Dipika ChandavarkarPRINCIPAL CONSULTANT

I am a dreamer, in love with the ways of life-both, the good and the not so good.

As a kid, growing up in Mumbai, I was carefree happy go lucky with stars in my eyes. Talkative, distracted and absent minded, there wasn’t a day when I would come home without forgetting/losing something @ school, much to the chagrin of my folks.

Childhood was full of fun, imagination, adventure and bruises (the kind one is proud to show off as a kid !). Being the only child and grand child was the icing on the cake

Fondest childhood memories: Summer holidays spent with grandparents at Bangalore. Two months of sheer bliss, starting with the adventure of flying alone from Mumbai to Bangalore right from the age of six, escorted by an air hostess. A part of each day was strictly devoted to listening to granddad narrating stories from the epics & about great people like Swami Vivekananda, Shankaracharya. Reciting shlokas including verses from the Bhagwad Gita is probably what nurtured my spiritual philosophical side and developed my introspective bent of mind.

A friendly disposition & natural compassion always made me a favorite agony aunt with friends & family, a trend that continues to this day.

My watershed moment was the day I realized I had lost my way. I had messed up a crucial academic year, had no purpose in life and was drifting aimlessly. I felt like a failure, a black sheep in a family of achievers, for having let down everyone around me. In hindsight that was the wake up call I needed and that in some ways was when I really ‘’grew up’’. Failure by far is the best teacher in life.

Despite having ‘’grown up’’, I try keeping the child in me alive. It’s a constant endeavor to not lose the childlike wonder, candor, the unspoiled realism and objectivity of innocence I had as a child.

A firm believer in ‘Dogs are our link to paradise’, for me, petting a furry four legged one is the biggest stress buster- An obvious trait when one hails from a dog crazy family.

Food, Children, Travel, Books, Nature, Movies & Music are my other passions (Order depending on my mood)

My work is the closest I’ve ever got to human psychology, a subject that intrigued me as a kid but which I never got around to pursuing academically. I love the fact that my work gives me the opportunity to meet & work with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Each day is a new lesson in human relationships, human spirit and perseverance and it is very humbling indeed!