The six-year-old plataran Indonesia chain currently comprises six resorts, with one more in progress, as well as eight yachts and six restaurants.
With its fast-paced culture, Anandita— who graduated from Boston College with a double degree in Economics and Applied Psychology in Human Evolvement—says that working in the company is both challenging and rewarding at the same time.
“When I started college, I was originally a Psychology major and had a passion for early childhood education,” she tells Indonesia Tatler. “Even today, I still have a desire to pursue education, but I had developed a knack for applied economics since my high-school days and so chose finance modules at college because I knew I wanted to be in the finance sector after I graduated,” she adds.
As soon as she returned home from Boston, Anandita started work as an analyst and associate at Deloitte Indonesia while at the same time opening her own French bakery, Passionnée, in Dharmawangsa, South Jakarta. “Apart from my education, I am a dedicated foodie who loves to travel. Passionnée was inspired by the many destinations I have been to and the number of YouTube videos that have taught me how to bake. We specialise in fruit tarts, croissants and pain au chocolat to name a few,” she says.
Currently, Anandita is the mastermind behind the finance department of Plataran Indonesia, ensuring that its results are consolidated and prepared in a structured manner that can be used for the company’s future progress and performance. Other than being on an almost-constant travel schedule between resorts spread as far and wide as Bali, Labuan Bajo, Komodo Island, Menja and Jogja, Anandita mainly divides her time between the office and her bakery when she is in Jakarta.
Even though time management is a challenge she faces on a daily basis when in town, Anadita tells Indonesia Tatler that Plataran has to ensure the products and services it delivers to its clients have to be to the highest quality regardless of time. “Being in a fast-paced environment equals pressure and pressure affects time-management skills; unfortunately, not everyone is capable of working in such an environment,” she says. “I do think, though, that if I wasn’t working in Plataran, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today, capable of accomplishing so much with so little time. That’s why I’m so thankful that my parents built this empire with such a dynamic work culture,” she says.
Anandita and her siblings are also active in the city’s Ronald McDonald House located in Lebak Bulus, where they entertain, cook and bake for the underprivileged children living there, most of whom are from Sumatra and East Java. “Not only is it humbling to be around them, but it is an eye-opener and makes us realise how much we have to be thankful for,” she tells us.
Anandita is the oldest of four siblings and is determined to take her parents’ legacy forward. And she looks set for success: Another Plataran establishment is under construction in the Mt. Bromo area, and the company has plans to further expand in Komodo Island as well as launch a new restaurant in Jakarta in early 2016.