You can try your hand at a host of different things until you zero in on any one of them, believes Rashi Anand Suri, partner at law firm S N Gupta & Co. In the initial years of her career, Ms. Suri tried her hand at numerous legal streams before finally settling down for corporate law.
After completing her philosophy degree from Lady Shri Ram College, Ms. Suri enrolled in a law programme and started taking care of the legal affairs for an NGO from the first year itself. Her mother was a teacher whereas her father worked for the railways. Learning about the Greek philosophy as a philosophy student helped her in deciding that she wants to pursue a law degree.
She gained her first experience as a corporate lawyer while working with Titus & Co., where she dealt with foreign investors looking for investment avenues in India. She moved on to the other side of the table in 2005, when she represented Indian corporates at K R Chawla & Co. After a three year stint at the firm, she got the opportunity to work for the Planning Commission as a consultant to the secretariat for infrastructure. The experience acquired from this position lead Ms. Suri to head the infrastructure vertical at the renowned S N Gupta & Co.
However, all these accomplishments weren’t easy with timing being one of the issues faced while dealing with foreign clients. “When we are about to wind up, they are about to start their work, resulting in a long day for us. If you work till late, your start to the next day too is delayed.” says Ms. Suri, who doesn’t like working late.
As the strength of women in legal profession has always been better in comparison to other professions, it stands at 60% today according to Ms. Suri. “Seven of our 20 partners are women. Internet and telephone connectivity has eased the pressure as they can now work on the go.”
The 40-year-old, mother of two boys is of the opinion that work-life balance is a delicate task. “I don’t believe that work is worship. It doesn’t work like that. There has to be a balance,” says Ms Suri, who is an avid environment-related books reader.