Celebrity Chef Dipna Anand delves into her new normal
Reena Ranger, Chair of Women Empowered, kick-starts an incisive regular series for iGlobal to explore some inspirational facets from the life and achievements of prominent Global Indians. Dipna Anand is a celebrity chef who co-owns Southall's famous Brilliant Restaurant in London. Here she is In Conversation with Reena Ranger as she opens up about what inspires her, getting used to a new normal and cooking through the lockdown.
Who has been your role model and had a profound impact on you?
My father has been my role model and mentor from a very young age. I have always aspired to be just like my dad and growing up have watched him achieve success after success in our restaurant business. His can-do attitude and positivity in the most challenging situations amazes me.
Dad's energy, drive and enthusiasm has much to do with what I have achieved to date. I call him my real-life superhero and its him who is the realm of my world, forever pushing me to go even further.
My mother has a profound impact on me, and I get my strength, urgency to succeed and understanding from her. I see her struggle with her Parkinson's illness each day, yet she somehow manages to make us all smile and warrior through her battle. A pillar of strength that's always by my side.
Covid-19 has propelled us into a new world. What is now your new normal?
Covid-19 has been a challenging yet very valuable lesson. Life for me before this pandemic was constantly busy and on-the-go. I never stopped; my life was always in that fast lane, in fact I enjoyed it that way because to me being busy meant success.
My mindset, however, during the Covid-19 crisis has changed in its entirety. Actually, even slowing down in life can still bring your success to light. I have come to realise my home is the place I am happiest. Before Covid, on average I would only come home to sleep and maybe be home two hours during the day.