Behind the Brewpub ScenesSay hello to Thangminlun Haokip, our cheery steward.
Running a brewpub isn’t easy- it’s a lot of work, a lot of sweat and the occasional tears.
There are a lot of good, earnest people working behind the scenes, who put in a great deal of effort, round-the-clock, to ensure that everything you love about Toit stays that way.
And these people are none other than our never-tiring, ever-inspiring staff.
Our very own Toit Army- a battalion dedicated to the cause of good beer!
Say hello to Peter, or if you want to be absolutely proper and watch him flash that big smile, say hello to Thangminlun Haokip.
How long have you been working at Toit?
I joined in 2010, in December. Part of the opening staff.
What were you doing before that?
I came to Bangalore in 2009, from Manipur. I started working here. This is my first job. I was studying in Manipur.
I started working here. This is my first job. I was studying in Manipur.
How did you decide on coming to Bangalore?
I wanted to earn some money. I wanted to get a good job and support my family.
My cousin brother was also joining here, and he told me about a vacancy. I came for an interview and joined.
What is your role here at Toit?
I work in the service department.
Can you describe a typical work day for me?
I wake up and come to work by 11 am. We have to check everything and see everything is alright. Then all the duties start from 11:30, and that is the morning shift.
We have to set up the restaurant, check what is needed in different sections and make sure it is there. When we open at 12 o clock, then we have to take care of the customers. We do that till our break at 3:00 pm.
We come back again for the second shift at 6:15 pm, and check all the sections again. Then we get ready to serve the customers, and work till the end of the shift. That is usually 11:30 pm on weekdays, and 1:30 am on weekends.
We have to set up the restaurant, check what is needed in different sections and make sure it is there.
When is your off-day?
My off-day is actually on Monday.
What do you do on your off-day then?
On the off-day, I take rest. I wake up only by 11 am. After that I clean my room and wash all my clothes and uniforms.
When I finish that, in the evening, I go out with my friends and enjoy. Sometimes I just go to my friends and uncle’s houses. I don’t like shopping so much. I got married in 2015, so we also visit our relations.
Do you have children?
I have a son. We call him Shem, that’s his nickname. But his name is T. Letthengou Haokip. He was born last year, on December 24th, so he’s completing 5 months now.
And my wife’s name is Kimneinem. But we call her Mency. We stay together here. My younger brother also stays with us.
He’s starting his college at St. Joseph’s this year.
I have a son…his name is T. Letthengou Haokip.
He goes to college during the day and works part-time in the evening. He also works in a restaurant.
What language do you speak at home?
We speak Kuki!
Is it a tough language to learn?
*laughs* A little bit. Some people say it’s tough.
Ya! I like listening to music and playing football.
Do you also have any hobbies that you enjoy pursuing in your free time?
Ya! I like listening to music and playing football. I love watching football matches.
I have a guitar, but I don’t play that much. My brother and wife also sing.
Which is your favourite football team?
Real Madrid! And Ronaldo and Messi are my favourite players.
What do you like the most about your job? And what is the one thing you don’t like?
I don’t know. I like serving the customers and making them feel good. I love that.
I don’t like when people are corrected in front of the customer. The supervisor tells us our mistakes in the back area and that’s how it should be. It is not good to be scolded in front of the customer. If that happens to someone, I do not like it.
I don’t like when people are corrected in front of the customer.
But working at Toit has been a good experience. It’s been going well. I like this city also. Bangalore is nice.
What do you miss about Manipur the most?
I miss the time and weather I had there.
Bangalore used to be ok weather-wise before, but the last two-three months have been very hot.
And it’s not very safe anymore, especially working at night.
In Manipur, there are some beautiful places to visit. I miss that. We used to go there everyday and play football a lot.
I miss my family too. We used to stay with them, and we had to come here and learn to manage living alone. But it’s easy now.
What are you excited about in the near future?
In the future, I see myself becoming a supervisor and maybe even a manager. So, that is something to look forward to.