While the past decades witnessed the women being meant just for kitchen the contemporary times have proved that they are no less than their male counterparts. The passion and determination that they show somehow project their desire to be on the top and their success in achieving that.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon Ltd. She became the richest woman of India in 2004. Presently her company is the biggest biopharmaceutical firm of the nation.
Ekta Kapoor is the creative head and joint MD of Balaji Telefilms. Her name is synonymous with the Indian Television after the huge success of the soap opera "KyunKi Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi". She bagged the Hall of Fame Ward at the 6th Indian telly Awards.
Sunita Narain is an environmentalist and political activist and at the same times a major proponent of the Green concept of sustainable development. She was conferred with the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2005. Narain is currently the director of the Centre and the director of the Society for Environmental Communications, and publisher of the fortnightly magazine, 'Down to Earth'.
Neelam Dhawan is the Managing Director of Microsoft, India. She handles the marketing and sales operation of the company in India.
Naina Lal Kidwai is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of the HSBC Group in India. She is a chartered accountant by profession and the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School.
Sulajja Firodia Motwani born on August 26, 1970, is the Joint Managing Director of Kinetic Engineering Ltd. Apart from this she is also the Director of Kinetic Motor Company Limited and Kinetic Marketing Services Limited. Her husband, Manish Motwani, is the Managing Director of Kinetic Communications Ltd.
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is the Chairman and Executive Officer of PepsiCo. She was named as the most powerful business woman in 2006.
Chanda Kocchar is presently the managing director and CEO of ICICI Bank. She is also the head of the Corporate Centre of the Bank. Kochhar personally was awarded "Retail Banker of the Year 2004.
Akhila Srinivasan, Managing Director of Shriram Investments is another successful Indian business woman. She is the recipient of several awards that also include Outstanding Women Professional Award (200-01) instituted by the FICCI.
Mallika Srinivasan is the Director of TAFE India and was honoured as the businesswoman of the year 2006.
Lalita Gupte is the Chairperson on the Board of ICICI Venture and a board member of Nokia Corporation. She was appointed as member of Alstom's Board of directors on 22nd June, 2010.
Kalpana Morparia became the Managing Director of JP Morgan in the year 2006. Prior to this she was the joint managing director along with Lalita Gupte of ICICI Bank.
Indu Jain is the current chairperson of India's largest media group; Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd that owns the Times of India and other newspapers. She is also founder President of the Ladies wing of FICCI.
Dr.Swati Piramal is now Director, Strategic Alliances and Communications, Piramal Healthcare. She is a medical student at the University of Mumbai
Zia Mody is Managing Partner, AZB & Partners, the law firm that has advised companies like Reliance Industries, Vedanta, Bharti Airtel and so on. She is also a Indian legal consultant
Vinita Bali is the Managing Director of Britannia Industries. In 2005 she joined Britannia as its CEO.
Preetha Reddy is the Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise which is one of the largest health conglomerates of India.
Aruna Jayanthi is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini India.
Renu Sud Karnad is the Managing Director of Housing Development Finance Corporation. She is responsible for strategy, budget, product development and distribution for the all-India lending operations.
Jyotsna Suri is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Bharat Hotels
Meena Ganesh is serial entrepreneur, and CEO and Managing Director of Pearson Education Services.
Kirthiga Reddy is the Director, Online Operations and Head of Facebook India Office.
Falguni Nayar is the Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Capital Company. Nayar is on the Board of Business Standard and is a founding member of the Asia Society in India.
Archana Hingorani is the CEO and Executive Director of IL&FS Investment Managers that controls a private equity corpus of $3.2 billion.
Ashu Suyash is the Managing Director and Country Head of Fidelity International's Indian asset management business since late 2003
Roopa Kudva is the Managing Director and CEO of Crisil which has been with the rating agency for 19 years. She is also Region Head, South Asia, of Standard & Poor's, which holds major shares in Crisil
Zarina Mehta is the chief creative officer of broadcasting at UTV.
Leena Nair is the Executive Director and Vice President, Human Resources, South Asia, Hindustan Unilever ltd.
Vinita Gupta is the Group President and CEO, Lupin Pharmaceuticals and Director, Lupin. She is the first woman of Indian origin to take her company public in the United States
Shobhana Bhartia is Chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media. She is also responsible for the Pro Chancellor of Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.
Vedika Bhandarkar is the Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse in India. She was earlier with ICICI and later JPMorgan for some years
Renuka Ramnath is the Managing Director and CEO of Multiples Alternate Asset Management.
Kavery Kalanithi is the joint managing director of SUN TV Network.
Urvi A. Piramal is the Chairperson of Peninsula Land Limited.
Sushma Berlia is the President of the Apeejay Education Society. She is a famous Indian Business Woman who was the first female to head an Apex chamber of commerce.
Manisha Girotra is managing director and chairperson for Swiss bank UBS in India. She is a graduate of the Delhi School of Economics.
Ranjana Kumar is currently Vigilance Commissioner in Central Vigilance Commission, after her retirement as Chairperson of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
Amrita Patel is chairperson of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)
Rajshree Pathy, is an eminent entrepreneur from Coimbatore who is the Chairperson and Managing Director of the Rajshree Group of Companies.
Priya Paul is currently the Chairperson of Appeejay the Park Hotels chain of boutique hotels. She completed her studies in Economics at the Wellesley College (US)
Indian women are becoming increasingly visible and successful in their professional fields too. Many of the above mentioned Indians have heralded the arrival of Indian women professionals.