The Adventurous Entrepreneur

March is when we celebrate Women’s Day – all the beauty, strength and courage of the female gender.On this occasion we bring to you a really special feature. Some of you may already be familiar with her.To others, she will be someone who will, at the very least, leave you awe-struck. Meet Meghna Khanna – entrepreneur, avid biker, super cool mom and the owner of what many have called Bangalore’s best kept secret – Levitate!

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Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in small towns across north India. Thanks to my dad’s profession as a fighter pilot, we moved around a lot.

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How did you get your idea or concept of Levitate?
After completing my MBA and working in the corporate research for just about a year, I decided to quit and start something of my own. And move to Bangalore. I had an opportunity with my friends who were starting a restaurant. I got a small space to use and start my brand. I was lucky that way. This same friend is now my husband. Levitate was at a place called 93 then. Today, 15 years later, rents are sky high and deposits are deep. So the end investment is high and it could get intimidating.

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What is unique about your business?
Levitate offers a mix of everything. It’s a place with tones of stuff. We showcase a mix of old traditions and new designs.

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What difficulties did you face making Levitate a reality?
Convincing my family and friends that quitting my job and being adventurous with my life and following my dreams was a call of duty and I would be ok!

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What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
When you do what you love, it never feels like hard work

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What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
When new people I meet at my store hug me on their way out, thanking me for Levitate!

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Tell us about your special love for biking and how it all started?
I learned to ride my dad’s Bajaj scooter when I was 12 and then moved on to bikes at 13. Thanks to my elder brother’s friends.

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How is entrepreneurship and working women important for India as a whole?
The whole equation is changing. It’s small but it’s happening. Its time of the Alpha Female (a go-getter and achiever) and beta male (accepting and non-aggressive).

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What has been your most favorite memory while you escape and explore on your bike?
Back in 2005, I rode up from Delhi to Khardung-La, the highest motorable mountain pass in the world.It was a two week motorcycle road trip called the Himalayan Odyssey organized for the first time by Royal Enfield, India to commemorate 50 years.
I also appeared in their coffee table book and its “Trip” advert series and the Limca book of records back in the day .
But apart from all this, it was the ride of my life and i got to take one thing off my Bucket List!
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If you had one advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Be your best self and be different. And believe, without a doubt and do a lot of research.

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Levitate
Mezz Floor,
Inside 100 Ft Boutique Restaurant,
777/i, 100 Feet Road,
Indira Nagar,
Bengaluru,
Karnataka 560042

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