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Akshita Rana

JWB Intern

This Chai Wali Wins The Businesswoman Of The Year Award

  • JWB Post
  •  November 2, 2016


*alarm rings*

The morning. A cup of tea. The crunchy newspaper. Slurp.

Most of the people in my family start their day with a cup of chai, and I guess this is the same with the most of the Indian families.

In a country like Australia where people are more drawn to coffee than tea, it wasn’t easy for the 26-year-old Uppma Virdi, who goes by the name Chai wali, to spread her love for tea.

She isn’t a full-time restaurateur or a cafe owner but runs an online business with occasional pop-ups and workshops. She is, in fact, a lawyer working for a firm in Melbourne.

While tea places can be found at every corner in India, the same can’t be said for Australia. And this gave Uppma the perfect opportunity to start a business two years ago, and there’s no looking back since then.

In the midst of noise about the Pakistani Chai wala getting a modeling contract, this Indian Australian chai wali won the title of the Businesswoman of the Year at a ceremony in Sydney.

It seems like 2016 is a golden year for chai walas/walis!

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