One month after opening the New York outpost of her Houston restaurant Pondicheri, Anita Jaisinghani got the horrific news that her husband had stage 4 cancer. Her daughter, Ajna Jai, dropped everything and took over the NYC restaurant’s day-to-day operations. And after their immensely challenging year, Jaisinghani and Jai are looking ahead to bringing even more meaning to their work. On this episode of Speaking Broadly, host Dana Cowin interviews this fierce and loving mother-daughter duo about their efforts to elevate America’s understanding of Indian food, the challenges of running a restaurant under the darkness of heartbreak, and much more. “People are the most important thing, not food,” says Jaisinghani, as she plans to connect the two in new ways.

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