Shalini Prakash has always been fascinated by the world of entrepreneurship.
“Once you are in the ecosystem and start following their stories closely, you can see the good side, the dark side and the ugly side of entrepreneurship. Or anything that looks glamorous from the outside,” Shalini, the author of Carefree at 30, share with His history.
As someone interested in social identity and identity crises, Shalini finds the situation extremely prevalent among the younger generation. “I know, I did,” she said.
Hailing from a South Indian family, Shalini came face to face with the plans for success, starting with a set path that involved pursuing engineering.
Predictably, she studied engineering, but in her twenties questions about what she would do next took precedence.
“In my mid to late twenties, I started to think that if I was doing everything right, why do I feel so lost? Why don’t I have a sense of direction and why don’t I feel happy? she recalls.
For Shalini, as her peers and everyone around her settled or settled, over time it was apparent that many people were going through similar dilemmas.
This led her to do something she loved: understanding human behavior, and her first book, Carefree at 30, is the culmination of his curiosity for the subject. The book tells not only about her journey, but also those she knows personally and the entrepreneurs.
Although being a venture capitalist (VC) and an author may seem like two different parallels, Shalini finds similarities in terms of observation. Since having her own startup, her entrepreneurial journey has shaped her way of thinking. “I think the similarities would largely be around the restlessness and commitment to going all the way,” she says.
When it comes to dealing with bias, Shalini draws inspiration from her book: “Until you set certain boundaries for yourself or have an idealistic avatar of how you should be when playing certain roles, and tell yourself that it’s okay not to be perfect, it’s fine if there are gaps.
“The world is your oyster,” she advises women. “It all depends on how you see yourself.”