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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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Kasol, Parvati Valley

 

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.

 

 

Images by ©Radhika Sharma

 

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18 January 2017

Best of 2016 | #inspiroindia

Best of 2016 Inspiro India.
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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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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!

 

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28 March 2016

Ride to Taj : Taj Mahal

The ride Experience- straight from the mouth of the traveler

Two crazy friends started the journey from Delhi to The Taj Mahal and then back to Delhi in one day.

In one of the friend’s own words:

“We started from Delhi. First of all, we rented a bike. We considered private transport the best because we had planned to go, explore and come back in a day. We started from Delhi and headed towards Gurgaon. Then we drove to Faridabad heading our way towards Mathura moving on to Agra and then finally the destination- The Taj Mahal. This route is not as easy as it seems. We need to have few things handy- a scarf to cover the face, sunglasses, glares which are night specific as well because of the dust through the route and of course, a water bottle should always be with you. If personal vehicle is what you are going by, you must be quite good at driving considering the traffic, rush and the roads.

 

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Well. Coming back to our ride, it took us a total span of 4 hours and 25 minutes from Gurgaon to The Taj Mahal on bike. The day was sunny and clear. Thus, it was not very tough to ride. By the time we reached Agra, we were quite tired. So, we stopped at a local shop and had lemon water. After having lemon water, we again started for The Taj Mahal. In some time, we reached The Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal witnessed immense beauty and moderate crowd. The crowd had people from different regions of the world. It included foreign tourists, tourists from around the country and some local crowd. It is really important to mention here that the local crowd there was very supportive and helpful.

Once we reached The Taj Mahal, we headed inside and I was ready with my Camera to take some shots. We both were really excited to see The Majestic Taj- the symbol of love- the pride and honor of the nation- one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We roamed in and around The Taj and pictures which I am delighted to share with you all. After we stepped out from The Taj, we went out to a local restaurant to eat which was really a delight because we were quite hungry by that time. After having food, we started back for Delhi and it took us exactly 4 hours and 7 min to reach back.”

 

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Gifts for an Art Lover

Dipped in art and architecture the beautiful city of Agra is one of the best specimens of art and architecture in the country.  Most of the art galleries in Agra are a place for exhibition of Visual Art, Paintings, Photographs, Illustrations, Applied Art, Sculptures, and music Concerts & Poetry readings. Since the city has a long and strong historical significance be it in the field of art, architecture, sculpture or poetry the museums and art galleries are filled with some of the best works ever produced. The city of Agra boasts of some of the finest museums and art galleries in India.

It houses two of the best places of art and artifacts in the country, namely the Spiritual Museum and The Taj Mahal Museum. The Taj Mahal museum is set just beside The Taj Mahal. This museum is home to some of the original drawings and detailed plans of the layout of the Taj Mahal. Some of the highlights of this museum include precious gems and stones, along with historic artifacts.

A peaceful place for the lover of arts is the Spiritual Museum in Agra. This monument provides splendid views of the grandeur of the Taj Mahal. This art gallery in Agra is characterized with local religious treasures.

 

 

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28 March 2016

Living Double Decker Root bridge by Asutosh Kashyap

During the midst of the year 2014, I went through the episodes of NatGeo Covershot, there was a task at the double Decker root bridge and according to the words of the contestants that task proved to be one of the toughest trekking task they have ever went through. So those verses stroke my mind to visit that natural phenomena ( the living bridge) . I waited for my exams to get over, and thus it ended and my urge was more to go for that tough route. I was very confident. It was a working day, I started my journey early morning, my driver said it’s a four hours journey surpassing the capital of Meghalaya. We went off towards my destination with music and negotiations with the driver, his experiences in driving and places he visited. I got to know that he was a driver at our Honorable Chief Minister’s Vehicle. We continued, the journey was pleasant because of the weather and the safe drive way roads and I would like to mention the beautiful natural beauty that we passed by. And by mid-day we reached Cherrapunjji.

 

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The place is beautiful, very beautiful indeed. Now ,there, we have faced a problem. It was the time tourist come across from all over the world and we were into a situation where we were out of hospitality and even food. We weren’t familiar to their environment. For another 3 hours we searched for a place to stay. We only got luxurious hotels costing 6000 bucks in Indian currency for only a day. We thought of sleeping inside the car. But while returning to a safe place for parking car we found a lodge, it seemed to be a normal lodge. I had asked a 2 bedded seat, and it costed me a 1000 bucks for a day, and I paid the bill, and at last I could take sigh of relief. We ate our dinner with two bottles of beer and some chicken wings. And the day ended with early night sleep. The very next day we were prepared, we started our journey at 5 o’clock in the early morning. The journey to the bridge in the car was very tricky, the route was pretty stiff and very dangerous on the hills of Khasi and Jaintia Hills. The environment was humid and comparatively colder. We had to put our car on top of the hill and we needed to walk downstream on the khasi hills towards jaintia Hills. The walking journey was totally on foot for atleast 5 kilometers. After few rounds on the khasi hills we reached the actual route towards Living root bridge, and the only way to reach there was to go through slippery steps

 

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But my confidence was much more than my phobia. I was dressed very casually and carried my camera, with some equipments and my wallet and my phone inside a small hand bag. I was walking and walking alone on the woods of khasi hills, and I could figure out lot of reptiles, amphibians, birds, etc during my walk through those slippery steps. And I was walking and walking, and world was not coming to an end. I climbed on a rope bridge, and again I was walking ahead with lot of water I consumed as I was exhausted walking for 3 hours. At one point, I was at the side of the khasi hills, I could see the jaintia hills on the other part and with the tiny water flow I figured out the root bridge and I was shocked and was totally petrified if i would be able to make it? Or this is my very last journey. With all these thoughts, I continued walking again. I reached an end where two rope bridges were in front of me and there I surrendered. I was exhausted and my whole body was in pain and sweating like my morning bath. I sat on a rock and was literally sleeping, then after some passing minutes, a short man with a dagger wearing very less clothes came from those rocks. I got real scared and the big knife frightened me more. I was shivering, he came towards me and spoke something in khasi and he mentioned root bridge, I directly said Yes! Without a thought in my mind, he waved me to follow him to the direction, I followed him but still I was little afraid. And after more than one and a half hour journey I reached my destination, and trust me this was triumphant. I took some shots and had a bath in the stream beneath the bridge.

 

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There, I negotiated with two foreigners – one from Australia and the other one from England. The village where it was located was Tyma Village. The people were very friendly but they didn’t know English or Hindi, they just knew Khasi. After some negotiation, I packed myself to get back to my car, the same journey repeated again and this time it was tougher as it was upstream, spreading all my energy on my feet.I walked along. At last, I came to my car and counted the steps, it was like 8000 steps in one way and like 4.64 kilometre into the woods . It was real exhausting, The bridge was made up from a rubber tree roots Ficus elastic. And ,thus,I returned to my home with memories.

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Inspiro India Official

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28 March 2016

Artist of the Month| July’15|Illustrator : Nilomee Jesrani

Nilomee Jesrani : Things come to you naturally because after all, destiny is destiny..!! To our artist of the month, things actually came naturally and visually. It was quite simple, She would get excited about executing ideas for art and illustration when She saw things that inspired her. Like we have always said, inspiration is the biggest motivation one can ever get..!!

As all artists face situations where they feel their work starts resembling their inspiration, but the more they draw, the more personal it becomes, and then a STYLE emerges, similar happened with our artist of the month. For a while, She felt that She didn’t have a STYLE till someone pointed it out to her. ‘Style’ could mean anything your choice of colours, the tools you use, the way you draw details, the subject etc. Her work reflects who she is. She loves trees, birds, animals etc. And she like colours. She also tends to day dream quite a bit-

 

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A DAY DREAMER- best of a creative soul..!! And her love for illustrations-she has been drawing since she could hold a crayon, and she never knew it was called ‘illustration’ till she went to Art/Design school. She likes it because she gets to define her rules in what she illustrates and gets to break them in her own way. She sees it as a form of expression, and a way to bring together her love for colour and drawing. She doesn’t have a set process. She process is defined by the medium. To do digital illustrations, she dives right in. She makes quick rough on Photoshop, and draws over it in. Usually the end result looks very different from the rough sketch.

 

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THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE-

It was her  first film ‘The Runaway Circle’.She studies Animation at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. As her first independent project, she had to come up with a story, animate it, add sound, edit it etc. It involved bringing together her  skills as an artist and tested her  at many levels. The film is about a chalk circle that runs away from a (blackboard) duster that wants to erase it. In the end she had a really good time making it, but she struggled with finding the right ending to the story till the right idea hit her and then it all fell into place.

 

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INNER SATISFACTION OF LOVE FOR WORK-

She is not satisfied with on a daily basis but it is natural. As an artist, you tend to constantly question your skills, but when she works and gets ready absorbed in an illustration, she looses track of time and feels happy with what she is doing. After she finishes it, the feeling of SATISFACTION she gets is amazing.

She wants to learn illustrate with paper. She has been meaning to do that for a long time because it involves using her hands and crafts skills. She tends to stick to digital because of the bright colours she can use on a computer, but she knows that it’s possible to achieve something as beautiful and crafty even out of paper. She also wants to try painting on canvas with acrylics. She loves the matte finish they give.

 

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THE WISE ADVICE-

Learn how to get your work out and how to share it on social media. Loom around and look at every opportunity to put your work on things. Think about the other skills you need to pick up to put your work on a new platform and learn them.”

You can find more of her work here: Website
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Inspiro India Official

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28 March 2016

Ganpati Series : illustrations by Siba Sahu

It is rightly said, “You are actually born the day you find out why?” About our artist, it was the series of pursuing his hobby which made him realize his goal. It was his hobby of scribbling which turned into beautiful illustrations. And of course, wherever there are colors, there is something creative. “Go with the flow” is probably suits our artist the best. He used to flow with the theme or trend to showcase his works. Ganpati name series was usually dedicated to his lovely followers. After number of request flown, so he decided to go with more Ganesha typo series. Work processed by brain and his hand.

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