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Nostalgia with Yangdup Lama: “At 22, I moved to Delhi for my then-girlfriend. Don’t do that!”

Nostalgia with Yangdup Lama: “At 22, I moved to Delhi for my then-girlfriend. Don’t do that!”

Where were you career-wise? I had just moved to Delhi from Kolkata in 1995 and started my bartending career at Polo Lounge at the Hyatt Regency. What was the money situation? I had ₹3,000 and lived with friends for two months in a barsati in Safdarjung Enclave. Any romance in life? I had a girlfriend in Delhi, who had written a letter saying that if I don’t move to Delhi, our relationship didn’t have a future. So, I packed up my suitcase and left. Three days after I reached, I found out she was seeing someone else. Was your family supportive? They were in Darjeeling and for three years they thought I was the manager at a hotel but I was a server at the bar. They were happy I was financially stable. I went back after working for a year with 90k and I bought a small piece of land, which I built upon every year. What did you do for fitness? Playing football on the IIT grounds and Siri Fort. What was your sense of fashion like? I was always fascinated with sports which reflected in my wardrobe. I loved wearing sneakers and jackets and jerseys of football teams. Your most prized possession? My suitcase, which I bought in 1992 and still have though the handle is broken, Your biggest dream then? To be the hotel’s general manager. I thought they had the best life. One thing you’d change yourself then? I wish I had tried more cocktails. I didn’t drink alcohol the first two years. Later, it took time to establish myself as a mixologist. The biggest life lesson you learnt: Don’t shift cities due to your girl/boyfriend. Think from your head, not your heart. Any vices then? Not really. I was just an introvert. It took me three years to find friends in Delhi! Follow @kkuenzang on Twitter and Instagram From HT Brunch, January 2, 2022 Follow us on twitter.com/HTBrunch Connect with us on facebook.com/hindustantimesbrunch.

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