Be confident to take up anything you love to tide over a crisis
Santosini Mishra, 73, is a remarkable woman. Popularly known as ‘mausi’ (aunt) in Sambalpur, she has created a niche for herself in a male dominated profession — cooking in feasts.
She started out around five decades back due to family compulsion. Initially, mausi cooked for smaller family gatherings of 30 persons. Gradually, she went on to cook for marriages and larger social gatherings with over 5,000 people.
She says initially she was reluctant to continue with cooking due to taboos attached to women venturing out to a profession fully controlled by men. However, appreciation for her culinary skills made her to change her mind.
She’s happy that her entrepreneurship has not only made her self-reliant and independent but also created employment opportunities for many others, mostly women.
She has a piece of advice to younger women: Never lose hope in distressing times and be confident to take up anything you love to tide over a crisis.
- Priyaranjan Sahu