Coming from the founding family of the well-known hotel group The Leela – Samyukta grew up with a preference for design and an enthusiasm for food. Her first pioneering adventure in 2015 was Dandelion, a sleepwear label. Following this, she started twoIndian restaurants, the fine-dine Michelin starred Jamavar in 2016, and more recently the hip and buzzing Bombay Bustle in 2017, in the UK—along lines carrying a sample of Indian cordiality to London. Born out of her affection for extravagance and fine structure, next came Clove, a profoundly curated concept store in Bombay that includes the most popular designers and brands from India. The Post India speaks to her on how she plans to spend her Friday!
What is your plan for the weekend?
Unwinding – although days feel quite the same lately, to me the pace of the weekend is a welcome change to the week.
What are the three things you are most grateful for this Friday?
Unconditional love and support from my incredible parents and friends, the abundance of opportunities, good health, and freedom.
What song are you enjoying the week?
I’ve just started listening to Folklore by Taylor Swift and finding songs that I like as I go along.
What’s your weekend morning routine?
I love waking up leisurely to one of my playlists and spending a lazy morning catching up on my weekend reading.
What does weekend self-care look like for you?
Waking up at my own time, working out, eating some of my favourite food, and spending time with my family.
What’s your must-have beauty product?
Lip balm and hand cream.
What facemask do you absolutely love?
Estée Lauder advanced night repair
TV show you are currently enjoying?
I’m watching an older show called The Bold Type and really love what an easy and fun watch it is!
Are you a Tea or Coffee Person?
Both! Just at different times of the day
What’s your favourite comfort food?
I’m temperamental so depending on what I’m feeling it can span from a home-cooked meal to cookies but usually at most times both.
What is the funniest thing you have read about yourself on the internet?
Most of what’s written about me pertains to my work and if it doesn’t I don’t take myself so seriously to read everything that’s written about me.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Taking tons of naps
Your favourite quote?
If you don’t stand for something you’re going to fall for anything – my grandfather said this to me no matter how much time passes I feel it holds true.
What’s your spirit animal?
Where are you going on vacation when the pandemic is over?
I’d love to go anywhere by the ocean with a pit stop in London first!
What advice do you have for any kid who looks up to you?
Be yourself – even if upsets people along the way, always strive to be your most authentic self in every moment.