Chandrakant Nimbalkar

Where do you live?

I live in Naigaon, Mumbai


What is it like growing up in Mumbai with a disability?

I feel Mumbai is a good place for people with disabilities, and that the people are really helpful in this city compared to other places. Time and again people have helped me in various situations, and so for me it was never a problem growing up in a fast paced city like Mumbai.


Can you give a bit of background to your life before COFVI?

Before COFVI I used to teach English in Pratham education society for underprivileged students pursuing a career in Hotel Management, predominantly in the Kurla region of Mumbai. I also worked with Tata Indicom as a telecaller for 2-3 years.


How did you hear about COFVI?

I got to know about COFVI through one of my friends. I know many people who have been part of COFVI.


Why did you apply to COFVI?

I believe COFVI is a place where the visually impaired can give their best. It is a learning platform for us and it’s a cherry on top for students like me who are interested in fragrances.


How has COFVI impacted your life?

Through COFVI I have learned many new things. I have got to know the different elements in use in perfumery which I had previously thought were of no use in anything. COFVI has given me a good knowledge of perfumery and now I feel I can stand on my own two feet and can achieve anything in this field if given the right support.


What are your plans for the future, once you have graduated from COFVI?

I definitely want to join a good fragrance firm, where I can showcase the talent and skills I learnt at COFVI, and to continue to learn more.


What is your favourite thing about working with fragrances?

My favourite thing about working in fragrance is differentiating between smells and putting the fragrances where they can fit in.

What is your favourite ingredient?

Basil, Cardamom and Vanilla.


Where do you get inspiration for fragrances?

I always look forward to smelling different fragrances everyday and this is what keeps me inspired.            


What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying to COFVI?

I have no specific advice. People should explore COFVI because they want to, and join if they think they could have a passion for fragrance.