Ravinder defied the cultural tradition of marrying young, and pursued her dream of getting a degree and later fell into becoming a restauranteur through her love of cooking and service. Today, she owns her own restaurant, Jikoni, based in Marylebone, London where she continues to create and cook with passion and love.

On her beauty…

“I just think the most beautiful people I’ve ever met are those who are very comfortable with themselves and who embrace their quirks. Quirks or imperfections or flaws make them more beautiful and give a person real spirit.”

Sometimes, I think you forget there are billions of people in the world. You can feel very solitary in your experiences and you can feel like you’re the only one going through something. Then, when you open your door and you see what people have gone through and talk about it together, it’s incredibly inspiring.

On her make-up…

My look on set is quite a departure from my day to day make-up. The first day when I was having my make-up done I was saying ‘right about now I would be whipping egg whites’. So, it’s very different. But when it comes to beauty, it’s about when there’s something deeper there. It’s not just about physical beauty, but it’s about having lived and being grateful.

On her experience as a restauranteur…

I was the first out of four sisters to go to university. I came from a very orthodox family where, by the time you were 20, you're engaged and married. There is a big age gap between me and my sisters, and I had to fight quite a lot to live my life the way I wanted to.

When I got my first premises, I was almost laughed out of the door. Despite this, I got an illustrator to illustrate the exact vision I had of what I was going to do in terms of the design and feel. I visualised it so many times over. That painting is now hanging on our wall at my restaurant Jikoni, and I am sometimes shocked at how much likeness there is between the image and the reality of it. So, I really do believe in the power of visualising what you want to do and where you want to be. It’s like a map of where you want to get to.

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