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Humans of wanderlust: Vicky from Palampur

Vicky is 23-years-old and is from Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. He works at Yolo as Rooplal, the chef’s helper.  He lives with his mother who is a housewife and his younger brother who works for a delivery app. Vicky works 10 hour a day and loves working at Yolo camping.

He says that when he was young, after coming from school, he used to go farming with his mother. Vicky was a mischievous boy in class. One day, Vicky and four of his friends bunked class and went to the jungle. They climbed a tree and sat on the branch. The branch fell and all five of them were badly injured.

He was good in studies and completed his HSC. After completing his HSC, Vicky wanted him to join the Indian Army. He cleared  the entrance exam but unfortunately was not able to crack the finals. So he decided to change his field and entered the hospitality sector. He was not confident about his work but after trying for one year, he became good in the kitchen department.

Yolo is the first private job in his career. He loves to make delicious food for travellers as well as for his colleagues. Vicky’s role in the kitchen is to help the chef. But in case the chef is on leave, he handles the kitchen alone. 

Sharing how Yolo camp changed his kitchen lifestyle, Vicky said, “Many travellers come and go on a weekly average in Yolo camping. After getting their feedback and review, we started adding food items on the menu. So now we have three cuisines in our menu – Chinese, Indian and Italian. And in each cuisine we have plenty of options you can choose from.”

In the Himalayas it’s very difficult to get this type of cuisines because Himalayan food is all about Maggie and soup. Vicky says they even have desserts in the menu. It really changes the mood of the guests. 

When asked which  type of cuisine he loves to make in the  kitchen, Vicky said, “I love to make Indian cuisine like Himachali chicken, Yolo special,  butter chicken. For such dishes, you need to have some experience to make it. In India, we have many masalas and for proper food we need proper amount of masala to mix in the food. If one pinch of masala goes here and there in the food,  it will spoil the whole dish. It’s tough but I love tough things in life.”

Vicky shares with a smile his learning from his time at Yolo. “Always be helpful to travellers in any situation. Coming to Yolo my point of view changed. Because  for Yolo camping to  earn money isn’t important but earning people’s faith in us is very important. If he had a good experience then only would he come repeatedly with friends,” he ended.

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