India’s most favourite drink is chai ! Right. Whenever someone is getting bored or lazy we think of drinking chai. Some people love chai, but some like to explore various kinds of tea and one such person has taken her love to another level. Uppma Virdi, 26-year-old, a successful Indian- Australian lawyer. Yes, she is a lawyer and also a chai enthusiastic, who has turned her passion for tea to another level, by winning Businesswoman of the Year. Not just like that, but by doing a lot of hard work.
Uppma’s love for chai developed when she was a child as her grandfather was a doctor who specialised in herbs and spices and taught her the art of Ayurvedic tea. The main aim of her work is to share the fascinating Indian culture of tea with the whole world.
In an interview with the SBS Virdi said that “In the Indian culture people come together through tea. Whether it’s a happy occasion or a difficult moment, tea is all pervasive. I tried, but couldn’t find many good tea places in Australia.”
She used to carry wire racks of full tea cups to offices and then she started selling tea at the market herself. Her tea was loved by everybody and soon she started running an online store, wholesaling to local speciality stores and teaching ‘The Art of Chai’ classes as she built her two-year-old business through relationships, social media marketing.
Uppma Virdi passion for tea was celebrated at the Indian-Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA). Virdi was named Businesswoman of the Year 2016 in a grand Sydney ceremony. She works as a lawyer in the day. Uppma Virdi said “My parents and family were totally against it.. they said I was a lawyer, why did I want to be a tea seller? I said I wanted to show that tea sellers can do something. All the chai walas and chai walis in India are doing something entrepreneurial even if they are not well educated, at least they have a business spirt.” She is an inspiration to those who wants to start their own business.