Chai is love to several of us and to some it's even more than that. One such woman, who has a famous passion for tea, took Indian tea, in all its glory, to Australia and has absolutely nailed it.
With the desi chai being a hit, this 26-year-old Indian-origin ‘Chai Walli’ or tea seller from India, aka Ms. Uppma Virdi became a famous celebrity after she won “Australia’s 2016 Businesswoman of the Year” award. The worthy lady is an Indian-Australian lawyer, but more than practicing her career as a lawyer, she is happy with the "Chai", which is making her reach out to people. This happy-looking business woman started her tea business 2 years back; and son she started an online store, wholesaling to local speciality stores and teaching 'The Art of Chai' classes. Her endurance and commitment has certainly helped her getting the prestigious "Australia's Businesswoman of the Year" award.
Uppma's love for tea goes all the way back to her childhood since her grandfather, a doctor who specialised in herbs and spices, taught her the art of Ayurvedic tea. She's now built her business around the idea of sharing the fascinating Indian culture of tea with the world. “My grandfather is an Ayurvedic doctor and he used to make this Ayurvedic tea at his medical dispensary. He taught me the art of Ayurvedic tea….Wherever I go I make tea… My parents' number one request is 'Uppma, make some tea.' When my brother got married, I think I would have made a thousand cups of tea for all the guests. Even when I went overseas to Austria on a scholarship, I used to make tea for everyone. It was a way of bringing people together", she says. "In the Indian culture people come together through tea. Whether it’s a happy occasion or a difficult moment, tea is all pervasive. I tried, but couldn’t find many good tea places in Australia", said Ms. Uppma Virdi. Virdi's special blends became so popular that they'd be sold out back when she was bringing wire racks of full tea cups to offices and selling teas at the market herself.
Chai Walli's phenomenal growth and its founder, Uppma Virdi's relentless passion for tea were recently celebrated at the Indian Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA). Ms. Virdi was named Businesswoman of the Year 2016 in a grand Sydney ceremony.