Kashvi Sikka from Amritsar is a beauty with brains. Life is all about combining your best interests and making the most of them. Baking the world a better place is a perfect phrase to say. Brownie’s are delectable but this girl gave those scrumptious delights a whole new dimension. This sixteen year old has done something not so usual.
Please tell us a little about your journey?
I am an Amritsar Girl who loves to play Basketball, loves singing in her leisure time and has a newfound interest in baking. I started this initiative in June where I collect brownie orders and against every brownie sold there is something done to make the world a better place. I let my consumers pick the item they want us to donate against their particular order. They can pick from cloth sanitary napkins, pulses, rice and other day to day commodities.
Seeing all the amazing homechefs delivering happiness to our doorstep was something that left me awestruck. I knew I wanted to do something similar yet different. Since I was a kid I used to see my parents engaging in community service and that is something I was brought up with. We should all know our responsibility as global citizens and give back to the society.
What all hurdles came your way and what was the detrimental factor that kept you going?
The biggest hurdle that I faced was to find a proper packaging . I wanted this initiative to be a zero waste thing changed my packaging four times and Finally I have come up with Siali Leaves packaging which help me deliver the brownies in a fully biodegradable way. The whole process generates a very minimal amount of waste. The brownies are delivered in the most authentic way possible. The only thing that kept me going was the fact that I could fill up an empty stomach. I could provide someone with a satisfying meal at the end of the day.
What would you consider to be your greatest achievement?
I received 13 orders who wanted us to donate cloth sanitary napkins. Doing that I was able to generate awareness about menstrual hygiene amongst the Anganwadi females workers. The basic idea was to provide them with a sustainable and affordable solution to this highly ignored problem. And the fact that I was able to do that makes me proud.
What is the inspiration behind your work?
Mannat is one of the most famous home bakers here in the city.She owns this initiative called “Twice as Nice” , She has been the source of my inspiration. The amount of love and effort she puts into her food id commendable. She knows food soo well, the ostalgia, the way he food brings memories and the connection that food makes with your soul. Elegance put together on a plate is what her food is all about. I aspire to have a baking hand like hers, but of course these things take years and years of persistent hard work.
what is one of the things that you would put in your bucket list?
I would love to travel throughout Asia & North America. The bottomline here is to deeply connect with the varried cultures, diverse ranges of food and sort of experiencing things for a different level of exposure. Being on a vaccation is just the best feeling but apart from that interacting with people of a different culture is something that makes me happy.Their ideologies, their take on food, the traditional food techniques and what not. There’s so much more to learn.
what is the feeling you get when you work for such a noble cause?
Making someone else happy, being the reason behind a smile that is to die for… I mean what else could I have asked for. It gives me a sense of assurance that I am putting my best foot forward to help someone I don’t even know.
Your favourite icecream flavour?
Vanilla Bean, its s0mething the nature has blessed us with. A flavour that is a classic yet so versatile.
Pink or peach?
Peach, because it has a more summer tone to it and I love summers.