A candid interview with Jagruti Saxena

Jagruti Saxena is a Corporate Communications professional with over a decade long work experience along with triple masters in Communications Management from ARU, Cambridge (UK), MICA (Ahmedabad) and SIMC (Pune). She loves to teach and is a guest faculty at some of the leading communication institutes. She is an explorer at heart and wants to travel the world with her daughter. She is married to Saurabh Saxena, Founder – CEO, Holachef.  

Tell us something about Saurabh that we don’t already know!

Saurabh is an unassuming, simple, loving husband and a doting father with no airs or hang-ups, and that’s what I adore the most about him.

Does Saurabh cook? Who is a better cook between the two of you?

(laughs) Holachef has spoiled us for choice as far as food is concerned! But when we do cook we put our heart and soul into it. We are usually the weekend cooks.

Which has been your most memorable holiday and why?

I recently did a backpacking Spanish spree. I was awestruck with its friendly culture, art, history and cuisine. Walking through the narrow, cobbled streets and dainty houses in Spain is an experience in itself. One can’t forget the chocolate churros in a cup of thick, hot, chocolate dip!

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How often do you and Saurabh order-in from Holachef?

We call it our second kitchen!

How do you both like to unwind?

We love to go on long drives and try to take short holidays to some serene destinations as often as possible. While at home, spending quality time with our daughter (who is 4 years old) is the most rewarding experience for both of us! Being around her helps us to keep our work at bay (at least for a while!).

Being a communications professional, what do you think is the best and worst thing about it?

Warren Buffett said it best, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently”.

As communications professionals, we are always on our toes with a sword hanging on the head. At the same time, we never have a dull moment as we are always challenged to do new things or to do them differently.

If not India, where would you like to live and why?

Knowing me, I can’t be grounded to one place. Given the opportunity, I would like to work in different countries and experience the varied cultures. What a wishful thinking!

Since you are from Pune, tell us what you miss about the city.

I miss Pune for infinite reasons; top 3 being friends, weather and food! Pune is at its best in monsoons. Except for the summer time, Pune undoubtedly has one of the better climates in the country. The lovely drizzles, trekking in those rains, the road side chaat and old-school Puneri food joints, a hearty breakfast at Vaishali – a popular south Indian restaurant which is ever bustling with its fans – and many more such memories paint a nostalgic picture of this beautiful city.

What’s your favorite drink?

I love cocktails made by Saurabh. We should ask him for a name

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