On the menu at the Caravanserai « Canning Town Caravanserai

On the menu at the Caravanserai

Dada Jee always used to say that a good tradesman is an organized tradesman; if you are not organized Bettiya, (my daughter), you are unlikely to have any fun.

Previously, I thought organisation skills applied to work, and work alone and did not have much to do with having fun. Apparently, I was very wrong. The more organised a person is, better his time management and the more time he or she has to enjoy.

At Canning Town Caravanserai, we have our own, intriguing way of organising ourselves. Antoine, one of the interns, comes in with our “Daily Menu” with Starters, Main Course and Dessert. It includes a list of tasks that need to be done for the day; our Main Course indicating the tasks that are the most important ones and Desserts representing the lighter, less important tasks that require the least amount of energy.

Kieran, on the other hand is our Documentation Officer. He keeps the record of all the paper work, and all the what, who, where, when and whys. Our blackboard of “List of things to do” is organised by each individual, adding and crossing off weekly tasks of what needs to be done for CTC Make, CTC Trade, and CTC Grow.


This does not stop here. Every one of us has a name, and with that name comes a certain responsibility. Where Mitesh is our ‘Key Keeper’, there Amy is our ‘Chief Gardner’; Where Abi is our ‘Health and Safety officer’, there Derek is in charge of the Oasis Cafe; Where Jason is our ‘Scavenger’, there Ivo is our ‘Chief Carpenter’.


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We all belong somewhere, and with self motivation and determination, we run Canning Town Caravanserai. I am the ‘Chief Story Teller’. I record all stories of our ‘self organisation’ skills at CTC.

Haleema Malik (Follow: @haleemalik)