The most exciting part about a New Year are the beginnings we chose for ourselves, and as the zeitgeist of 2011 has proved, these plans will have to made with caution and creativity. In the first month of the year, six women share with us their big ideas for 2012.,The most exciting part about a New Year are the beginnings we chose for ourselves, and as the zeitgeist of 2011 has proved, these plans will have to made with caution and creativity. In the first month of the year, six women share with us their big ideas for 2012.Kalki Koechlin, 28, Actor, Mumbai”My plan is to escape Mumbai for a few months to pursue my passion for theatre and writing.”Lifeline: The current queen of alternative cinema, she first found her calling on the stage while studying theatre in London. She moved quickly from ads to playing the modern Chandramukhi in Anurag Kashyap’s DevD, with the sass and confidence seldom seen in outsiders to the industry. 2011 was a mixed bag for Koechlin- she transitioned into the mainstream with Zoya Akhtar’s Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and proved her acting mettle in That Girl In Yellow Boots, which she co-wrote with husband Anurag.The gameplan: The last year has been a whirlwind professionally. With two releases, between shooting schedules and promotions, I’ve hardly had any time. When I’m back in Mumbai around mid-February, I will begin shooting for my new film, Shanghai, a fast-paced political thriller. I’ve consciously taken these few months off to focus on my writing and theatre, since I enjoy both immensely. I will be in a Tom Stoppard play soon and focus on writing new scripts. This year is going to be about letting my creativity flow.Kalyani Shastry, 34, Lead Consultant, StantonChase, Mumbai”It’s the year of change, of questions and reform. I welcome it.”Lifeline: Involved in strategic hires for multinationals, Kalyani Shastry gets the bosses their top jobs. She’s helped place people at leadership levels in companies like SREI, TVS Capital, Microsoft, Ernst & Young to name a few, and is an ace at identifying great talent.The gameplan: I’m looking forward to some economic sunshine for India in the New Year. While I don’t believe in resolutions, I do look forward to new beginnings. My goal is to strike a healthy balance between work and home. Since the workplace is always evolving, my approach will be aggressive and I want to find newer avenues for growth. On my personal bucket list is some more metime, pursuing wildlife photography and trying new adventure sports with the family.advertisementAditi Mittal, 24, Comedian, Mumbai”2012 is going to be the year of the artist and cinematic genius.”Lifeline: A lone ranger in a world where all the laughs belong to men, Aditi Mittal has brought her own feminine sensibilities to Indian standup. With material on good sex to Pakistan, Mittal has found recognition from a middle-class now confident enough to laugh at itself.The gameplan: To keep a New Year resolution, make it in reverse. If you break it, you end up winning. Learning new things is my mantra for 2012. I feel like I’ve only nudged the top of a massive iceberg. The Indian audience in the metros is growing up and accepting diverse forms of humour. I think 2012 should be the year where more comedians like me should jump into the fray. I’ve also resolved to be a better daughter and friend, and keep in touch with people who count. To top off that bucket list is a trip to Romania and waiting patiently for more versions of Kolaveri Di to hit the viral waves.Hastha Krishnan, 53, CEO, Global Search Services, Ma Foi Randstad, Chennai”I’m going to be a mentor to my juniors and facilitate solutions in an inclusive manner.”Lifeline: This English Literature graduate-turned-market research professional is Ma Foi’s pillar of strength in India. Having expanded her portfolio to include CEO level posts, Krishnan is now responsible for matching talent to industry requirements right from entry-level positions to top-level management.The gameplan: Being part of a management development programme in 2011 made me introspect on my own leadership style. My approach so far has been unilateral and directive, while there is now a need for more mentors in the industry. I will try a more inclusive style, and be an encouraging soundingboard for new ideas. I will balance out the co-existing spheres of my life, which means spending more time travelling with family. Giving back through the Ma Foi Foundation for child healthcare, education and women’s empowerment is going to be a major goal for me in 2012.Kavitha Iyer Rodrigues, 34 Co-founder, Inbiopro, Bangalore”It’s time for some rules in bioscience and I plan to enforce them.”Lifeline: A Tamilian from Bangalore, Kavitha Iyer Rodrigues co-founded Inbipro, a bio-pharma start-up, in her parents’ apartment in 2007. Since then, the business has grown exponentially and is being touted as the next big thing to hit Indian pharmaceuticals.The gameplan: Inbiopro will be launching its first product in 2012. But till that happens, my plan is to introduce process control and quality management systems in bio-pharma-set a benchmark for the industry as a whole. I’m passionate about running marathons and I’m going to run more in 2012. With being a Tai chi practitioner and a mother of a three-year-old, I’ll have my hands full through the year.advertisementSrividhya Ramarathnam, 38, Business Head, New Technology Initiatives, Intuit India, Bangalore”The buzzword for 2012 will continue to be the youth. Their enthusiasm is infectious and driven.”Lifeline: A successful consultant in the US, Ramarathnam returned to a surging Indian market, which, according to her, has more “innovation and excitement” than the west. She’s in charge of Intuit’s newest Indian venture, txtWeb India. Aimed at the 700 million mobile phone users in the country, txtWeb is a service that can connect you to the information you want by means of a single text message, without needing the internet. It’s democratisation of knowledge, claims Ramarathnam, and the newest means to empowerment.The gameplan: The immediate goal for txtWeb would be to penetrate the market further, especially amongst the youth who use text messaging the most. Through a host of NGO players, we hope to break into the rural market soon, where this application will prove most useful. Personally, I adopted a new role, and a new challenge when I joined Intuit India in 2011. From marketing and selling well-established products in the US, to taking on a brand new initiative in India, the last year’s been a huge change for me. My role has evolved into looking after enterprises started from scratch and turning them into profitable ventures. To get away from my busy schedule and since travel is a good way to unwind, I definitely want to take more trips with my husband and explore the North-east with him. With India growing as an economic powerhouse, what I’m most excited about is how people are taking to projects like microfinance, which permeate down to the weaker sections of society.