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I’ve created a monster called The Breakfast Story!

In a candid chat with Nation Next, architect-turned-restaurateur Mukul Kulkarni speaks about his one-of-a-kind restaurant - The Breakfast Story!
Mukul Kulkarni (Photo by: Kartik Thakur)

A self-confessed serial entrepreneur and architect-turned-restaurateur Mukul Kulkarni knows that hes cast a spell in his second spell by creating a one-of-a-kind restaurant The Breakfast Story. In a candid chat with Nation Next, Mukul Kulkarni speaks fondly of the monster? hes created in Nagpur.

What exactly has made The Breakfast Story such a humungous success Is it the food or the cool quotient of the restaurant?  

I think it’s the combo of everything: the location, the food, the service and the cool quotient. I always wanted to go to a place like this to chill and have food but sadly nothing like this was available in Nagpur.

How much would you attribute the success of The Breakfast Story to your pleasant personality?

I don’t know about the charm in my personality. I’ve put up a restaurant as I am fond of meeting people and exploring. Since this place has come into being, I have made numerous friends, right from an eight-year-old to the middle aged people. People get a homely feeling when they enter this place and hence they feel really comfortable here. It gives me immense pleasure when certain young customers give my reference to their friends, saying, Oh, you’re going to Breakfast story!  Meet that Kulkarni uncle there. A lot of young crowd comes here; and as I’ve been a teacher for long (at LAD and Priyadarshini college), I understand what sort of atmosphere would the youth like and get accustomed with.

It was quiet a hospitable experience to see the owner himself serving?

I clean tables too! See, the whole idea is that people should feel that they?ve come to my home. And we serve our guests at our home, right! When I was young, every summer, my siblings and my mother would visit my nanis house and I would follow them after a month as being an architecture student, I had to stay back for my exams. So, my mother taught me certain preparations of basic food as there were hardly any places to eat out in those times. During this period, my friends and I used to have joint studies. I would cook and serve them and they actually liked it. And it felt great serving them. Service teaches you humility. 

Cynics claim that Nagpur has a history of not accepting innovations, especially vis-à-vis gourmet. So, where did you get the confidence of fiddling with quite innovative idea of The Breakfast Story?

I did have my moments of apprehensions. There came a time when everything was in place by conventional standards – consultants, regular chefs and a set up – still I was dicey about launching the restaurant. I was getting the feeling that something was not proper. Then, I followed my heart and did what I primarily wanted to do. I wanted to serve the home recipes in a homely environment. One thing was there in my mind that the restaurant business is all about repeat customers; so, I wanted to make the first experience of every customer wonderful. I just worked on that.  Moreover, my chefs have been major strength all throughout as they knew I had nothing to lose. This being a self-owned place, I could have turned it into a furniture shop, but they would have lost their job. They supported me throughout in fulfilling my agenda, and that’s the reason we could do it. 

While one can see students chilling out here, families also throng your restaurant. What would you say about this all-pervasive response as you had apparently positioned it as a place for youngsters

No, it was never targeted at a specific age group. Instead, this was for all. In the nearby area i.e. Digdoh Hills, we’ve 12 colleges (starting from engineering to medical to business schools); so, more of young crowd is noticed here. But we’ve people from not only belonging to all age groups but also from neighbouring cities. For instance, there’s a certain group from Gondia, which frequently visits The Breakfast Story. They drive all the way for like two and half hours, drop by here, have their breakfast, spend some really good time and move back to their city. 

So, you must have marketed yourself well in nearby cities.

Not at all! All this happened by default. We’ve not put in any extra efforts in marketing ourselves, even in Nagpur. Though, my son Kaivalya started a Facebook page and a twitter handle of The Breakfast Story, we got majorly popular through word of mouth only. People came, had their own experiences and loved to come again.  We don’t have preservatives and additives like gelatin and ajinomoto; we don’t even serve any aerated drinks. For that matter, whatever spices are required at our restaurant are all home-made; my wife prepares them all. So in short, we take care of our customers and this is what hospitality means. 

You are an architect by profession. So, The Breakfast Story is a diversification or diversion from your profession…

I have been a serial entrepreneur. While I have been a successful architect, I have been managing furniture businesses and also I have been trading with an Italian firm for three and a half years. Being an architect actually makes you a multi-faceted personality and you develop certain strengths, which make you a competitive professional. One also has to follow his/her passion, and that is only possible when you are comfortable in life. People do ask me if I have retired and I answer a yes to that question but only by suffixing to it, after a pause ?from the rat race.

After getting such a good response to your first restaurant, do you have any plans to venture further into hospitality industry? Should we expect another ‘The Breakfast Story’ in the future?

That is not in my hands. I know that I have created a monster called The Breakfast Story. Every now and then, I’ve people asking me for opening a franchise of the same. Not only from Nagpur but we’ve got such franchise offers from metros like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Gurgaon etc. But I’m not intending to beat around the same concept. I would like to diversify in hospitality, provided I get a different concept. Also, I need people with same passion to tie up with. Otherwise, it’ll be business without soul. Well, to answer your question, there may be a lunch story or dinner story in my life but certainly not another breakfast story!

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Anil Deshmukh granted permission to travel outside Mumbai

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Bombay High Court rejected stay plea filed by CBI paving way for the release of ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Ex-Home Ministe Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh on Monday was granted permission to travel outside Mumbai for four weeks by a special court on Monday. Deshmukh had sought permission to visit his constituency, which is also his hometown, Nagpur. 

The application was filed by Deshmukh through his lawyer, Inderpal Singh, stating that he is a native of Nagpur with deep family roots in the city apart from being an elected representative of his constituency. 

“The applicant craves a benevolent indulgence of this court to permit him to travel outside Greater Mumbai, including District Nagpur, for a limited duration of about four weeks so as to maintain continuity in his social and family ties and also visit his original and permanent home/constituency,” the plea stated.



The plea further added that “the applicant needs to have due legal consultation with his lawyers in New Delhi for further course of strategy in the present and connected cases.”

Also read: All 31 days in January 2023 in Nagpur observed to be polluted, reveals study

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Interesting facts you didn’t know about Union Budget | Must Read

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her fifth straight Union Budget when she presented financial statements and tax proposals for fiscal year 2023-24.

Here are some lesser known facts about Union Budget…

The British government presented India’s first ever Union Budget on April 7, 1860.

The first budget of independent India was presented by country’s first Finance Minister RK Shanmukham Chetty on November 26, 1947.

Even though traditionally, the finance ministers present the budget, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are the only Prime Ministers to have presented the Union Budget instead of Finance Ministers.

Until 1955, the Union Budget was presented in English. However, the Congress government then decided to print the Budget papers in both Hindi and English.

In 2019, Sitharaman became the second woman to table the budget after Indira Gandhi who presented the budget for the year 1970-71.

Earlier, the government tabled the rail budget separately for 92 years but since 2017, the rail budget was merged with the Union Budget.

Until 1999, the government tabled the Union Budget at 5 pm on the last working day of February as per British era practice but 

former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha changed the timing to 11 am. Years after, late Finance Minister Arun Jaitely changed the budget presentation to February 1. 

There’s a customary event called the ‘halwa ceremony’ that is held every year ahead of the Union Budget. It is considered as a gesture of appreciation for all people who have worked on the Union Budget. 

To ensure the secrecy of the budget document, a lock-in process is followed – in which all the officials involved 

in preparing the Budget come out of Parliament’s North Block only after the Finance Minister has presented the budget.

In 2021, Sitharaman became the first to table paperless Union Budget.

Former Prime Minister Moraraji Desai holds the record of presenting 10 budgets as finance minister, which is the maximum so far.

Also read: Not a populist but a fiscal consolidation budget: CAMIT Chief Dr Dipen Agrawal

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Nagpur News

DPS Kamptee tops in ‘Public Vegetable Garden,’ clinches 2nd spot in ‘Big Institutional Garden’

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Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category ‘Public Vegetable Garden’
 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category 'Public Vegetable Garden.'
 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category ‘Public Vegetable Garden’ and the second prize in the category ‘Big Institutional Garden.’
 
The award was presented by Ram Joshi, Additional  Commissioner, City and services at the KK Thakur Memorial Hall on 5th February, 2023. The ‘Annual Flower Show 2023’ was organised in the memory of Leelatai Subhedar to enhance and increase public interest in flowers. A team from the club visited the premises of the participants to judge their Rose Gardens, Lawns, Kitchen Gardens, Terraces and Balcony Gardens.
 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road sprawls across a lush green, naturalistic, peaceful and protected 17 acres of land. It is one of those places, which preserves and upholds greenery with a wide range of attractive seasonal flowers and exotic plants. The visitors were delighted to witness the variety of plants in their mesmerizing colours and an array of other seasonal flower plants and the vegetable garden. 
Delhi Public School Kamptee Road in Nagpur bagged the first prize in the category 'Public Vegetable Garden.'
 
The school gardens are an important part of the school’s educational programme and it provides hands-on learning experience for our students in areas such as horticulture, biology and environmental stewardship.
 
On the other hand, the kitchen garden has become a source of fresh, nutritious produce for our school community and a demonstration of the school’s commitment to sustainable food systems.
 
This recognition is a testament to the hard work, passion and dedication of Tulika Kedia, President and Pro-Vice Chairperson, Delhi Public School Kamptee Road and MIHAN, Nagpur. She’s an ardent nature lover and nature conservationist who has a deep respect for the natural world and a commitment to protect it for future generations. 
 
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