“Be open to new experiences, drop preconceived notions and make the most of this time.”
She’s not only the CEO of Full Circle Publishing/Hind Books in India, but she also runs the Full Circle bookstores and Cafe Turtle book-cafes in New Delhi. It’s been a journey, publisher and entrepreneur Priyanka Malhotra tells us – here’s what she learned, and passes on to anyone considering heading off to discover new educational opportunity.
Full Circle CEO Priyanka Malhotra takes some time out at Cafe Turtle
1. What did you study, and where?
London College of Printing, BA Hon (Publishing); London School of Economics, MSc in Media and Communications.
2. Did what you studied have any impact on your current career?
Yes - both courses were directly linked to my choice of profession and were able to provide me with skill and knowledge for the world of publishing.
3. Most memorable experience while studying abroad?
Meeting people from all over the world, learning about different cultures and ways of life.
4. What do you remember packing to take with you to university that was particularly useful?
All the usual essentials, but my most treasured was a little house-printed book given to me by my grandfather – it was titled, ‘Advice to my Granddaughter’. Words of wisdom that I will always cherish.
5. Tips for a young student leaving India for studies, for the first time?
Be open to new experiences, drop notions and make the most of this time. Many of us look back believing it was our best time.
6. Things about India you miss when abroad?
Family most of all. Home cooked meals, and Indian hospitality.
7. Things about India you don't miss when abroad?
I appreciate the clean environment, being able to walk on the streets. Also, using public transport with ease and the relative safety - compared with Delhi. Also, I enjoyed the fact that systems work for people rather than against them. Daily life is not a struggle because systems work there.
8. What do you believe young Indian students should aspire to?
Honesty, compassion and generosity. It’s what Indian culture is about, and we need to bring it back into our lives and practice it.
9. Favourite quote?
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie
Priyanka Malhotra is the CEO of Full Circle Publishing, and the owner of the Cafe Turtle outlets in Delhi. She studied publishing in the U.K., starting with a course at the London College of Printing.