Esha Shah, one half of the couple which is more popularly known as the founders of Foodaholics in Ahmedabad, manifests happiness, affability, and sheer brilliance when you first meet her. A new mother to a daughter, who she cannot wait to introduce to the world of food. By profession, Esha is a Corporate Behavioural Trainer working with recognised brands across all industries. She is also an academician where she shares her industry expertise with the students of reputed business institutes. With the intention to celebrate her love for food and flair for writing, she co-founded the community of Foodaholics in Ahmedabad. They have meticulously gathered the food enthusiasts from the city and beyond who come together to celebrate all things food. So massive is their combined love for food that the community even has a Guinness World Record for conducting the Largest Potluck Party (2016) to their merit.
However, what makes Foodaholics unique is inclusivity. It welcomes people from all spheres of life, recognises all kinds of food preferences, and does it while successfully maintaining a very safe and respectful environment which is perceived as nearly unattainable in the virtual world.
What is your favourite word?
Phoenix. Just like this immortal bird I find myself resurrecting from any and all misfortunes, without allowing it to dampen my spirits.
What was the moment in your life that made you Blossom into the person you are today?
In my early 20s I went through a succession of unfortunate events which pushed me outside of my comfort zone. Following this phase, everything I did was with the intention to live in the moment. I would not say there was a plan, but I just kept connecting the dots. In hindsight, it all makes sense. Meandering with the flow has made me the straightforward, fuss-free person that I am today.
What would you want the young boys & girls to learn from your journey?
Never regret anything that happens in your life because it does so for a reason. Even if it is adversity, it leaves you with a learning. Overt in terms of thinking and planning makes you miss enjoying the important moments in your life. Accept what's happening, embrace it, and live through it. Today, I can say, all the hardships have made sense, since I've emerged from them with a sparkle. It is important to learn from your own mistakes; you evolve into a stronger version of yourself.