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    Varsha Bhawnani, Owner, Vinegar Fashions India and Vinegar Exports

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    First job: Worked with an equity firm, the Chatterjee Group Real Estate, for an year until I set out to have my own manufacturing unit in 2005

    Enduring memory from early career days: An assignment from a USA buyer of delivering 24,000 pieces of men’s shirts that made me lose a lot of money. But the best part is, I never went out of work!

    If not a retailer, what would you be: Being a creative person, I would be making movies.

    Favorite business icon: Amancio Ortega, founder of Zara

    Favorite business philosophy: Never say die. Nothing is impossible. Never lose hope

    The company you admire the most: Zara and Reliance

    Your most significant career achievement so far: Launching and positioning the brand Vinegar

    Key learning in your career: Control your expenses. Money is very important

    If you were granted one wish for your industry, what would it be: I think FDI in retail should open up in India as this would create more space for some healthy competition. It will lessen the pressure on brands present today. Everyone will work harder and it will also cleanse the retail industry
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    Zodiac sign:  Leo

    What do you like to do the most in your spare time:
    I love working out

    Favourite book:  I am not an avid reader. I am more into reading case studies and market research

    Favourite fashion brand: Ralph Lauren

    Favourite political icon: Indira Gandhi

    Favourite food:
    Italian

    Favourite season: Summers

    What do you like most in people: Honesty and frankness

    What do you dislike most in people:
     People who are jealous of others and talk behind a person

    Top thing you want to do at some point in life: Produce a movie, open a fashion school, and start a restaurant chain

    Your vision for the nation:
    There is a need for more accountability and creation of employment for the poor. More provisions should be provided to the poor. Education should be made compulsory. Begging should be declared as an offence

    Your idea of a life well lived:
    A journey that is adventurous, risky
    yet pleasant

    The thing you value most in life: Relationships

    What makes you feel great about yourself: I feel great about the fact that I am on the verge of achieving something I always dreamt of. I feel good that I have created livelihood for around 400 people at my manufacturing units

    What inspires you the most:
    Every single day inspires me

    If you had to teach something, what would you teach: 
    Health and fitness