From the fast lane to a restaurant on the highway: Arpita Jain
Many people express the dream of owning a restaurant. In Arpita Jain’s case she made it happen. For her, the pleasure of serving good food with a smile is what it’s all about.
An IT girl’s dream
It’s a long way from management consultancy to managing the day-to-day affairs of a restaurant, but it wasn’t all that daunting for Arpita Jain. She had been working in IT for nine years, when she was seized by the urge to do something completely different.
Even as she was in the corporate world Arpita and her husband Ravi had begun dreaming of a different life. They would create a space which would be both restaurant and recreation centre for stressed-out city dwellers. “A food-cum-sports enterprise is what we had in mind,” says Arpita. At the time, however, they were stretched to find the resources to pull off this large-scale project. But they were unwilling to let their passion die. “So, we went back to the drawing board and decided on a restaurant that would encompass all our ideas, if on a smaller scale,” Arpita says.
Out of the comfort zone
She set about creating a space where customers could not only eat, but also relax and play some sport. The hunt for the right location took them well out of Bangalore to an open space near Ramnagara on the Mysore Road. Here, Arpita Jain has created a green haven in the midst of which sits her restaurant, Rangrez, serving home-style North Indian food.
She spends most of her time there now, away from the hustle-bustle of Bangalore. It’s not a switch most city-dwellers would be able to make easily, but Arpita has adopted to the new way of life with remarkable ease. It has to do with loving what you do. “It’s really nice to be living in a place, far from the noise and pollution. Stress levels are much lower, too,” she says.
Turning a passion into a pay check
Of course, there are adjustments to be made. “When you give up a corporate job, you are giving up the security of a regular pay check and the perks. The restaurant is a nascent business and throws up new challenges every day. But if you ask me if it’s all been worth it, I’d say yes without a moment’s hesitation,” Arpita says, emphatically.
Her biggest highs in her new career as a restaurateur come from interacting with guests and ensuring they have a good experience, she says. “If they are celebrating a birthday, I join the celebrations. If a group needs something special, it gives me the greatest pleasure to arrange that. It’s all about chasing your passion and finding happiness in small things,” says an utterly contented Arpita. “When you’re doing your own thing, you dictate the pace and that’s another thing I love about what I’m doing now,” she says.
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