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A toast to her tea: This 26-year-old’s ‘Chaiwalli’ venture wins over Australia

tabloid Updated: Nov 04, 2016 22:54 IST
Sahiba Chawdhary
Sahiba Chawdhary
Hindustan Times
(Screenshot from ‘Chaiwalli’s official Instagram account)

A lot can happen over tea, it seems! Remember the blue-eyed Pakistani #ChaiWala trending on social media? Well, here we bring to you another perfectly brewed story --- this time that of a ‘Chaiwalli’.

Uppma Virdi, a 26-year-old, put her love for tea to good use and started a venture called ‘Chaiwalli’ in Australia two years ago.

And what’s more? She bagged the Australia’s Businesswoman of the Year award at the Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA) in Sydney last week.

“In the Indian culture people come together through tea. Whether it’s a happy occasion or a difficult moment, tea is all pervasive. I tried, but couldn’t find many good tea places in Australia,” she told SBS.

Though a professional lawyer, her search for good tea got her entrepreneurial skills kicking and she started her own business of tea-making --- that too a successful one! 

Now the ‘Chaiwalli’, besides her day job, has an online store for retail selling the supply of the special Indian tea blend to cafes, restaurants, etc. Along with that, she also gives lessons on how to brew the perfect blend with ‘The art of Chai’ workshops, and hosts ‘Chai bars’.

And now, social media is showing her love and encouragement.

Go get them! 

First Published: Nov 04, 2016 21:05 IST