Renu Amitabh - Teaching bread baking, simplified
A senior government official, a trainer for banks and insurance companies, a motivational speaker, and so on and also a baker who has taught baking to 1000+ people. And that is exactly why she is featured in this episode of New Indian Woman, as an inspiration to all of us.
Ms. Renu Amitabh talks about how she started baking, a very personal story there and then explains how she got onto sharing the joy of baking with a small group at first and how it has become a passion for her and her focus has been on simplifying baking for all, with basic ingredients.
In this episode, it is interesting to hear about her passion, determination and more. Do not miss listening to this episode, for, you may get hooked on to baking or the power of passion. Listen on..
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As you may already be aware, this podcast has 2 focus areas. One, We examine the challenges faced by today's Indian woman and proposes ACTIONABLE strategies in the Indian context, on a wide variety of topics - right from identifying their passion to better productivity and parenting. Second, We meet women who chose to aspire or have a dream beyond their defined roles and facilitates sharing of what worked and what didn’t, for them. Today's episode falls in the second category.
And in the process, my aim is to help you, The New Indian woman, to realize your potential, chase your dreams and aspirations, utilize the wonderful opportunities available in today's world.
What's in this episode:
She starts with sharing how she is a learner for life and teacher at heart. And goes on to share her personal story on how she started baking and how it was terrible at the start. And how, with persistence, she found out how to bake a basic healthy loaf and then move on to having a common foundational recipe suited for Indian context, to make a lot of baked goodies.
She then talks about her first teaching session, with just 3 people, in her kitchen. She discusses why it is important to talk about failures and to share secrets.
We move on to how impossible it seems, to think of training more than a thousand people in 5 plus years. She explains how she started doing it in small groups, without any plan for it to grow, and then how it evolved over a period of time. She shares how she carries yeast everywhere and offers to conduct classes wherever she goes, be it on vacation or not. She explains how this method of teaching in small groups can be done by anyone, for any hobby or interest they pursue, with just 2 hours of time set aside and without any marketing!
We talk about the uniqueness of her sessions wherein maids/helpers all join the learning process. She shares her plan to make her website and Youtube into Hindi also, as currently a lot of people who do not know English are learning baking through the pictures and how she shows what needs to be done! And she reiterates the need to bust the myth around bread making being complex and how she has been doing it over the years. She calls the people who learnt baking from her, her baking family!
We end with the question on making time and balancing this passion with her career demands , considering the seniority of her role - and this will be addressed in the next episode.
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