Friday, 19 January 2018

Beyond Being Mom: Deepti Mahesh

Heylos to all lovely momz reading this feature 'Beyond Being Mom'. I am super excited to feature super mom Deepti Mahesh. We all know her as a proud founder and owner of popular kids' destinationKydzAdda, but lets' know her beyond being a mom and a successful entrepreneur.

Tell us something unique about yourself apart from what we know

An IT Professional turned into an entrepreneur with two young boys who loves to travel and enjoy life. I completed Bachelors in Computers and Electronics and did my Masters from RMIT in Melbourne. Later, I also worked as a programmer followed by a business analyst in a couple of companies in Melbourne. 
After moving to Bangalore, I wanted to do something on my own and spend more time with my two little boys, I conceptualized Kydzadda. 

Clicking with her son after Halloween Bash
As an individual, what has been your greatest achievement?

There is no greatest achievement yet. I always look further and set new goals and feel I can do more. Every goal of mine when reached with enthusiasm and hard work gives me a feeling of a great achievement. It inspires me to aim and climb higher. 

One thing that you want to change in your life and Why? 

I wouldn’t really want to change anything in my life. I am truly blessed to have a great family, a lovely set of friends and doing what I enjoy. 
hmmm ... but if at all there is anything, I would like to find more time in busy schedule to travel and explore places with my family. 😊
Deepti during her event at KydzAdda along with her younger son Vihaan.

One thing you always carry in your purse ... 

Just like most women, I love handbags and purses and apart from the usual wallet, cards, a bit of makeup etc. But what no one knows is that I also carry little bits of papers on which I scribble when I am home. Its more of a to-do list, appointments, reminders, and anything I want to work on. I scribble on this anytime whenever it strikes my brain; it could be while I am making the my kids study, cooking or even sometimes in the middle of the night. lol

One song that describes your life ...

I love music and listen to all kinds of music - Carnatic, Bollywood, western. There are various songs that describe my life based on the phase of life I am in. Currently, the song ringing in my head for the past couple of days is “I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky”

Your all-time favourite movie ...

Hmm… cant think of any. Movies for me are something to unwind. A medium to not think of work or other chores for the 2-3 hrs. So I don’t have any favourites. If I were to choose, any comedy movie will usually be my first preference.

Who inspires you the most?

I draw inspiration from a lot of people. I like to read modern take on mythology and there is always something to learn. From my personal life, I draw inspiration from my husband for his patience and commitment; my mom who is great at multi-tasking; my dad from whom I have learnt the discipline without which I wouldn’t be where I am today and my in-laws who have achieved so much in their life. 

Your teenage crush? If any :)

Cant think of anyone in particular. It’s a phase of life every girl goes through and guess most crushes at that time were the movie stars then 😊

Your biggest fear, if any ...

An unhappy family. Work, money, fame… nothing can make anyone happy as long as the family is not happy together. At the end of the day, I would like to return home to smiling faces and a satisfied lot.

Your biggest strength ...

Undoubtedly my family. 

We know you are a trained Carnatic singer, tell us more about your singing talent to our readers ...

My mom is a Carnatic singer and teacher and she is the main reason why I am a trained Carnatic singer. When I was a little girl, like every other kid, I didn’t take it seriously. But my mom ensured I learned an practiced it. However, when I left to pursue my Masters in Melbourne, I wasn’t regular in practice but then I always came back to music and singing to feel rejuvenated and get a break from the monotony of work and home. I have learned a lot of Keerthanas and performed at various places. That said, I would like to learn a lot of songs from the huge database of songs my mom has collected over the years. 

How do you manage being mom to two boys, your brain child KydzAdda and hubby?

I plan my household work and office work every day. Having a plan and addressing one task at a time makes things easier for me. 

What things do you do or want to do differently from what your parents? 

Can’t think of anything I would do differently from my parents. They have been the cornerstone of what I am today and would like to give a similar upbringing to my kids.

Three words to describe what family means to you:

Love, happiness, and strength.

Your message to our moms who aspires to be mom entrepreneurs ...

Give your best shot to everything that you aspire leaving no stone unturned. Your passion and your hard work will speak for itself and give you the results. Being a mom and an entrepreneur requires a lot of dedication and having to manage them both can sometimes feel like a mammoth of a task. 
In times like these, take a break, go out with friends, do whatever makes you happy apart from anything that has to do with responsibilities. Taking time out for yourself is also important to keep you sane and focused.

Your message to our moms who are reading this interview ...

Enjoy whatever you do. Everyone has issues but every problem has a solution. Sometimes finding the right solution may take time but eventually, you will get there.
Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling
Deepti with hanging out with her friends. R-L Sushma, Priya, Sharda, Jyoti, Deepti and Nidhi

How did you get to know about MomzSpace?

Just before starting Kydzadda, I tried to connect with moms, in general, to gather information and understand their requirements. In the process, I got in touch with Nidhi Pathak who was just starting this amazing community of moms called Momzspace. 
Until then, I had never heard or come across any such gathering and I was highly impressed with the way she networks and brings in like-minded moms and entrepreneurs together.

Any special reason to co-host MomzSpace 5th Anniversary?

One of the first set of activities we held at Kydzadda was Momzspace meets and Kids Kitchen which was hosted by Nidhi. Our journey with Momzpscae started even before Kydzadda Banshankari started. 

Nidhi has been a great support for me in various aspects of my work and personal life. Hosting Momzpsace 5th anniversary is a small gesture to thank her and the Momzspace community.

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, selfie and indoor

Your best experience being a part of Momzspace.

Meeting and planning events over lunches with Nidhi without a question :) The Momzspace events I attended was enlightening as I met women from various backgrounds, experienced and expertise and I always learned something new. 

According to you what a mom must expect when attending MomzSpace 5 year celebration

I think they should actually come with no expectations. A 'celebration' is something where you go to enjoy and let go of anything serious. Considering it’s a 5th birthday party for Momzspace, I would like to see moms coming in for a nice chat, meet new people, network and have fun.

No comments: