A Sabbatical that changed my Life - Transformation Journey

Episode 2: Transformation Journey from “Program Head@NIIT” to “Head of Everything@anokherang”

If you want to read our story from the beginning then you should read through the first episode as well “Episode 1 – New Beginnings.

So it’s wonderful that you decide “You want to leave the old behind & make new beginnings” but seriously how do you know what to do, where to start and how to make a new beginning?

In such moments you fall back on Shahrukh Khan’s advice to his little brother Hrithik Roshan in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham..."Zindagi mein agar kuch banna ho, kuch haasil karna ho, kuch jeetna ho ... toh hamesha apne dil ki suno"...and what I did next was exactly that...I listened to my heart and what I always wanted to do...something creative...something to do with colors...something to make people around me smile...something to make people around me Just Be Themselves...and so anokherang was born with a mission to help everyone to Just Be Yourself !

My journey kicked off with the transformation from “Program Head@NIIT” to “Head of Everything@anokherang”. This transformation had no well defined blueprint...no well laid out process to ensure success...every day...every moment was a discover...learn...adapt iteration with no backlogs !

So what changed for me, my office and workstation:

My white board:

My Daily Stand-ups:

My Peer reviews:

My Onsite visits:


Phew – quite a change I must say from:

1. The centrally air-conditioned office and cubicles of NIIT Technologies - my home away from home for more than 15 years, to the air cooled shop/workshop/lunch room/meeting room all in one hall @anokherang

2. The corridors of NIIT Technologies & British Airways to the streets and bylanes of Gandhinagar, Chandni Chowk, Bapu Bazaar, Chickpet etc. etc. in search of the inspiring print and fabric to use in the next anokherang best seller design.

3. The colleagues at NIIT Technologies to the Shopwalas, Tailors, Helpers, Dyewalas, Drycleaners and the list goes on and on and on who are now part and parcel of my work life !

    Definitely a BIG change but a very welcome change and all in good cause to help ensure we take the stress out of shopping from the lives of our lovely, beautiful and most endearing shoppers at anokherang and make them look ever more and more stunning and gorgeous !

    Signing off for now...till next time when we talk more on our “First Online Sale” & “First Positive Customer Review” of anokherang in the next episode:

    “Episode 3: Oh wow someone really bought something from our anokherang site”...

    Meanwhile shop to your heart’s desire @anokherang.com and Just Be Yourself !


    9 thoughts on “A Sabbatical that changed my Life - Transformation Journey

    Purty sinha

    Very inspirational story Ruchi . I wish everyone had the courage to take such a step. Do you have a store in Delhi ? I would love to purchase some stuff .


    September 28, 2017 at 06:27am
    Ruchi Kakkar

    Thanks Deepa – the initial leap requires some convincing but once you take the jump its a full-on adventurous roller coaster ride …challenging and scary but fun and exhilarating !

    January 16, 2017 at 16:17pm
    Ruchi Kakkar

    Thanks Damini – we had a great time designing your outfit with you !

    January 16, 2017 at 16:15pm
    Ruchi Kakkar

    Thanks Vandana – you are one of anokherang’s favorite customers too !

    January 16, 2017 at 16:14pm
    Deepa Menghani

    Such a inspiring turning point in your life Ruchi! I’ve seen you but never got an opportunity to interact with such a interesting personality like you while working @NIIT…I’m sure you would inspire many of us to actually listen to our “True Calling” rather than getting stuck to our monotonous routine jobs….Well Done Ruchi! Lots n Los of Best Wishes!

    January 15, 2017 at 23:40pm

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