Climb every mountain
Search high and low
Follow every byway
Every path you know
Climb every mountain
Ford every stream
Follow every rainbow
Till you find your dream
A dream that will need
All the love you can give
Every day of your life
For as long as you live
Songwriters: Oscar Hammerstein Ii / Richard Rodgers
Climb Ev’ry Mountain lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC.
Whenever I think of Shweta, this song inevitably comes to my mind. In this song, such a profound philosophy is advocated with so much ease. Shweta is essentially one such person on a quest to explore herself. Shweta Bhange runs her own jewelry business, ‘Devmani‘, each set is designed by her and is unique. She runs this business from her home and even consults people on what kind of set will go with their choice of apparel. She derives the most pleasure from the fact that each of her design is unique in itself.
Shweta hails from Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Since her childhood Shweta has been an intelligent child. Thus her parents were insistent that she pursue Engineering but she wanted to get admitted in an Arts School. Thus she deliberately missed the dates for Engineering admissions, as a result she had to opt for Bachelor’s in Computer Science (B.CS) in Singhgad college, Pune. She then completed her Masters in Computer Science (M.CS) from Garware college, Pune. She then got a job in a well reputed company in Pune. After a year or so she got an opportunity to go to the United States. At that time she was married and her husband had got an opportunity to go to Belgium. She decided to quit her job and to go to Belgium. There she worked for the European commission. She used to paint and even sold some of her paintings with the help of her friend in the Flea Market there.
The story about the start of this business is also very interesting. After coming to India, one Diwali Shweta gifted her sister with a set she had designed and made herself. One of the ladies who was friends with her sister liked it a lot and asked Shweta if she could make something like this for her. Shweta did and lo and behold her new business had taken roots. Over time she continued to do this along with the job. Just two years ago she quit her job and got into full time business.
Today she paints, makes jewelry and is writing a novel. This novel is a Memoir on a life on an Old women who has overcome extreme circumstances. She has been translating Marathi to English and vice versa from a long time too. In addition to all this she has just recently started planning tours packages. Her first ever such tour was to Leh in April 2018. I got to know her as I went with her on her second trip to Leh. It was an absolutely amazing experience! She has named her Tour Company as Travel Therapy. It aims to encourage experience oriented travelling and self awareness and healing through this medium. This approach makes her trips more enjoyable as they are not just a checklist of places to see but every activity, every place is an experience onto itself. Shweta is always so full of energy and enthusiasm, it is difficult to be anything but in her presence. She is an excellent company to go on a trip as she has the ability to bond with every kind of person. She is planning another trip to Bali this October.
She strongly feels that our life is shaped by us and our decisions. In her journey she was plagued by many self-doubts due to her unhappiness in her job and other things but she persevered, took risks and even today has continued to take risks, this is what I feel keeps her enthused. Along with this she is surprisingly self aware and has the courage of her convictions to back her up in the face of oppositions. Her drive to explore both herself and the world around her is admirable and I believe the reason of her wonderful journey so far.
As always, I will be back in October with a new venture or a venturist, hope to see you too……..