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A tale of women power and dynamism with Sushma Mally!

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The 21st century has changed the definition of women: Who is a woman today? A lady, who is unaware of the social and the virtual world? Or is it a lady, who after marriage gives birth to children and spends the whole life with her husband and children? Or is it a girl, who after completing her bachelor’s degree gets married and engaged with the household chores?

Exactly, your answers for the above questions would be ‘No’. The answer would be ‘yes’ as well, because this era has one more side, likewise two sides of a coin. Considering both the aspects, today’s woman has not only crossed the so-called tag of ‘housewife’ in fact has become a ‘household manager’.

Inherited with the managerial skills; today a woman is successfully balancing their social, personal and professional life, along with playing varied characters of day-to-day life, such as wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, a colleague at the office, sister, mother and etc.

Sushma Mally, is the face of today’s woman. Mally, serving as the Managing Director of the Abhiman Constructions, joined her late husband Manmohan Mally’s business in 2001.

She got married in 1993 and is a mother of two children; Aditya Mally (18), Medha Mally (16). She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St Agnes College in the year 1992.

After her husband’s fateful death in year 2012, Sushma, who was very timid to commence work in the construction business with her husband; is now, successfully and confidently handling the entire business of the Abhiman Group.

Sharing her present experience, she says, “There are so many demands in the construction business, during my husband’s time it was easy to tackle with his support. After his death, everything is up to me. I have to solely look after the issues and solve it smoothly, whether a customer is shouting, or any issue related to the material or any dues, ‘I managed it calmly with patience’.”

Her deal with emotional quotient after her husband’s death:

After his death, I was mentally unprepared. But, it was not impossible as well.

“Ultimately, I have to be very strong, emotionally. When I am in the office, then my mind is occupied with the work, but when I am at the home, everything goes flashback with his memories. And, those memories can never be alive or come back to me again, which will always be a bitter truth except those memories,” Mally mentioned.

When he died, all the things fell on my shoulders. At that time, our office staff was so very supportive and they didn’t ever treat me less than him. I was equally treated not only by the staff but by the customers as well, who actually shown confidence in me; investors and my both the families.

Her vision and steps:

My parents supported me a lot as well as my children. My father is the greatest support; especially in the business thus it keeps my loneliness at bay. My children have accepted and understood this tough phase of life, and never shown any tantrums. They (Children) have so much understood the life and adjusted with it.

After he expired in the month of October; next month was Diwali. I don’t know what people will think of my decision? Whether they will appreciate it or not? But, I never put my children in dark and at that time, I told them to celebrate the festival.

It would be very difficult, if I would have joined after he passed away, since for years I am the part of his business so it was easy for me to manage things at the time of crisis.

Her role in challenging times:

Initial six months, I was thinking, how will I be able to handle such responsibility and business? But, time makes you such capable to make hold on the things, which you have never imagined. If I would have backed off from this responsibility then it would have been the worst thing for me.

When he passed away, our ongoing projects were Abhiman Hills and Texas, which were under construction with a few floors only.

The biggest asset was the support of my family and the trust of our customers, which additionally strengthen me from inside to take several decisions; thereafter I never looked behind and successfully delivered the flats to the customers.

Moreover, the projects are going to complete by the end of this year.

Her perspective and message for today’s woman:

I believe that no woman is less than a man in terms of managerial skills. With the help of education, today’s women have become more confident and independent. Even, parents thinking have also been changed with the time, at present they are keener to empower their girl child.

Family support is very necessary for a working woman; so as her self confidence, which helps her to cross milestones.

 

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