Deepa Rani


Q1. What is your favorite workout regime?

There are many different regimes like dancing to my favourite song and doing yoga; cardio remains my forever favourite. I do cardio whenever and whenever possible, like using stairs instead of using a lift. It is simply being happy in whatever you do.

Q2. Your wisest advice when it comes to a woman’s health.

Everything you need is already inside you. Don’t wait for others to light your fire. It is evident that women have to take care of many responsibilities from home to office, it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle for ourselves. Sometimes, it seems difficult to manage but we should have a workout regime which can be followed on daily basis, if not, then do yoga on weekly basis. A little progress each day adds up.

Q3. What is more important to you – mental health or physical health?

Of course, mental health is important but a healthy mind lives in a healthy body so physical health is equally important. My suggestion to all the women is to maintain a workout regime which is suitable to your body, stretch a little bit and live a better ‘Fit Life’.

Pravisha Srivastava

Wind & Solar GM - Asset Management

Q1. What is that one thing that amazes you about technology?

One thing that amazes me about technology is that, it has the power to change our imagination into reality. It makes us think logically and rationally and also makes us fast.

Q2. If you had to innovate a current process in our organization, what would that be?

Going with the current theme – ‘Data is the New Oil’, I want my organization to be data-driven, so that the employees are able to take informed decisions. I think pacing up with time is the only way to survive in the contemporary world.

Q3. One tip for our budding women techies –

You are on your way in making this world digitally powerful and you should always feel that you are the strongest force in this journey. Be innovative, sustainable and strong.

Shirin Kujur

CSR & Corporate Communications

Q1. What form of creativity you pursue and why?

For me, photography is a powerful medium of expression. By being able to capture a moment in my frame, helps me create memories, travel to different locations, meet new people and develop my personal style of expression. I love to capture interesting aspects of wildlife in my frame. It also gives me an opportunity to appreciate the nature and also learn about the behaviour of these beautiful creatures. Within wildlife, I love to click tigers and birds.

Q2. How do you think that creative work by women can compel the world to change?

There is a general stereotype that creativity itself is more strongly associated with masculine characteristics and that a man’s work is more likely to be deemed creative. I want to break this stereotypical thought. For me, clicking wildlife in their natural habitat is all about confidence. To be able to click these gifts of nature in their natural habitat adds to my confidence. My pictures are means for communicating the real me to the world. It is an extension of the person I am. As a woman, I feel that the confidence and sensitivity I have as a wildlife photographer as helped to become strong.

Tripti Charan

Business Excellence – QHSE

Q1. What form of creativity you pursue and why?

I am passionate about writing for food and travel blogs because it enables me to share my experiences with everyone. The blogs have reviews of products and services related to them and provide a detailed feedback about my experiences which benefit the readers. I have collaborated with various brands like Google Local Guide, Thailand Tourism, NokScoot Airline, Tupperware India, ICICI Lombard and many more.

Q2. How do you think creative work by women can compel the world to change?

A creative work is more of an expression of an individual which voices certain aspects like beauty, aggression or even a story. There are many powerful stories around the world which can be voiced and can change the course of future events. Women are naturally empathetic and have the power to weave creative pieces and be more visible. Instead of competing with each other, we should focus on collaborating with each other and produce more innovative ideas.

Q3. Can you talk about a recent creative piece – be it photography, blog, food blog, etc?

I have been writing about my food and travel experiences on my website for 3 years now. It has been recognized by many brands, hotels and tourism boards. Recently, I was invited to represent Indian Media at the Thailand Tourism Festival 2019 held in Bangkok. I was also awarded with Passion Beyond Renew award which encourages me to work with more determination.

Malavika Varma

CSR & Corporate Communications

Q1. What form of creativity you pursue and why?

Creativity has many forms to be expressed in – I write poems on situations/circumstances/people. Writing a creative piece is a great way to express one’s thoughts and observations.

Q2. How do you think that creative work by women can compel the world to change?

Any creative medium, for example – blogs, paintings, articles, etc. can be the best way to channel voices. Unless we speak, we cannot expect to be heard!

Q3. Can you talk about a recent creative piece - be it a photography, blog, food blog, etc?

One of my recent poems is about relationship sets, and the idea was to highlight the challenges and address some concerns around it.

Kartik Gulati

New Business - International Business & Technology

Q1. Comment on the gender ratio of your department.

I work in a team of 6 members which is primarily all-male. It would be a statistical fallacy to consider this representation as the sample size for the entire organization. This is indicative that there is an opportunity to increase the female representation in the team. We should be cognizant of the fact that team culture builds up during the time of its formation. It is always good to have a proportionate representation since beginning.

Q2. Which gender stereotype you have broken for yourself while working at this organization?

I have successfully broken one stereotype—I organize social/team building events within my team, a stereotype that is usually associated with women. This is just the beginning and there are many more to come.

Q3. From work perspective – are women better as a strategic thinker or strategic implementer?

This itself seems like a stereotypical question and this is what we have to decode and should be observant of. Like men, women too are human beings and they can be good or bad at anything they do. There should not be a comparison between the two in any sphere.

Atyant Bhatnagar


Q1. Comment on your best working moments with your female colleagues.

Although there are many such moments, but if I have to pick the best ones they would definitely be the laughs that we share while working. This keeps everything smooth and stress-free. Not only does that keep our energies and efficiency high, but also brings in the fun element. A female colleague always brings life to the work environment!

Q2. How critical is women’s participation the in technical space?

Extremely important. I cannot emphasize enough, how important it is to have more women in technical and scientific aspects of work. Women not only bring in new, unique perspectives and ideas but also dynamism and a sense of equality to the technical work space.

Q3. Two qualities which you have learned from a female colleague.

Two important qualities that I learned from a female colleague are – acceptance and the art of embracing. To accept the other person regardless of their background and thus bring out the good in them while working towards a common goal. I have experienced this thing quite a few times while working with female colleagues.

Sonika Jha

Digital Technology

Q1. Which sport do you play and for how long have you been playing?

I play Table Tennis and have been playing this sport for the last 10 years.

Q2. Which qualities/attributes of this sport do you translate into your work?

I feel playing Table Tennis makes me agile and strategic. Every time I am playing against an opponent, I make sure that my strategy is able to beat my opponent and if not, then I should be agile to form a strategy at that point in time. Sports helps me accept both success and failure and encourages me to still be in the learning mode.

Q3. Do you think people still hold biases against women athletes? Comment.

I think that contemporary sportswomen in India like PV Sindhu and Manika Batra are changing the landscape of Indian sports. Today, more than anything it is an individual’s potential and talent that proves their mettle. It is evident that our young sportswomen have been successful in doing this. This has made me observe that many people are dropping their biases against women athletes.

Anu Joshi

Human Resources

Q1. Comment on one gender stereotype that you wish to eliminate from the workplaces.

Me: The word ‘dominating’ is usually perceived as masculine but I have seen and been around male colleagues who are gentle, polite and humble. On the other hand I have seen women colleagues who are go-getters, spearheaded and aggressive at work. Thinking that men are always dominating and powerful is wrong but unfortunately it is a stereotype. I wish that this stereotype gets eliminated at workplaces and we should understand that these are personality related things which are gender neutral.

Q2. What can women do to preserve sisterhood at workplace?

It is a collective and three way process how women can preserve sisterhood at workplace – Learn, speak up and take charge. Learn from each other by sharing experiences, speak up with confidence for the things which are wrong and right. And finally take charge of everything that you do with complete command and leadership.

Q3. When was the last time you appreciated a female colleague and what was that for?

We recently celebrated our 6th ReNewers’ Day, I noticed a female peer doing the work beyond the call of duty which made me appreciate her efforts. She set an example for all of us with her exceptional team spirit.

Jaya Prakash

Regional Affairs and Department

Q1. Looking at the recent Supreme Court Verdict on granting permanent commission to female officers in the army, how powerful is that statement to tell that now women are at par with men.

Through centuries India is a land known for its fiercest women warriors. Currently, many armies including 16 industrialized nations have granted women Permanent Commission, they are in combat roles in Israeli Army since 1985, US Army since 2016 and UK Army since 2018.

Doubting the capabilities of women officers due to challenges of ‘physical prowess’ and ‘physiological limitations’ to meet the exigencies of service in the Army has always been there. The SC on the contrary noted "It is an insult to women as well as the army when aspersions are cast on them, their ability and their achievements in the Army.” This verdict paves the way for mindset change in our society to allow women to work in male dominated positions and break the stereotypes.

Q2. How can certain stereotypes be broken to bring women in forefront in certain unconventional departments/industries? (Can comment about your own department)

To make sure that women join unconventional departments/industries we have to ensure that they are treated equally in all hiring procedures. Also ensure there is a sense of safety in the nature of their job. If I have to start with my department, I recommend there should be a buddy system wherever women are working at sites. There should security to ensure societal, physiological, emotional and well-being just for them like any other gender would need.

Q3. Any hiring strategy which will work for your department and make it more inclusive for men? For my department – Regional Affairs Department

The Management Committee and Executive Committee should have 33% women employees to ensure management representation. Only women to be recruited till 33% in all departments and any deviation should have approval of 2 members from Management Committee to ensure compulsory recruitment of women employees. 33% to 50% women across all grades/designations/departments in next 3 years to ensure equality. Also, some departments should be identified, especially, in case they lack women representation. A minimum of 2 or 3 women management trainees should be there across all regional office to ensure regular site visits for assimilation on site activities.

Rahul Jain

Technology - International Business

Q1. How has the representation of women changed in your department over the time?

While the representation hasn’t changed much over time but definitely there’s a change in the mindset of the hiring managers towards acceptability of women in the team. We’ve started witnessing more interviews of female candidates now.

Q2. What is that one quality that takes women a level-up than men?

It has to be their ability to successfully handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Also, contrary to the belief, I personally have seen female employees spending more effective time at work than their male counterparts.

Q3. How do you see the landscape changing for women in strategy for renewable business?

Existing female employees have successfully paved the way for future hiring, by demonstrating far better ideation as well as execution of the given tasks. They’re proving to be great analysts with strategic mindset.

Gagan Arora

Human Resources

Q1. How do you feel to be a part of the team which has more than 50% of female representation?

It gives me a sense of pride and happiness to work in such a diverse team. It has improved my exposure on professional front and makes me have a holistic perspective. Witnessing equal representation in my team also gives me a sense of balance and equality in all the aspects.

Q2. What are prejudices that you left behind after working in a women inclusive team?

I used to think that women are very emotional and sensitive. I am glad that I broke this stereotype because of my female colleagues. I see them being strong and emotionally balanced. They keep their personal and profession life separate and perform remarkably in both the spheres.

Q3. Any advice to male workers/colleagues in order to help them break their stereotypes about women at work.

I advise men to challenge their own stereotypes and not bring them forward while working in a group. There are chances that some of them will meet exceptional and smarter women from whom they can learn a lot. The idea is to be bias-free and rational in their attitudes.

Mayank Bansal

President, Strategy and Operations - CEO Office, ReNew Power

Lack of gender diversity is a big blind spot for many organizations. The ability to look at all dimensions of a problem is essential for effective and robust decision-making. Moreover, if we do not look at gender diversity, we will miss on critical perspectives, without being aware of what is amiss. Hence, to have a strategic impact we have to -

a) Move beyond superficial commitment and start acting as individuals, teams and as an organization to get plans implemented
b) Be open minded to working styles and thought processes that might not be considered conventional in our world
c) Practice active and empathetic listening in order to co-create solutions that bring out the best of the diverse collective

Anil Gagvani

EVP, Asset Management, ReNew Power

Gender equality at workplace can happen only when we ensure some key interventions. First is to make a conscious effort to change the mindset. We need to challenge the ‘not possible’ with ‘why not. It is possible!’ Secondly, we need to give equal opportunity. In my experience, when women are been given equal opportunity and support, they prove to be better role models and achieve great results. Lastly, strategic steps at early stage of recruitment help fill the gender gap. For example, by ensuring there is a gender balance in the resume screening itself, we have doubled the number of female employees within our internal team.

Ravi Parmeshwar

CHRO, ReNew Power

India Inc is realising that gender equality and diversity makes great sense for business. An imperative. Therefore, we are now witnessing an earnest effort in diversifying the talent pool to bring about equality in offices as well as boardrooms.