Love thy pet, Love thy profession!
Converting your passion into your profession is a dream for all…but a reality for a lucky few. Pet love has driven many enthusiasts to venture into diverse fields – medicine, writing, grooming, training, gourmet, photography, pet walkers, pet resorts, et al. Here are three experts in their own fields – all working for the love of the pets. Excerpts.
Eshita Prasanna – Pet photographer by passion
Profession: Tailshots – captures your pet in a candid shoot.
Traits: From childhood, she has always been an avid pet lover and has wanted it to be an active part of her life. Her fascination with photography which began as a hobby just after she finished school went on to become her choice in post graduation.
Professional qualification: Post graduate in photography from Light & Life Academy, Tamil Nadu.
Pet pooch: Though Eshita does not have pet of her own, she plans to have one soon.
Inspiration: Eshita loves animals and that’s the biggest reason she’s into pet photography. Eshita says: “I love their expression on camera, it’s so pure and so full of just love … every four legged is photogenic! It is so amazing to capture those candid moments of the furry
The offerings: Capturing candid moments and bringing out the true identities of pets to form timeless images that deserve to be
Chandrashekhar Chawan – Optometrist & ocularist
Profession: Director, Shekhar Eye Research – offering prosthetic eyes.
Traits: While doing custom-made artificial eyes for humans, he got many opportunities to make artificial eyes for horse, dogs and cats while in the USA.
Professional qualification: Optometrist & ocularist practicing in Orlando, USA, before founding Shekhar Eye Research at
Mumbai in 2003.
Pet pooch: A Pug for his daughter Shreeya.
Inspiration: In the process of being a responsible pet parent, he got introduced to many veterinary doctors in India, who in turn, started referring cats and dogs to the center for prosthetic eyes.
The offerings: Custom-made artificial eyes in Medical Grade PMMA and Medical Grade Silicon and specialty contact lenses for humans, horses, dogs and cats.
Runs Harley’s Corner – offering cooked
Traits: Chef Ishmeet always had a passion for food and cooking. Even as a child he would experiment by mixing different kinds of foods with the resultant concoction turning into sumptuous meal.
Professional qualifications: Being alumni of the Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai and working with brands like Hyatt, JW Marriott and Kingfisher, he brings over 12 years of food-related experience along with him.
Pet pooch: Harley was only two months old when Ishmeet and his wife adopted the stray from a construction site near Andheri.
Inspiration: Months of research and talking to distributors and various pet parents made him start Harley’s Corner.
The offerings: Harley’s Corner, which started as a home experiment, has today transformed into a business which has a whole gourmet menu which is not only different, but also healthy and nutritious. His menu today ranges from a variety of special to mighty meals to birthday cakes and dietary meals to suit various needs.