• Family Support 100%
  • Research 90%
  • Humility 98%
  • Ambition 80%

TOPICS COVERED :

Q1. I’d like to start by giving you the privilege of showing gratitude towards people who have those who have been a considerable name in your success so far.

Q2. What made you start ‘Snacking’ ?

Q3. The biggest thing which thrilled me when we met for the first time was your Humility. How important do you thing being humble is in Business?

Q4. What separates ‘Snacking’ from the rest?

Q5. You have been featured and noticed by various popular personalities and brands. Tell us about that.

Q6. I love the idea of having Open Mic Nights and Different Workshops for your guests. How did you get that idea and what’s the result been so far ?

Q7. Have people started noticing your work ? What’s the response been like ?

Q8. The Cafe culture in Kolkata has seen some good rise. With plenty of food hubs opening up in each corner of the city every now and then, how do you tackle competition ?

Q9. Tell us about some struggles you had in the recent past and how you overcame it.

Q10. What plans do you have for the rest of the year and what lies ahead for Snacking?

Get to know the Featured Artist :

Prateek Didwania

Prateek, a Calcutta boy, who graduated from IIM-K in 2014 and like most other MBA grads, he too took up a job and worked as a banker with HSBC Mumbai for close to three years. He could have had a flourishing career in the field of Finance in the city of Mumbai, he chose not to follow the conventional path.

He quit his Job in late 2017 to return to the city where he was born and brought up, to start a lifestyle café along with one of his school friends. Though he has a long way to go but the journey from excel’s & PPT’s to hospitality is worth reading.

Q1. Welcome to the section of Website which is dedicated to people who are working their face off to live life on their terms. I am so glad to have you onboard.

Before we start, I’d like to give you the privileged to show your gratitude towards those who have been a considerable name in your success so far

 

Prateek – My parents and family which includes my brother, sister, sister in law and brother in law, have always been extremely supportive in whatever decisions I have taken till now. Prapti, Nimish and Ankit are friends for life who have guided me through ups and downs and the decision to quit job and start my own venture would not have been possible without their support.

My parents have always been Extremely Supportive.

Q2. What made you start ‘Snacking’ ?

 

Prateek – I had always dreamt of doing something in the F&B Industry. During the research phase, we felt that most of the cafes in Kolkata are engulfed with the smoke of the Shisha and we wanted to create a lifestyle café which serves affordable food along with activities which can engage people and help them stay away from digital platform for a while.

We wanted to create a Lifestyle Café

Q3. The biggest thing which thrilled me when we met for the first time was your Humility.

How important do you thing being humble is in Business?

 

Prateek – In Hospitality, humility is a pre requisite to survive and I firmly believe it is an outcome of upbringing. I consider myself fortunate enough to have been brought up in such an environment where we need to respect every person’s point of view and one of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what others have to say.

I read this somewhere – Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners.

Humility is a pre requisite to survive and is an outcome of upbringing.

Q4. What separates ‘Snacking’ from the rest?

Prateek – As mentioned above, Snacking is a lifestyle café with old world charm catering to people of all age. The café is not restricted only to a group of friends and is visited frequently by family, elderly couples and kids. It is a place where people come down to relax and rejuvenate by reading a book, playing a game of carom or various board games we have. We also host Live Music and Open Mic Comedy Shows during the weekends just to ensure that we have something for everyone who visits Snacking

Snacking is a Lifestyle Café with old world charm catering to People of all ages.

Overcoming Social Awkwardness

Q5. You have been featured and noticed by various popular personalities and brands. Tell us about that.

 

Prateek – We have been covered as below :

1. T2, The Telegraph , 30 March 2018

2. Calcutta Times, 16 th May 2018

3. Radio One 94.3 FM – One Hour Interview with RJ Aravind – 11 May 2018

Q6. I love the idea of having Open Mic Nights and Different Workshops for your guests. How did you get that idea and what’s the result been so far?

 

Prateek – The idea is pretty common in other cities and our objective is to have as many engaging activities as possible which can again entertain varied interests of all our guests. Workshops helps us to understand and enhance our skills while Open Mic always encourages public speaking and gives a platform to young talents.

Our objective is to have as many Engaging Activities as possible.

Q7. Have people started noticing your work? What’s the response been like?

 

Prateek – By God’s grace, the response has been decent and we are trying to become stronger and better each day. I personally interact with all our guests as it gives an opportunity to take feedback which we try to use in the most constructive manner.

We are trying to become Stronger and Better each day.

Q8. The Cafe culture in Kolkata has seen some good rise. With plenty of food hubs opening up in each corner of the city every now and then, how do you tackle competition?

 

Prateek – The more, the merrier. People in Calcutta love to eat out and there are plenty of opportunities in our city. All of us need to grow together and ensure good food is provided in the most hygienic manner without burning a hole in the pocket.

 All of us need to Grow together.

Q9. Tell us about a failure(s) and how you overcame it.

 

Prateek – Struggles will always be there, both in personal and professional life. However, motivation has to be self driven and you need to believe in your own self. I was again lucky to have an extremely supporting family and friends who kept supporting me in whichever way they could.

Watching a few motivational movies like Pursuit of Happyness, Shawshank Redemption and Books like The Monk who Sold his Ferrari and 7 Habbits of Highly effective people do help at times to revive the energy

Q10. What plans do you have for the rest of the year and what lies ahead for Snacking?

 

Prateek – We believe in taking baby steps and we are definitely looking forward to open multiple stores across eastern India. We also aim to introduce a section for Healthy Snacking which will focus on a lot of High Protein, Low Carb food. We keep introducing new items in our Menu as Change is the only thing which is Constant

 We are looking forward to open multiple stores across eastern India.

 Thank you Sonali for considering me worthy enough for this opportunity.

KEYNOTE TAKEAWAYS :

  1. Family support is Important
  2. Humility is an outcome of upbringing
  3. Interact with your Clients
  4. Don’t burn a hole in your customers pockets
  5. Everyone needs to Grow together
  6. Motivation needs to be Self Driven
  7. Keep introducing new things
  8. Respect other peoples POV
  9. Take Feedback
  10. Revive your Energy once a while

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– Sonali, The Endless River

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