Divya Saluja, Director of Sales, Taj Palace, New Delhi,Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Divya Saluja is creating milestones for Indian Women.
Let’s Talk with “Wonder Woman of Hotel Industry of India – Divya Saluja.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a proud employee of Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts and Safaris for the past almost 10 years. I am currently working as the Director of Sales at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. I am also Bharatanatyam Dancer. A disciple of Smt. Geeta Chandran for over 25 years. I love my job which is very dynamic.
One never knows how the day will pan out to be. I meet multiple strangers from across nationalities and it’s extremely interesting to interact with them. The process of making a successful business deal with clients is a great challenge. Chasing numbers while understanding the psyche of clients to close business gives a great kick! Along with this, goes on my love for Bharatanatyam!
I perform extensively with the Natya Vriksha Dance Company and as a solo artist, and try and maintain a healthy balance between work, arts, spirituality, discipline, fun and LIFE! What better way to live Womanhood! I am a blessed daughter, having parents who never stopped me from doing anything just because I was a girl. Their broad mindedness helped me explore and learn a lot.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
This special day is a celebration of womanhood. It’s the celebration of that one person who has brought each one of us in this world. It’s a celebration of who we are, of what we want to be.
A celebration of equality-because we women genuinely believe in it! We have no fascination of being the stronger gender; instead we love sharing our life equally with all. It’s the celebration of beauty, elegance, power, justice.
What does it mean to be a woman in the part of the world and society you live in?
Being a woman is a blessing! The society that we live in has traditionally been a paternal society. Unfortunately there are some blind “beliefs”, “customs”, strange so called “rules and regulations” that “someone” in the society has laid down. And women are expected to follow them. And when we do so..we lose our womanhood and turn the blessing into a curse.
If the intelligence and faith exists it is this very society that will also help the woman change things around. The resistance that we face in our journey of being progressive and make space as an equal gender must makes our will power stronger.
Having said that, there are many men in the society who respect women and consider them as equals or even superior in many aspects. We must put our foot down against all evils against women in the society and stand strong together or even alone.
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Do you think there is equality in men and women in your workplace.
No! There seem to be more women than men ☺ I am a proud member of this organisation. While the ratio may not be equal; it certainly is healthy! The senior management has shown great belief in the capability of women in our organization and continue to do so. The value system in the organization fosters equality and respect.
My reason of sticking to this first job is that the value system of the company is well in line with what my beliefs are as an individual and as a woman.
Do you think its important to have an International women’s day?
Just a few days back I was thinking that it may not be bad to have an International Men’s Day as well! After all everyone likes to be made to feel special. Besides I am a firm believer of equality. That’s when I studied about it and learned that while International Women’s Day is being celebrated since early 1900’s; International Men’s Day was conceived around 1991.
In my opinion it’s not really important to have a day dedicated to women. With the kind of issues the women in this country are going through, EVERYDAY needs to be a Women’s Day.
It is very unfortunate and a complete failure of our education system and family’s value system that we are still struggling with issues related to bringing the girl child into the world, struggling with getting education for girls, and basic sanitation facilities for this gender to conduct even the daily biological procedures.
Dedicating a day may be good for the sake of a celebration or for marking the grand start of initiatives, but there is much more required at the grass root level. The thinking of people needs to be addressed on a daily basis-both of men and women!
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Do you think a female hotelier would be any different than a male? Why and how.
While I think that a male or a female hotelier are absolutely equal to each other in their capabilities, the female gender is usually related to being more empathetic, motherly and understanding.
The industry being a service industry is a lot about understanding the invisible or intangible needs of a guest, and offering a solution accordingly. Women tend to possess this knack naturally.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women your age today?
There are many issues that women of my age face in the present day. Issues at home and those at workplace tend to cause stress leading to depression. The members in the house and workplace sometimes don’t even realize what a woman is going through. Ignoring this is extremely dangerous. Talking things out with friends, colleagues or seeking help from a professional psychologist is very crucial.
Another problem that women sadly, across all age groups face, is of safety and security. It is a shame that the relevant agencies are unable to provide a safe city for women. One can also blame the value systems of families for this. Women at home are taken for granted, so are the women on the street! Being butchered by staring eyes and flirtatious remarks is completely against the dignity of women.
We have people commenting on the dressing sense of women and insensibly connecting it to the hour of the day, when it is indeed these dirty minds who are responsible for a society that’s tending to move backwards in its evolution. Long pending cases, lenient punishments encourage these anti social elements to display inappropriate behaviour towards the female gender over and over again.