RAIS­ING THE BAR | AMI SHROFF, FLAIR BAR­TENDER

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Ami Shroff says she was a wild child and al­ways used to get into trou­ble at school. This trait and her fickle mind­ed­ness had her try­ing out sev­eral odd jobs af­ter she grad­u­ated. In this ex­per­i­men­tal phase, she picked up flair bar­tend­ing and it stuck some­how. Now she tends bars at events, clubs and par­ties, and is en­joy­ing the tricks and chore­og­ra­phy she does as she pours drinks. Shroff, who has been in­de­pen­dently trav­el­ling across the city since the age of nine, claims she steers clear of news­pa­pers and news chan­nels to ig­nore what’s go­ing on out on the streets and cre­ates her own sense of safety. “Men mis­be­have in any pro­fes­sion. Once when I was tend­ing in Ban­ga­lore, I stepped over the bar and a man grabbed me by my waist,” Shroff says. How­ever, she brushes off these in­ci­dents with tact and ci­vil­ity just as she does the fact that there aren’t too many fe­male bar­tenders. “It’s a male dom­i­nated field be­cause when you as­so­ciate the words bar and girl with each other, people in In­dia are not okay with it,” she says. In her free time, the ad­ven­ture junkie loves to travel and has even taken a moun­taineer­ing course that she feels helps her pro­fes­sion­ally as all such ex­pe­ri­ences do. This 28-year-old fire­ball has no plans of get­ting mar­ried. She in­tends to re­main a free soul and keep her spir­its up along with those of her cus­tomers’.

Pho­to­graph by TAUSHIK MAN­DAL

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