Kruti Women – Namrata
All of us who groan about school stress till our throats rip, should take lessons on hard work from Namrata. She balances her commitment to Kruti while beavering away for her 10th standard exams. Namrata is a seamstress with a penchant for math, the focus of her schoolwork. She reminisces about her parents, grandmother and two little brothers in her home village of Bhadas (which one of her interviewers resolutely pronounces as ‘bada-ass’).
Namrata doesn’t flinch from tryinng out new things, even if they needle her in the beginning. When she initially sat amongst a puddle of clothes, she admits it seemed “so boring that her mind wandered.” When asked why she didn’t quit, she simply says “No, it might have seemeed so at first, but my interest grew later, it was worth it.” (We wish we had that attitude towards IB assignments.)
” I love the fact that I’m now able to sew a lovely dress-top with ideas that sprung from my own mind” she says. “A while ago I couldn’t teach anything, now my mind runs itself.”
The devout non-materialists that we are, we ask our usual query- how did she feel while clutching her first cheque? Namrata’s tone lilts as she how joy zipped through her and her parents. “They were so proud at what my own efforts brought. They had never thought I could do anything similar before.” She giggles a little nervously.
“Initially they weren’t overjoyed about me working here. They preferred me to focus on my studies.” But now she’s changed their minds.
What about her grandma? “She just bestowed her blessing. Nothing more could I want.” The cheque got her a pair of sparkly dresses and a mobile phone for her brother.
And after six months here, what does she envision for Kruti? She shrugs suggestions that it would morph into a titanic company. “I see it chugging along just like it does right now” she says. She seems to like this place for it’s simplicity and cozy atmosphere. “I have the fredom to make mistakes and enjoy. The real world is not always like that.” Though anyone with Namrata’s stratospheric perseverance levels would probably thrive in the ‘real world’ as well.