“Remember success often rides the coattails of failure”. In conversation with Sunjay Kapur

“Sunjay Kapur, philanthropist, entrepreneurial mentor and the creative force behind CNBC’s Masterpreneur India. In a free wheeling chat with us, reveals what make him tick, his philosophy, his passions and the many shades of the man.”Sunjay Kapur for ifoodee

1. Tell us in your own words, the most inspirational thing you could say to a budding entrepreneur?

Always follow your passion; be unafraid to make all the mistakes you need to learn. Success comes to those who are undeterred by failure. Remember success often rides the coattails of failure. And only after several tastes of failure, will you finally succeed. It just makes that feeling that much sweeter. Surround yourself with role models, great people you would love to emulate, let them mentor you. A business goes through different stages and different types of leadership are required to manage the different stages.  Know when to let go.  Most businesses fail because they cannot manage high growth.


2. According to you, which is the most lucrative industry worth eyeing at currently?

That would definitely have to be the ecommerce industry. Given the fact that internet penetration in India is increasing exponentially every day, and people are definitely getting more comfortable, more accustomed to transacting over the net. Also given the rising disposable income in the country, this particular industry has an unlimited growth potential.


3. Your favorite cuisine?

Japanese and South Indian.


The food tastes even better than it looks!

4. How do you unwind after a hard day’s work?

An old fashioned, hard-core workout is my answer to the stress and strains of the everyday grind. I love the feel of sheer effort and the blood pumping through my veins, undoubtedly no better feeling in the world.

5. Tell us one thing that the budding entrepreneurs are doing wrong and how could they correct that.

There’s just one mantra that a budding entrepreneur need remember; live, breathe, eat, sleep (and repeat) your business. Money isn’t the goal; its a happy by-product of success. Make success your focus and money will follow. Most importantly though, do something only because you absolutely love it. No other reason, and this is the only way you will succeed!


Their simple cooking techniques that result in an epic meal.

6. Your most favorite eateries around the world.

Ukei Tai, Ginza in Tokyo

Bill’s in New York

Wasabi in Delhi


7. Five books you think every individual must read in his/her lifetime.

The Outliers

Malcolm Gladwell

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner


Too Much of a Good Thing (a book on parenting)

Jan Martel’s Life of Pi.

8. Your thoughts on the current content marketing scene on digital networks.

Content is king they say, and it’s never been truer than now.  There’s too much out there so yours better be good.  Your content better make sense and it better serve the purpose for what it was put out to do.  Also, with so much going on people don’t have the patience.  Get to the point in the first few lines.  Keep it simple.

9. Could you tell us about your first association with Polo as a sport.

I was eight and a half and was in the Chicago area and went to watch a polo match with my parents.  It left a big impression on me ever since.  After that I started very late in life (at 32).  If you have the passion for it and the determination anything is possible.

Sunjay Kapur for ifoodee10. Lastly, a few inspirational words for our readers.

I once read a quote that has always stuck in my mind: “in business you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate”.


You could follow Sunjay Kapur on @sunjaykapur

You could also like his page, https://www.facebook.com/SunjayKapurOfficial

Or visit his website, http://www.sunjaykapur.com

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Babita Malkani gets candid about fashion and food. It just can’t get better than this.

Babita Malkani

Babita Malkani is one of the most celebrated fashion designers in India. Her fashion collections have been displayed and admired all over the world. We asked her how she got involved in the fashion industry. To get more insight into what makes Babita tick, we also asked her about her other preferences in life. Guess what the answer was? FOOD!

1. What made you to choose the fashion designing industry?

My early inspirations and talent acquisition have come through my exposure and involvement in my family’s fashion business.

2. Which is your dream location for a show?

Paris Fashion Week is a dream location to showcase my collection as it’s a stunning and beautiful city and, of course, is the fashion capital of the world.

3. Summer resort wear has been the most popular trend in 2013. Could you tell us more about your Neo-Pop resort wear line.

I wanted to create a whole new funky concept for the collection at India Resort Fashion Week, 2013 in Goa using a myriad of bright fluorescents or neons with geometric tie-dyeing and punk-pop inspired embellishments. The perfect getaway from the daily grind and monotony is to allow oneself to transcend into an altered state of awareness called Neo-Pop, wherein I believe in designing moods, not clothes.

4. What’s in store from Babita M as the year progresses?

Fashion progresses with time, keeps changing and repeating over the years, so my collections will be in sync with the trends this season. Also, to look out for in the near future is India Bridal Wear, where I’ll be showcasing an exquisite and grand line of luxury bridal couture wear. Also, Lakme Fashion Week, Winter-Festive, too, is in line.

IRFW Neo 22

Overall sequined sheathed dress

5. If you ever had to gift your guests an outfit from your collection for a party hosted by you, which would it be and why?

It would definitely have to be the overall sequined sheathed dress from my ‘Neo-Pop’ collection at IRFW, as it’s a must-have for anyone’s wardrobe for any season. It is THE classic, chic, sexy, party dress that’ll make you look like an outstanding fashion icon.

6. Talking about food, what are your favourite cuisines?

I’m a super foodie, love all cuisines, but my favourite is Pan-Asian.

7. Your most fab places to dine for the following cuisines?

Chinese – Yauatcha



Italian – Celini

Indian – Kabab Hut, Punjab Grill

Chaats – Elco

Sea food – Gazalee

Rolls and Wraps – Carter’s Blue

Coffee & Sandwiches – Indigo Deli

Kebabs – Dum Pukht

Ice Creams and Desserts – Haagen Dazs

8. Could you share a recipe with us of your favourite dish?

chicken with greens

Stir Fried Chicken with Greens and Water Chestnuts

Stir Fried Chicken with Greens and Water Chestnuts

Set a wok over high heat and add peanut oil. Be sure to swirl the wok to get the oil to coat most of the pan. Once the oil smokes, quickly add garlic, ginger, green onions and chicken to the wok. Saute, stirring continuously until the chicken is lightly browned, for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add water chestnuts along with the green veggies (bell peppers, cabbage and broccoli) and saute for another minute. Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and reduce for 30 seconds. Add chicken stock, cornstarch slurry and season with salt and pepper. Use a paddle to toss the ingredients and be sure that the stock comes to a boil. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes, before serving.

9. Any summer fashion and styling tips for our foodees?

Dress simply, eat lavishly. Keep it light this summer with cottons and linens, sheer is the latest trend. Wear it in georgettes and chiffons with jersey inners. Yellow is the favourite color for every designer in India and internationally as well, so go for sunny yellow, butter yellow, and lemon yellow too, and of course – Stay Stylish!

You can ‘like’ Babita Malkani on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Babita.M

Follow Babita on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/malkanibabita

Follow Babita on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/babitamalkani

You can also follow her blog on http://www.babitamalkani.tumblr.com

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