#TSLWomenPowerhouses: International Women's Day 2023

Varda Goenka, Jewellery Designer

Varda Goenka, Jewellery Designer
How do you succeed in a male-dominated environment?

To excel in a predominantly male setting, it’s important to balance your femininity with a strong work ethic. While the majority of men I’ve encountered are diligent and respectful, they tend to acknowledge and appreciate your dedication and authenticity. However, there may be a few outliers who require you to assert yourself and strive towards carving out a more favourable space for yourself in the professional sphere.

What’s your International Women’s Day message?

My message for International Women’s Day is that women are exceptional beings. We possess a unique combination of intelligence, diligence, and an innate ability to balance our family responsibilities with work. Our multitasking skills are unparalleled, making us capable of achieving great things in life. As a woman, take pride in your identity and work tirelessly towards your goals, whatever they may be. Success doesn’t have to be confined to the business or power arenas – it’s about pursuing what you truly desire and striving to attain it. With dedication and perseverance, you can reach your aspirations without a doubt.

What is the role you enjoy most as a woman?

I take pleasure in all aspects of womanhood. As someone who values family, I cherish my time with loved ones, and as a businesswoman, I appreciate my professional side of myself. I find it fulfilling to connect and engage with diverse women across various industries, and I believe that being a woman in any field is a positive attribute.

What does power mean to you?

For me, ‘Power’ signifies the ability to make a positive impact in the world. It grants you the power to assist and elevate others, ventures into uncharted territories, and pursue new opportunities. Power, to me, is a multifaceted tool that can be utilized in a myriad of ways to propel oneself forward while simultaneously empowering and uplifting others.

Which powerful woman do you admire the most?

Indira Nooyi is the woman whom I hold in the highest regard. She is the chairperson of one of the largest companies globally, Pepsico, and her journey from humble beginnings to such an influential position is truly remarkable. Along with her professional achievements, she has also effectively managed her family and authored an inspiring book that has impacted the lives of countless women. Additionally, she is deeply involved in various philanthropic efforts, further amplifying my admiration for her.

Celebrating the Doyenne: Varda Goenka

“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” ~ Virginia Woolf. On this International Women’s Day, GlobalSpa recognizes and celebrates the women in the industry as we delve into their success mantra they follow, mistakes that have helped them grow, and of course, their WELLNESS philosophy.

Varda Goenka is the Founder and Jewelry Designer of Varda Goenka Fine Jewels by Diagold. Her line of jewellery is inspired by the facets of modern life holding traditional values, which every woman can seamlessly relate to.

What is your wellness philosophy?

My approach to wellness centers on cultivating happiness, and meditation is a crucial component of achieving it. To sustain my well-being, I rely on a combination of meditation and walking. Whether it’s a morning stroll or an evening walk immersed in nature, I find that these activities rejuvenate me. By consistently integrating meditation and nature walks into my routine, I maintain my wellness program and keep myself going.

Your success mantra?

My key to success is simple: hard work. It’s a widely held belief that success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration, and I couldn’t agree more. To achieve your goals, you must work diligently, maintain a positive attitude, and stay creative. By focusing on your objectives and putting in the effort, success is always attainable. Remember to set clear goals for yourself and put in the necessary work to achieve them. With hard work, you will inevitably reap the rewards you seek.

A lesson you learned from making a mistake?

Through my experiences, I’ve come to accept that making mistakes is an inevitable part of life. It’s impossible to make the right decisions every time. While I have certainly made my fair share of mistakes, I strive to learn from them and avoid repeating them. This perspective keeps me motivated because I believe that every mistake is an opportunity for growth. By reflecting on my mistakes, I gain valuable insights that help me navigate similar situations in the future. With this mindset, I can embrace my mistakes as a necessary stepping stone on my journey forward.

Any piece of advice for all the women out there?

By respecting yourself and prioritizing your happiness, you can achieve success in any endeavor – whether you’re a homemaker, an employee, an entrepreneur, or in any other field. When you hold yourself in high regard, others will follow suit and respect you as well. This self-respect will allow you to find contentment in your current situation while also aspiring for more. Ultimately, a positive self-image and a happy disposition are the keys to success in all areas of life.

What has been your biggest pride as a doyenne?

One of my greatest sources of pride is the opportunity to connect with a diverse array of wonderful individuals from all walks of life whom I would never have met otherwise. Each person has a unique story, and each piece of jewelry I create has its own tale to tell. It brings me immense joy to see people wearing my creations with love and pride, and to know that my achievements have earned me recognition. The amalgamation of these stories is truly one of my most significant accomplishments.

ADORN, October 2013

Aparajita Awards

Asiana International

Atelier, July 2012

Bindiya, October 2013

Cosmopolitan, October 2013

Cover Page - All that Glitters

Deccan Herald, July 13, 2013

Elle, August 2015

Femina Brides

Femina, June 2012

Femina, December 2014


Filmfare, October 2013

Featuring in T2

Harper's Bazaar

Harper's Bazaar Bride


Hi Blitz

Hi Blitz, December 2014

L Officiel


Business of Fashion, Oct 2013




Solitaire International

The Art of Jewellery


Vogue, May 2014