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- Thomas Jefferson
“Just have a lot of patience and keep faith in your capabilities. You never know how much potential you have and what you can pull out of yourself.” – Swati Deroliya
Baking may be regarded as a science, but it’s the chemistry between the ingredients and the cook that gives desserts life. Baking is done out of love, to share with family and friends, to see them smile. Like any other profession, it has to be mastered with patience and dedication. Baking industry is witnessing far better growth and a lot of bakers are getting the platform they actually deserve.
Baking is becoming a quite popular profession these days and that is because the bakers are getting exposure and also able to make a good amount of money out of it. Many people are leaving their monotonous corporate jobs and coming into this sector. Swati Deroliya is one of those who left her job and pursued her passion for baking.
Swati hails from Jaipur and baking was her favourite pass time. She always used to bake cakes for her family and cousins since childhood. But it was more of a hobby, she never thought of taking it as a full-time profession. She did graduation and after that completed her MBA and started working for a corporate job. But baking was an indispensable part of her life. She used to bake cakes for her colleagues in the evening post her working hours. All her tiredness would go away when she used to bake in the evening, this is called passion. Her husband once told her that she should do it as a full-time job, but she was afraid that what if it doesn’t go well.
Swati says, “I was not sure what to do. But my husband encouraged me to start my own baking business. Initially, I used to create a mess but I was determined that I will give my best. Suddenly, one day I got an order from my company’s HR and she requested me to bake a cake for her. That was the first time I have been paid for my cake. And then after that, I got another order from one of my colleagues. There is no better feeling when people actually like your work and reward you for that. Those are some of the best moments of my baking journey.”
“I have not done any professional course for baking. I have learnt by hit and trial. I have made mistakes, learnt from it and that’s how I made my craft better. I used to read blogs and articles of Indian and International bakers very carefully. I also took help from social media. I would like to do a course on sugar crafting so that I can learn new things”, she says, on sharing her experiences when asked how she upgraded her baking skills.
Talking about her challenges in the baking, she says, “It was my nephew’s first birthday cake. I did that cake in Haryana which is not my workplace and I didn’t have any fancy tools with me. I made a 5 tier cake and it was weighing over 50 Kgs. It was very difficult to pull that cake off, it was quite challenging. And another incident that I can remember was with one of my clients. They ordered a huge wedding cake and nobody has ever made such a big cake in Jaipur. It just boosted my morale that I did something challenging and it just came out perfect.”
You have to come out of your comfort zone if you want to acheive better things in life. I don’t encourage to do something that you are not passionate about. Instead of regretting later, it’s better to show some courage and take up the things of your choice. After that whatever you experience – success or failure, it will be your own. You will not have guilts or complaints which is the most important thing in life.
Don’t bother about what people would say, just follow your heart. – Swati Deroliya