Food is a secret code that gets you entry into an entire way of seeing and perceiving the world. One of the most essential roles in food is that of spices. Through the metaphor of the traditional spice box i.e. Masala Daani found in most Indian homes, we will try making sense of this unique code, and open another window into our culture. Juxtaposing this with the performative nature of spices themselves – experiencing the different rasas or bhavas they evoke – we will bring to life the language of condiments.
All of this against along with the colonial hangover at Gymkhana 91. Dine and talk amidst wooden railings, vintage tiles, chairs with cane backs, arch windows and a giant clock; an ambience that is meant to remind you of a time gone by.
Akansha is a Researcher and Brand Strategist, holding a graduate degree in Design and Master’s in Communications Management. She has over 6 years of industry experience working for brands like Zara, Mother Dairy, Bacardi, Titan and Jean Paul Gaultier. Uncovering deep cultural insights and applying them to real world brands excites her. Moonlighting as a baker, she has been successfully running her own home bakery by the name of ‘Vanilla Kitchen’. In the future she aims to utilize her knowledge base to guide product innovations, specifically in the food industry.
Following the legacy of his Father, Aditya Vijay Hegde ventured into the F&B space at an early age of 17. Through his stints in sales and marketing, he was always drawn to his dream of creating a Gymkhana but with a twentieth century twist.
The experiences from his early years spent assisting his father and insatiable curiosity about cuisines led him to create Gymkhana 91 Bar & Kitchen, a modern rendition of the colonial gymkhanas that Mumbaikars have been drawn to over decades due to their eternal charm.
Aditya has a Masters degree in International Business and is planning his next travel to find the new.