An Indian-Australian woman who sells tea online and takes ‘The Art of Chai’ classes, has just won Business woman of the year award. 26-year-old Indian-Australian entrepreneur and lawyer Uppma Virdi runs a successful tea e-retail business has just been named Australian Businesswoman of the Year. However, making tea is not her full-time job, as she works as a lawyer for a firm. Uppma Virdi’s grandfather taught her the art of making Ayurvedic tea with herbs and spices, and that’s where her immense love for special blends started.
As she turned her passion into a successful business, she won the title of Businesswoman of the year award at the 2016 Indian Australian Business and Community Awards (IABCA) at in Sydney last week.
She goes by the moniker ‘Chai Walli’ which in Hindi means, a female tea-seller and she started the business two years ago, even while doing her day job as a lawyer. After the event, she was quoted as saying, “Interest in tea is growing in Australia as more and more people are seeking alternatives to coffee. It was coincidentally the right time for me. My real aim is to educate the Australian society about the Indian culture through tea.”
When she started the business, she distributed her blends among friends and family and later started supplying wholesale to local speciality stores and after that, it was all a huge climb to the top. After all, she believes that tea is a way to bring people together.
“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,” she told SBS. And then an idea was born, and there was no looking back.