Article: Growing-up in an Indian Business Family-A Daughter's Perspective
Growing-up in an Indian Business Family-A Daughter's Perspective
Having grown in a family that manufactures perfumes and other related products, fragrances have been an important part of my childhood. There were a few years (from 6years of age - 8 years of age) when I used to go to papa’s store (Sugandhco) everyday directly from school. My lunch came from home packed with papa’s lunch. I used to sleep in the afternoon in the tiny office in store and my bed used to be 2 small benches joined together. ( I was only six years old, didn’t need more)
I learned handling cash, selling perfumes, talking to customers, teaching english to the store staff, doing homework sometimes and making a drawing almost everyday.
I had a lot of friends there. Almost all the shopkeepers in that area were my friends and my evenings were spent hopping from one store to another, chatting with all the uncle-friends.
You must be wondering why at all did this happen when I had a big joint family and loads of cousins at home. Well, I was a non-speaker. Sort of an introvert. Never talked about my problems, didn’t have friends in school and got bullied a lot. All this was an effort by papa to make me talk to unknown people and develop some confidence in me.