If You Do What You Love, You Can Turn Your Passion Into a Career - Poonam Sharma

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

Myself, Poonam Sharma, and I reside in New Delhi. I am M.tech by degree, Content writer by profession, but my love for food drove me in its world. @Scootywalifoodie was never intended.

I am a foodaholic, and I used to explore good food places, click pictures of my meal, and post them on my personal Instagram page. In June 2018, I decided to start my food page, and I named it "Born2foodie". After 1.5 years, I changed its name to Scootywalifoodie because it's more related to me. I have two addictions in my life- Food and My Scooty.

Yes, I started my food page without thinking much about it. I used to post food pictures on that Instagram page to keep all my photos on the one platform. I decided to do something which allows me to stay associated with my love for food. Eventually, I discovered Instagram food influencing, and I worked hard for the page.

I never knew it would grow this much, but ultimately my hard work paid off, and I still trying to do my best. I also started my blog scootywalifoodie.com to talk about food. Now, I am focused on this and working hard to achieve my goals. I am getting love and support from the community, people know me as Scootywalifoodie. 

2. Which is your favorite cuisine and dish?

Do I need to pick just one? I am a food lover and can eat and love almost anything. I have too many preferences in cuisine and dishes, and I have to choose just one.

I love North Indian cuisine, followed by Italian. My favorite dish is Kadhi (rich and colorful curry prepared with a mixture of curd and (besan) gram flour), and it's my soul food. My mom makes the best Kadhi, and I just love it. 

3. Should food blogging be just a passion, or can it become a regular career?

If you do what you love, you can turn your passion into a career. Food blogging can be a full-time career option. It is an art. Showcasing your food skills is impossible without love, passion, and creativity.

If you're a food lover who drools over flavorsome food and clicks the perfect pictures, you technically have the potential to be a food blogger. There is so much room for food bloggers in the industry. But you need to find your niche, do something offbeat from others that make your page/blog stand out.

4. Which restaurants/food joints would you recommend to food lovers?

Food is everywhere in the world. And Delhi is and an ideal place to indulge in the richness of spice and aroma of food. You can find food joints, almost every street here. This is the reason why foodies love this city so much. Here are some list of good food places-
  • Old Delhi- Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala, Padam Chaat corner, Kuremal Kulfi Wala, Gianni di Hatti,
  • Connaught Place (CP)- Berco's, Sarvana Bhavan, Daryaganj, Bhogal Chhole bhature 
  • Hauz Khas- Naivedyam, Yeti 
  • Hudson lane- Woodbox cafe, Ricos, Big Yellow Door (BYD) 
  • Saket- Burma Burma, Sattavik, Yum Yum Cha 
I hope my recommendations help you find your favorite spot.

5. What makes you appreciate a particular dish or a restaurant and talk about it on your blog? 

A particular dish must be flavorful and presentable. And, you wouldn't mind having the second serve of it. For restaurant should have excellent food, ambiance, value for money, and good hospitality. 

6. Is there a dish you particularly associate yourself with?

Yes, I can surely associate myself with Golgappa & Kadhi rice. Both dishes have a special room in my heart. I can't say no to these food items ever.

7. Which is your favorite book, and why?

I love reading, so picking one book as a favorite is a difficult task, Any recipe or cookbook is my favorite book. (Just Kidding!) Coming back to my most favorite book, I'd say it's unquestionably ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ by John Green.

I just love this book and movie. For me, it's not just a book; it's an emotion. I cry whenever I'm seeing the movie or reading the book, it always touches the deepest corners of my heart. Let me raise some beautiful quotes from the book -

● "That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."
● " Maybe okay will be our always."

- Poonam Sharma 

- Interview by - Suhitha Mahendran

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