Interview with Mrunmayee Naikwadi: Mrunmayee Naikwadi is a food blogger from Pune. Also she creates content on product and lifestyle. Mrunmayee is also known as TasteOfMiles. We had a great discussion while Interview with Mrunmayee Naikwadi.
Amar Ajnalkar: Tell our readers about yourself?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: My name is Mrunmayee Laxman Naikwadi. People know me as TasteOfMiles. I am born and bought up in Pune. I completed my engineering. I am very passionate about food whether its street or restaurant. I am a food and lifestyle influencer. Food is a part of my life. I like wandering, hogging on different cuisines and shopping. I have worked as a PR for many restaurants and have worked for some marketing firms as well. I arrange food walks/trails in Pune.
Amar Ajnalkar: How did you come up with the name for your Instagram account?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: TasteOfMiles is my account name. I am someone who can travel any distance for food. I love the feeling which we get when we finally eat what we wanted or saw or heard of. Its been 3 years now I am working on my Instagram account and 5 years on Zomato.
Amar Ajnalkar: What is the best thing about being an influencer?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: The best thing is that people know me because of my work. I have developed a bond with my Instagram. They wait for my stories and posts. They ask me about my next food trails and about my life. They ask me for suggestions as to where should I go and dine in. The immense love showered by my Instagram is my strength. You get a celebrity feeling when you are on streets, cafe, restaurant, food event (zomaland etc) or concert, my followers just come by and say “Hey, you are TasteOfMiles right? we love your work. Can we have a selfie”? This feeling is priceless. Even the DM’s I receive are appreciable.
Amar Ajnalkar: What is the best collaboration experience that you have done with a brand?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: We work for many events and concerts. I have worked for Gaana, Zomaland, Music Concerts, Farmer Markets by Karen Anand, Amazon, Pavillion Mall, White Owl Beer, DSP Black, MamaEarth, Cocosoul oil, Kapiva, Royal Stag, Soufeel (watch). Uber Eats, Chitale, Kaka Halwai, New Poona Bakery, Tattoos 1960, Vasudev Dryfruits, Vebinarr, Quizabcd and Mad Over Donuts.
Amar Ajnalkar: How many hours a day do you work and hows your daily schedule?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: When you are an influencer there is no time limit. I keep on generating content as much as I can in a day. I am active on social media (specially insta) almost the whole day.
Amar Ajnalkar: Is the influencer profession affected your family life? if yes then how?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: Somehow it affects my family time. My family has always supported me in blogging. The name “TasteOfMiles” is suggested by my brother Niranjan. I am a foodie like my Pappa (Laxman Naikwadi) and I am fond of cooking because of my Aai (Seema Naikwadi). I am a working person and I am a blogger so I hardly get free time, but still, I try my best to spend a small time with them.
Amar Ajnalkar: What motivates you in life?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: I am a person who is a free spirit, enthusiastic, energetic, liberal, cheerful and confident. I am a jolly person who believes to live in the present. I want to make the fullest of the time I have. If ever I get sad or nervous then my family and my best friends (Naresh, Midhun and Shaunak) helps me out.
Amar Ajnalkar: What are your favorite books or movies related to your niche?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: I love reading books but unfortunately I didn’t read anything related to food. I like watching series and Korean dramas. I like South Indian movies. I love books of Jeffrey Archer, Nicholas Spark, Sidney Sheldon, Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown and Haruki Murakami. I like the Harry Potter series and The Shiva Trilogy too.
Amar Ajnalkar: What surprising lessons have you learned while influencing?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: It made me creative, active and consistent. I became more passionate about food and cooking. I grew into an influencer who posts on time and reply as early as possible. I improved in food photography. And the best part is I met a hell lot of people.
Amar Ajnalkar: Top 3 skills required to become a successful influencer.
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: You should be passionate about your niche. You should have a good knowledge of it. You should be consistent and active. Communication with your followers is one of the major aspects. Your posts/ content should be appealing and authentic.
Amar Ajnalkar: Hows your experience with Amar Ajnalkar?
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: It was a nice QnA with him. We had some amazing time chatting together. Thank a lot for giving me this opportunity.
Amar Ajnalkar: Two lines for our reader.
Mrunmayee Naikwadi: Always follow your heart. Don’t do anything which you may regret. Live your life to the fullest because “Kal Ho Na Ho” Stay Happy, Keep Smiling, Be Positive and Happy Eating 🙂