Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Harlin Sachdeva
FAB WOMAN: Sucheta Pal
India’s first and only Zumba® Education Specialist, meet Sucheta Pal who has taken her passion for dance to the next level as a fitness regime. As a talented and creative fitness professional, she understands that physical fitness does not always mean workout sessions in the gym, sweating it out on a treadmill or lifting heavy weights. Instead, Sucheta believes that you can achieve your fitness goals by adding a little fun to your daily workout routine through the medium of dance. Read on to find out more about what makes this high-energy fitness diva tick!
Sucheta started her career as a Business Analyst in an MNC and after much deliberation decided to bid adieu to her corporate life and become a full time dance professional. It was when she was in the US, that she was introduced to Zumba for the first time and instantly, she knew that she had found what she would be happy doing even 50 years down the line. Over the next few years, Sucheta decided to move all-in and earned her licensed training in various specialities of Zumba like Zumbatomic®, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Gold , Zumba® Sentao and Aqua Zumba. After she had completely mastered the art, Sucheta could not wait to return to India and introduce this unique dance form and fitness workout to the Indian audience.
After moving to India two years back, Sucheta realized that she was still miles away from realizing her dream. The awareness of Zumba in India was close to nil when compared to the US or Europe. Secondly, fitness was not yet a trend and a gym membership, in those days, was still considered a luxury. Never to give up, Sucheta spent one whole year on promoting the art, conducting events, master classes, flashmobs and fund-raisers. Today, as she sees Zumba pick up, she is happy and geared up to serve the members who flock to her classes everyday.
Here are bits of our conversation with this spunky Diva:
FAB BAG: If not Sucheta, who would you be?
Sucheta: The only thing I have ever known to be is ME – I think I’ll stick with that 🙂
FAB BAG: What motivates you?
Sucheta: People are my biggest motivators. I am amazed to see how they mould their lives with every small action. Their passion, love, fears and joys are my subjects of observation. I never get tired of learning from each and every person I meet everyday.
FAB BAG: Happiness, to you, is…?
Sucheta: Being awarded the pioneer award by the brand you represent in the country, canceling a business meeting for your nephew’s 7th birthday, having the largest breakfast spread at Bellagio in Vegas or simply gorging on the Maggi that you cooked together with your soulmate at 1:00AM at night! Watching Grand Canyon 10,000 feet below you while skydiving on your 30th birthday or just watching Home Alone for the umpteenth time on Christmas eve. Yes, all these little things gives me happiness – it’s in these little moments of life that I find my happy drug 🙂
FAB BAG: One beauty tip that you can always fall back on?
Sucheta: Sleep Sleep Sleep like a Queen! I know the value of good sleep as I hardly get any!
FAB BAG: One over hyped advice that you’d never give anyone?
Sucheta: “Diet” to lose weight… it’s a myth. Eat healthy and exercise 2-3 hours a week. You are sorted for life.
FAB BAG: What would you like people to remember you as?
Sucheta: The girl who never stopped working, the girl who never stopped loving people and the girl who never lost her PASSION 🙂
So, if you’re ready to shake a leg, here’s a video of Sucheta in action that we’re pulling from her YouTube channel. You can view all her videos by clicking here.
Parting Shot: Sucheta, is a believer in the true sense of the word. Once she discovered her passion, the only way for her to reach where she has today was to be blinded by her all-consuming urge to bring this new-age fitness-dance routine back to her roots. It was that or nothing. It’s stories like these which make us believe that “Once you find your calling and are prepared to completely lose yourself in it, all you need to do is to wait… and watch the magic unfold right before your eyes”
The *FAB* Women initiative by FabBag.com celebrates the occasion of Women’s Day all through the month of March with an aim to inspire women across the country by sharing stories of ordinary women with extraordinary lives. If you liked reading Sucheta’s story, please leave a comment below and share this article. It’s now your turn to spread the inspiration.