At a time when the covid brought the world to its knees, severely affecting business, a woman from Gujarat has turned her childhood passion into a thriving business. Spare a few minutes to know more the about the initiative….
Surat based Jalak Desai turned to her hobby of painting to cope with the pandemic. She had hardly thought that she would turn her childhood passion into a thriving profession and make money selling her art. Recalling her school days, Jalak reminisces, “I was known for my paintings in school and used to participate in all the competitions.”
Later, the 31-year-old decided to pursue a career in pharmacology as neither she nor her family was convinced she wouldn’t succeed, she shares, “Nobody gave it a second thought because art is perceived as an unstable career.”
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Started her job in a pharmaceutical company
In 2011, Jalak started working at a pharmaceutical company after completing her Masters in Pharmacology and was making around Rs 12,000 monthly. However, after working in the field for almost 4 years, Jalak took a hiatus of three years in 2015 when she was blessed with a baby.
Continued her career
Once her baby turned three years old, Jalak turned to the professional world again and started teaching as a guest lecturer of pharmacology in an Ayurvedic college in 2018, and continued till the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt in March 2020.
Turned to her passion
With no job in hand, Jalak decided to take up her childhood hobby amid the lockdown to keep herself occupied and started to share the completed artworks to her social media profile.
In no time, Jalak was flooded with compliments for her unique artworks from friends, family, and strangers alike. Everyone around her including her husband, family, and friends motivated the self-taught artist to pursue art full time and Jalak has not looked back.
Started her website
Over a year ago, Jalak took the advice of her near and dear ones and started J D Creator’s Lane, a website that showcases Jalak’s works. The first artwork that was commissioned to Jalak was by an architect who paid Rs 15,000 for the customized piece. Since then, Jalak has sold over 40 paintings and managed to earn around Rs 3 lakh, which is a lot more than she ever made working in pharmacology.
Inspire other women
Having found her passion, Jalak wishes to inspire other women to do the same. She hopes to train women who have an interest in art and help them sell their artworks through her website and exhibitions. Jalak shares, “I want to make women financially independent. I don’t think it’s an issue to depend on your husband financially, but financial independence gives a different kind of freedom and confidence which every woman deserves.” Jalak hopes to someday own a gallery where she will showcase her artwork as well as that of other women.
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