Sonakshi Jain is currently pursuing MBA from NITIE, Mumbai. She completed her engineering in 2016 in Electronics and Communication. She is a swimmer, dancer and an amateur drama actor.
What was high school like for you? How did it contribute to your personality/ the person you are right now?
High school gave me a platform to try out different things. I completed my senior diploma in music and kathak, tried a few sports and obviously took good care of my studies. High school was the time I introspected myself and started questioning the choices I made for myself.
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
If money was no object, I would sit by nature and relax.
What advice would you give to a 5-year-younger you?
5-year-younger me was very hesitant to do anything and feared changes in her lifestyle. I would advise her to be bold and face everything that comes up head-on because I believe that the only thing that is constant in this world is change. So accept the fact and live your life to the fullest.
How do you think women are better equipped to deal with problems as compared to men?
Women have the power the think emotionally which men generally lack. And this thing gives them the extra edge while solving problems.
Many IIMs and other b-schools award extra points for being a woman. What is your take on that? Do you propagate the concept OR Have you faced any backlash for the same?
Women are awarded extra points in order to encourage them as we need more females in the stream. But at the same time, we must not forget that all we get is some extra points and not reservation so that it is made sure that only those who are deserving get a chance to move forward.
Name one incident that you encountered where someone told you, you couldn’t do something because you’re a woman.
Once a friend of mine insisted that he will drop me home because it was 11 pm and it was not safe for girls to be out that late all alone. I rejected his offer, took a cab back home and texted him to not underestimate the power of a girl.
If you are out on a date, do you prefer to pay yourself? If you insisted that you want to pay for yourself, how did the other person react?
We live in a world that believes in equality. I always insist on splitting the bill and the other person admires this thing.