Nooraine Fazal, educationist and, co-founder, CEO and managing trustee of Inventure Academy, was recently named one of the core members of the newly launched Bangalore Political Action Committee (BPAC), which has on it eminent names like Narayana Murthy and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, among others. As one of its youngest members, Nooraine is involved in communication and outreach, in getting the youth involved in the electoral process. She visits schools and colleges to instill civic sense in the young. Her aim is “to get more people to buy into the idea of voting, to get more people registered and make sure they get out on Election Day and exercise their right to vote. We’re working towards a better Bengaluru, be it in terms of physical or social infrastructure.”
Starting with the international school she runs, Inventure Academy plans to expand, there’s a new school on the cards. “We want to keep our price point where it is right now. Compared to other international schools, our fee is about one third theirs. We value our parent body — these are people who’ve done well because they’ve worked hard,” she says. “We keep trying to evolve, to create an environment where people are able to air their views,” she adds. To those who know Nooraine, the irony is that as a college student she had a two per cent attendance record. Today, she is CEO of her own school.
Work apart, Nooraine calls herself a sports junkie. “Now, I play golf. But when I was a kid, I played sports eight hours a day. I played pretty much everything — cricket, softball, hockey, basketball,” she recalls. She now alternates between yoga, golf and a workout on different days of the week.
She aims for that elusive work-life balance through a love of books and travelling. “Right now, I don’t travel as much as I used to, but the natural me is almost nomadic — I am my happiest in a place where I don’t know a soul, don’t know the language. And I can just explore,” she muses.
Nooraine’s work involves interacting closely with people. “I am passionate about people. The more complex they are, the more interesting I find them,” she observes. Each day holds possibility for her. “Life is obviously not always a bed of roses, but you need to take everything as a learning opportunity and stay positive,” she says.