I'm 'The Girl' From The IPL Final, Let Me Introduce Myself

28/05/2015 3:31 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Raakhe Kapoor Tandon

The IPL Final is the largest event in India's sporting calendar, and is apparently telecast in 190 countries. I was extremely fortunate to have witnessed this spectacle at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, along with more than 80,000 enthusiastic fans cheering some of the best cricketing talent from across the world. I was even more excited, given the fact that I had the opportunity to be a part of the presentation party giving away the YES BANK Maximum Award to the winners. It was indeed an exhilarating experience to meet the likes of Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma.

But it came as a surprise when some of my friends called me to tell me that people across the internet were discussing my presence at the IPL Final and tweeting about it. And indeed, later that evening, I was even more surprised to see that my name was trending on Twitter and other social media platforms, where people were curious to know more about me! The internet and social media have a mind of their own and something like this happening was totally unexpected.

I had never imagined that my association with sports would translate to me being the focus of attention. I have been an avid fan of sports since my school days, where I played basketball and squash. I am also a keen follower of the Pro Kabaddi League as well as the Hockey India League. In the last decade or so, Indian sports has improved massively with the launch of various world-class leagues in cricket, hockey, football and kabaddi among others. There have also been star women performers in the sports arena including Saina Nehwal, Sania Mirza and Mary Kom to name a few. I am certain that the increasing viewership being garnered by sports is a great sign for the development of India's youth and resultant positive energy.

I am definitely overwhelmed by all the love and appreciation showered upon me by the online junta. The heartening part about all the information being exchanged was that some accounts also mentioned my forays as a financial entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is very close to my heart and something which I have learnt first-hand from my father, Rana Kapoor, who is the Founder & CEO of YES BANK. One mantra which he often reinforces is to Visualise, Strategise and Actualise with a constant focus on execution.

My career mission is to build and evolve new-age financial entities driven by innovation, creativity and the finest quality human capital with an entrepreneurial ethos. As the Founder of Rural Agri Ventures India Pvt. Ltd., I am currently focussing on tapping India's sunrise sectors by providing incubation and project development assistance to businesses in the rural and agricultural domain. I am also working on launching the Indian School for Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE) which will provide state-of-the-art education to India's aspiring youth with a focus on creating entrepreneurs. I believe that India can achieve its true potential by providing entrepreneurial and creative platforms to the youth as well as women entrepreneurs looking to establish their own ventures.

I believe that the whole buzz around the IPL will indirectly help me in my mission to empower and engage entrepreneurs, especially the Indian woman, and also bring to the fore the immense potential of rural and agri ventures, affordable housing and entrepreneurial education.

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