DJ starts catering service in TVM after lockdown ended his career
Thiruvananthapuram: When a club DJ started a kitchen here, the entire cooking process has the rhythm of DJ music. S Arun who is popularly known as DJ Arun in south India is making a living through the cloud kitchen venture. The catering unit 'Sathyam Foods' initiated by him serves a wide variety of food items from puttu and idli to Kanthari fried chicken in the capital city.
Arun became a disc jockey (DJ) when DJ parties were unavoidable part of celebrations. He was popular in restaurants and bars in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kerala as DJ Arun. However, the COVID lockdown changed his life totally. The lockdown was imposed one month after he got married.
Though he tried to organise DJ parties via online from his house at Pappanamcode, nothing worked. Following this, Arun started to try cooking. As his family and friends appreciated his cooking skills, he turned the terrace into a kitchen. Though he started with simple and traditional Kerala food items, Sathyam Foods has become popular through Facebook.
Arun's father Sathyaseelan, who retired from postal department, cooks breakfast dishes and mother Kusumakumari manages making sweet meats. Arun's wife Usha takes up the duty of cleaning and cutting vegetables. Arun prepares non-vegetarian dishes. He also delivers the food.
There are special packages for elderly customers. He initiated it after delivering food for an elderly couple through booking via Facebook. The children of the couple ordered traditional feast for the birthday of father. When Arun delivered the food, he had to have lunch with the couple as their son.
After this incident, he introduced 'Your Rice Our Curry' themes. In this package, the customer can prepare rice at their house and order for only traditional homely curries only. "The biggest challenge for a DJ is to mix songs without giving any clue of even the basic rhythms. We can do the same in any career by hiding the wrong tunes through mixing," Arun said.