- My beautiful mischevious journey: Tina Darira To Tina Kuwajerwala
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Posted on: 14 May 2009 at 12:00am
Where do I start from? My childhood was full of mischief and energy. In fact I would say I was the complete opposite of Hussain as a child. I was born and brought up in Mahim. I was definitely not the typical girl parents imagine a girl to be. My parents were called almost every year consistently for some monkey business of mine! Even in my building, I would go and stand up against the boys who dared to act over smart with me
I was pretty much a tomboy! However once I entered class 9, I started becoming girly! Excluding class 9 and onwards, I was certainly everything but a girl.
I first met my better half, Hussain in junior college, Degree College. We used to have a combined math lecture in which we would sit together. Hussain and I would together make fun of our South Indian teacher's accent. (We were just acting too kiddish .. cmon, we were just in college!)
Even though he used to sit right next to me, he doesn't seem remember any of this. Moreover, I got along with Hussain but at that time I must say he wasn't good looking at all. He wore dorky big specs and had an awful dressing sense! Something like Surinder Saini from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi but a bit better
. More so, we started hanging out together with a common circle of friends. Ultimately we developed feelings for each other however it was all in low key that time. At first we never told each about our feelings
. We would both talk to a common friend 'Satish' about how we felt about each other but we never confronted one another. Eventually our friend got fed up listening to us and that's when we decided to take our friendship to the next level. And from then on, everything went sturdy and sound except for my studies! I still blame Hussain for my low performance in my final year. He was such a big distraction!
Once we completed two years together, I told my parents about our relationship. They knew who he was and they were quite fond of him because he would come home often. They had absolutely no issues with Hussain but they did with our caste differences! That was the only drawback and trust me, we had to slog to convince my parents for our marriage. It was unquestionably not an easy peasy cakewalk! Eventually, I told my parents I would just remain friends with him but we were still very much in love. Then one fine day, the media got to know about us and published this juicy gossip. Upon this, things started to get a bit out of hand. My brother told my father about it & he was yet hell-bent on not consenting for this marriage. Eventually he had no option but to give in to my stubbornness and thus, we tied the knot!
After my graduation, I was selected for the 'Reservations & Ticketing' department by Singapore Airlines who came on campus. However I was keen to do fashion designing. My parents weren't too supportive of it so I went ahead & took the job. I quit the post in less than a year and then I was approached by the 7-star hotel called 'Regent'. In less than 10 months, I was promoted to the position of Lobby Manager from Guest Relations Executive. Nonetheless, I was bored of the monotony. Along with working, I had also made a modeling portfolio. When I showed Hussain he was quite surprised and conned me into doing some ads.
Anyhow moving back, with the money I had earned from my modeling, I paid for my Fashion Designing course at B.D.Somani without telling my parents. I did that for a year and I was supposed to continue to my second year when my uncle from the US offered me to take over his business. Considering the experience would be more beneficial than education, I agreed & opened my own export firm with my parent's help of course.
Initially it was very tough because I was single handedly doing everything from accounting to getting the printing done at the mills, to monitoring the fabric to designing the garment and to entertaining the clients! I even had to sweep the floors at times, surprising eh?
Gradually, I got help from my mom & masi (mom's sister). They helped in the administration & accounting department while I concentrated on the designing & production. The business really grew. I was extremely happy with the progress. My firm is called '7th Avenue Fashion' and my brand is called 'Casual Studios'.
Soon after Hussain and I received the offer of participating in popular dance show, 'Nach Baliye' . Hussain conned me into it once again! While I was working hard on my dance with Hussain for 12 hours daily, my mom handled the export firm & I just corresponded via phone. After spending multiple hours dancing, you all showered your votes on us and made us victorious. Now my mom handles the business herself and I am planning to start something new locally. More so into gowns & bridal wear and I am hoping like everything in my life has worked for me, this will to!
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