Vidyottama is a media professional, full of life and creativity. She is ambitious, yet kind and believes that we need to be successful together!
Tell us a little about yourself. What do you do professionally?
I have been a bilingual (English and Hindi) journalist for over two decades. I have worked with newspapers, magazines, news channels and niche magazines; have also been creative head of a film company and have launched content divisions.
I have written one book, one handbook and have contributed to another author’s book.
At present, I am Head of Content with Sapphire Human Solutions and also Editor-in-Chief at Content Creators, a content agency.
Besides work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love moderating panel discussions on various topics. I also used to host television programmes, and I compere programmes.
I love travelling and ruins fascinate me. Hopefully, some day, I will write a book or blog on ruins. I also get invited to train spouses of senior officers of Rotary, an international NGO, and also as a motivational speaker.
Crime shows on television and OTT platforms interest me. I love acting too.
When I am in the mood, I like to cook large meals for family and friends. I love making friends and acquaintances – it is in-built. And now, I am also establishing myself as a professional compere and moderator.
Is there any childhood instance (that you can share) that has shaped you?
From the age of 16, I suffered from bronchial asthma for two decades. The unwavering devotion and help of my parents, siblings, doctors, nurses and even aaya aunties at the Military Hospital was very, very touching. I had done nothing for them all to love me so much. My Military doctors would sit in dark rooms themselves and send their lanterns for me at hospitals during current failures so that I could study for my XII board exams. I stood fourth in college, four percent behind the first student, thanks to them all. I knew then that I could never give up on life and my efforts. I had to keep marching on. And of course, my strong will power has always brought me out of challenging situations.
What does success mean to you?
To me, success means happiness on both - the personal and the professional front. It is also about being able to spread happiness.
Success also means having the ability to do things I truly love. It is the joy of learning new things, enhancing skills, and the confidence of knowing that my grey cells are working well. Obviously, the icing on the cake is the recognition of the efforts put in.
However, true success means being able to give back to society and enhance others’ life as well. It means being empowered to make decisions and empowering others too. Saathi haath badhana is the motto that works best for me to enable success all around.
What traits would you recommend young women to develop to be able to succeed in today’s world?
I would say: Have faith in your abilities and never give up on your dreams. In fact, do not stop dreaming at all.
You are unique – do not judge yourself by others’ standards. Do not give false promises just to make an impression: So take up only as much as you can deliver. Learn to delegate – there is no proven concept of a superwoman.
Supporting family does not mean killing your dreams – learn to balance it out. Always remember: You do not have to be apologetic about being ambitious. Ambitions are the reasons the world is progressing. Also, do not ever think you are competing with men – just do your job well and compete with yourself.
You can do it. You will do it. So – do it.