There are very many people we come across in our lives, who are great, brilliant, awesome, and then there are animal lovers.
I had the pleasure of meeting one such person. Before I reveal her name, she is the founder of Elma’s Brasserie and Edward’s Deli – both named after her Pug and Persian cat respectively. Her name is Smita Singh Rathore and this is her petstory!
Smita grew up in a nuclear family with her Mum, Dad and younger brother. While growing up, her dad took in a 2 year old Doberman mix – Johnny – from a friend who couldn’t care for him anymore.
Smita loved animals, but it was much later in life when she got her first pet – Elma – the culinary Pug – by accident. Elma came to her via her cousin whose friend had a litter of pugs in Bareilly. Now this was a time when this breed of dog was gaining popularity in India cause of being featured in an extensively aired advertisement by Vodafone.
One fine day, Smita got a call from her cousin who asked if she wanted a Pug and before she could think about it – he landed on her doorstep the next day with the puppy. So she took the little puppy in and was sleeping on the couch one day when her whines woke Smita up. Her first thought was this wasn’t going to work out– so she took the puppy out of her ‘living quarters – a box in this case’ as she was just a month old, and placed her on the couch. The puppy stopped whining and fell asleep. This was when Smita got a little glimpse into this darling little pup’s gregarious personality.
The little one got her name, when Smita and her husband (a Brit national) thought she looked like an old lady. She was aptly named Elma.
There was no looking back then. Soon after Edward – the very distinguished gentlemanly Persian cat came into her life – also by accident. She got a call from her husband one day that a friend had brought over two Persian kittens – a white and a tabby. Now the white one was an absolute show off, but the quiet little tabby, peeking from behind one of the table legs won Smita’s heart, when she saw pictures of him. Edward was named after a prince cause of his stately mannerisms and quiet disposition. He took a shine towards Elma and soon won her over, and in turn the bright pug became his surrogate mum. 6 years on, they still share an endearing relationship.
Right after Smita and Gautam got Elma, Gautam opened a restaurant in Hauz Khas Village. Through that time, they both wanted to open a bakery, which was charming, yet cool at the same time – a place with an old English café feel. They found a spot and opened Elma’s. It is reminiscent of Elma’s personality and it’s different shades, and has the most decadent desserts and one of the few places that serve high tea in vintage china.
Then came along Edward’s. A deli that has some very interesting sandwiches on the menu, again in tandem with Eddie’s personality.
Having visited both the places personally and having met Elma and Edward – the match is brilliant! Elma’s, being a decadent, culinary delight and Edward’s, being a quiet and distinguished affair.
Thinking about Smita’s petstory, I can only marvel at what a pet’s love can do to us and for us.
Other than being a mum to Elma and Edward, Smita has two beautiful daughters Amaira and Akira. She is also fostering – Hassu– a darling one month old stray puppy for a friend. Being in the vicinity of such lovely people and well-socialized pets, Hassu has begun to show a strong personality herself.
We, at Heads Up For Tails are happy to meet yet another animal lover and bring you their inspiring story. We wish Smita and her wonderful family all the very best and we are looking forward to her next pet inspired venture. Way to go Smita!