Sushi, Saddam Hussein and Antarctica: The other side of Babychakra’s Naiyya Saggi
By Devika Chitnis
As an intern with the International Bar Association in 2005, she saw judges receiving training for the trial of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Today, she runs a platform for new parents, Babychakra that is the go-to place for new parents.
There’s more – she has studied at the National Law School, Bangalore, and went to Harvard Business School on a JN Tata and Fulbright scholarship.
Meet the multi-faceted Naiyya Saggi.
When she is not making parenthood easier for new mums and dads, Naiyya loves a good adventure. And food.
Naiyya has a trip to Antarctica on her wishlist, and counts sushi as a good meal. On what she does during her free time, Naiyya laughs. “I don’t have any free time!”
“But I am making a conscious effort to make some time, and having a team that can function smoothly without me.”
Eat, read, experience
Nudge her a bit more and she says she loves to read. One recent read that changed the way she thinks is ‘The Hard Thing about Hard Things’ by Ben Horowitz. “The book says - ‘Take care of the people, the products, and the profits - in that order.’ That’s a big lesson for most founders,” she says.
Naiyya and her husband, Sandeep Rao
And travel! Earlier, my husband Sandeep and I would go on big foreign trips but now, when there is a long weekend, we end up doing small trips around India. There is so much to see here,
Naiyya also confesses she wants to travel in a space shuttle.
We mentioned sushi earlier, but Naiyya says her love for food does not end there. “My mother-in-law is a Kannadiga - so idlis, dosas and appams are my favourites. Besides that, I love Japanese food. Sushi and Sashimi are a little difficult to get in India, so if you have any recommendations for a Japanese restaurant - let me know!”