Name: Dr.Sujata Kapoor
- Born: 24 May 1981
- Marital Status: Married
- Spouse: Dr. Puneet Kalra
- Children: Visharda Kalra
- Parents: Mr. Anil Kapoor and Mrs. Snelata Kapoor. siblings Mrs. Shiphali Chakravarty and Mrs. Alka Kapoor
- Height: 5’5.5″
- Citizenship: Indian
- Languages Known: English, Hindi, Punjabi
- Birth Place: New Delhi
- Current Location: Vaishali Ghaziabad
- Hobbies: Dancing, Personal styling, and eye makeup
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Professor (Finance), Passionate researcher, Autism activist, Founder and Director Samvednayein, Mrs. India Renaissance 2020, and Youtuber. I am a mother, a daughter, a wife, a mentor, I am a multifaceted woman. I am Annapurna of my Family. I am Dr. Sujata Kapoor. I am an academician with more than a decade of teaching and research experience with premiere B schools in India. I have earned B.Com(Hons), M.Com, MBA, and Ph.D. degrees from prestigious institutes in India.
I am an avid researcher and my research interest includes behavior Finance and Corporate Finance. Currently, I am is serving as an Area Chair (Finance) at Jaypee Business school (JBS) and handle basic and advance courses in Finance. I am also the Program Director of the BBA program at JBS. I am the first Indian women to write a very comprehensive textbook in the area of Behavioral Finance. I have to my credit various International publications (ABDC category). I am have also done path-breaking research in the field of behavior Finance.
I am passionate about dancing, eye makeup, and personal styling. I also run a YouTube channel for dancing, cooking, makeup, and singing with a good subscriber base.
I have won the title of the first runner-up at SuperMom2019 and crowned as Mrs. India Renaissance at Mrs. India International Queen 2020. I have the honor of being interviewed by world Class Beauty Queens Magazine.
Personally, I am a chosen parent to a special child Visharda who is on Autism spectrum disorder. An autism activist, I am a strong believer in the fact “Be the change you wish to see in the society”. My motto in life is to create awareness about Autism and ensure that all special children can lead a life with dignity.
I strive to make the world understand that Autism is not synonymous with intellectual disability and working relentlessly to increase the acceptance of special children in society. As a contribution to this social cause, I am organizing a unique talent show for special children and others (Samvednayein). This is going to be the first show in the country to provide a platform for special children to showcase their talents free of charge.
My life has been a topsy turvy ride since childhood. As a child, I was a topper throughout my school. I always had a burning desire in my heart to do something in life so that people remember me even when I am not there. I was always very creatively inclined. Being the middle one of three sisters, I always lead a very protective life. The exposure to the real world came when after being the topper of my school in XII standard I joined Hansraj College, Delhi University. To attend the class at 9’o clock I used to board passenger trains at 7:00 am or sometimes travel 2 to 3 hours by bus. What was a real competition I realized when I joined this college as everyone was a topper of their respective schools. Many Delhiites avoid mixing up with me thinking I come from Ghaziabad which for them was no more than a village.
I did my MCom and MBA after my graduation but was always in search of real me. I always wanted to walk on a ramp but just could not gather the courage.
I was also very intellectual so never got the time out of my studies to put my heart and soul into my dream. I decided to do a Ph.D. and become a Professor as I was very good academically and bestowed with excellent communication skills. The first job which I fetched with a lot of hardships earned me merely 3500 INR. I always had the spirit of putting my best in whatever I do, so gave 100 percent to everything I did. I had a real challenge in cracking interviews as nobody took me seriously in academics.
I was very fond of personal styling and very good looking so people till today tell me “Are you joking. You cannot be a professor of Finance. Do students take you seriously?” I really struggled to break this image. Now people understand that I am a perfect combination of beauty with brains. It took years to make people understand that students are impressed with the in-depth insights I give them in the class and not only by the way I dress and look.
I struggled to break the notion that Finance teachers are boring and dull. I completed my Ph.D. in 4 years 9 months while I could see many fellow scholars completing it in 3 years by resorting to shortcuts. I will be proud that I did my Ph.D. with utmost sincerity and dedication. My thesis is considered a benchmark by many in the field of Corporate Finance. Gradually with consistent efforts, I was able to collaborate with Prof. Baker Kent of American University and come out with Financial surveys and high-quality research. Professor Kent is a celebrity in the area of Finance and a very renowned professor of Finance. I became the first Indian to do comprehensive surveys in the field of Corporate Finance and Behavior Finance. I did not get any funding. I spent whatever I earned to fetch data for my research work. Many fellow academicians used to laugh at me. But I was not short-sighted I knew I was creating a foundation for which I will be known in the future. I spent as long as 2 to 3 years just doing one financial survey. Unfortunately, my talent was never appreciated and recognized in the workplace and I never resorted to flattery to seek promotions but I started getting recognition and accolades for my research at the international level. I never procrastinated and had the winner attitude. I have always voiced my opinion and stood for right and justice both in my personal and professional life.
Personally, my life has always been a roller coaster and I have since many odds in my personal life. But I have never given up and been a fighter. I had many failed friendships and relationships in life. I even helped financially many of my friends who never turned back. In spite of all this, I kept going and never harbored malice against anyone. I was wise enough to learn from my mistakes. I cannot say being emotional is a weakness or strength but the world gave me a tough time because of my emotional nature.
Finally, I got married in October 2010. It is my personal experience that a woman with very clear choices and ideology is seldom considered as “wife” material so it was a tough decision to make. But at the end of the day marriage is a gamble no matter how much time you devote to take the decision. While I was struggling to settle down in my married life, I never knew the worst is yet to come.
I was blessed with a daughter in 2013. I had dreams just like any other parent for her. I wanted to fulfill all my unfulfilled desires through her. My daughter was a very active child till 1 and ½ years. But she suddenly started withdrawing herself from everything. I could witness speech delays in her. There were behavioral problems, sensory and chewing issues and the list goes on. The day Doctor told me she needs to be taken to a developmental pediatrician, it seemed as if somebody has snatched the floor underneath my foot. But before the doctor could tell I already knew she is on Autism spectrum disorder as I had already read a lot about this neurodevelopmental disorder.
Then began our trips to doctors and different activity centers offering therapies for autistic children. We spent lakhs and lakhs of money and ran pillar to post but landed nowhere. My daughter’s health was deteriorating day by day. She had severe feeding issues, passed urine once the day of deep yellow color, and survived on milk. We went to AIIMS one day where we were advised immunotherapy for our two-year-old daughter. We were promised miraculous results after this treatment. My daughter was admitted to AIIMS. She was administered all sought of medicines and steroids for 15 days. I remember sitting with my daughter on my lap in the hospital room with my eyes focused on her canula. Our dreams shattered when fresh EEG reports came and there was not even 0.1% improvement in the reports of my daughter. She lost whatever little speech she had due to the adverse effects of the medicines. Days became weeks, weeks became months, and months years, in spite of trying everything there was no improvement in my daughter. My health also started deteriorating and became bad to worst. One fine day I was crying and suddenly it struck to my mind that I have to take charge of things before everything goes out of hand. I planned to resume my dance which I left when my daughter was diagnosed with autism. My locus of control had become external and I had started attributing the reason for struggles in my life to dancing.
During Pandemic, I got to spend more time with my daughter and started teaching her dance. She has gradually started showing signs of improvement with dancing. Meanwhile, I also started my youtube channel with the support of my husband Dr. Puneet Kalra. He is also very creatively inclined and fond of singing and playing guitar.
Each subscriber of our channel is a genuine subscriber and we really worked to fetch subscribers for our channel. I have also started an initiative “Samveidnayein” with a three-pronged focus: Awareness, Acceptance, and rehabilitation of special children especially autistic children. A grand show was planned in May 2020 where special children can come and showcase their talent absolutely free of any charge but it got postponed due to pandemics. We are planning to organize this show with a big bang in 2021.
This is not all, one fine day a massive fire broke out in our flat due to a short circuit. We miraculously escaped from the sixth floor of the apartment through a broken ladder. Everything was destroyed in the fire except one bed on which we three were sleeping. We could survive as I did not give up and kept trying until the last moment to save my family. It is rightly said that God helps those who help themselves and that’s why three lives were saved in a massive outburst of fire in which we lost everything. And here I am again to fight back, join broken pieces of my, and enjoy the beautiful gift of God “ Life”. My daughter has taught me to appreciate trivial things of life which we generally ignore. My happiest day is when my daughter utters the word “mama” or “Papa”.
I could achieve so much in life as being a parent to a special child I became socially secluded and cutoff. So whatever time I used to get I used to spend in writing a book. It is rightly said that difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations as I became the first Indian woman to write a comprehensive textbook in the area of Behavior Finance. Meanwhile, I also started working on my body and participated in pageants. The best view comes after the hardest climb. I could win the crown as I was very focused right from the day of the auditions.
I make my present so amazing that yesterday becomes jealous. I strive to become a good human being and a person with a pure heart. The most beautiful things in life cannot be seen but felt with the heart. This is also my message to society.
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-Story Coordinated By Saloni
-Edited By Sneha
@sujata Kapoor very touching, emotional and inspirational story. We all should learn from her never to give up no matter what the situation is. Very nicely written and expressed.