Her dark eyes twinkle and her pretty face breaks into a smile as she talks about her new passion. Twenty-nine-year old Kaavya Nag has just started a new venture, specialising in virgin coconut oil. “We started this business three months back on our farm. I want people to know the benefits of this oil. It began as a small experiment two years back and we have begun production in health and beauty care products,” she says. Kavya was academically inclined with no business plans during her student years. “I was interested in studying and did my bachelors in environmental science and chemistry, followed by a masters degree in wildlife biology and conservation. The course was heavy in academics but I realised I was more interested in practical application. That’s when I actually imagined myself tinkering with something,” she speaks in a barely audible tone.
Her parents, the late Shankar Nag and Arundhati Nag, maybe legendary actors but Kavya is not enamoured by the silver screen. “I watch my mum’s plays and I’ve seen her movies. But, I’m really not interested in acting. Perhaps I’ve constantly watched all those rehearsals while growing up so that it doesn’t interest me. I also believe that acting should come naturally to you,” she says pragmatically.
But you can’t keep her away from discussing her favourite subject: her coconut venture. Ask her where she has got her funding from and Kavya responds, “Nobody is funding it. We have a small farm where we grow coconuts and we have put up a small factory with basic machinery and we have a small team of staffers working with us,” she adds.
While she may not have a degree in management, she does have the support of close family friends. “I have a lot of people in the advisory capacity who mentor me too. Besides, its not like we have huge ambitions to scale up fast. We want to take this slowly, get people to appreciate the products and all that takes time, “ she says, showcasing her practical approach to life.
Kavya is reticent when it comes to discussing her personal life. Ask her if she remembers her dad. “I have memories but I was five when he passed away,” she says before quietly adds. “ My mum thinks my personality comes from my dad’s side of the family, but I am my mother’s daughter too.”
So like her mum, Kavya is certainly not into shopping, but enjoys reading and gardening on her farm, where she lives with her husband, Salil, who is a corporate lawyer. So does her husband help her out? “Well, you always get free advise from a laywer but he has time to be get involved in the business although he is a good sounding board for me,” she says.
But there is no doubt, she appears happy and content right now. So has she found her calling finally? “Yes I think so, I believe in what I’m doing,” she adds flashing a warm smile.