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Blog | Travel

19 February 2018

Love for nature has been a prime driving force to venture out for this week’s | Traveller of the Week: Suyash Pandey

Suyash Pandey is a 28-year-old Data Scientist born and brought up in Delhi who now works in developing and running statistical algorithms for his clients in the US.

The weekdays are spent on the computer running codes and building dashboards, he travels as frequently as he can! A lover of mountains over beaches and trains over aeroplanes, during his college days in Chennai, he got many opportunities to travel which he instantly grabbed.

 

Suyash Pandey

 

 

Chadar, Zanskar region, Ladakh

Golden Temple, Amritsar

Batal, Spiti

Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh

Mt. Kanchenjunga, Sandakphu, Darjeeling

Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Chandratal, Spiti

Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Churdhar Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh

 

Suyash has completed 8 treks in the Himalayas in 2017 as he has many look weekends to make use of, most of them were solo while the remaining were planned and executed with a close group of friends. “My most recent solo trek was the Sandakphu circuit, in West Bengal, where I did 85 km in 5 days. This trek allows for a good view of the 4 highest mountain peaks in the world including Mt. Everest”, says the traveller. Living down South, he was able to explore the western ghats as well.

 

Right from school days, the part-time traveller’s folks were very supportive of him. Trying out new activities, his folks had no objections to attending summer camps as well as rafting expeditions. “I’ve done week long rafting expeditions for 6 years straight, the longest stint being from Srinagar (Uttarakhand) on the Alaknanda river, crossing Dev Prayag Sangam and drifting down the Ganga to Rishikesh in 4-5 days”, he says.

 

Apart from treks, he likes to travel to different cities and explore different cultures and societies. It’s a blessing to live in India where there is so much diversity, he says. “What else does one want – Cheap buses, local street chai, welcoming families and a burning desire to explore”, says Pandey.

 

“Love for nature has been a prime driving force to venture out”, says Suyash. The support from his family has instilled a sense of confidence to do what he does now, travelling! Not really fond of the urban landscape, he’d rather be under a moonlit night sky than under a flashing ball of neon light in the sky. Animals are adored by this traveller, irrespective of their size. “So anything nature, and I would love to get involved”, he adds.

 

Personally, the traveller likes travelling solo or with a maximum of 2-3 of his close friends. Travelling solo gives him bandwidth to explore things the way he wants to. “When I’m solo, I go with the flow. Follow my heart. No social commitments”, says the explorer. A well bonded and like-minded group is a great company to travel with nonetheless!

 

Suyash Pandey plans all the important things in advance, rest everything can surprise him along the way. He doesn’t micro strategise at an hourly level, not having everything planned in advance allows for conversations with the locals. “I like to leave big room for spontaneity in a planned travel itinerary”, says Suyash.

 

Suyash has travelled to Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Delhi, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, last but not the least, Pondicherry! 19 States and 4 Union Territories out of a total of 29 States and 7 UTs, he says there is a lot more to see!

His 5 must-visit destinations to travel are Leh-Ladakh, Spiti Valley, Kaziranga-Shillong-Cherapunjee, Munnar in Kerala and Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry.

 

A few things a traveller should keep in mind are the will to explore, sense of belief in oneself and the alertness! A water bottle and a torch or headlamp are the other must-haves one should carry while travelling according to Pandey.

 

Suyash loves every aspect of travelling. Right from planning a trip to the final completion. Interacting with the locals and understanding how they go about their lives, a chat with a local elderly teaches him more than a lifetime of surfing the web. Those real-life anecdotes in a village somewhere hold more power to change hearts and habits and that’s what the traveller enjoys the most when it comes to travelling!

 

Better management and decision making is what Suyash has learnt on the trail. The need to make decisions which are justifiable, viable and practical decisions, in the end, is what he has learnt from his travels.

 

One such interesting story is set in the Chadar Trek. In the traveller’s own words here- “We are back from the trek and we’re waiting in Chilling, for the pickup vehicles to come from Leh. We’ve been waiting for 3 hours and there is no sign of the vehicle. I am there with 3 friends. And an entire extended group that is there with the trek company. While we’re waiting it’s already 4 in the afternoon and the drive to Leh is about 3 hours from Chilling.

 

While everyone is sulking over the fact that there is a delay in pickup, I notice the porters are leaving on a pickup truck, more like the open Boleros with seating for 3 people in the front and an open trailer at the back for carrying goods. I approach the driver. Ask him if he can take us to Leh. He tells me there’s no place. And plus I have 3 other friends, so it wouldn’t be possible to accommodate us all. I insist and tell him that we’ll hitchhike on the back, in the trailer. He reluctantly agrees. And what follows is the best mountain ride of our lives. We are 4 friends with a few other locals at the back while the porters sit in the front. The entire landscape is covered in snow while the cold, slushy Zanskar River flows adjacent to the road, below in the valley. The view is so grand that its difficult to sit down. We all stand and just gaze out at the landscape while cold minus 20-degree winds hit our face as the vehicle carefully moves on the snowed out road. We reach Leh half frozen but doubly smiling”.

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Suyash Pandey

 

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Best of January’18 | #inspiroindia

Greetings,

We’d like you to know that Inspiro India is receiving immense love and support from you ‘Creative Heads’ out there.

In the wake of the phenomenal usage of the ‘Inspiro India’ hashtag, we have a created a new section, ‘Best Pictures of the Month’.

Here are the Best Pictures from the month of January!

(The pictures are not in any supposed order. To get featured in the next month, use hashtag #inspiroindia)

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©Mihir Thakkar

 

 

©Joshi Daniel

 

©Harshit Doshi
©APrampar
©Namrata Vedi

 

 

©Shivam
©Piyush Tanpure

 

 

©Fazil
©Sunny Gala

 

 

©Anshul Mehta
©Manpreet Kaur

 

 

©Upasana
©Shevanee

 

 

©Shivam
©Sachin Chauhan

 

©Anunay Sood
©Mayuresh M. Warang

 

 

©Somia Mallick
©Shardul Umesh Kadam

 

©Manjima
©Rupesh Dev

 

 

©Ankit
©Sakshi Parikh

 

 

©Arfan Abdulazeez
©Harshal

 

 

©Shagun Chawla
©Aryan

 

 

©Manish Deo
©Anshuman

 

 

©Swapnanil Roy

 

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Art | Blog

16 February 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Nidhi

Nidhi had a penchant for drawing like any other kid. She had a fascination for colours and loved every shade on the palette. Her initial sketches included cartoon characters, ‘Tom and Jerry’ is her favourite ones. She once confessed to her dad the desire to meet ‘Tom and Jerry’, and as naïve and innocent a kid is, got disappointed with the inability to meet animated cartoons. This, in turn, ignited the zeal of creating cartoons herself.

 

Her father told her that in order to make her dream come true, she would have to work hard on her sketches, but Nidhi took his words to heart. Her initial tutorials were mentored by YouTube videos on a Nokia Slider cellphone. Small screen display made the task a bit tedious for her but she did not deter from her path and kept herself engrossed in ardent learning in times when there was no internet connection or computer available at her expense and all she had was a small screen display of her cellphone on which she accessed internet through data packs.
She got introduced to animation and drawing workshop for the first time through a newspaper advertisement when she was in grade 9. She shared her interest with her dad and he gave a heartful consent to her wishes. And this is how she started her journey to pursue art as a career.

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Nidhi

 

Her primary drawings used the conventional drawing tools of pencil and paper and the techniques involved in creating illustrations. With the introduction of the digital medium, the task has become a bit convenient and the effects produced through traditional techniques can be easily achieved. She has completed 8 years of her journey drawing which includes 2 years of digital art as well.

 

The young artist has faced many challenges during her journey and she still does face hurdles. A lot of issues on the financial and personal front made her feel difficult about the decision of choosing art as a career but she was too positive to deter from the path. She has been abominated by a lot of people around for not choosing any mainstream career option but her father has always been a strong pillar during her tough times. If anyone came up to her father for words of advice, he used to reply, “I want her to be happy in what she is doing and I have full faith in her potential.”

Nidhi tried to make her way through several colleges to pursue the course in animation but the charges were costly and there was no assurance of a stable job opportunity. Apart from that, the lessons imparted did not provide enough knowledge and prudence prevailed. She couldn’t afford to waste her time and money and hence left the college after four months, but her dad’s demise during the same period shook her roots. Without a proper graduation degree, it was difficult to bear the burden of finances of the household.  The first 6 months were very grinding without any income but then she got certain freelancing projects. After submitting her resume online at several places, she got a call from a studio for the requirement of an artist. Currently, she is employed at a studio named Crazons. She loves the working environment of the place and the people she works with are extremely supportive. They make animated videos, and she enjoys working for it along with learning important lessons. She finally managed to buy a digital Wacom tablet, which she has been for two years now, and she has not left dreaming of reaching beyond heights.

 

For Nidhi, visual art is an extremely beautiful and powerful way of expressing thoughts and imagination on the canvas which you cannot put down in words at times, and she feels blessed to possess this talent. She thinks she doesn’t have a definitive style of her own as of now because there’s a lot more for her to explore but she believes that her art is raw and anyone can relate to raw emotions.

 

All the art she knows is the result of her passion, hard work and observing artistic people on social media and trying to imbibe those lessons. She thinks she is a self-taught artist. Her strongest skill, according to her, is to be able to draw female figures and splendid backgrounds. She feels she needs more expertise at drawing male figures though!

She loves eating junk food and singing (wants to learn singing as well) other than art.

She also likes to seldom cook.

The tools she uses for her drawings are Laptop, Wacom pen tablet and Photoshop. For traditional sketches, she usually uses watercolour inks, regular inks and markers. She prepares a rough sketch first and does the line art twice over it to refine and finally adds basic colours, highlights and shadows and the final detailing process which takes about 4 to 5 hours for the sketch to be done.

 

Nidhi says, even though she is not very professional in work, she did not stop creating art. There is no right time or right materials. Once she started drawing, she didn’t stop and advises the same, crucial for one’s achieving goals.

Words by Laveena Behl
Artwork by ©Nidhi

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14 February 2018

Blogger of the Week: Dhwani Kathotia

Dhwani Kathotia is a fashion blogger, stylist, fashion consultant and visual artist in progress who overthinks like there’s no tomorrow. The blog which started out as a personal style blog has now shaped her into exploring more.

 

A creative canvas, her blog, she discovers conceptual art and storytelling through fashion. Each post has a concept behind it and the imagery used has a certain mood that goes with the concept. It’s not restricted to fashion but covers the entire story.

 

Dhwani Kathotia

 

Her online journal stands out from the rest as she does not stick to any rules or norms related to blogging. She wishes to delve into creative freedom! Dhwani and her audience find themselves resonating with the aspects of fashion explored through the blog. Defining one’s own style is different from merely following fashion trends. Her blog, ‘My Little Cupboard‘ is a fragment that expresses her unique style statement which she curates through separate creative pieces in a slow, sustainable manner. It’s about creating a look out of what one already possesses. It is also about utilizing all one has in numerous ways. Above all, it’s about creating a new story with every new post.

 

The blogger’s style statement, if she had to use only one piece of clothing to describe it, would be a plain white t-shirt, basic yet multi-functional! She likes to wear a lot of white and solid muted tones, oversized silhouettes and is most comfortable in wearing any clothing item basic in structure, fuss-free at the same time.

 

She believes that a slow and steady introspection is needed to find true inspiration. Over the last year, she focused on stealing some “me-time” from her busy routine and allocating specific hours to reading books, observing and absorbing everything around. It’ll surprise one to know how minimal our engagement with our surroundings is, she says. She has come up with the idea of giving herself a creative hour every week- an hour to cut off from everything around and spend time either experimenting with her camera or flipping through a coffee table book- no planned routine, but going with the flow. Her work is now inspired by recollections of jumbled pieces from everything around.

 

‘My Little Cupboard’ started as an experiment around 5 to 6 years ago. As someone who was (and probably still is) anxious about public speaking, the blog became the mouthpiece for her expressions (where the initial posts consisted of nose down pictures!) It began as a fashion experimenting platform where she mixed and matched clothes out of her closet which she hadn’t worn in a while. Dhwani cleaned her closet and dug out abandoned clothes! She tried to utilize all of it by styling in a unique way so that she didn’t have to discard them. This is how she found the appropriate title ‘My Little Cupboard”

 

Dhwani feels that blogging is a method of self-expression. In the contemporary scenario, blogging has become an established industry with certain norms and well-known brands and we agree! But if you take away the glamour and branding attached to it, she feels blogging is all about expressing oneself through any medium preferable to the person concerned-photography, clothing or even poetry.

 

 

Not having a concrete bigger picture for the blog means that there’s room for more creativity and experimenting. If there’s something to look forward to, it is her website which will soon feature all her styling and creative direction work form the last year along with her personal blog posts.

 

She collaborates with a bunch of photographers from Bangalore and hence the cameras used differ with every post. She shares valuable advice for people who wish to explore the world of blogging and has two crucial tips for them:

1.  Don’t get caught up in blindly following the trends. Blogging isn’t about rat race to top the ladder of trends or posting online only to gain popularity. Create a style that symbolises YOU.

2. Experiment, push your boundaries and never stop creating.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

©Dhwani Kathotia

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Blog | Photography

9 February 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Ishani Das

There are people who always witness something and realise that it could have been a stunning frame. And that’s how Ishani always felt – like her eyes were attached to secretive camera somewhere. She is a fashion communication student. First, she is an artist and always will be. She started the art of photography 8 years back with her little Sony digital point and shoot. She was very timid to take her camera out in the public and just start shooting. So, she resorted to closed rooms and the only subject she knew well there was herself.

 

A process just happens in her mind so fast. First a very random inspiration hits. Next thing for her is to visualise herself cutting that light, or how should the shadows overlay her etc. After that is just a matter of setting up her camera on self-timer. With time she has understood, at which angle her body will look good and where should light fall exactly so the photograph comes out great.

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Ishani Das

 

Ishani is not very vocal with words, her portraits are her only source of artistic expression. It’s just the determination in her that drives her.

She is her own inspiration. She looks up to many photographers but she has never tried to recreate anyone’s work or even take inspiration from them. She doesn’t edit much. It’s just a little VSCO here and a little Pixlr there. All phone apps though.

 She uses a Canon 600D .Apart from that, she has a 18-55mm lens. Also, she uses Photoshop and Lightroom but only rarely. Mostly she uses VSCO, Pixlr and Filterloop.

Her favourite subject is’ people’. Even when she meets people, she is more attentive to their eyes, hands, how they tuck a strand behind their ear or adjust their spectacles or laugh. She just admires how beautiful a person can be. She is not fussy about locations. She loves plain white walls. What she is fussy about is the light. Photography is all about the light.

 

 

 

The master-advice,

DON’T STOP. If you are trying something, it’s unique. Also, pay attention to details. It’s the details of a photograph, a painting, or anything that can really make it even more beautiful. ”

Words by Harpreet

 

Mogra Series

Mogra Series

Mogra Series

Images by ©Ishani Das

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Art | Blog | Interviews

8 February 2018

Interview with Artist: Mira Malhotra

Meet Mira, a graphic designer/visual artist based in Mumbai who is the founder of Studio Kohl, a boutique design house.

Mira Malhotra

 

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

Mira Malhotra: I was raised in Saudi Arabia for the first ten years of my life and left the country for India shortly after the Gulf War. This had an effect on the way I saw my own country and shaped my work. I grew up with a few sources of entertainment in an otherwise dreary freedom-less country, that of shopping malls, supermarkets and heavily censored American TV consisting mainly of sitcoms. Women like my mother were not able to go out of the house alone, and I was conscious of my female status as I saw the disparity. When I came to India, everything felt new. I had been to India once every year on vacation but living here was a totally different experience. It was a hard adjustment to make but eventually, I got used to it. I always drew as a child and was trained under a Filipino watercolourist in Riyadh, KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). I painted mostly animals which I continued independently once in India. My older cousin, an art director in Trikaya grey told me about a career in the arts and in the 7th grade I made up my mind to make it a career.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you face as an artist??

MM: I am primarily interested in representing women’s experiences, at least for now. I otherwise like to create work that is conceptual, immediately gratifying which uses visceral line work, feels big and bold, and that is bright and colourful. I am inspired by odd products in the bazaar and Indian domestic life as I grew up in a more westernised home. I had a rocky time with my education. I wanted to go to JJs, tried many times and didn’t make it. I went to Sophia’s for a year and while I found the teaching good, felt there was no exposure and I experienced suffocation. I eventually went to Rachana’s and there too I faced issues. It was only when I went to NID that I really felt like I was seeing an end in mind or more pathways to take. Everything else made me feel stifled and stagnant in one way or the other. I faced great setbacks by being in the wrong school or wrong workplace as well. I enjoyed my first job in editorial but there was only so much I could climb. My second job in advertising made me really question where my work was going. I found picking work and clients more satisfying and working independently fixed a lot of issues because I could steer my work in the direction I liked, but it’s only possible in today’s market and earlier it was not as feasible.

 

 

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

MM:  A computer. Even though so much of my work is print, I love digital means of creation. There is always an undo button! A Wacom, a large table and a few mechanical pencils are always around. I still love doing analogue work but it doesn’t work with clients 90% of the time. Recently I’ve started working with brush pens, pencils, and solid markers more. My work process with a client is always the conversation, research, conversational research, brainstorming, making connections, conceptualisation, creation and convincing. With my self-initiated work, I don’t sketch for fun though I wish I could. I wait till I have an idea in my head to flesh out and then go ahead. Art is not for art’s sake for me. There’s too little time!

 

Inspiro India: Is studying design in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

MM: It really depends on what you want to do. I think applied arts courses are very limiting. But design schools are expensive, though they offer great exposure. If you are able, vacation courses or summer courses help. Residencies help. But if you learn on your own remember you have to have a lot of drive, and you shouldn’t get easily discouraged. It requires a fair amount of passion and dedication. Find a way to create bread and butter work for yourself so pursuing what you really like won’t make you broke. If you enjoy bread and butter work and that’s your goal then you will find it easier.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

MM: My parents and family. Not anyone special as such. But I have influences from musicians in terms of the way they approach their work and subject matter: The Beastie Boys, Kathleen Hanna, Grimes.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

MM: An astronaut, a teacher or an artist. Ended up being the artist.

 

Inspiro India: Introduce us to your project ‘Unfolding The Saree’ and the story behind it?

MM: Unfolding the Saree was the culmination of recent incidents and long-term interests as well which resulted in the making of this zine. First was my inspiration from Riot Grrrl and DIY culture. How do I make an Indian version of what I admire about RiotGrrrl but have it well received here and resonate with my cultural experience? I then asked myself, how can I build something that’s so engaging that the material is not trumped by its content or treatment? Designer’s objects are produced in limited quantity, and a lot of craft goes into it, so they are often priced highly. I wanted to avoid that by using cheaper, local material unlike the fancy international papers graphic designers would usually use. The DIY background and my knowledge of printing and local applications of it helped me make a budget-friendly product. Then comes my ongoing interest in items of ‘novelty’, toys found in bazaars, Indian storytelling devices from folk culture, the interactivity of these that make for a very engaging experience, and a didactic one (when paired with a facilitator). When I was at NID, I was exposed to these things by my professors and Mrs Lakshmi Murthy, and this taught me the hardly-recognised value of storytelling devices that stem from folk India, traces of which can be found in low-budget bazaars of today or on my travels through India (I visit the bazaars of every place I travel to for new ideas and spend small fortunes on such objects). I wanted something so engaging, fun, and innovative, you wouldn’t bear to not be able to pick it up, and I wanted this inherently Indian approach to design preserved. I also wanted to make a zine on women and sexuality in some shape or form. Recently I began draping a saree and wearing one for myself and became hypnotised by its variety and the way it’s perceived (is it sexy? is it modest? does it cover up? or does it reveal?), and also its extremely versatile format. In an age where we are actively questioning burkinis and bikinis, and what these garments mean to us, it was exciting to look at the saree this way. Eventually, the format of the saree gave rise to the format of the zine. The content inside talks about several practices, the ghoonghat, the item number, the wet saree, the cover-all saree, nuns wearing sarees, feminist wearing sarees, all question fixed notions on the sarees as a dress that can be confined to eternal raunchiness or feminine dignity. The saree is too shape-shifting to be defined as either. This revealing or unrevealing got translated eventually into the words ‘folding’ or ‘unfolding’. Lastly, I recently joined a collective known as Kadak, which debuted at the East London Comic Arts Festival (ELCAF) this year and I needed to make products for that. What better than to introduce a foreign audience to my own idea of Indian design?

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

MM: Music! I devour around 5 hours of music everyday minimum when I’m at work. I love reading about feminist philosophy as well. I also like gardening.

 

Images by ©Mira Malhotra

 

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?

MM: Trust in yourself, be analytical and observant, find your voice, stop asking for feedback, if you have a doubt- google it! Be brutally honest with yourself.

 

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7 February 2018

Blogger of the Week: Sayanti Mahapatra

Sayanti Mahapatra is a 20-year-old student pursuing fashion communication, who has a quirky dream of possessing a huge closet of sneakers, the work is still in progress.  She has interned and worked as a fashion creator with seldom styling work in between. She currently works as a Content Partner and runs a blog of her own!

She has Bengali roots which are a primary reason for her love for art and aesthetics. She had no need to take any tuitions for art because she had a mentor at her home- her mother. Her mom infused basic principles in Sayanti which paved a way to develop her own peculiar interests. The passion to work in this is why she ignored the idea of attempting entrance exams for engineering after her school. Hailing from a legacy of engineers, swapping of careers wasn’t a piece of cake, but it all turned out to be positive eventually.

 

Sayanti Mahapatra

 

She primarily started her blog to showcase her personal style, her love for art, sneakers and basic clothes but it has developed into something more. It has transformed into an interactive platform where she is ever ready to take up different challenges that her audience wants. More than representing her personal style, she loves to curate the content for her readers. She also initiates soulful conversations.

 

Her blog stands unique because all the fashion tips and tricks that she shares in her posts are inclined towards spreading body acceptance and self-love. “There’s no way to feel beautiful if you aren’t in love with yourself, or you aren’t embracing your flaws because that makes you, you”, she says! Her blog shares her personal experiences as an overweight kid who was often mocked down, the starvation she donned upon herself in lieu of cutting down calories. Working out to stay fit is reasonable, starving to death isn’t. It took a lot of time to accept her own natural self and feel grateful for her talents. She had no one to boost her with confidence and that it’s perfectly normal to wear shorts even if one has cellulite thighs. This is the self-confidence she wishes to instil in the female audience that they deserve all the love and respect for who they are. And this what makes her blog different from other blogs

 

There’s no symbolic style of her own. She tries to experiment a lot, from bohemian to laid back to traditional Indian! From Gucci to Sarojini, from French girl to Frida Kahlo she admires every style. She likes to stay versatile but denim on denim look is what wins over others in her case. She loves how basic and yet unique that outlook can be.

The inspiration for Sayanti comes mostly from the streets. But she also likes to follow different celebrity bloggers like Audrey Hepburn, Victoria Beckham, Chiara Ferragni, Santoshi Shetty, Masoom Minawala etc. Everyday style is still what arouses interest in her. Metros, street markets and even at times people I come across in my society’s elevator are the glimpses that serve as inspiration.

She started with microblogging around May 2016 but she had so much to put out in front of the world. Hence in July 2017, she began her own website while she was working with other different websites. One of her articles went viral which paved her way for an offer from UC News to become its Content Partner. This is when she decided to take up her own blog-something that defines and designs her niche. She recalls an incident which gave her thought of starting her own blog an affirmation. Once she came across a girl in a metro who walked up to her to compliment her outfit and wished to know where did she purchase the outfit from and if she runs a blog to provide fashion tips and tricks. She revealed that she has no blog of her own to which the girl replied that she must start one soon. And that’s how Sayanti got the work for her blog started!

 

Blogging for Sayanti is an escape, a stress buster. Over a period of two years of reading, writing and creating content, the blogging process has become a part of her life. It makes her feel empty without getting engaged with her blog even for a day, and she admits that she prefers to remain occupied with work because that makes her feel happy and content. According to her, blogging should help you connect with people and not add to the burden of your daily life. It should be something that relieves you of your stress and not adds to your existing anxieties.

Her only requirement while deciding a suitable blog name was to add the word “Basic” in it since her styling is about incorporating basic things to come up with a stylish outfit like she came up with 10 styles with a simple white shirt. But she couldn’t come up with something catchy. One day she and her sister were brainstorming, and her sister pointed out that she does everything in excess since she was binge-watching and eating, and Voila! It clicked for her that she binges on particular stuff, for example, wearing a pair of denim jeans for 5 days continuously. And hence she came up with the name “Binge on Basics”.

 

Her audience consists of mostly women with age range of 15-26 years old and who are fashion oriented and love to interact along with continuing her work on her blog, which is her foremost love. Sayanti wishes to pursue styling as a career in future.
 She uses a Sony Alpha 58 to click pictures and at times iPhone for a grainy and vintage effect, which is her current favourite.

 

Sayanti extends her gratitude to all the readers because she feels that bloggers are nothing without their dedicated audience, and all the hard work they do is for them. She feels great to know that people admire her work. And hence she wants her audience to reach her out because the community would always be happy to help them in any manner.
For someone who wants to start blogging, she urges them to just make the move without much thought. Passion is all it takes. All the doubts will fade away sooner or later and things will be figured out slowly and steadily, but kick-starting the project is the most crucial step. One should not expect to unravel it all before actually beginning it. The other important thing to follow is originality. ‘Find your own style, make your own statement’ is the ultimate mantra. Whatever you intend to serve to your audience, it should carry the flavour of authenticity.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

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Blog | Travel

5 February 2018

Explore and live through travelling says this week’s | Traveller of the Week: Garima Manocha

Garima Manocha is a 24-year-old storyteller based in Delhi. She divides her time between her love for Photography and is currently pursuing Chartered Accountancy.  She has pursued a certified course in Advanced Photography under Dr O.P Sharma at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. Her oeuvre of work is composed of Travel and Street Photography. “I firmly believe that every photograph you take is a masterpiece if it gives the viewer questions to think upon”, she says.

 

Garima Manocha

 

Her motivation to travel is her fascination with the rich heritage and culture our country has in abundance. It is a diverse land, to begin with. Every few kilometres, one is exposed to a different culture, custom, language and lifestyle. Her journey began with the vibrant city of Delhi and she has been travelling since. Her first trip was to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab. She was overwhelmed with serenity she felt in the abode of God. For that moment, she let go of the photographer in her and absorbed every ounce of positive aura around.

 

She has no particular preference when it comes to choosing between travelling solo or with a group. Owing to her full-time job as a CA, it is not possible for her to become a full-time traveller. However, she makes sure to manage ample amount of time to travel and click to her satisfaction. Her family has been very supportive and they have contributed immensely to her journey of following her passion for photography.

 

She is a well-planned traveller. She is keen to chart down all the available options and explores through books before she sets her foot for a journey. It’s always appropriate to be prepared for the journey so that you are thorough with all the aspects to be noted. Rajasthan, Kerala, Pondicherry, Amritsar, Leh and Ladakh are 5 must-visit places according to Garima!

 

As an ardent and experienced traveller, she believes the five must-haves when one is travelling are a first aid kit, a camera with spare batteries and memory cards for additional data storage, a sturdy backpack, physical fitness and a mobile network connection.

 

She loves travelling because it helps her break the monotony of life and liberates her soul. Travelling makes her experience the essence of the place she visits, the people she meets there and the stories she gets to hear from them.

 

She has covered 10 states of the country by now and feels a lot is left to explore and live through travelling! All her expeditions have taught her the most important lesson of life, which is to live life to the fullest while it lasts!

Words by Laveena Behl
Images by ©Garima Manocha

 

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Art | Blog

2 February 2018

Creative Head of the Week: Satbir Singh Waraich

Art is just like breathing is for every living being. The appetite to create can never stop just like a basic necessity for survival is his ‘approach to art’. Satbir Singh Waraich is a self-taught Artist, a computer graduate turned graphic designer and now identifies himself as a painter by profession. His impeccable ability to understand and balance his psyche and make peace with the fact that every stroke is either ‘pre-visualised’ or ‘an error’ is completely justifiable. He also points to the challenging part of making that error from anything to something (silently with strokes and flow).

 

Satbir takes an intricate understanding to his illustrations by painting and sketching. Visual art for him is anything the random human can capture (in the wake of life and reality) for seconds, minutes or a long timeless pause in front of anything and anywhere.

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Satbir Singh Waraich

 

Satbir has been best friends with art and illustrations since childhood being a single child in the family. Well aware of his gifted hands even though it has been only 6 years for him professionally, ‘it was a boy returning home not a hobby’, he says. I believe that Art should tell you something (but not everything).

 

‘I believe that Art should tell you something but not everything!’

His work stresses on ‘people’ and ‘eye contact’ which is the primary stage to be drawn to by us humans.

The artist indicates, while that ‘observant pause’ is extremely crucial and describes visual artistry, it is the layer of emotion which a human experiences and is more likely carry to his or her eternity.

Moreover, if the viewer is eager to open one’s bounded psyche, they’ll be able to identify the stories, guiding signs, hidden paths and written words. Look even closer you’ll find that Satbir paints in the form of small tiny drawings inside the faces and figures.

 

Astute observation skill set when he meets humans is one of his strongest skills, he says ‘humans are very much okay to shed a layer of emotion which artists seek and leech upon to use in his or her art’.

 

Satbir’s typical work process is nothing fancy or similar to a tailored process psyche of an art student. He has a ‘no tool process’ whereby he uses anything and everything from oil paints to water colours or may even end up tearing a sketch and then end up using it on a canvas.

Every day guides this painter differently, he likes riding bikes late at night around farms, collects books regardless of old or new and is currently trying his hands on learning piano. A tea and music lover, he refuses to give advice to his fellow humans. He says there is no point of advising someone when one doesn’t believe and recognise oneself from the inside, it’s a mere wastage of time when the brain is already full and knows what to do!

Words by Harpreet

 

Tangled Mirror

Merged Emotions

Monks

Pendent Protecters

Images by ©Satbir Singh Waraich

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Blog | Interviews | Photography

1 February 2018

Interview with Photographer: Navaneeth Unnikrishnan

Meet Navaneeth, an astrophotographer who captures the past by clicking the star systems. 

Navaneeth Unnikrishnan

 

Inspiro India: Tell us something about yourself and how did you start creating?

Navaneeth Unnikrishnan: I’m an astrophotographer from Kerala, but currently living in Manipal where I am pursuing media studies.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your amazing night sky shots and way of working?

NU: Most of my night sky images are shot either using a wide angle lens or telescopes at high focal length. Images shot using telescopes require multiple exposures to gain data from distant objects. Depending on the brightness of the object, the amount of time required to capture increases or decreases.

 

Andromeda Galaxy

 

Inspiro India: Did you face any problems while pursuing this field? How satisfied do you feel after working in this field?

NU: I have been lucky enough not to face any problems and I’m pretty happy with what I do.

 

Inspiro India: What is it about astrophotography that interests you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations and why?

NU: The thing about astrophotography that fascinates me is that you’re actually capturing the past, in the sense that the light captured by the sensor is emitted millions of years ago from the star system, but because of its distance from here, the light reaches now.

I like shooting from Spiti Valley, Ladakh and the Western Ghats because of lesser light pollution.

 

Inspiro India: If not this, what would have Navaneeth been doing?

NU: A desk job.

 

Inspiro India: What is typically in your camera bag while travelling?

NU: Canon 6D, Rokinon 14mm, Canon 50mm 1.8, Tamron 70-200mm and a Manfrotto tripod.

 

Inspiro India: Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in astrophotography? What are you looking forward to purchasing next?

NU: Passion and practice. A Canon 85mm 1.2 lens.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become during childhood? What dream is still on your bucket list?

NU: As a kid, I wanted to grow up and be a pilot. To work for National Geographic magazine is still on my bucket list.

 

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow and the equipment that you use?

NU: For images shot using telescopes, it is first stacked using softwares such as Pixinsight or Deep Sky Stacker. The result from that is imported to Photoshop and further worked on. For wide angle images, they are usually processed using Lightroom or Photoshop. I use a Canon 6D and Canon 1100D (IR modded), Rokinon 14mm, Canon 50mm 1.8, Tamron 70-200mm, Manfrotto tripod, Canon 24mm, Canon 100-400mm, Nexstar 8se telescope and Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount.

Jupiter

Milkyway and Key Monastery, Spiti Valley

Milkyway and antares region – Kaza, Himachal Pradesh

Moon

Milkyway detailed Panorama – Kaza, Himachal Pradesh

Milkyway – Mahe

Orion Nebula and Running Man Nebula

Pleiades

Sadr Region

Photos by ©Navaneeth Unnikrishnan

 

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

NU: Follow your passion and do what your heart tells you to do.

 

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Blog | Travel

29 January 2018

To travel is to to discover one’s inner self for this week’s. | Traveller of the Week: Gursimran Basra

Gursimran Basra is a full-time Senior Business Analyst working with EXL Service in Noida for 3 years now. He has a passion for travelling and clicking photographs which he believes will eventually become his memories in the future.

 

During his post graduation at BIT Mesra in Ranchi, a turning point in his life which opened his eyes which ultimately motivated him to travel. ‘The beauty of the campus aroused the creative side of mine which ultimately turned into travelling’, he says.

It led to frequent trips to Kolkata from which is about 9 hours of journey from Ranchi.

 

Gursimran prefers to travel solo. He has done a number of trips which include his latest trip to Bhutan in December for 6 days.

 

Gursimran Basra

 

He does not despise group travels. Meeting new people is interesting as well as a helps in learning a lot about life Basra says.

 

A part-time traveller, he works full-time for Healthcare Insurance Domain which ultimately makes him a planned traveller. He says a lot of planning is involved!

 

 

According to Gursimran, his 5 must-visit places are Kolkata, Kerala, Banaras, Pushkar and Darjeeling which are quite accessible to people looking for travelling in the country itself.

 

His 4 must-haves are to be well noted as well which includes a power bank, a good camera phone, earphones or headphones and slippers for comfortable travels.

 

Time devoted to his heart is what Gursimran Basra enjoys the most whilst travelling! He loves indulging in the surroundings, loves to explore the culture as well as the people and others places at the location.

 

The travel lover has travelled to 14 states so far and 3 countries which include Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Singapore. Sri Lanka to be the most loved out of the three!

 

 

 

A story from Pushkar, Rajasthan is where this incident happened at. Gursimran met a boy named Sangeet who belongs to a family who travels to Pushkar every year during the ‘mela’ to sell their Camels. The traveller adds, he is still in touch with Sangeet for 3 years now! To see him grow up is a wonderful feeling to the traveller. He says, the boy is like family now!

 

One life lesson the traveller has learnt till now is that, ‘That you belong to yourself. All you do is for your heart.’

No matter one does in life, one should always get time for oneself to identify one’s inner self and understand one’s, own heart!

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Gursimran Basra

 

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