My name is Dhruv Shanker. I’m an entrepreneur, marketer & chef based in Singapore and go by the nickname – Mad Onion Slicer.
I started my career with the Taj group of hotels in India and then moved on to a job with Club Mahindra Holidays. The job with Club Mahindra took me to quite a few scenic locations in India and I had a total blast! Had a pet elephant in Munnar, got tattooed in Goa and got chased by a tiger in Binsar.
I left the hotel industry about a year later and got sucked into the evil BPO vortex. I took up a job with the Dell Computer Corporation and sold computers, servers and software to customers, whether they wanted to buy them or not. I was pretty good at it and managed to have a decent career there for a few years. I moved on to the internet space and worked at some amazing brands – Google, Yahoo and Groupon – and started dabbling in tech startups a few years ago. I’m now a growth marketing consultant for startups in Asia, and keep in touch with food through a series of Boring Indian Food Workshops that I host whenever I have the time.
I am serious about having a sense of humor. In my opinion it is the most important thing that an individual needs for survival. You may disagree, but don’t bother telling me. I’ll probably find it funny. I am a huge fan of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and own a large collection of media and a very old pair of old boxing gloves. I also play a lot of pool. I won the Hyderabad Sudden Death Pool tournament in 2002. (I also entered the tournament the following year but was eliminated in the first round unfortunately. I had unwisely chosen to play with my left hand that year.)
My role model is a man who has set an example for the world. Seemingly impervious to pain and with a brain that works faster than lighting (Yes. Lighting.), Batman is a person who has had a great influence on my life.
This blog started out as a restaurant review site in 2006, and soon became a mashup of bad puns, half-decent recipes and some MMA commentary. Amazes me that people still read this. Anyway, there’s a lot more to write, but I think this sums me up rather well. Drop me an email if you want to know more.
I also write on Instagram @madonionslicer
This video is pretty much the story behind the name – Mad Onion Slicer. It’s is set to some very catchy Riverdance music, so I suggest you turn up the volume.
I am fully aware that this video looks like it was shot with a potato.