At Toit, our customers have always been our primary focus. They’re the ones who bring life to the place, create memories and end up giving the place its familiar, friendly vibe.
And there are so many different kinds of people who come through our doors daily, that we wanted to get to know their stories.
The Kudix Mug Holder of the Month is our little way of celebrating our customers, and their unique stories.
Say hello to our first Mug Holder of the new year, who happens to be an introvert with a job that demands maximum social interaction. Yup, that’s Radhika, our Mug Holder of the month.
Tell us a little about what you do.
I work with a media company as an HR manager. MY forte is basically help build startups from scratch in the HR function.
Are you from Bangalore?
Yes! I’ve been in Bangalore for more than 12 years, so I’m pretty much a Bangalorean.
I’ve been in Bangalore for more than 12 years, so I’m pretty much a Bangalorean.
Where were you before that?
My parents stay in Calcutta, I’ve done a stint in Chennai as well, so I call myself pretty much Indian, so to speak.
So, are you originally from Calcutta then?
No, my native place is Rajasthan. I am a marwadi.
When did you shift to Bangalore then? How did that happen?
I moved here because I wanted to do my degree in Christ University, and that’s how I stuck on. I just didn’t realise that I would be here for a decade.
HR happened as a result of something you studied? Or completely opposite?
No, it’s very random actually. So after college one of my friends told me that there was an opening and she asked me if I was interested. So I thought let me just go and do this, and see how it works out. And I quite enjoyed it. So after that I pursued my MBA and continued in the HR field.
I have been doing this for seven years now.
We ask this of every Mug Holder—why do you think you’ve been selected as the KMH?
Well, I think I’ve been coming here forever! I’ve met a lot of people through this place, and I think I’ve maintained my rapport, so to speak, with all the bartenders around.
And Toit to me is like my neighbourhood bar, it’s like my second home pretty much. So, I think maybe that’s why.
Have you always enjoyed drinking beer?
Yeah! I enjoy drinking beer, although I don’t think that’s the primary reason I come here. That’s the icing on the cake.
In general, I love the vibe of this place, I love the people here and I get a lot of attention frankly, so I enjoy that.
So this love for beer has been cultivated over time?
In college, I used to drink bottled beer and after that once breweries started, I got hooked to craft beer. Obviously, I didn’t know much about them before breweries started off in Bangalore.
…Toit to me is like my neighbourhood bar, it’s like my second home pretty much.
Is it different now? Can you not drink bottled beer anymore?
I’m not that fussy. I know a lot of people are. At the end of the day, I’m not going to get brewed beer outside, if i’m drinking at home or something like that. Then you have to switch to bottled beer. But if I were given a choice, obviously I would prefer craft beer any day.
Do you have a favourite beer at Toit?
I love the Red! But in general, I also love Stouts.
Do you get a lot of your HR work done here? A lot of people get work done here.
No no! Not at all. I think I’m just too focused on drinking beer. Earlier, when I used to come here I used to sit at the bar and meet a lot of people randomly. We do have a lot of office parties here, but I don’t think I’ve met anyone for work apart from that. I’ve met a lot of useless people who’ve tried hitting on me though.
So, tell us the most bizarre pick up lines you’ve heard, from all the times you’ve been hit on!
There are a few incidents but there was this one where I was on the second floor, at the bar. This guy comes up to me and is like “hi” and I was like “whatever”. And his line was—“can you tell me what to order?”
So I was like, “who are you and why are you asking me these questions?”, basically trying to tell him that I’m not interested.
And then he said, “let me show you something”.
I think I’ve only had a lot of creepy one-liners, not any good ones.
I’d just gotten done with work, and I was in this HR mode because it was a hard day. So when he took out his phone to show me a video, I’m thinking he’s showing me his videos resumé, for some weird reason.
But he shows me this video in which he’s doing some really weird stuff, and I see the logo of a TV channel, so I understand that he’s part of some reality show. That was really creepy because he was making a fool of himself in that video, doing some really weird stuff. And then he proceeded to ask me my name, and I was with a friend at the time. I generally don’t tell people my real name in situations like these, so I said I was Priyanka or something, but my friend ended up saying her name was Radhika!
So the next time we bumped into him, and he’s like “ Hi, Radhika!” and my friend knew she was in trouble.
It was strange because I’ve never had someone show me a video as a pick up line, and he was behaving like an idiot in it, I think imitating some animal, so just why?
So there’s no hope for boys who try hitting on you when you’re having a beer?
I’m sure there’s hope. Maybe you just need to get the right girl, on the right day. And in the right mood! *laughs*
I think I’ve only had a lot of creepy one-liners, not any good ones.
Back to the work side of things, is it a competitive field?
So, with HR, the problem is that the demand is less and the supply is a lot.
In general, companies have a ratio of 100-2o0 employees to one HR person. So you have to be very good to survive, and in general it might not be the easiest to get a job.
Having been with startups, I’ve had the opportunity of being in a lot of different HR roles. I’ve always been working to set up their function, so it’s been very interesting for me, and I’ve been fortunate. This works for me, working with startups, because not only do you get to do HR, but also a little bit of Finance, Legal, etc.
Everyone has to do everything in a startup. And that’s what makes it fun! You get to do a lot of stuff and meet a lot of new people.
Is that something you’ve always liked doing—meeting new people?
Communication is my forte, which is one of the primary reasons I stuck on in HR, but funnily enough I’m an introvert and quite reserved as a person. But something happens when I go out and get to work.
Communication is my forte…otherwise I’m quite the introvert.
Otherwise I’m quite the introvert, and comfortable spending time with myself.
I like reading, writing, doing random things. I used to blog as well, about the most random things. I end up doing a bit of everything.
People don’t believe I’m an introvert though.
What do you like the most and least about what you do?
What I like most is that I’m in a high-impact function. You can have a very big impact, but you need to be in the right company. Like a startup or a company that values the HR function.
What I like least is that people only complain! So if something good happens, that you and your team might have done, you will never hear someone coming and giving you good feedback. You just have to deal with people complaining all the time.
I have way too many memories here
Back to Toit—in all the time you’ve been coming here, any particular moment stands out?
I have way too many memories here—office parties, birthday, a lot of time has been spent here. Like, when I’ve gone out of town, to my home, I’ve literally come back and headed straight to Toit with my luggage and everything because I want to have the beer here.
Spent a lot of time with a lot of people here, so it’s very hard for me to pick one memory.