exactly what these Bengaluru ladies did: they quit their respective jobs and pursued their passion instead.

 

Priya Jain, Mishikrafts

 

A former TV journalist in Karnataka, Priya Jain, often missed out on important family gatherings. She always wanted to do something in the handmade crafts industry on the side, but her TV assignments didn’t give her the time and space to experiment. Today, she’s her own boss, and runs Mishikrafts that make handmade natural ingredient  soaps. She says, “I have worked for over six years in media, and I needed a personal space, hence I chose to leave.  I quit my TV job in 2014, and started with a small unit of handmade soaps. Now, I am also expanding into supply chain management of the same. I get time work, to meet people and be with the family. More than that, I get time for myself.   

 

Former software engineer turned baker Sandhya Parthasarthy

Similarly, Sandhya Parthasarthy  a software engineer, left her tech job to follow her heart and set up 'Cake My Heart' as she found herself at peace when she baked.  "I was very frustrated with my work schedule, so to destress, I started to bake, and I found peace in what I did, I decided to say goodbye to the well-paying but a tiring job, and set up a studio for baking art in 2013. From then on, there’s been no looking back,” she said.

 

 

 

Fitness instructor Pooja Rao was once a HR professional

 

The is no different for Pooja Rao who was HR Professional with iGate.  She quit in 2010 and became a fitness instructor for Pilates. Rao did not want to be part of the rat race, because it interfered with her love for fitness.

She underwent training to become a qualified Pilates instructor, and has now set up her own studio called ‘Transform Pilates Studio'. Her clientele range from 20-60, and are happy with their workout sessions as it has not only helped them get into shape, but have also alleviated their joint pains. "I get enough time for myself and that is very important for me. When my clients say they have no pain after coming here, it gives immense satisfaction," Rao said.