Stories

Ms. Thangam E. Philip


Ms. Thangam Elizabeth Philip is regarded as the pioneer of hospitality education in India. Known as the diva of hospitality industry, she was an epitome of discipline…

Ms. Shirin Batliwala


I met Ms. Shirin Batliwala in 1997, where she did a half day training session withour batch of Hotel Operations Management Trainees, we were 45 of us.

Ms. Priya Paul


I heard about the Park hotels in 1997, when I was in the final year of my Hotel Management course at IHM Mumbai.

Ms. Shatbhi Basu


Ms. Basu is a legend and has been a force to reckon with in the male-dominated industry.

Chef Monisha Bharadwaj


A lady who has shattered the glass ceiling and is ‘fabulous’ in the true sense is Chef Monisha Bharadwaj, who dons many hats.

Mrs. Krishna Arora


She was a great teacher, a community stalwart, a culinary expert and food enthusiast; Mrs. Arora was popular with her students, colleagues and associates alike.

Ms. Sujata Guin


Ms. Sujata Guin,VP Human Resources, heads the People Function for Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd (The Park), Flurys Swiss Confectionery Pvt. Ltd. and Apeejay Institute of Hospitality.

Ms. Camellia Panjabi


She has played a very important role in shaping up the Indian hospitality industry, she is not only credited with creating hotel sales and marketing but also her culinary achievements are noteworthy;

Ms. Zeba Kohli


When I joined IHM Mumbai, (Dadar Catering College) in 1994, that’s the time I used to see the Fantasie Fine Chocolates hoardings near the institute and that’s also when I heard about her.

Ms. Odette Mascarenhas


A graduate from the Dadar Catering College Ms. Odette Mascarenhas joined the Taj as a management trainee. She grew with the organization spending 18 years with them and then branched out on her own as a Management Consultant.

Ms. Bachi Daruwala


She started as an executive secretary at the Taj Hotels and was among the first to push the profession, one predominantly held by women stuck in a back office, into the limelight.

Ms. Ranju Alex


I connected with Ms. Ranju Alex, a few days ago when one of my colleagues spoke about her being a very dynamic lady, a super achiever and someone who had contributed so much to the industry.

Ms. Sonal Holland


My association with Sonal goes to IHM where she was my senior. We didn’t have much interaction though, I got in touch with her recently after seeing her work…

Ms. Avril Bayros Sule


Learning is so much easier nowadays, with the internet and information at the snap of a finger, but inspiration really comes from few. She has been one inspirational teacher to generations of hospitality professionals….

Ms. Suchitra Naidu


I met Ms. Suchitra Naidu in 2011 when she we invited  to address the then batch of The Park Management Trainees undergoing off the job training at the Apeejay Institute of Hospitality, the learming centre of The Park hotels…

Ms. Sangeeta Bahuguna


I connected with this dynamic lady after I saw an article that she had written on women chefs. I asked her if she had heard of the Indian Women in Hospitality and she replied in the affirmative. In fact she added that she was already a member, it made my day.

Ms. Shakuntala Jha


You meet some people and connect with them instantly as if you have known them for ages and you look forward to interacting with them at every possible opportunity.

Ms. Shubhada Kotibhaskar


She was one of the favourite (favouritest if rules of grammar would allow) professors at IHM Mumbai. She made us all fall in love with bakery; she was as sweet as the products she taught us to make.

Prof. Cathy A. Enz


You meet a very few people who are an authority on the work that they do. Their work is a reference for many others and they create benchmarks that others follow. One such person is Prof. Cathy Enz