Dare to dream!?!
Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost! A story of human resilience and courage in all its purity. For a very wise Disney princess once said, ‘You must always have the courage and be kind.’ Thank you Cinderella!
‘To those who believe that we’re all made up of five elements, I have news for you. There is a sixth one and it’s the most vital of them all. I raise you, ladies and gentlemen, DREAMS! The spine to our being’, remarks Akash Kumar
A young entrepreneur in the restaurant business, Akash has led a life as a professional in the hospitality industry.
His love for all things food and a desire to attain job security got him into his prior professional life. With a belief that a mid-sized restaurant without any partners would be a safe bet, the young lad took a leap of faith.
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And then on 1st January in the year 2018, he made a move that brought him one step closer to his dream. In love with what ghee as an ingredient could do to food, he named his small kiosk of a takeaway which could decently seat six as Ghee Positive
The food served was simple with the idea to make it without ever getting it wrong.
To dub the entire culinary adventure in a phrase, it would probably be-“Legendary GHAR KA KHANA” and ekdum GHAR JAISA.
Following a positive response, their humble six dart kiosk turned into a remarkably successful, 24 seater Basement space which went on to turn into a success story in its own might. Overcome with glee, Akash then set his sights higher. The transition to a Quick service restaurant that served scrumptious ‘Ghar ka Khaana’ (Home-cooked meals) with six years of experience in the hospitality industry and having tried and tested several ideas that blossomed into success seemed attainable. Confident yet not muzzled with what lay ahead, the move to a rather very new 45 seater was finally made on the 17th of January. With a staff of ten behind him, ready to rally for success, he ensured that they were well paid.
It was all too surreal and worthy of all the work it had taken up until that point. The air in their new venture was cheery and that of pure joy.
The business was alive and well! Some would even say booming with 180 pax and an average price per customer of Rs.130.
In their time of service, they were fortunate to have had loyal customers. There’d be customers that would come in with the same order for years at end. And much like what you’d expect in a fine dining restaurant, they gave extra attention to customers and were observant when they served. The finest of service and hospitality was what was most vital to their operation as a culinary joint.
They were utterly conscious of staying professional and maintaining a consistent quality. You could order a mutton curry and come back the next day to have a samosa, you’d have been met with the same smiles, same demeanour and the same proficient quality.
With restaurant businesses, which are often riddled with risky investments that bear no fruit, this was a success story in its own right. There were happy employees. There was a profit margin, the kind that puts a smile over the weary and skittish owner’s fears.
But then came the ghastly and gory time of financial ruins, the one that has been the worst in our recent history, the one we’re all still privy to.
It was March, the pandemic had struck India with force by then and the cases had begun multiplying rapidly. Small and big alike, businesses squandered to survive. And so did Akash’s, gastronomic baby. (So to speak)
But like all passionate and ardent entrepreneurs.
If there were any dreams to open soon enough, they were squashed with it being almost improbable to function by then. With savings diminishing, Akash had to resort to seeking a loan that put him under debt on top of all the other things that were equally horrid and traumatic. He mustered all his might in order to assure that his staff didn’t go without a payday and had enough to sustain and survive at least some of the ordeals.
With BBMP comparators that had little to no compassion to show in a time that was trying for all of us, Akash felt a sense of loot descend upon him which resulted in shutting down all their operations, much to his dismay and that of his staff and customers.
With one last post on Facebook, a heavy heart and teary eyes, they bid goodbye to the restaurant.
But not for good!
They vowed to reopen, not anytime soon, they were pragmatic after all. But they would reopen!
For when the times get tough, when the land below you seems to shake, when all your worst fears come to life, there’s a metamorphosis that’s known to take place in individuals that are being tested by heaven and hell together. But often, that becomes the very trigger that enables them to strike back against all that literal and virtual animosity with triumph written all over their fate. For all the terrible traits humans have acquired and lost over the years and years of evolution, there is this one trait that has been a constant. And that is human spirit itself, in of all its luminescent glory.
You sure can dream in this world, my friends. For they don’t charge you for that. But if you seek for that dream to be a living reality, you are going to have to pay the price. And that is a test that may take all you have in your being but history be damned if you don’t put up a fight and come back around, victorious.