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Burgers and life

The biggest turning point in my life was working in London at McDonald’s. This was back in 1986. I come from a family of hairdressers but I never wanted to take up the profession. I wanted to do hotel management. I’d done my post-graduation in French from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. But my father insisted that I learn hairdressing and I was sent to London to do a three-year course.

I took up a part-time job at McDonald’s there. And it changed my life. It gave me a new attitude towards life and work. At McDonald’s, they taught me to be an all-rounder — we were taught to cook, to serve, to clean, to handle cash. It introduced me to whole new work culture. I used to be shy and reserved. My stint at McD’s helped me open up and become more talkative and friendly. My stay in London also made me aware of the world of glamour and fashion. It made me more style-savvy and made me look at of hairstyling in a new light. Now, my profession is my passion. I can’t think of anything beyond my scissors.

The other major life-changing event happened when my daughter was born in 1991. Somehow, having her in my life changed my attitude towards to all the women around me — my mother, my wife, my female colleagues. It has made me more protective and sensitive towards them.

(As told to Angona Paul)

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