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 stays that way.
And these people are none other than our never-tiring, ever-inspiring staff.
Say hello to Shaidul, who (very) quietly makes sure that everything is smooth-sailing at Toit.
When did you join Toit?
I joined in 2013.
What were you doing before that?
I used to work in an office, as an office boy, doing the housekeeping.
Are you from Bangalore?
No, I’m originally from Assam.
I came to Bangalore about seven years ago, and I have been at Toit for about five and a half years now.
How did you hear about Toit?
My brother works in the kitchen here, and he was the one who told me about Toit. He got me here.
I hadn’t yet left my old job when he told me about Toit, but I came here to give my interview, and once I finished, I called my old employers and told them that I am not coming back. And just like that, I joined Toit.
That other place used to be so different—no sound, no energy. I wasn’t comfortable at all.
But here, there is always so much happening.
When you’re on the floor, it’s full of customers who are chatting and talking. When you’re in the kitchen, there’s a lot of other different kind of noise.
To come from such a silent place to such hustle-bustle took me some time to get used to, but I got used to it and it’s been five years since.
What are your responsibilities at Toit?
Normally, I wake up at 10 am in the morning and freshen up. Reporting time for my shift is 11:30 am, so I get here by then.
Once I’m here, I check the duty list, which tells us what we need to do for the day. Sometimes it’s kitchen setup, sometimes we need to pick up orders.
Other times, I take care of the floor, and make sure everything is set up on whichever floor I’m assigned to. That involves everything from wiping the tables to placing the menu cards before the customers get here. Once the customers start coming in, I move to drinks and food pickup from the kitchen.
I usually finish my work by 1 am, and by the time I get home, it’s usually 1:30 am.
That’s when my day ends.
When is your off-day?
My off is on Thursday.
I wake up late, freshen up and then clean my house. After that I make food for myself, and that’s all I do.
Sometimes, I go out with my friends and watch a movie, or just go eat something with them.
But I don’t go out that much unless someone calls me. I just stay in my room.
You’ve been working here for five years now, do you you miss Assam?
It’s been two years since I’ve gone back home.
Yes, I do miss it. But I need to work.
My family is there. It’s been 17 years since my mother passed away. I wasn’t so smart then, but I have been away from my house and been moving around looking for work since I was 12. And it’s been almost eight years in Bangalore alone. My father and four brothers, all stay in Assam.
What has the big difference between Bangalore and Assam been for you?
Bangalore is nice. The weather here is nice. It’s also a nice place to go around.
In Assam, it gets very hot. The weather is very extreme. And there are not too many work opportunities there.
I do miss home. But I need to earn some money, so I have to stay here.
The work here at Toit is nice, and the experience has been very good because everyone here is nice and talks to me nicely.
What’s the dream, five years from now?
I want to be able to build my own house, back in my village.
I haven’t been able to do that until now, so that is my dream for the near future.