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Meet this Pune professor, who lost his job, but taught everyone a lesson by opening a tea cafe

A masters in thermal engineering, 35-year-old Mahesh Tanpure started a tea cafe Justea and is currently selling tea in Pune’s Narhe area after he lost his job a few days ago. Tanpure, who was an engineering professor at Sinhgad engineering college, was sacked after he staged protest over irregularities in payments.

pune Updated: Aug 23, 2018 15:26 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Mahesh Tanpure.(HT PHOTO)

The country has seen a tea seller becoming the prime minister. In Pune, though, an engineering professor opened a tea cafe after losing his job.

A masters in thermal engineering, 35-year-old Mahesh Tanpure started a tea cafe Justea and is currently selling tea in Pune’s Narhe area after he lost his job a few days ago. Tanpure, who was an engineering professor at Sinhgad engineering college, was sacked after he staged protest over irregularities in payments.

“I did not have any option but to start something to earn because I have a family to feed and take care, and I do not want to face the experience of losing the job again. Hence, I decided to start a business and started the tea stall with the help of family and friends,” said Tanpure.

The professor was among the 350 staffers suspended from the institute who received post-dated cheques as part of their pending salaries on Tuesday.

Tanpure said, “We have been facing financial problems. Hence, I decided to start a business that requires minimum investment. I opened the tea cafe on August 15, and now the daily sale is 500 cups.”’

Tanpure and his family started the tea cafe with an aim to have an ambience that attracts family and friends to enjoy a cup of tea. As he is using his own homemade ingredients to prepare tea, customer feedback is positive and encouraging.

Having invested his entire savings to start the café with family members themselves preparing and serving tea, the stall has become popular in less time.

Aniket Patil, friend of Mahesh, said, “I also lost my job along with Mahesh and am still searching for employment. Mahesh has set an example for all of us by choosing to start a business on his own.’’

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 15:25 IST