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Jay Junior, an Indian Born May 27 1986 in United Kingdom, London. Jay is an Entrepreneur known for founding The DHOL Company, one of UK's leading suppliers of premium quality Dhols (Indian Drum). Also known for being the founder of the UK's biggest Dhol school with a student portfolio of 200+ which has been running for 6 years across 2 parts of London.
Alongside this Jay has created his own brand and phrase, HATERS KEEP UP (HKU) which today is an international clothing line and with this he shares his self made motivational quotes and now on YOUTUBE vlogging everything he thinks about and to add to all this great work Jay has recently launched his own charity for the Homeless called ProjectGIVING.
A bit more info from Jay:
"I am a fitness freak. I go gym everyday and genuinely love eating my greens. NO JOKE. Cycling is my number one hobby and I would literally cycle anywhere till I pass out. I once used to weigh 96KG and within 13 weeks I dropped down to 70kg. Oh yeah I'm actually really well known for this huge transformation. Now people actually listen to me when I say eat your greens.
Music is my passion from the heart. Type of music doesn't make a difference to me because all music has a different way of projecting a different feeling. Doesn't have to be in English either. "
Thank you Jay- Now onto the questions:
Who has inspired you the most?
Really good question and definitely got me thinking. There isn't anyone in particular who has inspired me but I've just always been driven and motivated to do things that I will one day be known for during and after my life but there have been a group of people or shall we say a category of people who inspire me and they are the ones who the world always talk about. It's the individuals who actually have changed the world and those who are in the process of changing the world with their ideas an innovations. The likes of Steve Jobs, Mark Zukerberg and Sir Alan Sugar. These are the people I use as my driving force because they believed in what they did and today have made the whole world believe in what they do. One individual however does inspire me and that is my mother. A woman with strong determination to continue playing her role as a mother and a best friend and a mentor. She keeps me going.
What is your next goal, for the Dhol Company and HKU?
I always think I know the answer to this type of question but sometimes it does make me think more but with regards to The DHOL Company I aim to push the name and the brand as far as I can to be known worldwide for the work it does, service it provides and the products it produces. Already within 2 years it has become the UK's leading company in supplying and making premium quality Dhols (Indian Drum) and offering the service of professional drummers for all occasions. I hope to grow the team in numbers and the teams performance level and quality.
With HKU, is is something very personal. As you may know I've done many vlogs and posted them on Facebook and Youtube explaining how HKU came about. My goal is to completely spread the phrase ALL over the world and I want everyone to wear my clothes with confidence. People already relate to the phrase, they just got to wear it now. I hope to expand the range of clothes I offer in terms of style, colour and design and offer other clothing products and expand into accessories such as bag, caps, watches and maybe trainers.
When did you decide to start doing vlogs?
I've been doing vlogs from like the age of 15-16 but I never showed them off through social media baring in mind back then Facebook wasn't even around and Youtube was just getting started up and didn't really know the potential of it. I've always been filmed by other people doing things, saying things and all sorts of stuff but I started properly vlogging about 4 years ago when social media was literally blowing up. Facebook was my main hub to reach out to people. I now have an official Youtube channel with professionally made videos.
Where do you see the HKU movement in five years time?
I'll be honest with you, where it's going to go from here in 5 years time I really couldn't tell you BUT I would LOVE for it to be in more shops across the UK, high street shops, other online stores and hope I can get some sort of sponsor from maybe a sports brand or other clothing company. I do see the movement continuing for the rest of my life because haters will always hate and they will always be around lol. Let's just say I want it to be the next and the ONLY big thing. Maybe a bit too optimistic...oh well...Keep Up.
Why focus on the haters?
As i mentioned before, HKU is very personal to me. I want people to wear my brand and spread the phrase but most importantly I want people to know that they CAN and by this I mean no matter what, who, where and why and when, they CAN become what they want to, they CAN do what they want, they CAN be successful and that they CAN make their dreams come true. Now everyone on this planet has haters and that is a fact. Those who say they don't are just morons and need to live a little but everyone has haters and have had haters.
Life is full of hurdles and people will go through so much hardship BUT nothing is worse than another human being deliberately trying to bring you down. I've been through this and it's not a good feeling. I want to focus on HATERS KEEP UP because it is my personal fuel to keep me going and for me to prove to my haters that I CAN and I WILL no matter what and nothing can stop me. Now some people think I'm doing things to prove to my haters and that's all but I'm not. I'm just proving to my haters that I can do what I envisioned and have passion for which they said I couldn't do. One thing I must say is that it's not in any way shape or form revenge. Some people think this but I can assure you it isn't.
Haters for me are like fuel in a car. Without it, it's not going anywhere. Some people can do well without haters but I'm yet to meet a well known, successful individual who hasn't got any haters. Personally I'd say keep the haters close to you because they are the only ones who can make you successful, make your dreams come true and make you a better person. Just wear one of my tops and that should help even more lol. Just remember, HATERS KEEP UP.
Thank you so much Jay. Keep up with all the good work and I'm really excited about ProjectGIVING and where HKU goes. Good luck.
Another burger review from Sherwin - this time on his holiday in Malta. He is starting to have more burgers than me.
So for my brother (mainly for myself) I tried a burger place on holiday in Malta. The burger craze is truly worldwide, or at the very least European. Every magazine and website had recommended Badass Burger as a place to try in St Julians, Malta. I had to find it. Oh there it is, a 1 minute walk from my hotel, how convenient.
I flew to Malta with my wife to celebrate our one year anniversary. Time flies but and what an amazing year with an amazing wife.
We went to Badass Burger on our last day and for lunch we walked in and were taken straight to the top. The restaurant and seating area we were taken to was on the roof of the building so it felt like we were outdoors but it was covered up. A bar was in the corner too.
I looked at the menu and straight away you see this is more than a Burger place. The menu is quite vast with a whole host of burger combinations but they also offered chicken wings (various spices) and a range of starters and desserts. I went for the Madass Minis which is are 5 slider burgers with different flavours & sauces and a side of sweet potato fries. The portion of sweet potato fries were very generous. They had a good crunch to them and with a dollop of mayo on the side, they complimented the burgers really well.
Trying my best to remember the different variation of burgers and sauces, I can recall – Badass Secret Sauce, Thai Green Curry, Sour cream (I think) and a Salsa sauce too. I forget one but 4 out of 5 isn’t bad. All the sliders were ¾ bites which you expect and the each oozed with juiciness on each bite. I was a big fan of the Secret sauce and Salsa Sauce variations. Those were the two that if I were to come again I would go for the big version. Add on some bacon and cheese and bingo.
Thanks brother- you are making me jealous.
This time i will let you off for not inviting me- but next time i will be waiting.
As a so called Foodie, i am lucky enough to know a few people in the business. A friend of mine, Ash is in the catering business and following from his own family business he has now decided to start his own business- Shimla Foods.
Find out below about the new kids on the block in Catering.
Who is Shimla and how did it come about?
Shimla is the story of two uni friends who share a passion for food and events. I have always worked in the catering industry, and Rik has previous experience in restaurants and events. It was a no brainer for us both to get together and start up Shimla Foods which is a brand built on great food and great service. We love what we do - even with the unsociable hours and zero sleep on most weekends.
What is a typical wedding day like for Shimla?
A typical wedding day will start with all the chefs and kitchen staff switching on the gases at 3am making fresh curries, dhals and any other prep that needs to be done for a wedding lunch. The rest of the staff will slowly build up until it is time to load the vans and get to the venue. Time flies during the morning and before we know it we have set up in the venues kitchen and are making fresh breads, rice, and savoury dishes for the guests. The waiting staff are busy setting up the buffets in the dining halls and usually the buffet would be open by 12 lunchtime. Hundreds of hungry guests line up for a traditional wedding lunch once the ceremony has finished, but this is only half the job done, we still have the evening reception to cater for. After the lunch we start the evening set up with waiting staff ready to dress the 30-40 tables with our linen, crockery, glassware etc. Whilst the kitchen gets busy yet again to prepare canapés and welcome drinks, the dedicated bar staff on the day are setting up the bar with all the alcohol and soft drinks. The event managers on the day, usually myself and Rik will be running around making sure everything is set and ready to go for 6pm. Before you know it the whole venue has been transformed in to a beautiful setting, as guests start to arrive the waiting staff will be floating around with canapés and champagne.
The party is in full swing by the time it comes to serving mains, this would be around 8pm. We can relax once the desserts are served as the bulk of the work is done. As you can imagine the clean up operation is huge. Once the music switches off at around 12 we can clear the bar and be on our way home. After a long day for all the staff.....it's time to do it all again the next morning!
When did you decide that this was what you wanted to do?
Being foodies ourselves I think our paths were always set to be in the food industry. For myself growing up in the family business I was always pretty sure that this is what I wanted to do.
Where do you see Shimla Foods in five years time?
I think our vision is to continue to grow, doing wedding and events is great but we don't want to stop there. We want to be seen as a company that caters to all communities and events. There are a number of things in the pipeline for us in the next few years, without giving too much away I'm sure you will be seeing us around a lot more.
It's a great feeling knowing you have completed an event or wedding fully satisfying your clients and guests. The feedback we receive sometimes really makes it hit home what an important role we play for brides and grooms on their big day. That's what drives us to do what we do.
Which Indian and non-Indian restaurants are your favourite in London?
In terms of restaurants we all have our favourites, but personally when I want Indian food it will always be the following.
- Regency (Queensbury)
- Sugar and Spice (Queensbury)
- Caraway (Gants Hill)
- La porta des indes (Marble Arch)
- Chutney Mary
- Divans (Finchley)
- Aksular (Palmers green)
- Ariana II (Kilburn)
- Meat liquor (Oxford street)
- Hache (Camden)
- Patty Bun
- Bleecker Street Burger
- Yum Bun
- Mother clucker Chicken
- Red Dog Saloon
Thank you Shimla foods. That is sure some long list of favourites and i will make sure i visit them all. I have been lucky enough to try some of their food and it is great. I hope that if any of my friends get married soon that they will get Shimla to cater for the day.
Some of the people dressing up are professionals such as Yaya Han and Tabitha Lyons and they have made a living by bringing comic book characters to life. The people who came all loved watching these people and being part of the experience. Book signings, sketches and the chance to take your picture with a superhero who just some of the reasons why thousands of people showed up.
Exhibitors were there too, selling comic books and many accessories, clothing and toys. It was a tiring weekend which started 8am on Friday morning and finished at 10pm on Sunday night. Looking back though, i will probably do it again next year.
The Zombie above, provided me with a lot of entertainment over the weekend. He was hired by a company called A Place in Space, (comic sellers) and they had Charlei Adlard, the artist for the comic book of The Walking Dead. I was tasked with looking after his queue for signing and sketching and these zombies were paid to scare people for two days. The look on the faces of kids and adults was hilarious and there was a lot of screaming going on.
The convention is getting bigger and bigger and movies such as the upcoming Avengers one, will increase its popularity. People love to dress up and with all that is going on in the world, it is fun to step away from reality and indulge in a bit of cosplay. if i had to dress up as anyone i think Spiderman would be a good option or even the Hulk.
Who would you dress up as?
So lifeofshayan is going global. No new fans abroad just the fact that i went on holiday and the food was good. Our first day we probably had the best food, we went to Delfino Mar in Lima, Peru. This was on the recommendation of the hotel receptionist and it was good.
Delfino Mar was welcoming and relaxing. It was a busy Saturday so we waited ten minutes to be seated and then we were given the local treatment... Then we told them we were foreigners and needed an English menu "Por Favour".
Peruvian cuisine is getting more and more popular here in London with restaurants such as Lima, Ceviche and Andina to name a few. The dish that I knew and wanted desperately was ceviche, which is slightly cooked (or even raw fish) served with lime and lemon juice, coriander, onions and tomatoes too. In Peru they included corn as they love it there and this was lovely. The key to a good ceviche is fresh fish and this was. Drenched in a citrusy dressing and onions Laura and I devoured it as a shared starter.
For our mains Laura went for a shrimp dish which came with a creamy sauce (above) and rice. I went for grilled swordfish with shrimps and squids (below).
Laura and I both agree that my fish was a lot better. The creamy shrimps weren't that great and would have been a lot better without that creaminess and more freshness. When you are by the sea you expect fresher flavours. I won't criticise it too much as I think it was our fault choosing that dish.
My dish however was really good. On a hot plate the fish sizzled and with it the great flavours. The swordfish and then crispy squids were amazing and Laura couldn't keep her hands off my food. A good portion size and a beer with our food meant the holiday had started perfectly. The star of the show was the ceviche and it had marked our arrival in Peru.