Meet Manu Mahalwar, a dynamic individual whose journey from the vibrant streets of Delhi to the sun-kissed beaches of Goa has been nothing short of an adventure. Born in Agra and raised in Delhi within the nurturing folds of an Army family, Manu’s diverse background laid the foundation for his multifaceted career in public relations, content creation, and events. This is the story of a man whose passion for cooking and creativity led him to explore uncharted territories, making a mark in the world of hospitality and mixology.
His Professional Qualifications
Manu’s educational journey took him through the corridors of Army Public School, Noida, followed by a degree in Mass Communication and a Masters in Events & Public Relations. With this academic foundation, he embarked on a professional journey that would see him spend seven years in the field of public relations, working both in Mumbai and Delhi.
The Transition to Hospitality
After gaining significant experience in the PR domain, Manu shifted gears and entered the world of hospitality. His foray included starting an Airbnb apartment in Greater Noida, a venture which sadly came to a halt due to the unforeseen challenges of the pandemic. Undeterred, Manu’s love for cooking and experimentation led him to initiate an Instagram content journey, showcasing his culinary creations, from recipes to cocktails—all self-taught and inspired by his travels.
Venturing into Goa’s Culinary Scene
Manu’s journey eventually brought him to the idyllic coastal paradise of Goa. Drawn by the state’s unique culture and vibrant atmosphere, he began exploring and immersing himself in the local food scene. One notable event which he had organised in Goa was a pop-up collaboration with Soul Vacation in South Goa, where he brought the flavours of Delhi Chaat to the Goan table, infused with his personal twist.
Challenges and Triumphs in Event Organization
Unlike the stereotypical challenges faced in event organisation, Manu found working with brands in Goa to be smooth sailing. The warmth and cordiality of the people, coupled with a supportive environment, made organising events a delightful experience.
The Magic of Goa
For Manu, Goa is more than just a destination; it’s a canvas waiting to be painted. He cherishes the warmth of the people of the state, its diverse culinary delights, and its scenic beauty. Whether relishing a prawn curry on the beach or embarking on a road trip to explore the outskirts, Manu finds joy in the simplicity of life in Goa.
Words of Wisdom for Aspiring Professionals
Manu’s advice for young individuals aspiring to enter the fields of PR, content creation, or event management is simple yet powerful: “Creativity, Hard Work, and Persistence are the keys to success”. He encourages exploration, emphasising that Goa provides a vast canvas for artists and content creators beyond the stereotypical party scene.
Recently appointed as the Mixology Head for OREGIN, a newly launched Gin in Goa, Manu is busy curating cocktails for the brand’s Bar Takeovers across the state. He also recently re-started his pursuits in the homestay sector by putting up one of the rooms of his 2BHK apartment in Goa for rent on Airbnb. His creative journey continues to unfold, promising exciting projects and experiences for those eager to follow his endeavours.
Manu Mahalwar’s journey from PR maven to mixology maestro exemplifies the power of passion, adaptability, and a relentless pursuit of creativity. As he continues to leave his mark on the culinary landscape of Goa, his story serves as an inspiration for aspiring individuals seeking to carve their own niche in the dynamic world of hospitality and content creation.