Women of Worth 2017

The Pathbreaker

Rajni Bector did not let her detractors get in the way of building one of India’s biggest foods company

Vishal Koul

At Rajni Bector’s spacious house in Ludhiana, we have just been served coffee and snacks. “Do you want to sprinkle some more coffee powder? I have a feeling that it’s not perfect,” beams the 77-year-old self-made entrepreneur. Even before we had taken a sip, she seemed to sense what was amiss. And, she was right. Clearly, Bector knows more than a thing or two about aroma, considering that the company she founded, Cremica, is one of the leading manufacturers of bakery products and condiments.