Of the Women, By the Women, and For the Women

An interview with Pallavi, founder of “Hindi Lessons for Foreigners in India”

Pallavi Caroline Smart Indian women

Pallavi Caroline Smart Indian women

Hi Pallavi, thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work.

Pallavi : I am Pallavi Singh and I teach Hindi to the expat community based in Mumbai.

My website is: hindilessons.co.in

What inspired you to get into this profession?

Pallavi : It started out as a hobby initially but now it is more of a business which I do full time.

What is your USP?

Pallavi : My class modules are proprietary and the focus is to make classes fun and engaging. Also, since I have self-developed the teaching modules and do not teach from a book that helps.

How someone can start the same business as yours in terms of investment, material procurement, production, and marketing etc?

Pallavi : You need to have passion for teaching and doing your best for it The rest follows.

Any challenge you are facing in your profession and how you overcome that?

Pallavi : I live in one of the most chaotic cities in the world — Mumbai. Logistics and time management is crucial for my business as I have to be on time to reach my students. The biggest challenge I am facing is perhaps lack of efficient Infrastructure.

What are your plans for the future?

Pallavi : I wish to open a Hindi Language School one day!

How you manage your personal and professional life?

Pallavi : It’s your choice to do an independent business and hence it is your responsibility to make sure you manage it right. It is not always busy but I remember to make time for things that are important.

What are your favorite books that you would recommend SIW family?

Pallavi : I like books with pictures and art. I guess any art history books with interesting pictures. I do not really have any favorites.

What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?

Pallavi : Be enthusiastic about what you are trying to achieve.

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