Features & Interviews

WOW Woman – Anushka Manchanda

By Aryeman

Anushka Manchanda – Singer, music producer, editor, activist, has always been a level-headed WOW Woman and spoken her mind. Recently she has collaborated with the Fedaration of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) for the #21DayCompassionChallenge.  This campaign is aimed at being easy to follow so people can try veganism for 21 days.

#IndianWomensWorld proudly presents Anushka Manchanda as the WOW Woman. Her interview is surely one of the best interviews we have featured so far. Hats off Anushka, you truly symbolise the essence of being the epitome of our vision – The Bold, Beautiful and Daring Woman of Today!

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What do you consider the main achievements in your life? 

I was able to provide for my family quite early in life and take care of myself. I am grateful to the Universe to support me in my endeavours. I have been able to shine at most things I have attempted and as I have grown older I have realized that I don’t need validation from others. This has been the most liberating thing. I am not in any race. I live my life on my terms.

What qualities do Women need to imbibe within themselves to be more Empowered and successful in life?

You must have a skill or a talent that you hone so that you always have a back-up plan. Being independent or just knowing that you can fall back on yourself will give you freedom! A good support system is important, so keep the women in your life close to you.

As women, we must recognize that it is important to balance both the feminine and masculine energies in ourselves. Both are equally important. So while we nurture and give love, grow and give life, we must also be strong and tough, assertive when required.

What drives you to be at the Top of your Game? What are your success strategies?

I am not competing with anybody else. My mother taught me that if I do anything I must give it a hundred percent, or not do it at all. I enjoy working, and I throw myself into the projects I do.

I have never had any strategies. I have always listened to the signs I have received from the Universe, and have gone with the flow. This has taken me through so many amazing experiences that have made me who I am today. Fortunately I would say that I’m not done yet. I am constantly evolving, and I embrace that whole heartedly.

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Have you dealt with failure? If so, how did you overcome it and resurge when all the chips were down?

You just have to keep moving. Take positive actions and go forward. When I could not find a producer to work with, I learned to use the software myself. I followed the same routine when I was working with editors who were disappointing me. Take charge. It’s your life. Of course you feel bad about stuff sometimes and it’s okay to crib about it too. Don’t brood but suck it up, and move forward.

It is important for us to recognize the power of men in supporting women. Is there a man who has played an instrumental role in your personal growth and success? 

Of course! We are both two sides of the same coin and work so beautifully together.  Being a feminist is not about being better or more, it is about being equal. When you find the men in your life who exchange with you equally, it’s great.

My father has been my backbone always. My younger brother is my  best friend a constant support system. My best friends, Mihir and Navzar always push me forward and help me grow. These men in my life have also made me the woman I am today.

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Which 3 Indian women have inspired you in your life?

I have inherited my mother’s passion. She stays up till 3 am working with her crystals, just as I do with my music. She is constantly teaching herself and learning more about these stones she works with, and used for healing. She is independent and strong, and I have grown up to be quite similar to her in many ways.

My grandmother..my Nani. She worked till she passed away, well beyond what most people do. She travelled all over the world by herself. She had an exciting life and power-packed days. I always thought she was cool af!

My girlfriend Alina. I know you said Indian but I must include her in this list. Alina is my German sister. I have spent the summers with her in the last couple of years in Berlin. She and I have three hour conversations in the doorway between the kitchen and the hall, or coming in-and-out of the house. She reminded me what I had forgotten..which was to play! To paint! To draw! To dress up! She lives every moment in celebration, and that is so inspiring!

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Which causes related to Women would you like to support?

Equality and education are both tools that a woman needs in this largely patriarchal world today. I also would love to see more women taking up self-defence. I know these are not traditional causes but for women self-care is very important, and I’d love to propagate that.

3 tips to Women to be successful in life.

  1. Hone or learn a skill from which you can make money if you need to so you can be independent.
  2. Your femininity is a blessing, so celebrate it, but also don’t forget about your masculine energies, especially when you need them.
  3. Keep your support system (female/male or both) close.

Your motto(s) for Women Empowerment

It’s my body, it’s my mind – IT’S MY LIFE!!

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