The SunShine Girl

Born in Mumbai on 21 June, to businessman Mr. Rama K Kanchan and Mrs. Saraswati R Kanchan Sarita completed her schooling at Mumbai’s prestigious Greenlawns High School, Mumbai.Secured the 1st class in ICSE and Distinction in the English language with a certificate of Honours for English.Higher education in the leading Jaihind College, Mumbai – Secured First Class in the Bachelor of Commerce degree exams.

Has trained in Air India for airline reservations.

Studied the German language at the Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai.

Was a student of Vyjanthimala’s Dance Academy: Learnt BharathNatyam for 4 years.

Her first Summer Job was at the “Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd” Mumbai, whilst still studying in College. She has also worked for Orbitz Travel And Tours India Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai. ” I happened to run into an old client of mine, Ms. Shanika, a Sri Lankan student who pulled me along to a party that was being hosted. Here I ended up meeting many of the other students that I had served during my job and they all were so glad to find me again.” This brought about the birth of SUNSHINE TRAVELS.

The seed of my glorious goal was planted and Sunshine Travels was conceived in January 2001. Bookings started pouring in and in the first month itself, I had nearly 20 students asking me to take care of their International travel arrangements. Time flew by and in August 2001 my daughter Riya was born. Nothing could stop me! Not even a flabbergasted doctor who saw me making reservations from my hospital bed with my three-day-old daughter in my arms. For two and half years, I worked from home as my infant daughter, Riya, needed me around all the time.

“My family, my work, and my friends are very important to me.Spending time with my husband and daughter is definitely a high priority.Spending waking hours with my daughter means I often work late in the evenings after she is asleep”.

During this challenging period, help and support came from all ends.”Sometimes it has been hard to keep going.I was not well connected and didn’t have access to a large amount of funding.The doubters and naysayers made me question myself.But I often reminded myself of the Bruce Springsteen song, ‘with small things, big things one day come!’

While family stood behind me, the excellent rapport that I had built with my clients and other nodal agencies in Mangalore, helped me with the basic infrastructure requirements. “I was a little apprehensive about how to go about getting access to the computerized reservations system software.But thanks to my relationships with airline offices in Mangalore, a leading CRS company came over and installed the software on my computer for me”.

My husband is a ‘ visionary’ and he gives me the hope and confidence to look ahead…My in-laws were also a source of constant support.

Sunshine Travels and Holidays provides employment to woman travel professionals from Udupi district.

She has widely traveled in India and overseas visited U.K, Japan, Germany, France, Netherlands, Maldives, Japan, Switzerland Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, Kenya, and UAE. Also Attended National Level Travel Conferences.

She is the Director, Rural Women Entrepreneurship Development Association, Founder Member, Platform of Woman Entrepreneurs.

Her Success Mantra is the hard Work, Single minded devotion to achieve goals & Positive attitude.

She loves to dance, Travel, Music, reading success stories & Serve the Needy.

Has judged many cultural and entrepreneurship competitions at Manipal university and received many awards.

” Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it! ”

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