Saloni Panda reveals her blogging Journey
Saloni has always been interested in Art and Cooking. She is an Odissi Dancer, A Social media influencer and a home Chef. She is also a Malaysia Book of records holder for Abacus and Mental Arithmetic and has received many felicitations and awards in all the fields. ‘I have always been encouraged by my parents to do what I love. They have never stopped me from following my passion’ she says.
Saloni started her page on Instagram in 2017 at the age of 19. When asked about how she started her page she said ‘I started cooking at the age of 12, I used to watch a lot of YouTube videos and watch my parents cook too. Cooking gave me a lot of happiness and seeing my loved ones enjoying my food encouraged me to take this ahead. That is when I thought of starting my page’.
I think digital is a great platform to showcase your talent and to connect with people around the world. When I started posting home-made food, I did not pay attention to the presentation, but later I realized how important it is to make your food look appealing and that is when I started to focus on my food plating which got me a lot of audience.
A year into her page she also started getting invites from various restaurants and collaborated with many top brands. Her page started with homemade food and now consists of homemade, restaurant food and street food. She plans to expand into lifestyle blogging too. She has been featured on various media including FabLook Magazine and Fine Dining Indian, London and has also received the SuperWomaniya Award for being Multi-talented. All of this just at the age of 20!
She also revealed that its her dream to host food shows on NDTV Good times and TLC. ‘Blogging is something that I will never leave, no matter what. I want to travel the world and explore the different food cultures.’ She says. What she loves about blogging that she gets to gets to try a lot of new dishes that she has never even heard of earlier.
Saloni lost her father in May this year.’ My father was always proud of my cooking and my page, He loved eating mere haath ka khana. Ever since he went, it’s been very difficult for my mother, my younger brother and me, but we know that he is around and he is blessing us. As I give my interview here, I know he is up there smiling and is proud of his daughter. I wish he was around to see us grow in life’
Saloni owes her success to her parents and her brother. ‘I have faced a lot of criticism too from people around, I Have had bad days but my family always supported me. What I am today is all because of them. I’ve learnt that no matter what, one should not give up. Be true to yourself, work hard, focus on the positives and no one can stop you from achieving.