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Humans of coffee: Radhika Valjee

Who is Radhika Valjee?

Radhika Valjee is a creative. A creative whose life revolves around creating – creating art, photography, videos, food and ideas.  She wants to share with the world her passion for creating and hopefully inspire those around her. She is currently studying architecture but her lifelong dream is to have her own coffee shop one day- one that is inspired by her favourite things (architecture, art and photography). In the mean time she plans to keep pushing herself creatively, keep learning and fill her soul with adventures.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

To be honest, I don’t remember much of my childhood but the memories I do recall all involve my grandfather. I grew up living with my grandparents and so they hold a very special place in my heart. I’ve always loved art, since childhood, and my grandfather is an incredible artist. I remember I would sit with him every night and ask him to draw my favourite story book characters. And after spending a good few minutes sketching them out I would then ask for him to colour them in with my crayons. And after all that, I would ask him to read the story book (it was always The Little Red Riding Hood) to me as I fell off to sleep and he never refused to do any of those things for me, he always made time for me.

If you could have a do-over in life, what would you do differently?

If there’s anything I could do differently that would be to be more self-confident. A lot of the times I knew in my gut what to say or do but I didn’t because I was afraid. I feel that I missed a lot of good opportunities that came my way due to this lack of confidence. However, all that I have experienced and haven’t experienced have made me the person I am today and I wouldn’t want to change that.


What do you feel most proud of?

I am most proud of my work ethic and moral grounding. It’s easy to stray off path and follow what others are doing. It’s so easy to lose yourself, there have been many times where I nearly did but I am proud of each time I managed to stay grounded and remain true to myself. I think that each time life knocks you down and every time you stand back up you should be proud of yourself.

If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why?

My camera, to capture all awe-inspiring moments life has to offer, my copy of The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak to remind me how the love within you will always win and probably a sketchbook because drawing and writing is for the soul.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

I don’t believe in tombstones (being buried) but if I had to choose something to be remembered by I would like to be remembered for loving and inspiring people.


What is RAD.?

RAD. is a YouTube channel that I have started in hopes to share my creativity in the form of videos and in this way inspire others and send thought provoking messages. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what I want to showcase but for now it’s a reflection of moments and topics that have inspired me to create.

What is your favorite kind of coffee?

I love a good old cappuccino. I enjoy a light to medium roast and Ethiopia is probably my favourite origin!

In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?

Bean There and Flynn Coffee in Johannesburg and Vintage Coffee in Pretoria.

What does a perfect day look like?

I am happiest when I’m near the ocean so the perfect day for me would involve a day near the ocean, with the right company or alone, a good book, the weather not too warm and not too cold, just right. And of course, a goof cup of coffee.

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