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Supply Man to Proudly owning a Multi-Crore Cake Model: My Journey of ‘Flying’ Above the Odds


Sunil Vashisht, a 45-year-old resident of Delhi and founding father of a multi-crore model ‘Flying Muffins’, nonetheless remembers that day in 1992 when he informed his mother and father the excellent news that he had simply cleared his Class 10.

“My father was a mechanical labourer and didn’t have the funds to assist my additional research. He informed me that if I deliberate on going to varsity, I must do that alone steam,” says Sunil, including that as an alternative of receiving hugs and congratulations, he was met with dismay.

Beginning that second, Sunil says he encountered quite a few challenges as he got down to fulfil his desires. However, he’s fast so as to add that with out the precious classes that life taught him on this section, Flying Muffins wouldn’t be what it’s at present.

A sequence of mishaps

After the disheartening interplay together with his father, Sunil took it upon himself to fund his research and enrolled in Class 11 in Delhi. When it was time to pay the charges, he utilized for a supply job at a milk firm within the metropolis that paid him a stipend.

“It was Rs 200 a month. I would depart residence at 5 within the morning, distribute milk for an hour, acquire the cash from these houses, after which hand it over to the corporate,” he says. After spending an hour distributing the milk, Sunil would return residence and pack his bag to attend the faculty lectures.

The stipend cash, though much less, was ample to place him by two years of school. Younger Sunil was effectively conscious that if he wished to pursue his commencement, he would want the same plan but once more.

“I enrolled for a bachelor’s in arts and parallelly seemed out for odd jobs in Delhi — typically, a waiter at a farmhouse or restaurant, a salesman at a sari retailer, and different occasions a courier supply particular person…I did all of it,” he remembers.

Flying Cakes now has a brand presence in 15 outlets across India
Flying Muffins now has a model presence in 15 retailers throughout India, Image credit: Instagram: Flying Muffins

Nevertheless, the job stints didn’t final lengthy and took a toll on his research, forcing Sunil to give up his research within the second yr. With a level that was now incomplete and the long run trying bleak, he utilized to be a supply boy with the pizza chain Domino’s in 1998 — a job that he was eager on succeeding at.

“I labored arduous, and inside two years I managed to rise to the place of assistant supervisor. However an incident modified the way in which issues had been taking part in out. My spouse was pregnant on the time; I obtained a name sooner or later saying she was in labour and that I wanted to succeed in residence as quickly as doable. I approached my senior asking for permission to depart however was denied the identical. However, I nonetheless left,” he says.

Whereas Sunil was blessed with a wholesome child lady, the subsequent day when he got here to work, he was notified that they didn’t need him anymore.

“This incident modified me. I promised myself that I might by no means be somebody’s worker once more,” he shares.

A pamphlet and a possibility of a lifetime

Flying Cakes makes cakes for every occasion such as children's birthdays, parties,
Flying Muffins makes truffles for each event resembling youngsters’s birthdays, events, and so on, Image credit: Instagram: Flying Muffins

With so many struggles interwoven in his each day life and a household to feed, Sunil determined to start out an egg roll cart exterior the celebrated JNU in Delhi in a bid to earn one thing. “It labored effectively for 2 months after which the MCD requested me to cease. Whereas it wasn’t one thing I anticipated, I didn’t dwell on it,” he says.

It was across the identical time {that a} buddy and he obtained to speaking about how folks in Noida appeared to have developed a sudden liking for desserts — notably truffles. They mentioned how good the scope of such a enterprise can be.

“So, once I came upon that there was a brand new mall opening in Sector 61 in Noida, I believed I might arrange a cake store there,” says Sunil.

Sunil's journey from a delivery guy to now the owner of a brand is inspiring
Sunil’s journey from a supply man to now the proprietor of a model is inspiring, Image credit: Instagram: Flying Muffins

Via the months that adopted, he began borrowing cash from buddies, and finally, collected sufficient to lease a small area within the mall. He even offered his spouse’s jewelry throughout this time. And at last, in 2007, Sunil’s cake store named ‘Flying Muffins’ was born — a model that may concentrate on pastries, birthday truffles and desserts.

Initially, the store didn’t see a lot footfall. However, his destiny modified in 2008, when he was distributing pamphlets to promote the cake store exterior the mall.

“I gave one of many pamphlets to a girl passing by who visited the store and acquired a cake for her little one. As destiny would have it, she was the HR Supervisor of HCL, a multinational IT firm. She liked the cake a lot that she signed a contract with Flying Muffins for all future occasions,” recounts Sunil.

Whereas future precipitated his luck to soar, it solely obtained higher from there on. Right now, Flying Muffins has a presence throughout 15 retailers in Indian cities — resembling Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi, Maharashtra and extra, with every outlet getting near “100 plus orders each month”.

As Sunil reminisces how he began his profession on a shoestring finances, which is now a multi-crore model, he says, “What I’ve learnt is that when issues get hardest, that’s precisely once you shouldn’t surrender. It’s going to change.”

Edited by Pranita Bhat

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