Missing work-life? Here are a few options of what you can do in Bangalore.
Left your job to come to India with your family? Do you feel like your talents aren’t being used enough? One day I happened to come across an amazing avenue that could fit any type of talent! Enter the Machani Group! Let me take you through what happened the day I was introduced to them. The conversation went something like this:
A friend of my husband named Ravi Machani asked me the dreaded question “So what are you doing with your time now that your two-year-old has started school?”
“Well, watch a ton of tv at home,” I muttered quietly under my breath.
That answer was soon followed by a swift recovery “I’m a stay at home mom, for now, I don’t have time to work fulltime, but I certainly have enough time to do some work.”
Between me and you, I was waiting to get back into the world of adult conversations and to use the brain I once had before I developed “mommy brain”.
To which Ravi replied, “Why don’t you come to the office tomorrow, I’m sure we can find a way for you to use your talents.”
Talents? Hmmph “I’ll show you talent!” I thought, while immediately calculating the time it took me to catch a falling baby… 3 seconds flat!!!! I’m sure that after this train of thought I agreed to visit the office because I woke up to a calendar alarm the next morning reminding me to get out of bed.
Pessimism aside, I pulled out the old work clothes and showed up bright and early (another benefit of being a mom) at the Machani office. Boy, was I in for a surprise, not only by the fact that the atmosphere felt like home (literally, it’s a massive house converted into an office building)!! But more than just this, it was the variety of businesses they’re involved in that struck my interest immediately. There was something for everybody.
Let me explain, the Machani Group has within it many different adjacent businesses and all these businesses support the core business, as well as contribute to the success of each other. I had walked into a thriving entrepreneurial community! Needless to say, I found a way to contribute and most importantly, I found a way to use my baby reflex talents to do many other things in 3 seconds flat.
Another bonus is the fact that I’m exposed to leaders in the fields of business excellence regularly, whether I’m just a fly on the wall or an active participant. It took me a while to get back on my feet, but I was surprised to find out that my experience was useful in the real world and those we were reaching out to.
So if my story resonates with you in some way, and I’m sure most of you are highly qualified to work but just don’t have an avenue to do so in India, this is the place for you. Even if you were to volunteer some of your time weekly to get involved, you’ll be surprised at the difference you can make. Don’t hesitate to take that tiny step towards doing something for yourself. Don’t hide your talents when you can start working on something that makes a difference, even if it is small to begin with.
OPEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Here are a few volunteer opportunities open at the Machani Group depending on your interests:
SVASA HOMES AND TAMARIND TREE– CULTURE + HERITAGE
Cultural immersion opportunities in the fields of design, real estate, Indian wedding industry, social enterprise, technology and more.
Document temples and stories from old Bangalore
Craft revival – educating buyers on the importance of retaining traditional weaving skills
Make a coffee table book on Indian weddings
INDIVILLAGE AND VAYATI WEAVES – EDUCATION + SOCIAL INITIATIVES