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“Striking a balance between work and home in an industry which is male dominated is tough”

Indrani Thakurata


We keep hearing about the laws of patriarchy, and how we still live in a man’s world. But when an ordinary woman breaks those moulds to stand out as a mother and a professional in this very competitive world, we can’t help but applaud her. Asma Javed is a 33 year old single mother currently working as General Manager at M3M India Private Limited. Asma has more than 10 years of experience in Real Estate industry with her passion on Retail Leasing.

Asma is a B.A honors graduate who started her career in real estate sector with Ansals API which is a real estate university in itself, where she worked on residential and commercial projects. Asma Javed is stands against all the stereotypes that go hand in hand for a single mother working in a very male dominated profession, the real estate.

The journey is never easy, when you are riding against all the so-called odds, but she has taken them in stride to achieve her dreams. “Well life has been quite a roller coaster ride especially when your baby is small and you are at a senior position yet discovering motherhood.Apprehensions,carefulness,anxiousness, curiosity are all parts of being a working mother.Juggling between the two roles ain’t easy though.

Striking a balance in an industry which is male dominated between work home is tough though.Sometimes in between meetings you suddenly remember whether diaper supplies have reached on time or child has come back on time. Thanks to technology like Whatsapp which helps me keeps a track of my child in school so I know his daily and monthly planner and accordingly coordinate,” says Asma.

Most mothers take a break after the child birth. And statistics show that many don’t join back, because it is hard to balance. “As for me, I worked from home all through and resumed office in 2.5 months. I had c-section so wasn’t easy to resume duties however work demanded me to do so. I am a devoted mother and a thorough professional at the same time. Blessed to be a mother of beautiful boy, Aryan Khan and my other passion is shopping which I gets to fulfill,” she adds. Talking about Real Estate, it is nice to see a woman talk numbers and facts. Real estate is the second largest employer after agriculture and is slated to grow at 30 per cent over the next decade. The industry is growing at a rate of about 20% per annum and has been contributing about 5-6% to India’s GDP.

The industry is accountable for an extensive part of its development investment, advancement of the nation’s infrastructure stand & major originators of trade and industry activity. “To give the customers what they want, we have to follow demand and supply with the right product mix. One has seen a lot of correction in the market already. However, Indian real estate is here to grow due to its strong economic fundamentals and demographic factors. Real Estate Industry is ever growing and to sustain in this competitive environment you need to have an eye on minute detailing,” explains Asma.

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