Born in an education-focused family, Tiena Sekharan always had an academic inclination. She was a quintessential student and attended prestigious institutes like Shri Ram College of Commerce and Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. She spent ten highly stimulating years working as a banker in New York, Hong Kong, and Mumbai.
Banking was fun, fast-paced, lucrative and it gave her exposure to various cultures and cuisines. The one thing that bothered her in the multicultural office environment was the perception that other cuisines were healthier than Indian food. In her mind, nothing is more wholesome than a regular Indian home cooked meal with the right balance of protein, fibers, and carbs. That is how the seeds of an idea that eventually became Masala Train were planted.