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Success is Happiness: Hena Desai


To be successful, you need to know what you want. You need to have the right attitude and the skills. Today's post is about Hena Desai, a well known name in the beauty industry, who has the skills and the attitude. She is beautiful, witty and compassionate, which is what makes her a lovely human being!

Tell us a little about yourself. What  do you do professionally?

I am a beauty editor, currently working with Grazia India. I have been a beauty journalist for over six years now, having worked with several magazines over this course of time.

Besides work, what do you enjoy doing?

I love to sketch and paint – it’s my favourite downtime activity as it’s a great stress and anxiety-buster. I also think that it give my creative mind an outlet and is a form of expression.

Thanks to the lockdown, I’ve also realised that I enjoy cooking -- it’s a new found necessity-cum-activity that I'm learning to find joy in. Experimenting in the kitchen is what I enjoy - sometimes it is a hit and sometime, it isn't, but it is almost always fun.

Is there any childhood instance (that you can share) that has shaped you? 

Truth be told, there wasn’t one particular incident that has moulded my life / career as it is today. But, ever since I can remember, glossies have fascinated me; the thought of seeing my byline in print (surprising I know, in this digitally-driven age) was something that really excited me. I remember wanting to apply for an internship with ‘Seventeen’ magazine, which was newly launched in India. Unfortunately the magazine shut down before I was eligible to apply and I stopped actively trying to make this happen. From there on, things just organically moved in this direction; my early internships to even jobs happened to be with magazines, eventually landing me here!

What does success mean to you?

To me, success is all about being able to find a passion and turn it into a profession. Think of your job as your life partner – if you don’t love it wholeheartedly, you’re not going to be able to live with it for the next 30 years! And cliché as it may be, success is also happiness – both personally, and professionally. If you woke up today and confidently say you’re content with how your life is, you’re already successful. Simple!

What traits would you recommend young women to develop to be able to succeed in today’s world?

Passion, persistence and perseverance, sprinkled with some compassion – these will get you any and everywhere!

Ethiko salutes the spirit of a compassionate woman!