Interview with Akash Saha: Akash Saha is a Food Influencer from Kolkata. He creates a content on food on his Instagram account Mr Foodie Kolkata. We had a great time while discussing and Interview with Akash Saha.
Amar Ajnalkar: Tell our readers about yourself?
Akash Saha: Hey guys this is Akash Saha known as Mr_foodie_kolkata_ on Instagram, I am a Bcom Honors Student, basically my immense love for food made me open a very casual account on Instagram and also made me post the pictures of food on it, back then I didn’t even know that this was called food blogging. Though I don’t have my personal blog I use Instagram as my blog page so that people can go places just by giving a read of that little description I write in my post description section.
Amar Ajnalkar: How did you come up with the name for your Instagram account?
Akash Saha: The name Mr Foodie Kolkata was put up very recently. 5 to 6 months back the name of my account was only “Mr foodie”, but whenever I use to search up, there use to be a hundreds of Mr foodie popping up, so just to make it look a bit different I added on “Kolkata” as I felt that the word Kolkata not only had the essence of the city of joy but it also added joy to my Instagram handle.
Amar Ajnalkar: What is the best thing about being an influencer?
Akash Saha: The best thing about being an influencer is you are called upon by brands and restaurants for food tasting sessions. I myself being a big-time foodie love doing it so my whole motive is not only to try out different cuisines but also to portray the public genuine opinions about a restaurant and its food.
Amar Ajnalkar: How many hours a day do you work and hows your daily schedule?
Akash Saha: Well it’s a bit difficult to exactly tell working hours on a daily basis as mostly our work is during the Lunch, dinner hours. We usually wrap up within 4 hours and if we have a hectic schedule, like if we are called upon by 4 or 5 brands/restaurants on one particular day then the work begins at 11 am and ends more or less at 11 pm though it happens very rarely.
Amar Ajnalkar: Is the influencer profession affected your family life? if yes then how?
Akash Saha: No, the influencing life is not affecting my family basically I’m from a family where both my parents are working parents. So we have our common time set aside for family that is Sunday.
Amar Ajnalkar: What motivates you in life?
Akash Saha: My motivation is my own failure, every time I fail in performing my task whether it be in my normal life or my professional life I learn from my mistakes and motivate myself not to do the same mistakes again.
Amar Ajnalkar: What are your favorite books or movies related to your niche?
Akash Saha: One of my favorite book being “why you eat and what you eat” by Rachel Herz, the book basically deals with the science behind our relationship with food, like how depression can make grapes taste more sour, and how bitterness can change our moral outlook
Amar Ajnalkar: What surprising lessons have you learned while influencing?
Akash Saha: I have learned a lot from my seniors starting from framing a dish on camera to improving the quality of content on Instagram.
Amar Ajnalkar: Top 3 skills required to become a successful influencer.
Akash Saha: Very honestly speaking more than skills you need to have the love for this profession until you love it you won’t be able to get a grip on it, the primary skills for this profession is Photography sense, Knowledge about food and very sensitive taste buds.
Amar Ajnalkar: Hows your experience with Amar Ajnalkar?
Akash Saha: It was a very pleasant interview and it’s very rare when you have people asking an influencer about his past and his experience in this line, I’m very thankful to Mr Amar Ajnalkar to have me for the interview.
Amar Ajnalkar: Two lines for our reader.
Akash Saha: To the readers tasting cuisines and having food at big places is indeed fun but it’s a kind request to everyone not to waste food, because we should always keep in mind that we have the financial capability of buying food because we are able to. There are enough who can’t.