Candid with Mrs. Suruchi Agrawal
Candid with Mrs. Suruchi Agrawal
We are very excited to bring to you this amazing story of Mrs. Suruchi Agrawal. She is the proud owner of two homegrown start-ups and a mother of two children. Mrs. Agrawal’s inspiration is her four-year-old son Anant, who is diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome. We are proud to share her journey with you all. Let’s hear it in her own words.
“Passion to Profession…. this is the story of my Entrepreneurship”
Let me start my story with my short introduction,
Hi, my name is Suruchi Agrawal, and I am the owner of 2 homegrown start-ups Ghar Ki Bakery & Papquill – an Art & Craft Hobby Center, both are based in Hyderabad. I’ve been running the business for 2 years, going onto 3rd year now. I was always eager to start my own business. So, I took the plunge 2 years ago, and haven’t looked back.
I am a native of Rajasthan, born & bought up in a small town world-famous for its Tiger Reserve Park Sariska. By education, I am a registered Pharmacist and have two Master’s degrees in Pharmacy (M. Pharm) and Business Administration (MBA). I am also a Fevicryl Certified Artist and trainer.
“After Anant’s birth, I realized the presence of another world which is totally different than our normal routine life”
I am a proud mother of 2 lovely kids Krittika (Daughter 12 yrs) and Anant (Boy 4Yrs). Anant is a special kid who was diagnosed with Down syndrome by birth and is also an inspiration for my journey so far.
After Anant’s birth, I realized the presence of another world which is totally different than our normal routine life. Raising a special child gives you wings of passion and increases your creativity and strengths. I have utilized this strength to create these start-ups and now I am also helping other mothers of special kids including their God gifts to create such examples.
“Raising a special child gives you wings of passion and increases your creativity and strengths”
I was always passionate about cooking including Baking and sharing it with my friends and family members. But the thing is, I was always a worrier about how to start a professional journey. Luckily my society has a unique social media application that gives the opportunity to each homemaker to share their recipes and even a platform to run a home business. That platform gave me a starting boost and in a short span of time, my homemade cakes and other bakery items were everyone’s favorite. Then with help of my husband we created the Ghar Ki Bakery Brand.
Let’s talk about Suruchi’s Ghar Ki Bakery
Suruchi’s Ghar Ki Bakery is an FSSAI registered Home-based baking studio based in Hyderabad. We are specialized in customized baking items for any age, gender, and taste requirement. We not only prepare celebration and party cakes (Wedding, Birthday). Also customized taste cakes based on individual choice (Tea Cakes, Vegan, gluten-free, and Sugar-free cakes).
“Ghar Ki Bakery’s specialty is NUTRITION WITH TASTE where we use all curated natural ingredients, picked from certified vendors”
One of the biggest road blockers of any home baker is when a customer asks them why their product is “not as cheap as the one you can buy in a bakery or supermarket.” Many home bakers take personal offense to this, and rightfully so. Outside baking preparations are most certainly not made fresh and have a shelf life of weeks, if not months. It has this shelf life because of all the preservatives and chemicals that go into it. The ingredients used are sourced as cheaply as possible, making it almost dubious in nature for human consumption.
Ghar Ki Bakery’s specialty is NUTRITION WITH TASTE where we use all curated natural ingredients, picked from certified vendors. Our all preparations are preservative-free and made from natural flavors. Our priority is to serve our clients to match their requirements since every cake is special and has an emotional touch.
Ghar Ki bakery is currently serving customers of Hyderabad and has planning to launch a few products in the tea & snacks category which can be consumed even after 15 days, hence easy to transport in other cities. My long-term plan is to open a Bake studio along with my Son, where I will also provide training to other aspiring home bakers. Learning never stops, I always try to attend online and offline international bake shows and workshops to learn new baking techniques.
Now let’s talk about Papquill:
It is started with a new passion to design and make jewelry from Paper quilling and that’s how it named “Papquill (Paper + Quilling).
Papquill – an Art & Craft Hobby Center, based in Hyderabad. I take professional workshops and training sessions for offline Kids, Mothers, and Special Kids. I am specialized in Rajasthani Arts, Jewellery making with paper quilling & Terracotta. I’m well versed with other Indian diversified art techniques including Glass painting, Tanjore Arts, etc.
“I always believe that “with art, there is no right or wrong answer”
I am also working with the Down Syndrome Federation of India to provide Art & Craft classes to our Special kids. These children have problems with speech, language, and motor skills and struggle with verbalizing what they feel and need. This is frustrating for our children, upsetting for their parents, and challenging for their educators. I provide assistance to such parents and their kids. With the help of artistic activities, they can exercise and strengthen the cognitive and physical skills that generally challenge special needs children, such as oral, tactile, visual, sensory, and motor skills.
“Art gives children a sense of pride and accomplishment, builds a “can-do” attitude, and enhances feelings of self-worth— notably when kids see other people admiring their work”
I always believe that “with art, there is no right or wrong answer. It’s created, shared, and appreciated. To that end, promoting our children’s work is essential to Papquill’s vision to provide art education for children with special needs. We also help kids to showcase their work by displaying their creations on different social media platforms. This gives children a sense of pride and accomplishment, builds a “can-do” attitude, and enhances feelings of self-worth— notably when kids see other people admiring their work.
I was the finalist for best mompreneur of the year 2022 facilitated by Vyapaar Jagat. This year my story was live on 21st March through the Famous TV actress Subhalaxmi das on her Instagram handle subhadivaflare. I won the title of Bahubali Chef Award facilitated by best chef Hyderabad in 2022. I am a winner of the Grand Queens Leadership Awards 2021 for the FoodPreneur Category facilitated by Celebration Makers Hyderabad. Gharkibakery’s name was in the Merit list in bread baking facilitated by Homebakers.co.in. I am also recognized as an Emerging Artist by the State Gallery of Art (Govt of Telangana). My other start-up Papquill was also featured in the leading Kannada newspaper “Pravajani” and Bangalore Mirchi 95. I have also been the recipient of multiple online awards.