"I grew up in India in New Delhi. Went to one of the best schools India has to offer and I started working when I was seventeen. My first job was at McDonald's where I started cleaning the toilets and pretty much everything. I remember that very fondly because this was the start of my career.
I was a naughty boy as well, used to be in a lot of fights. I had anger management issues in my early teenage years and because of that, my dad sent me to the Middle East to Bahrain. I spent one and a half years there, learning lessons about life you'd not normally learn in a very loving family. I went there on my own: did a lot of trade work; carrying 15kg packs of cement; braking walls and all of that. For a stage I was even homeless - sleeping on the beaches - working in really shady bars and experiencing life.
I came back to India and started working in a corporate life. As a result of that, I have traveled all around the world. I've seen all the luxury the world has to offer: traveled in business class; stayed in some of the best hotels, but I've never forgotten the most important thing in life. No matter how high you fly you'll always fall one day. Hence the reason why I use that luxury to help people who can't afford it. It's one of the values of my family to always keep our feet on the ground and to adore, admire and respect people who are less fortunate.
I came to Sydney four years ago. The first time I came to Newtown was when I wanted to buy a restaurant down the lane, but on the way back to the train I saw Lentils. That was two and half years ago on the January the 4th. I remember that date pretty well. I walked in, had a meal, read what Lentil was about and on the same day I signed up. Since then I finish my work at five and afterward come here." - Rakesh (continues in the comments)