“My mother was a wonderful cook and I have learned a lot from her. That’s how I became passionate about food. After my schooling, I took up work in a blade manufacturing unit in the industrial area here in Jeedimetla. I dedicated most of my time to either in the office or at home spending quality time with my family and friends.
Every time guests visit home, I used to take a special interest in cooking and hosting, and once they left, I would tell my wife that food is my true calling. However, circumstances did not allow me to follow that dream.
I continued working there and recently, after my 59th Birthday, I took up retirement from work to follow my passion. I started a small food court joint named ‘Dishnation’ near my residence along with my younger brother, where we sell all varieties of veg and non-veg snacks. We also started selling specially-made Goli sodas that bring back age-old flavors. It’s been just a month now and by word of mouth, we are seeing an increase in the number of customers each day.
Of course, it’s not easy to maintain a food business but what is life without some drama and spices? I am enjoying every bit of this new phase of my life and I look forward to serving my customers with passion every day.
I would advise one thing to people who are in their retirement age – Just follow your long-lost passion no matter how small or big it is. The options are endless and it is in our hands how we mold our retired self into a meaningful and happy 2.0.”