A sabbatical isn’t just a break but it can definitely lead to greater things and this is what Smita, our crafter of the month firmly believes in. It was when she decided to give her banking career a rest, she figured out what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Read on to know her story
Please tell us about what you do.
I co-own a Bakery called Flour Butter Sugar with my partner & husband, Khamir Bhatia, here in Pune.
What does it take to excel at this craft, and the skills needed?
Like any other craft, this takes constant practice. I am self-taught so my learning curve has been slow & steep but it has been an incredibly fun journey. I worked in a Bank for about 10 years before this and I brought some useful skills from over there too. Discipline, care, patience & plain old hard work. There is no substitute for these.
What inspired you to get started?
I come from a family of accomplished cooks so the kitchen was always a comfortable place for me. When I decided to take a sabbatical from work all I wanted to do was spend time in the kitchen. Eventually, I found my way to Baking.
What inspires you about your work?
Tweaking recipes / playing with rules (in baking) and making it work is the most satisfying part of my job. Other than that, feeding people!
How did you make the jump from hobby to business?
It happened naturally without much thought. After my sabbatical I never went back to a full-time job, only dabbling in projects and part-time assignments while baking furiously at home. Eventually, my friends wanted to pay for what they got from me and that’s how it began.
Please walk us through a typical day in your life.
It’s baking, baking and more baking!