Rinku Deswal is a lawyer and the owner of Mississauga-based law firm, RD Law Professional Corporation. She also holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She maintains an active practice in solicitor’s work along with her litigation practice, and specializes in aviation law as well as corporate, family, employment and risk management. She is also general counsel to a number of corporate businesses in the GTA. Rinku co-hosts Kitty Talk, a national TV show featured on Rogers TV and OMNI TV. She is also the Vice President and creative head of Colors of Asia, a company she co-founded with her husband Tajinder Oberoi, providing event management services in the GTA. Rinku is the Co-Chair and Co-Master of Ceremonies of the 14th Annual International Women’s Day celebrations to be hosted by the Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) in March 2016. In recognition of her outstanding community work, Rinku was named Ambassador to the Mississauga Arts Council and recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Peel Crime Stoppers.
Vinita Kinra: Welcome to Global Asian Times, Rinku. You are a successful lawyer, lively talk show host, and active community champion. How do you make time for so many diverse engagements?
Rinku Deswal: I believe variety is the spice of life. Diversity makes things interesting. I also believe heavily in giving back to the community and getting involved.
Vinita Kinra: You also hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Were you always interested in human behaviour, and does this deep knowledge help you excel in your multiple vocations?
Rinku Deswal: Absolutely! I love people and I find how people react to different situations fascinating. My knowledge from my degree has been helpful in all facets. At the end of the day, irrespective of the different hats you wear, the key is to understand the dynamics in any relationship.
Vinita Kinra: What do you like best about hosting Kitty Talk on Rogers TV, and how did you become a part of this well-loved South Asian Show?
Rinku Deswal: I love public speaking and discussing current issues in the South Asian community. It’s an excellent platform to discuss what’s relevant today. I became a part of the show as Jake Dheer from Rogers spotted me through my other community initiatives and believed in me.
Vinita Kinra: What is the greatest challenge for a lawyer in Canada?
Rinku Deswal: There are no challenges. There are only opportunities. I am proud to be a part of the Canadian legal system.
Vinita Kinra: You set up your own law firm, RD Law, in Mississauga. Were you entrepreneurial from a young age?
Rinku Deswal: I have always believed in creating my path, rather than following the norm, hence my motivation to start my own law firm at a young age.
Vinita Kinra: You have been a vital part of many charitable causes in Canada. What motivates you to give back to the society?
Rinku Deswal: My philosophy in life, which is based on working hard, sharing our good fortune and believing in God.
Vinita Kinra: In your perspective, what are the core ingredients needed to succeed as a South Asian immigrant to Canada?
Rinku Deswal: Keeping an open mind and believing in who you are.
Vinita Kinra: How does it feel to be a role model for your community?
Rinku Deswal: It’s a responsibility which I take very seriously.
Vinita Kinra: Who has been your greatest mentor and why?
Rinku Deswal: My parents. Their path, continued guidance and support have been integral to the person I am today.
Vinita Kinra: Do you feel satiated by your life journey so far, or do you yearn to accomplish more goals?
Rinku Deswal: I am thankful for my experiences to date; however, I feel that I have only begun.
Vinita Kinra: Tell us about your early life. What dreams did you have growing up?
Rinku Deswal: I wanted to be a lawyer and a public figure. It has come a full circle today, where I get to enjoy both roles.
Vinita Kinra: What is your life philosophy?
Rinku Deswal: To be a free spirit.
Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.