Great moments come from Great Opportunities
And, I believe it is my responsibility as a human to do my very best to seek these out. In the pursuit of these great opportunities I spent my teenage years working at several places like the local Burger King, Kings’ Plant Barn and also as a dental assistant (I went through a ‘medicine is cool’ stage – an after effect of watching too much Grey’s Anatomy).
Having graduated from AUT University with a Hospitality & Marketing Degree, it was time to get a ‘real’ job. Since I loved food – mainly eating – it was serendipitous that I landed a role in AUT’s catering & events department, where I worked for three years as an Events & Marketing Co-ordinator. While AUT University is one of NZ’s top employers, our department was like a startup within the system and I played a first-hand role in setting up a lot of the systems and also Project Managing our first few end-to-end Academic Conferences.
Meanwhile, I fell in love with an Indian boy in Canada – long story – and moved to India to be with him. It was here, while making endless Powerpoint presentations for an agency-that-shall-not-be-named (like Voldemort) , that I discovered my passion for writing. I combined my passion for food and writing in 2012 and founded Bawi Bride – a Parsi food blog that documents lost Parsi recipes and helps me find new ways to feed my husband.
My blog snow-balled and soon I was moonlighting as a caterer in the evenings and weekends while also holding down a Communications & Marketing Manager role at Ennovent. As much as I loved developing content and spending (productive) time on social media, I got bit by the startup bug and in 2015 quit my job to focus on the Bawi Bride Kitchen full time.
One year in, I discovered I was pregnant. I didn’t let this impact the business and worked right until I was in labour at the hospital. During this period my work was covered in the media by 75+ national publications and I helped setup Chennai’s first Parsi restaurant.
My sleepless nights as a new mom led to yet another blog, P for Parenting where I talk about my motherhood journey and write weird letters to my children like this one on Life Lessons to learn from Eggs. In July 2017, it was time to expand and I co-founded Greedy Foods, a multi cuisine catering company. In our first year we catered for parties of up to 150 people and generating revenues upwards of INR 4.5 Million.
And then I got pregnant again. This seemed to have become a recurrent theme so I even spoke at Josh Talks (the Indian version of TED) about it!
Today, I am a mom to two lovely boys and my catering business. When I am not at our kitchen developing new menus, working with the team and feeding people, I like to dream of going on a holiday and also write. What can I say, I am quite the multi-tasking ninja!
Talk to me about your business or job and my brain starts sparking ideas in which I could help you grow. I also find creating excel sheets and filing strangely meditative, which is why I am now also starting a Virtual Assistance startup, Do It Together. Because, lets admit it is very hard and quite boring to DIY.
If you think there is an opportunity for us to collaborate in some way, get in touch! After all, the dots only connect looking backwards and I am a dot worth connecting to.