This Indian-Australian lawyer cum ‘Chai Walli’ made it to the ‘Australia’s Businesswoman of the Year’
Chai or tea has a very special place in Indian culture. It’s a good medium to start a new friendship. There are certainly a large number of tea lovers worldwide. One among them is Uppma Virdi, a 26-year-old Indian-Australian lawyer and a businesswoman. After moving to Australia, she didn’t find good tea anywhere. So, she decided to start her own tea business and that’s how this Indian girl became a ‘Chai Walli’. Recently, Uppma Virdi was awarded ‘Australia’s Businesswoman of the Year’.
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 Uppma Virdi.
Uppma serves different varieties of Ayurvedic tea mixture through her online tea store. Her online store is open for retail purchase worldwide along with a wholesale division too, which supplies the Indian tea blend to gourmet supermarkets, food stores, cafes, restaurants and yoga centres. Uppma also runs ‘The art of Chai’ workshops, where she teaches people how to brew the perfect tea.
Uppma Virdi won the title of Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Indian Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA) at a glittering ceremony in Sydney. Along with the business, Uppma is also happily continuing her job as a lawyer. This Chai Walli is indeed a real inspiration for those who find it difficult to balance between their profession and passions.