Hi Priya, thank you for agreeing to this interview. We’re so excited to know about you and to tell all our readers about the amazing you.
So, here’s the first question. Are you married?
No, I am not married, still single.
Tell us a little about your business, and what is it called?
It’s a tea stall for girls, so they can also hangout at their own adda over tea. Its name is “Three Addictions”. The idea is built around the three addictions we all have – hot tea, maggi and WiFi.
Wow! That’s amazing. Where are you based from?
I am properly from Udaipur (raj)
Since when have you stepped into this?
It was installed on 22 dec 2015.
This idea is quite different, and even the motive behind is really empowering. How did you land up on this idea?
This idea came to my mind when I too faced the same situation like other girls Girls were not able to enjoy tea at tea thadis, because of male crowd over there. To make them feel at their comfort zone and enjoy in groups, I decided to make something only for them.
So, Priya, what was the first reaction of your family and friends?
My friends were in my support from the beginning and they helped me alot with this. My family was not convinced with my idea, but then when I started it, they also came in my support.
Although the ‘unwanted’ opinions of our society should never bother such strong moves, but I’d like to know what did ‘they’ say when they came to know about your step? It must be hilarious!
Yeah, it was! I think it was not easy for them to accept a girl working on thela,
Especially the ladies seemed shocked with this decision and they were like, “ladki hokar thela chalana shobha deta hai kya.” [Translation: “Being a girl, does it give any respect to run a tea stall like that…”]
Any specific hurdles that you had to face while building your business?
It was just society unacceptance, rest was easily manageable.
How do you think your business has impacted the lives of women and girls around?
Girls and women who visit us, they always say, “di, you inspire us..”
What drives you to keep doing what you’re doing?
My customers. They are the reason I started.
What’s the most positive thing you’ve heard about your business from anyone?
People tell me, “It’s not easy what you are doing and everybody doesn’t have enough guts to do so, and that too being a girl, I salute you.”
Some say, “You inspire every girl who has passion for doing something different.”
What is that one thing you’d like to say to the girls and women who are getting to know you through this interview? Any advice or suggestion or words of motivation?
Koi bhi kaam chota ya bada nahi hota, aur gender specific to bilkul bhi nahi hota !! [Translation: “No job is ever small or big, and moreover, it is never gender-specific.”]
Such true-to-the-soul lady and in such a young age! It’s difficult to have these thoughts in place, first of all. But, she did it. And, she’s doing it, happily.
So, the women reading this, do visit Priya’s Three Addictions whenever you visit Udaipur! 😀