Mayurie was a student in Liverpool, in her final year studying for her degree, when one quiet afternoon at the university library she felt an urge to do something creative not related to her dissertation. First came the name…Bindi Babe and she followed that immediately with a logo being created on Paint! She always knew she wanted a small business and when the idea of revolutionizing the Bindi came into her mind she went with it and the result is Bindi Babe!
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
My name is Mayurie, I’m 26-year-old (half Punjabi / half Gujarati) originally from Nottingham. I design and sell beautifully unique Bindi’s & Jewels through BindiBabe . We design and produce bespoke Bindi’s for a range of people and occasions. We have taken the Bindi that is traditionally worn by Indian women as a sign of marriage as well as being a traditional mark by Indians. The word Bindi (Hindi: बिंदी, from Sanskrit bindu, meaning “point, drop, dot or small particle”) is a red dot placed on the centre of the forehead, commonly worn by Hindu and Jain women. It is also described as “the sacred symbol of the cosmos in its unmanifested state” and is known as the ‘third-eye’ penal chakra. We believe that the Bindi should be accessible to all and we continue to create an image for bindis to be worn on any occasion whether it be a wedding, party, formal, festival, evening dinner… in fact, the Bindi can be worn every day. The meaning is defined by the wearer. Bindi Babe is very important to me, it has provided me with financial freedom, as I now have another source of income, relationships with my family have strengthened as I can share with them my business and creative knowledge and it has helped me connect – with my Indian culture and other like minded people around the world.
What inspires you?
Aside networking with amazing people around the world through BindiBabe where I can educate, make-over & spread empowerment.. life is very inspiring in itself. Nature, family, earning your dollar, connecting and having fun… and learning about who you truly are… to be a better you can take you to inspirational heights!
What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why? Or what are one to three books that have greatly influenced your life?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and most Ronald Dahl books – both read and given as gifts. Another personal favourite is the ‘BindiBabe’s’ Collection by author Narinda Dhami.
What purchase of £100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months (or in recent memory)
A £20 ticket to the London Art Fair 2019. I would spend my last £20 on a show, gallery.. anything creative.. arts is life!
How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
My ‘favourite failure’ was spending too much money on unnecessary items. That didn’t mean I stopped buying to keep more of my money but understanding how I failed myself by buying things that didn’t benefit me entirely.
If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why?
Apart from Be a.. BindiBabe?
Well, what has helped me in any given situation:
“Be still & ask yourself… what is the next best thing I can do?”
In the last 2 years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
Learning, practising, maintaining and mastering: moving forward. This may be from a current situation that doesn’t suit your future destination and priorities.
What advice would you give to a smart, driven student about to enter the “real world? What advice should they ignore?
Ignore hinderances to your well-being, your joy, your strength, your instincts, and motivations to succeed.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?
Relax of course… and understand what is important… and prioritise.
What would be your message to the AWMB community?
Asian Women… we truly mean business! Take BindiBabe’s word for it and make it your own!
Tell us something that would surprise us about you? I am a real family lady. I love my Nana & Nani a lot – and they are great fun whenever I spend time with them!