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21 June 2017

Blogger of the Week : Mawi Neitham

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ have been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing population of ‘#inspiroindia‘. We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

This year we present to you, an all new feature presenting ‘The Blogger of the Week’.

 

Mawi is a 90s kid, who’s obsessed with fashion, food & of course Selena Gomez! haha
Apart from that, she considers herself as an (annoying) perfectionist. Her blog is a reflection of who she is and what she believes. Mawi says, “I write about my take on fashion and my personal fashion choices. If you love thrift (and budget) shopping, Welcome to my world! I try and keep it as real as possible and this might come as a shock to most of you but I do not see my blog as a means of making money because to be honest, I started my blog out of passion and even today my main focus is to share my love for fashion and style to my readers and followers rather than making my blog a source of income.”

 

Mawi Neitham

 

On asking about her sense of style, she quotes, “I do not have any specific style. I love experimenting and how I dress up depends on my mood. I can go from edgy streetstyle to feminine all in a week. The only thing that’s constant for me while picking up an outfit is Comfort! I make sure that I’m comfortable in whatever I wear”.
Mawi loves spending multiple hours on Instagram and Pinterest and that’s pretty much where most of her inspiration comes from.

Mawi talks about her blog as how she initiated, “ I started my blog in 2013. Being a college student who’s constantly on a budget, I always had a hard time finding budget friendly blogs especially in India and that’s where my inspiration for starting a blog came from. I’ve always believed that fashion does not come with a heavy price tag and you can always stay stylish and be on trend without burning a hole in your pocket! That’s what I try and convey my readers through my blog.”

“It’s quite interesting to see how the blogging industry has grown over the years and people have (up to an extent) realized the worth of bloggers. I love the fact that blogging helps us connect to people worldwide and seeing them getting inspired from our blogs is one of the best feeling ever” Mawi talks about her take on blogging..

On asking about her blog’s name, “I’ve always loved thrift shopping and collecting vintage pieces since the very beginning and while deciding my blog’s name I knew I wanted to include my name along with something I love. So that’s how Mawi’svintage was born (hehe)”

Her audience are mostly teenagers and young adults!
“I love watching fashion and beauty channels on Youtube so I’m thinking of giving Vlogging a try. But considering the perfectionist that I am, I want to make sure all my videos are perfect to the T so maybe I’ll learn to edit first and let’s see where it takes me. *fingers crossed*” Mawi talks about her future plans.
Regarding cameras, Mawi uses Nikon D7000 when shooting on her own but when she’s working with photographers, they usually use their own cameras.
“It’s totally cool to draw inspiration from latest fashion trends or influencers but make sure you give it your own twist. Also, don’t follow trends blindly! If you wanna start a blog of your own, the only thing I would suggest is to be yourself. Just keep it real because that’s how this blogging industry works. Love what you do and try to be as consistent as possible. Apart from that, just enjoy and have fun blogging!” Mawi advices people about blogging.

Words by Archita Rajkumari
©Mawi Neitham

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Blog | Travel

17 June 2017

A trek to remember – Chadar Trek on the frozen river of Zanskar

Situated in spectacularly jagged, arid mountains of Ladakh is India’s coldest river Zanskar. And come the winters, this incredible body of water transforms itself into a carpet of thick ice, locally referred to as Chadar.

Over the years, this frozen wonder has been attracting countless adventure-seeking enthusiasts for what we now know as the Chadar Trek. Named in Lonely Planet’s list of the world’s top 10 treks, it is one of the most thrilling experiences in the Himalayas. To complete this trek means to be able to claim to have walked for over 150 kilometres in temperatures dipping 35 below 0.

The only way to reach here is by air, followed by a 4-hour journey from the city of Leh. Once you are at the starting point, a small village called Chilling, you are on your own to brave nature’s amazing and extreme form. Not for the faint-hearted, it is a full-scale winter expedition that will test you at all twists and turns and the occasional thin sheet of ice. Never having walked on ice before, the first couple of days will ensure you develop a strong resistance to falling with a loud thud. And when finally you get used to walking, you can start appreciating the impressive white landscape all around you. It is something you will have never seen before.

The full-scale trek is 15 days long and will make you stop at three villages over the entire journey. Each village is different from the other, and the warmth of the people is in stark contrast to the weather you will face every day. You will bunk at village guesthouses, at caves, tents where the luxury of a cave is not available and learn to admire the things often forgotten with the fast-paced metro life. Never will you get a chance to see so many stars amidst the sweet music of a flowing river and crackling bonfire.

The guide and the helpers are all excellent cooks, so be ready to enjoy a sumptuous hot meal every day. With their piping hot black tea to the sour and warm butter tea and the quintessential Maggi, you are always left asking for more. Those get even better at guesthouses, where you meet other trekkers and share stories of your life and times. The villages on the way are Nrerak, Lingshed and Padum. Each has its own monastery situated on the hills above. The Karsha monastery, a couple hours away from the village of Padum, which is the last stop of the trek before you start the journey back, is one of the biggest monasteries in the Zanskar valley.

 

 

 

Not only the monasteries, but the spectacles of huge frozen waterfalls greet you at every other turn. You can only look in amazement as to how something so utterly majestic is waiting to welcome you.

Along the way, you will encounter really thin sheets of ice, and that is where the experience of your guide will be a making or a breaking factor. There are certain parts where there is no ice at all, and you have to negotiate such a sector going around the mountains.

Be it the snow-clad hills on your way to Lingshed, or having warm lugdi (local alcohol) to keep you from freezing, every day has something new to offer and you are left wondering as to how this simple frozen carpet of ice finds something different every day to fascinate you.

You can call your loved ones from the village of Padum, but by the time you reach there, this surreal path has you enchanted enough that you forget about the world you left behind. And by the time you are back, having walked more than what you manage in a city in 6 months, you cannot help but have become so fond of the place that saying goodbye brings tears to your eyes.

For anyone who is trying to find something that will give them a sense of fulfilment, a huge adrenaline rush, and a chance to experience winter like you never have before, your search ends, and the Chadar Trek begins.

Words by Nisarg Malde

 

Photos by Bharat Baswani

 

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1 June 2017

Interview with Lettering Artist : Chandan Mahimkar

Meet Chandan Mahimkar, who started designing posters for inter school competitions & info charts, diagrams for his school science lab. And didn’t know much about lettering back then.

 

Chandan Mahimkar

 

Inspiro India: How did you get started? What first got you into Lettering? Tell us a bit about yourself.

– It all started during my school days while designing posters for inter school competitions & info charts, diagrams for our school science lab. I didn’t know then that lettering was some form of art. I joined Sir J.J.Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai’ to pursue my formal training in art, advertising & design. After getting my B.F.A. Degree in Applied Art, I got into advertising and since then I have worked with top ad agencies like FCB-ULKA, Grey Worldwide, DDB Mudra. Creating ad campaigns for renowned brands and working on prestigious design projects for key clients like Amul, TCS, British Airways, IDFC, Ceat, Cricket Rating, Wipro and Kotak Mahindra to
name a few.
For the past decade, I have been with L&K Saatchi & Saatchi (formerly Law & Kenneth).The entrepreneurial spirit of this company has helped me create a specialist design division ‘Design L&K Saatchi & Saatchi’ where I serve as a Chief Creative Officer. Besides advertising, I help my brands by being their Design Strategist and create Corporate Identities, Packaging & Retail Design, Environmental Graphics, Coffee Table books and Brand Experiences.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Lettering? And the challenges you faced as an lettering artist?

– Personally, I love many unique lettering styles, but I practice clean, contemporary & contextual lettering. My style is a fusion of classic & contemporary. I use it for design projects as well as commissioned lettering projects. On the other hand, I also use it as a medium of art through my #letteringonsunday project on Instagram. There are hundreds of renowned artists & beginners who share that same passion and have been contributing to this idea ever since.

The challenge for me is to not get trapped in a particular style of lettering. I love to experiment using different styles. The beauty of hand lettering is that it is organic, unique and has imperfections which makes it visually very attractive. Since past 2 years, hand lettering has re -entered the world of graphic art &design as a wildly popular & sought after skill. The challenge, therefore, is also how can one set oneself apart from the countless styles flooding today’s market.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?

– Frankly, I am not fussy about tools. It just depends on what I have in mind on that day & the particular style I want to create. However, a simple 0.5mm HB lead pencil, a set of Kohinoor’s artist quality pencils, a good quality eraser, a Uniball 0.7 black pen, a thick black marker, a steel scale, a good quality A3 tracing paper pad and an artist quality A3 thick white paper pad is my basic tool kit when I start any fresh lettering piece.
I follow this simple process –
1. Think of words, quotations that best capture my idea and express them through lots of small scribbles.
2. Develop it in an actual size lettering on paper and then use tracing papers to fine-tune the piece.
3. Decide on the paper, material, colours & tools to be used for final execution.
4. Start creating the final piece in my studio. One very important aspect is that I only do my final hand lettering during the day in natural light. It helps me to judge colours, finesse & depth. However there are times when I recreate the entire piece if I am not happy with the result.
5. Photographing the final piece in natural light, adding few props & tools to make it look as organic as possible. Or put my hand lettering on to one of my favourite images (clicked by me) in Photoshop, lettering juxtaposed against a photo is a great way to add meaning to your art.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying typography & lettering in art college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– Art School is of great help to get your basics right, learning graphic design & colours is a must before learning lettering & typography. Also, a competitive environment helps you judge your progress and keeps improving your skills. Most important part is to practice, it will develop your skills like nothing else. While learning, don’t bother about tools as they do not help in improving your craft. Even a simple HB pencil and eraser should be enough. In this era of getting hooked on to design softwares focusing on working with your hands, tools and paper is a good thing. Enough books & online courses are available for learning this skill if you can’t join an art school. Copying other artists may be fun, but never helpful. Practising regularly helps you become aware of your strengths and improve upon your weaknesses. Don’t be in a hurry to develop your own lettering style when you are learning.

 

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain a little about detailing in your Hand Lettering?

– A meaningful word or quotation will always be important in creating any piece of hand lettering. I love simplicity & clean styling, touch of classic lettering styles helps me add depth and character. Choosing the right lettering style to express the meaning of words is a very important part of lettering, scribbles & tracings will help you gauge that.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child ? Three things you like other than Art ?

– Very early on, I wanted to join the Indian defence force, for which I studied in a Military school for 2 years. Fortunately they had a great drawing teacher who helped me hone my skills. The school got a lot of discipline & time management into my personality. Besides art I love music, live concerts, movies, travel & teaching.

 

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being a designer/hand letterer?

– My role as a CCO for Design L&K Saatchi & Saatchi helps me travel to interesting places, collaborate with talented photographers, designers, illustrators and like-minded client partners. Hand lettering has given me the opportunity to work with some of the world’s best design & lettering curators.

 

©Chandan Mahimkar

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? And some creative tips you’d like to share?

– Developing a hobby & pursuing it is a great way to rejuvenate & refresh your thinking. Taking your profession too seriously & treating it like a job kills creativity. Travel, meet people, go out and experience things yourself. Creativity lies in doing crazy things, trust your madness. Whatever you believe in, start now! Good things never come to those who wait.

 

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1 March 2017

Blogger of the Week : Tanvi Srivastava

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ have been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing population of ‘#inspiroindia‘. We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

This year we present to you, an all new feature presenting ‘The Blogger of the Week’.

 

To Tanvi Srivastava, fashion and style come organically. Younger Tanvi always helped her family and friends to figure out what would flatter them and build their respective styles to a much flattering way. She gained a better perspective on style and ventured out of comfort zone during her time at NIFT and still continues to do that after graduation!

Tanvi Srivastava

 

She now runs her blog ‘TheDuskess‘ spanning over fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle. Tanvi believes in being realistic and flaunts her Indian skin tone with pride. She says most of her audience is aged between 15-35 years old which can get a real and positive image, ideas and inspiration from, TheDuskess’s social media rather than following false masses and popular culture that propagates white skin obsession. She believes in highlighting the Indian skin tone and also does not hide her birth marks which most of the today’s trends force us to. Tanvi says, ‘I’ll never be the one to promote skin lightening products, slimming teas and their likes on my social platforms’.

 

Her personal style is extremely comfortable, also extremely wearable in Indian diaspora! She likes presenting her audience with practical and functional wardrobe even for public transportation. An avid street style lover, she says street style has massive potential, and it amazes her how individual and subjective it can get!  She hopes to continue to find the drive and courage to experiment with new styles and looks and to always have respect, consideration and appreciation for her audience.

 

 

©The Duskess

©The Duskess

©The Duskess

©The Duskess

 

A year ago, Miss Srivastava discovered Instagram and its amazing capabilities to make her feel more connected to the rich brown skin tones. Only if she had known more realistic and relatable avatars of Sushmita Sen, Bipasha Basu, and Priyanka Chopra to look at and interact with. That’s when the idea of ‘TheDuskess’ came into being.

As a kid, she always related to the duskier celebrities, after being told off by the commercial mass media, and the Indian beauty and fashion industry. She finds immense joy in celebrating all skin colours regardless of brown, black or white. To embrace what we are born with rather than fighting is what made her think of the name ‘TheDuskess’ which certainly rhymes with Duchess! It is a statement of the sort, directed towards anybody who thinks dark skin is pitiful when it is not!

 

Blogging is not what meets the eye, one must have the skills of photography, picture editing, writing, marketing, public relations and much more.  As a blogger, she has to constantly keep honing all these skills, whilst simultaneously creating content that is real, honest and relatable, says Tanvi. Tanvi uses a Canon Rebel T5i. It offers a great value for money with an ease of self-shooting for her, thanks to the flip-out screen! She also recommends a DSLR with a flip out screen for anybody interested in blogging!

 

As long as the work is driven by passion, the content one puts out will consistently have creative value and worth says the young blogger. Blogging is the art of infusing your style with your innermost thoughts and feelings, viewing the Blogger status as somewhat of celebrity will get one nowhere believes Tanvi Srivastava. Staying honest and true to the audience whilst liking and replying to their comments is a must. She says, ‘The success of your blog is directly proportional to the strength of your relationship with your readers!’.

 

©The Duskess

©The Duskess

©The Duskess

©The Duskess

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Blog | Travel

27 February 2017

Traveller of the Week : Ravinder Singh

Meet Ravinder Singh, once a lawyer who devoted his time to working for NGOs in the past is now a full-time traveller. The 29-year-old travels the country without money, his first trip being around 12 years back when he drove from Delhi to Mussoorie on his birthday in a Maruti 800. He loved the air and the people, the excitement behind travelling motivated him to travel even more says Ravinder. His mother initially being hesitant behind the whole idea now understands and accommodates his being.

Ravinder Singh

 

Ravinder travels solo and also with friends. A spontaneous traveller by heart, Singh chooses to plan his travels well in advance for his photography shots.

He also loves making people, he says ‘I’ve always believed people make places so when I meet them I can see where they are coming from and you can learn so much from them’.

To our amazement, Ravinder has visited every state in the homeland! He says he never travelled abroad because he wanted to see India first. Ticking off all the states on his bucket list, he now plans to travel to Nepal and Bhutan by walking.

Lok Tak Lake, Pangong Tso, Pondicherry, Goa and Jaisalmer make on top of his 5 must visit locations’ list!

 

 

 

The wanderlust soul advises to carry a sleeping bag, camera (any camera for that matter), a good pair of slippers, a sturdy backpack and a good pair of earphones for travelling and staying outdoors.

One lesson Singh has learnt from his travelling expeditions is to not panic and to stay stress-free. Some things are out of control says Ravinder, he has experienced an earthquake in Manipur and was also stuck in Chennai flood. He has also spent days with the Maharashtra drought affected farmers.

The vagabond’s stories don’t end here, he has also been invited by the Tripura’s royal family for dinner when his roommate along with a girl who joined them for dosa, posted a selfie on facebook regarding Ravinder’s moneyless travels. The girl happened to be the sister of the inviter!

 

Images by ©Ravinder Singh

 

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22 February 2017

Blogger of the Week : Devesh Baheti

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ have been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing population of ‘#inspiroindia‘. We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

This February we present to you, an all new feature presenting ‘The Blogger of the Week’.

 

An aeronautical engineer by the day, 22-year-old Devesh Baheti jokes how he saves the world at night with fashion blogging! Born and brought up in Hyderabad, Devesh believes to make the best lemonade possible when life throws lemons at you, both sour and sweet. He describes himself to be neither carefree nor distressed which is clearly visible in his Instagram handle (_thenakedsoul_) of choice!

Devesh “TNS” Baheti

 

The blog, ‘The Naked Soul’ is primarily based on lifestyle and fashion which whirls around charismatic stories and sagas of couture, clothes and costumes. To him, it’s a platform and a diary where he can talk about the things he loves with utmost passion and a tongue in cheek attitude! The blog quickly escalated after having successfully created a niche for itself in three years on Instagram.

 

Baheti is true to his style and proves to be hundred percent authentic to its syntax. Where his fellow bloggers are already turning out to be huge media influencers, he feels his blog doesn’t hold the burden of any influence or sponsorship. He’d rather focus on his niche of being a lifestyle blogger and curate stories that are directed towards the audience than cover an event that’s off topic and off-brand as an influencer. The stories and words penned by him on the website are true to his individual work and devoid of pressure. Devesh proudly believes in quality over quantity, for sure.

 

Greatly fascinated by someone who is opinionated, he respects the fact that someone constructively and creatively creates an outlet to vent and pen his or her thoughts through blogging. The personality and creativity can be morphed into so many different things which are endearing, exciting and intimidating, gets him. The inspiration to start blogging came naturally and also to have a proper platform like Instagram to showcase what he loves.

 

His journey started when he was introduced to Instagram by his brother. Being a ‘Waldorf school’ graduate, the impeccable blogger was an avid journal keeper. The ‘valencia’ filter was the only thing that intrigued him on Instagram. An eventual random post of an excerpt from his diary ended up being well received and liked by the community. It resonated a lot of fellow photographers, artists, bloggers and liked minded humans to his drool-worthy Instagram Feed!

 

This brings us to the style aspect of The Naked Soul’. Devesh says, ‘style to me is not what you wear, it’s how you wear something. Confidence is my style’. A mix of sophisticated and a little hipster-inspired he uses the word ‘schizophrenic’, in the sense it keeps changing with his mood.

From a high-end sharp fitted suit to rocking just a basic white tee, he doesn’t want to be limited to any one style. He steers clear of trends and strongly believes in being comfortable and glamorous at the same time! Nevertheless, he says his style is still evolving.

 

 

©The Naked Soul

©The Naked Soul

©The Naked Soul

©The Naked Soul

 

On talking about the general take on people about blogging, he says it is sad that it is not taken seriously, perhaps because of the frivolous and glamorous tag it comes with. Intrigued with goodies and the photo shoots, people are unaware that it’s a full-time job. A blogger is a self-employed entrepreneur and a content creator in terms of working with brands. The photo shoots and location choices are not mere fun but a content creation based digital business, says Baheti. Half-hearted blogging and doing sponsored post doesn’t make one a blogger, according to him proper time and mind investment is the key to blogging!

 

The story behind the blog name is always a fun thing to know. When asked what made him stick to the blog name ‘The Naked Soul’, the engineer remembered when he was once on a call with his best friend. Wanting to change his Instagram handle to something fancier, he ended up debating for hours into the night. He says he wanted something which made him feel empowered as well as vulnerable at the same time! Hence, The Naked Soul was born.

 

The Naked Soul caters to an audience of teenagers to 20-23-year-olds from countries like India, US, UK and even European countries. Since the niche is pretty young and majorly targeted towards the Fashion Conscious, he does have a pretty solid reach with the older age group in the middle eastern countries which is surprising because he has personally never thought about someone older to him in Abu Dhabi wanting to read his fashion-oriented content. To our amazement, ‘The Naked Soul’ collectively sees a traffic of around 6,000-10,000 clicks on the website each month!

 

Baheti usually gets clicked by his friends Abhishek, Arpita and Shreya with equipment such as a Canon 1200D, Canon 5D Mark III, and a Canon 650D respectively. 50mm and the 35mm are his preferred lenses.

As for the future, he wishes his plans are a gift to him and that he is totally ‘worthy of’ and ready for them!

 

On asking him what he’d like to advise the readers and future bloggers, he says, ‘Just start!’. He thinks everything and everyone has become brand oriented, people who start blogging about a month or two ago, want to see results in forms of affiliate programmes, collaborations, VIP event passes and 1000’s of Instagram followers which sadly doesn’t happen overnight. In the process of branding, marketing and positioning oneself as a blogger, people forget to roll out good content.

Devesh Baheti also stresses on the fact that in the midst of brand deals, a blogger will end up being manipulated, mistreated or misunderstood as well. The key to starting a blog and be successful at is to be sincere, real and passionate!

‘One shall also voice his or her opinion but never let the naysayers’ deject you!’ says Baheti.

 

©The Naked Soul

©The Naked Soul

©The Naked Soul

©The Naked Soul

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8 February 2017

Blogger of the Week : Monalisha Mahapatra

The immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ have been surreal over the past few years. Inspiro India wishes to grow with the growing population of ‘#inspiroindia‘. We’re continuously working to bring great content to anyone and everyone following us on various platforms.

This February we present to you, an all new feature presenting ‘The Blogger of the Week’.

 

The GreyHalfway is an exquisite blog run by Monalisha Mahapatra who is a Fashion, Travel and Luxury Blogger and Stylist based in Delhi. A fun loving person and chirpy around her friends which is hard to make out when you first look at her ‘numb looking’ pictures, she says. Monalisha blogs about fashion, travel and luxury lifestyle which is true to her personality and distinguishes her from the others.

Monalisha Mahapatra // Photo by ©Bhuwan Gupta

 

She defines her style to be comfortable and yet poised. Her pictures are a delight to look at as she takes her inspiration from art. The GreyHalfway started in August of 2015 when she just wanted to upload her pictures from photography and modelling on a website.

(As delightful as her pictures are to look at, we couldn’t help but wonder about the story behind her blog name!) Ms Mahapatra came up with the name when she was working for a fashion brand. A random search for cable knit sweaters and grey mufflers on Pinterest led her to be fascinated by the colour ‘Grey’. She randomly came up with the name ‘GreyHalfway’ which was then bought by her friend. A consequent squabble between them barred her from using the name for her website.

Since Monalisha was so intrigued by the colour Grey, she came up with the idea of adding ‘The’ in her blog name hence ‘The GreyHalfway’ was born!

 

 

©The GreyHalfway

©Faizan

©Bhuwan Gupta

©Bhuwan Gupta

 

TheGreyHalfway is a hit among 18-24-year-olds and is spread all over the world. Monalisha uses Canon Mark III for her pictures. The washed out grey effect to her pictures is how she abides by her blog name and not to forget her love for the colour grey.

She’d like to point out to how her blog and even other female bloggers often come across people who text her for personal contact and gains. Monalisha says she finds it creepy and offensive when she gets direct messages and even pictures on Instagram, Snapchat and Emails from people. She’d like the readers to know that her blog is her full-time profession and people should stop contacting her for personal interests.

Regular content posting and individual personality are the tips she’d like to give to someone who’d want to start blogging. Copying others is a strict no-no.

 

 

©Kanishka Barawal

©The GreyHalfway

©Bhuwan Gupta

©The GreyHalfway

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Blog | Travel

6 February 2017

Traveller of the Week : Radhika Sharma

Meet Radhika Sharma, a 23-year-old commerce graduate from Delhi University and our ‘Traveller of the Week’. Radhika was born in Amritsar but brought up in Delhi and now works as a Business Analyst. She likes investing money in her travels rather than saving in bank accounts. All in all, she has taken 16 trips in the year ‘2016’ out of which one was a solo trip and the other one was her very first international trip.

Radhika Sharma

 

 

Inspiro India: What motivated you to travel and tell us about your first trip?

– I’m from a family which worries a lot about their girls. Hence, half of my life was spent within the four walls of the room, with them I worried about it too.

Until I decided to step out with my friends on the New Years of 2015 to Corbett. I remember it was early in the morning and extremely cold, we took a jeep to spot tigers, our expectations were set but chances were we might not be able to see even a single tiger except deers and monkeys, but to our luck we spotted dancing elephants, four tigers in a row and a perfect surrounding due to mist. This is how it all began.

Inspiro India: How do you prefer to travel, solo or group?

– Nothing specific as such, if I have my friends or family to tag along they join me, else I plan to travel solo. I have done extensive travelling with my best friend. She stays in Hyderabad. So when I visit her we travel around Southern India and when she comes back to Delhi, we travel the North.

 

Kedarkantha Trek

 

Inspiro India: Are you a full-time traveller? If yes, did you face any problems in terms of travelling or even with family?

– Well, I don’t know if travelling every weekend counts as a full time travelling. In September, I went on a back-to-back trip for three weeks. The challenges I usually face are extreme tiredness which was accompanied by the evil eyes of my parents. Although they do support me in the end because they’ve seen how happy I am when I travel.

 

Inspiro India: Are you a planned traveller or more into spontaneous trips?

– Both I would say since I am a budget planner, I try to find the cheapest possible accommodations and commute. But last year, I remember travelling to Mussorie without any gadgets or backpack or cash (due to demonetization). I had my cell phone and power bank and no plans or idea of where to go.

 

Kedarkantha Trek
Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

 

Inspiro India: How many states have you covered in India? Any International trips you’d like to mention?

– Last year was my very first International trip I took to Malaysia. It’s a really beautiful country with amazing people. This year I plan to go to Indonesia (booked), Italy (booked) and Bhutan.

As far as the states of India, I have covered fourteen states spread across North, South, East and West.

 

Inspiro India: 5 must visit destinations to travel according to you and why?

– 1   Sikkim: This will always stay close to my heart as this was my first Solo travel. Sikkim is so beautiful and peaceful. I went to Zuluk which is again close to my heart because of its serenity especially the Zig-Zag route. You would not get any networks here and no hotels, only homestays.

2   Horsley Hills: Horsley Hills a small, not so famous place with viewpoints. the view is breathtaking. The wind blows at these viewpoints all the time.

3    Kedarkantha: This was my first Summit and first snow experiences where the temperature dropped down to -7 degrees celsius. We camped in snow, set bonfire, ate maggie noodles and sledged in the snow. It was amazing.

4   Triund: Triund is another place close to my heart. There were shooting stars and galaxies and camping and amazing sunset and even more beautiful sunrise.

5   Kasauli Hills: Kasauli is a really quite place and the best attraction here is Gilbert’s Trail where the sun appears all orange and disappears all at once.

 

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Inspiro India: 5 must haves for travelling and stay outdoors?

–  1   Power Bank

2   Cash (Many places do not have ATMs. Some ATMs run out of money or might be out of order.)

3   Water

4   Cellphone

5   Hand Sanitizer

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most when travelling?

– It will definitely be the nature and escape from the city life. The cherry on the cake in travelling is meeting amazing and kind people. I feel so happy when someone in an unknown place helps you out of kindness. This is the most surreal and beautiful thing.

 

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Prashar Lake, Himachal

 

Inspiro India: One life lesson you learned from travelling?

– Honestly, I haven’t pondered over it but I believe what we see and learn from our 9 to 5 jobs and getting accustomed to a routine or limiting our horizons will never be bigger than the life experiences someone gains through travel. You realise how limited you have kept yourself and in what conditions you have lived your life till now. You discover a bit of yourself, you realise your weaknesses and strengths, your bonds with other people grows, you become more confident and after all this, you realise, that the small petty issues of life are not really issues, in the end, life is bigger than that.

 

 

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29 March 2016

Minimalist : Soumita Das

She is a Calcuttan and she believes that it is one city that has more people than mosquitoes. Sometimes you need to get rid of noise to make way for silence, and this is why she started creating minimal frames. It took an epiphany in the form of a research project to make her realize that wearing a sterilized apron and mask and not being able to talk to anyone for hours can be claustrophobic at times. So, all she needs after a long day is a breath of fresh air and her own world where she can create clutter free frames and capture them.

She believes that to reach a spot there is no process. She loves to wake up with oven fresh ideas. Sometimes, she wake ld up in the middle of a night with an idea. She fantasizes about strange things almost all the time. When she gets ideas, She writes/types them immediately no matter where she is.If she doesn’t find a paper or her phone, she writes on her hand. Basically, all she does is come up with an idea, jot it down, rethink it later and convert it into reality. It’s really amazing to watch an idea transition from a dream to reality. Her minimalist lifestyle drives her towards creativity..!! He doesn’t live in a white room without television and chairs. She believes in minimalism but she does not compare herself to some other minimalist. Her minimalism is only about believing that sometimes less is much more.    Well said,”Inspiration is everywhere.” She is most inspired by things she see every day. Also, her friends, photographer friends and her favorite instagrammers inspire her. She gravitates towards likeminded people.

 

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HER DAY AT WORK

She, actually, doesn’t have a routine. She wakes up, opens the windows to let the light in, meditates for 10 minutes, creates a to-do list and prioritizes her tasks.

AN ARTIST’s CREATIVITY PARTNERS

She doesn’t use a lot of apps- VscoCam, Instagram filters and Adobe Photoshop. Also, She loves using a basic digital camera (Sony DSC) She believes that everything can be photographed. Does an apoplexy hit you when you enter the bathroom after a long day and realize there is no bodywash left in the bottle? She, on the other hand might simply take the loofah and click pictures of it. Things like this happen to her all the time. She doesn’t like to ignore a creative opportunity.

 

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29 March 2016

Interview with Astronomy Guru : Rishabh Jain

 

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Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and How you create Amazing Night Sky Shots?
– In the corner of my room is the thinking chair. What intrigues me the most the chair wouldn’t have been there if a star hadn’t exploded and created the elements needed to form it. Not a Bollywood or a Hollywood star, but a real one. Everything that we see around us is made of stardust. Millions of years of cosmic evolution and the mysterious ways of nature formed Stars, galaxies, planets, comets and asteroids. These stars are so far away that light takes several years to reach us. So one looks at things the way they were several years ago. Twinkle Twinkle little star. Now I know what you are! Mystery solved, but what next? We live on a tiny dot we call home ( a.k.a Earth )in this vast cosmic ocean and we don’t even know if there are more intelligent civilizations in the Universe. The mystery grows on you and the answers need to be found. These answers are not for one person to find or know. Fortunately, the youth of India is energetic and the children have more questions that ever. They are our real treasures and for them sky is the beginning. I am working on two Projects (philanthropic) currently with my friends o Astronomy Guru – A free online portal for people interested in learning Astronomy o Starlight – A free service for people who have never looked through a telescope Both are in their early stages but have started picking up as the interest of people grows. My other interests include Writing, Playing the guitar, Street Theatre, Batman a degree in computer applications and a search for crazy minds to join the madness. Astrophotography connects me to nature and travel keeps him humble. This keeps the engine running on my Duke 200 and the pedals kicking on my KHS. To capture the beauty of the night sky, I travel away from the city as far as I can with my camera and tripod. My knowledge of the sky helps a lot in planning my shoots. I generally have to wake up whole nights and face near freezing temperatures for long durations to get these photos. Several times I have to hike and trek to get to a desired point.

 

Inspiro India: How did you develop in this field? Did you face any kind of problems while pursuing this field?

– I am a self taught photographer. The basic camera handling was taught to me by Mr. Pankaj Sharma, my mentor. Since then, I have met a lot of people and have exchanged notes on technique and discipline and have added it to my workflow. Constant exposure to clear night sky, Discovery, Nat Geo and the internet kept me hooked. My parents have been the most supportive and have helped me in creating opportunities which helped me go further. There have a few hurdles but it doesn’t really bother me now. I am now working towards making astronomy more accessible to people through telescope watches and astrophotography workshops on a regular basis. There is lack of education in India and a change is needed. When you do it free, 95% of the challenges disappear and the rest 5% are mental blocks. Funds are a constant trouble because I do it for free but that’s how it is now ( I put this under the 5% category ). I learn by teaching people and answering their questions. I get to meet and work with the best people. Everything else follows. The authorities can be a little interfering at times, but I guess they are just doing their job. ” What are you doing here in the middle of the night. Pack up your stuff and move. ”

 

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Inspiro India: What does photography mean to you? And what Inspires you ?

– Photography for me is expression and showing my creativity. I travel to new places and old places and meet new people, experience different cultures. I find new meanings to things and every time I am back home, something changes for good. My real inspiration is the wonders nature has created for us to enjoy. There are subtle clues for us to find and puzzles for us to solve. Life is like a playground. I am highly satisfied working as a photographer. There is nothing better than picking up your camera and going out early morning to create your own art. Pure bliss!

 

Inspiro India: We can see your photographs are mostly of Sky, why have you chosen to present them in this form?

– My folks are avid travellers and since I was a child I was part of their pilgrimages and tours across India. The more I would see, the more I would question things. The sky and everything else was better. More birds, animals and more STARS. By now the bug had docked deep into my conscience and had dropped anchor and the summer of 1995 changed everything for me. Forever. On a clear moonless night in Rishikesh, I was lying down on a KHAT ( a traditional Indian bedstead ). I looked up and saw a fuzzy cloud running across the sky. The breeze was constant all the others did but this cloud won’t move. I had never seen this before. Fortunately, I was in the company of photographers, our fellow companions on the trip. ” You are looking at the galaxy you live in and it’s called the milkyway. See it is as white as the milk “. A good deal of my questions were answered and from that day onwards Photographers = Cool, Mountains = Home, No electricity = Stars,Travel = Knowledge. Pretty soon, my parents and teachers were running out of answers and my fascination and curiosity was gripping me and others around me. Desperate, my parents around me, they took me to the planetarium and I saw my first sky theatre show and decided that this needs further attention. Later I joined the astronomy club which gave my passion further discipline and a computer degree and a job later I joined the organization which ran it in my school. It was also here that I decided I will teach astronomy and will maintain it as a lifestyle. 25,000 students and 6 years later, I quit my job to spread my passion on a larger scale. Astronomy connects me to the Universe. I continue being a disciple of Nature. Night sky photography keeps me close to everything I have learned till now. The beauty of the night sky is unparalled.

 

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Inspiro India: What kind of Camera Gear and Equipments do you use when shoot when working in field?

– I generally carry a Camera, a tripod and some wide-angle lenses. Occasionally, I use a sky tracker to take long exposure shots without creating trails. I also keep a telescope handy for close up shots of the Moon and visual observations of planets and deep sky objects. A laptop and some extra batteries make things convenient.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child? What dream is still on your bucket list?

– It would be really cool to fly a hybrid plane to the Moon.

 

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Inspiro India: What inspires your photography?

– Nature is full of surprises and that keeps me interested in doing what I do. As a child, I would spend hours in the field and use to climb trees to get a closer look at bird’s nests ( Fell a couple of times during my adventures ). I would also look up in the sky and see the Moon and used to wonder why does one see it during the daytime also. It changes shape and size as time progresses and this bug bit me hard as the moon will rise at exactly the same time on Karva Chauth, year after year ( well a couple of minutes here and there )The stars fascinated me even more and on nights when there used to be power outages, we would go on the building terrace and see the stars and I would wonder till how far I can see. What will see if I see if go close to the stars, I had so many questions.The more I travel, the more I learn, my questions get answered.

 

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Inspiro India: If not this, What would have Rishabh Jain been doing ?

– I would have definitely become a forest officer.

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– Practice. The art will follow.

 

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Inspiro India: What do you think about Inspiro India Magazine ?

– This is a great effort. Art is appreciated in India but only in small pockets and it is great to be part of a portal which connects artists and the rest of the world together. I wish the team great luck in this endeavour. Let there be Art!