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Effective Executive Magazine:
Interview with Swapnalekha Basak
 
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If I look back at life, my student life in specific, I have always enjoyed and succeeded in taking up tasks that involved interaction with people and making an impact on their lives. During my engineering, I was an active social worker (I was awarded the title of “Karmsheel” and “Karmath” by the National Service Scheme), editor of the college magazine, responsible for organizing collegiate events... In short, I was juggling between multiple efforts that directly impacted individual lives and my academic life.

   
It was only natural for me to therefore specialize in HR when I pursued my MBA. HR led me to pursue a career that involved interaction with leading global and Indian companies. I was fortunate to lead and experience multiple aspects of ‘Human Resource Management’ like OD, International HR, and Performance Management. In 2005, I became the Head of HR for SAS India, and while I was seen as very successful, my struggle with hypertension, being overweight and high cholesterol was only increasing. So, in 2006, I decided that a 2-year break would do me good. During this two-year break, I seized the opportunity to spend time with myself, my wellness, my 8-year-old daughter and my husband and prioritized on how to lead a fuller life by starting to tick off items from my bucket list. In the time I had left, by the end of it, I did do a certificate course in Counseling from Oxford University.

By 2013, I had co-authored a 650-page textbook for Human Resources (Human Resource Management – Text & Cases published by Pearson) and co-founded an NGO which in less than a year had grown to touch 1000+ students’ lives.

My journey from ill health to wellness and my wish to create a business of my very own were the first few bricks of the foundation of the organization that is now HCS Wellness.
 
 
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