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Exclusive Interview: Bhavesh Mehta, a Lifestyle and Food Blogger

Bio: Bhavesh Mehta is a food and lifestyle blogger who creates magic by showing his audiences the hidden and best places of food in Mumbai. His page is named Jhakaas Flavours Of Mumbai.

Hello, glad to have you for the interview. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

– It’s a big moment for me today, as this is my first interview, and I am thankful that you considered me for the same. This journey started when I was doing my bachelor’s in HR college. Currently, I have also completed my CA degree, and now I am working as an Equity research analyst.

When and why did you start blogging?

– In college time, I used to explore different food places with my college group, and I was the one who used to search for unique locations every time for the entire group. So, I thought, why not share this experience with a larger audience and came across the idea of starting an Instagram page? I told my best friends Shreya and Shikha this idea, and luckily both of them liked it and then we started exploring different places together. But this lasted for a few months because after college, 3 of us got busy with various aspects of life, and I was also focusing more on my CA studies. Post my CA degree; I am now back to showcase the best Food and unique places to my growing followers.

Which country’s cuisine do you love to eat the most and why?

– You know, I have tasted many cuisines, but Indian Food is an emotion for me. Sabzi, Roti, Daal, Chawl and Gulab jamun, this is the best combo I can have for 7 straight days.

When you started, did you ever think you would be so successful at blogging?

–         During this food blogging journey, I always thought that due to my hectic job life, I wouldn’t be able to continue it for a long time, but luckily I am getting time and trying to do my best. I feel like there’s still a lot to achieve, so I will keep doing my best. So to cut it short, I am not thinking about success and hope in future too; I don’t think about it and keep showcasing the best to my followers.

Have there been any mistakes along the way that you have learnt from?

–         Learning without mistakes?! I don’t think it’s ever possible. So I am constantly learning from my mistakes which is difficult for everyone to do. TBH I made too many mistakes but always tried to learn from them and ensure that I don’t repeat them. Also, I try to constantly take reviews from my friends to keep improving my content.

What advice would you like to give people who want to start blogging?

– There’s a very famous line, “Apunich Bhagwan hai” I would rephrase it for the young creators that “Contentich Bagwan hai “, so make sure you always think out of the box and present the content in the best possible way for your followers this will help you to grow.

What is the story behind your blog’s name?

–         For almost a month, I was thinking about what should be the name of my page because I wanted it to be unique, and 1 day when I was watching something on television, I heard Anil sir telling Jhakkkaaaas. Then the idea of Jhakaas Flavours of Mumbai happened.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

– It’s tough to predict the following year, so expecting where I would be in the next 5 years would be tough for me to answer, but one thing won’t change for sure that’s my passion towards Food, and I will try to showcase this to my followers through my content.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

–         I guess the obvious answer is Fooddddd…, but sometimes it gives me a fantastic feeling. For example, I would share a recent incident – I uploaded a video of a kulfiwale Uncle who has a small stall near Lower Parel. After months when I went to him and asked him did get new customers through my video, he had a big smile on his face and thanked me for the video because of the excellent response from that video.

Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?

–         Blogging is just my hobby as it helps me divert my mind from the usual daily stuff and do something creative.

What’s the best and worst thing about being a food blogger?

–         The worst and the best thing about blogging is Constant eating outside, which will take a toll on your health, and the good part is you get to explore different types of cuisine and some really mouth-watering dishes.

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