Tag Archives: Mumbai

By

Inspiro India Official

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)

~ Follow us on Instagram @inspiroindia and use hashtag #inspiroindia or write to us at info@inspiroindia.com ~

 

©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

 

Check out our previous series of inspiring images here – iidailyinspiration#149

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog | Travel

12 February 2018

Travelling isn’t killing time, it is self exploration says this week’s | Traveller of the Week: Niharika Arora

Niharika Arora is a 23-year old traveller who tries to squeeze in a travel whenever she gets the chance to escape from her studies of architecture. She considers herself to be a generally confused soul who is still trying to figure out what life is all about, and that’s how she chose her social media handles, ‘the_iffy_explorer’. She loves travelling through the mesh of self-exploration, where she plays the role of an architect who loves to write poetry, take photographs and travel.

 

Niharika Arora

 

 

Chhitkul, Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal

Rann of Kutch, Gujarat

Kochi, Kerala

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Bandra-Worli Sea Link, Mumbai

Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Cape Town, South Africa

 

She has come a long way from when the travel bug first bit her, back when she went for a family holiday to Cape Town in South Africa. It was only after that she began to love travelling and saw it as something more than killing time or vacationing. Though her time in Cape Town was very different from how she lives to travel now, it was the trip that ignited the desire within her to explore the world. “It will always be an unforgettable trip for me since it was here that I became aware of my dream to travel.”

 

Niharika’s top 5 travel destinations are Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh, an underrated paradise; Pokhara in Nepal, a mind soothing place; Alleppey in Kerala, a place that gives the full tropical experience; Cape Town in South Africa, the beautiful city where she fell in love with traveling, and Gangtok, a gem in the north-east. These are just a few places across Niharika’s endless list. She has travelled to over 15 states in India, but insists she has many more cities to cover!

 

While travelling Niharika recommends one to invest in a good backpack, a tent, some good travel apps, a hardy toilet kit, a notebook and camera to record our unforgettable experiences! One such experience for her was in Chhitkul, Himachal Pradesh. She was on the most dangerous road in the world. While finding her way around, she reached a steep cliff and another time a graveyard. After driving for 3 hours, she finally reaches 6 am but had to sleep inside her car as it was freezing outside. She remembers falling asleep while hoping she wouldn’t wake up due to hypothermia!

 

“I’m at the stage where I would love to be a full-time traveller”, said Niharika. What she loves about travelling is that it is self-exploratory for her. It makes her aware of her own actions and desires, one of the reasons she loves travelling alone, plus, the only person’s tantrums who you must handle are your own! Niharika confesses she is more of a planned traveller, especially it’s a non-touristy place, just to get a lay of the land. But once she’s there, she spends her time as she pleases. Since she’s an aspiring architect, Niharika loves learning about various vernacular techniques of different regions. This helps her understand an area better. She especially loves travelling to places that are people-oriented. “It gives me way more satisfaction, it gives me more memories to cherish”, she says.

 

A trip that has had a lasting impact and taught her something extraordinary was at a time when she was watching a beautiful sunrise at Sarankot in Pokhara, Nepal. As she sat watching the sun dip lower, and as the rays danced on the tips of her skin, she felt an overwhelming sense of care for everything around her – the people, places, sounds. She remembers feeling like a soggy piece of paper that let the water sieve through it and got drenched in the process. The traveller was mesmerized by the beauty of the sunrise, could not believe something so beautiful happened every single day.

Words by Nitya Kuthiala
Images by ©Niharika Arora

 

Follow Niharika:  Instagram | Facebook | Youtube

 

Check out latest edition of Inspiro India magazine – here

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

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.

 

Follow Mira: Instagram | Website

 

Check out latest edition of Inspiro India magazine – here

 

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog | Travel

22 January 2018

Travel is liberating for his soul, discovering himself one travel at a time. | Traveller of the Week: Siddharth Soni

Siddharth Soni is a Delhi based architect who tries to juggle his life between a full-time corporate job and his passion for photography along with exploring the Himalayas. A trekking and mountain climbing enthusiast, he finds himself at ease in crowded streets, documenting lives and different cultures around him. A graduate of Cornell University, USA, he has been a passionate architect practising for years now. He also reckons photography, travel explorations and documentaries to be his true calling!

 

Travelling started quite unexpectedly for this one. Back in 2002 when he had just started college, his father pushed him to get out of his comfort zone and persuaded him to go on a Himalayan Trek, ‘The Valley of Flowers’. With no knowledge about trekking, it also happened to be his first solo trip! “I had little idea about what to expect. I did make some really good friends though and in a way, found myself in the middle of nowhere. Where I least expected it. A spark was lit and I promptly returned the next year, and it soon developed into a passion”, he says.

 

Siddharth Soni

 

The now well-versed traveller is comfortable with both group and solo travel expeditions. It started out with travelling with a group of 2-3 very close friends but he also believes solo trips to be great. “Most people never take the risk of solo and play it safe by going in a group. But then they don’t know what they are missing out on!”, says the traveller.

 

A part-time globe-trotter, he travels and tries to balance his full-time corporate job which often requires working overtime as well as tight deadlines. Notorious for convincing people to go on road trips, treks and to even quit their jobs to travel, Siddharth wants people around him to explore more and get out of the conventional city life.

 

The traveller is has been to every state in the country except for the North East, Bengal and Kerala. His 5 must-visit destinations include Ladakh, Rajasthan, Bolivia, Italy and Nepal. The landscape, heritage and cultural diversity at these places is like nowhere else on the planet.

A methodical planner, he often reads thoroughly about the places he intends to visit and does background research in order to not waste time figuring things out later. He draws his own maps, itineraries which often helps him manage his time. Spontaneous trips have often led him to waste time figuring things as well as bad experiences.

 

The Summit Ascent – Altitude 5200m, Stok Kangri Expedition

Varanasi

Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal – Main Summit

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Pangong Tso Lake

Barren mountains as seen from Shanti Stupa, Leh

Trishul Summit, Roopkund Trek

Crumbling Facades, Mumbai

Markha Valley, Stok Kangri Expedition

Varanasi

 

Soni believes, attitude and mindset to travel are what counts for one’s own betterment. ‘To try and push yourself and explore your own limitations. To talk to people and share stories and experiences’, he says. He travels with his DSLR camera, GoPro, hiking boots and his shorts, everything else being flexible!

 

Siddarth enjoys the quest to explore, observe and absorb. Wherever he goes, he tries to become a local to explore things like a local. Travelling is liberating for this traveller soul, to be a traveller and not a tourist is what is more important to him. He discovers himself whilst travelling. He says, “It has made me comfortable in all sorts of environments more sensitive towards, people and different cultures. Besides, there is no right or wrong way to travel. It is a means of personal expression and experience, unique for each person.”

 

One life lesson he has learnt is, “The small and temporal nature of our lives and problems in the larger scheme of things in life. To live in the moment and thoroughly cherish each moment for what it is”.

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Siddharth Soni

 

Follow Siddharth:  Instagram | Website

Check out latest edition of Inspiro India magazine – here

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog | Travel

15 January 2018

Know how travel works as a therapy for this week’s | Traveller of the Week: Tushar Panchal

Tushar Panchal, a 24-year-old is a Digital Account Manager at The Minimalist. An engineering dropout, the emotional sense of freedom and curiosity to capture untrodden places became his motivation to travel. His initial excursions were not initiated by passion but work. His first trip was to Hampi, a trip to Bellary for a client meeting, He wrapped up is work as soon as he could and went to Hospet bus station. At a public toilet, he went through a quick change of clothes and started his journey to Hampi.

He then covered the entire Hampi ruins and heritage sites within a duration of 6 hours. This is how he successfully completed his first trip with a second-hand DSLR he bought on OLX.

 

Tushar Panchal

 

Panchal has no specific preference when it comes to travelling, he can travel solo or in a group which entirely depends on the destination and the travel budget for the same. Not a full-time traveller, he has a full-time job and at times it gets tedious to take out time for travelling. He has sacrificed three jobs to fulfil his zeal to travel. His family doesn’t find his travelling agreeable because they are aloof from this field, and at times they are completely unaware of the places he travels to. This at times, causes friction, but nonetheless, doesn’t stop him from continuing on this path.

 

He has covered almost 13-14 states and 2 Union territories (Daman and New Delhi) but has yet to explore places outside India. His favourite travel destinations within India are- Spiti Valley, Hampi, Varanasi (which he plans to visit soon), Srinagar, Ladakh and Gokarna, which can be called “Corsica of India”. His favourite international destinations include Banff National Park, Norway, Iceland, Patagonia and Alaska.

According to him, the five must-haves on every trip are good shoes, sufficient amount of water, a camera kit and a Swiss knife.

 

The freedom to savour any natural landscape in its most raw form is what Tushar feels every traveller enjoys the most. Apart from that, every excursion is an escape from the bubbling social life we all live in urban spaces. For a person like him who lives in Mumbai, travelling becomes a therapy. Instead of going to a psychiatrist or counsellor and venting out your anxieties, Tushar feels, he visits different destinations and talks to them. It’s a conversational bond he develops with the destinations he visits; the thought might sound hippie but in this case, it is true! His upbringing amidst the chaotic life of Mumbai instigated an itch to document the serenity of calm spaces.

 

 

The plethora of experiences he has had while travelling has gained him multiple experiences which cannot be squeezed into a text. To roughly sum it up, he shares two quotes from “Into the Wild”, the first goes like this, “It is important in life not to be strong but to feel strong. At least once you need to measure yourself in the very ancient of human conditions”, and the second says, “If you admit that human life can be ruled by a reason, the possibility of life is destroyed”.

Words by Laveena Behl
Images by ©Tushar Panchal

 

Follow Tushar:  Instagram

Check out latest edition of Inspiro India magazine – here

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog | Travel

23 December 2017

Journey of a lifetime, an epic bike ride to the ‘Seven Sister States’ of India

Having completed many bike trips, here is a breakdown of Ankit Negi’s ‘North-East India Bike Trip’ from earlier this year.

 

All excited for a trip to the ‘Seven Sister States’, he wakes up early, packs his stuff and is ready to roll! He sets-up the luggage on the bikes. Since it is Day 1, organising stuff becomes a hassle. The first halt is none other than Kaziranga National Park, the roads to Kaziranga are exceptional, with few initial ghats entire stretch is in plains with good quality of roads.

 

In no time, its time for breakfast, desi style mutter paneer, paratha, omelette and a glass full of milk at a roadside dhaba!

 

Trip meter reading is approximately 250 km on the NH715.

An evening jeep safari for the National Park has already been booked. A perfect timing of the year to spot wildlife, the guide mentions spotting a full-size Royal Bengal Tiger a day before!

 

The safari is successful, he spots greater one-horned rhinos, wild elephants, several species of antelopes and deer.

 

Day 6, approximately 310 km on the odometer, Ankit bids farewell to Assam and gears up for Meghalaya. After covering about 270 odd kilometres, he finally reaches Umiam Lake around 4.30 PM. The sun was about to set over the lake.

Almost dark, we leave the lake, Shillong is only about an hour ride from the lake.

Not a normal hill town, there is traffic everywhere, some complex to one-way streets with no parking to be found anywhere

Riding across from one street to another in search for some reasonable hotels, however, Shillong proved to be pretty expensive.  A guy on a ‘Hero Impulse’ bike spots him and helps in finding a budget hotel in the expensive town.

 

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh

Assam

Majuli Island, Assam

Manipur

Meghalaya

Caves of Meghalaya

Mizoram

Nagaland

Tripura

Photos by Ankit Negi

 

Travel Day 7, the odometer now reads 650 km, a long day, today Inner-Line Permits for the remaining North-East States (Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh) is secured!

Now the main challenge, riding back to the Shillong city!

The Sun is down and the temperature dip is significant, riding back in a single layer of clothing with freezing hands and feet is fun too.

 

 

Travel Day 8, 710 km, next location is Cherrapunjee!

The route from Shillong to Cherrapunjee highlights the dense rain forests, amazing waterfalls of Meghalaya.

The month of March and it has already started raining here, well it’s Cherrapunjee! The hike starts, the target is to reach Nongrait Village, where lies the infamous Double Decker Living Root Bridge.

First Living bridge!

The forefathers of Khasi tribe were the original architects of living root bridges. Khasi tribe is one of the prominent tribes of Meghalaya.

 

Day 9, trip meter reading crosses 700 km, the most challenging part of the trek is to climb more than 3000 vertical stairs! This is achieved in around 2 hours, less than average time is taken, not to forget!

 

Next day, reaching the underworld, heading for some serious caving exploration. There are many caves in Meghalaya, it also has the largest cave network found in the Indian-Subcontinent.

However, Mawmluh Cave is a network of 7 km of natural underground tunnels. We climb a bit to enter the underworld. We have no idea what awaits us!

Waist height water crossings, a bit of rock climbing, crawling narrow passage to move any further as well.

And to add, there are large water holes throughout the patch, one wrong move and you’re stuck!

The day is not over yet, a visit to the tallest plunge waterfall in India, ‘Nohkalikai Falls’, Cherrapunjee.

 

Leaving for Dawki, it is famous for its boating in crystal clear waters of the Umngot river. 900 km down, he reaches Dawki in the evening and finds the place too crowded, later realising tourists from Bangladesh visit too!

 

Planning to camp on the riverside, a secluded place away from most of the tourists. Shnongpdeng around 10 km north of Dawki proves to be the perfect place for camping! A local named James takes cares of everything, homemade dinner, bonfire, starry night and the soothing sound of the river.

 

Day 14, Unakoti, Tripura which is famous for its rock structures carved on hills! Many folk stories associated with it nonetheless.

Unakoti’s name refers to the number of Gods turned into stone by the angry Shiva. i.e one less than a crore.

Allowed to pitch tents in the tea garden of Tripura, next morning is made to explore the tea gardens.

 

2280 km, somewhere in Mizoram, an interesting observation, the number of kids spotted on the entire journey.

Day 22, offroading into Mizoram makes one tired pretty quickly, and what else is required than fresh fruits to regain the energy?

 

One suggestion from everyone right from planning days was never riding after dark in Northeast India.

 

Day 24, exploring the local market of Myanmar and a beautiful local monastery! 3 days later, Nagaland, leaving for Dzukou Valley trek which is one of the scenic treks in North East India. Surprised to find a fully functional rest house at the top of the valley, it starts raining heavily, a glass of hot milk with an omelette sandwich couldn’t have been any better at that stage!

 

Majuli – largest River Island in the world, day 30!

Situated in Assam, a river island in between the mighty Brahmaputra River and the only ‘Island District’ in India.

Owing to its remote connectivity from the external world, it’s a different world out here. Rich in its cultures and old traditions, this place is gold-mine when in terms of community or culture-based tourism!

 

Travel Day 32, approximately 3700 Kms, Ziro Valley, a place where one will find a unique culture of ‘Facial Tattoos’!

 

 

 

Travel Day 35, 4250 Kms, en route the Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.

Suddenly, a clicking sound, the bike loses its power, the chain has broken! This is the first mechanical issue since in 30 days of riding! The day is saved with the help of Indian army and a returning biker group.

Now is day 36, Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh. Icy roads, skiddy tyres and chilly winds, managed to reach the notorious Sela Pass and take shelter in the Indian Army Cafeteria as the weather turns bad!

 

Travel day 40, 4485 km down, a quick selfie from the other side of India, Bumla Border Area in China.

 

It is day 44!

Trip meter reading is exactly 5127, Ankit Negi reaches Guwahati, loads his bike on the train and catches a flight back to Mumbai. The ride has been intense and also one of the most epic journeys of his life!

 

Check out latest edition of Inspiro India magazine – Download Free.

 

 

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog | Inspiration | Interviews

14 December 2017

Interview with Photographer: Pritham Denzil Dsouza

Meet Pritham Denzil Dsouza, a professional photographer based in Mangalore who is also a farmer. 

Pritham Denzil Dsouza

 

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

– My name is Pritham Denzil Dsouza, and I am professional photographer based in Mangalore. I am also a farmer, studied agriculture, belong to the first batch in India to be trained in simplified hydroponics (soilless cultivation) and was nominated for state awards in 2008 for the best progressive farmer.  I have also conducted workshops for farmers on integrated management practices and sustainable farming, organic farming. I also am a self-taught musician, began to play the guitar when I was 8 years old, die-hard heavy metal fanatic! And currently, play for India’s oldest death metal band called “dying embrace” based in Bangalore. We just had our 25th-anniversary gig in Bangalore in November last month. As a photographer, my travel photos have been published in travel lite magazine based in the Philippines, and BQ in Qatar, fashion in Mc Glory magazine based in the USA, and food photos, for  BBC good food India.

 

Inspiro India: Can you talk a bit about your remarkable portraits and way of working?

– Lightning is the key to making any portrait stand out. I usually love to shoot at ambient light, but using 1 light or Speedlite gives more dynamics to an image as I love hard shadows. when we decide on the shoot, its planned at least 2 months in advance, I need to decide on location, outfits and styling. So, everything you see is a culmination of over 60 days of pre-planning .

 

 

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

– Never had a problem so far, as almost all my shoots are done outside Mangalore or even few abroad. The only problems I have faced are lewd comments and moral policing on few of my photos on an Instagram account.

 

Inspiro India: What is it about Fashion photography and wedding photography that interest you the most? What are your top three favourite photography locations? and Why?

– In fashion photography, I love the glamour aspect, as fashion by default is all about that and a lot more! I see a lot of youngsters with cameras calling themselves fashion photographers and to be honest there is a massive difference in shooting portraits and fashion. To me, fashion photography is more about the fabric and cloth while portrait photography is all about mood and expressions. and that is why wedding photography inspires me the most, as it is my main source of income. I love to document weddings in a photo-journalistic manner, capturing a wide range of people’s emotions and expressions, non staged. It’s been an amazing experience as I have covered over 300 events in 8 countries and 16 cities in India so far.
3 favourite photography locations so far would be Kyoto in Japan for landscapes, coz it’s just beautiful during the fall season. Seychelle’s for fashion photography because it has some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and Lisbon in Portugal also for fashion and portraits coz every corner, street in Lisbon is overflowing with centuries of culture, architecture which would make environmental portraits look awesome.

 

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

– If not a photographer or musician, I would have been an organic farmer.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

– Photojournalistic: capture memories.

 

Inspiro India: You seem to be creative in so many different mediums. What keeps you inspired?

– Boredom! Seriously, that’s been a key motivating factor for me to keep involving myself in several projects and assignments.

 

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

– Again it comes to lighting, knowing the basics of camera settings and applying them to get the desired results. It’s not merely pointed and shoot as many people think. Composing photos involves “vision” which is key to making any photo. what comes next? only time will tell.

 

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

– As a child, I wanted to be a veterinary doctor as I love animals. I wish to travel all over the world, but mostly I want to explore my own country India as I need a lifetime for that.

 

Inspiro India: Out of all the photographs you have ever taken, which is your favourite and why?

– There are a lot of photographs I have clicked that are my favourites and they will be posted on Instagram, but it’s hard to pinpoint 1 favourite as I have clicked over 4,00,000 photos since the last 11 years or so. But in weddings the bridal dressing sessions and vidayi photos I absolutely love.

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? What camera/s do you shoot with? And your favourite lenses and other equipment that you use?

– I shoot images in RAW. after the shoot, I immediately transfer the photos to the hard disk and import in Lightroom. after editing the photos with my signature style I export them as high-resolution jpegs with 300 dpi and give them back to clients in a customised pen drive. The low res files I send private google plus links so they can share with their friends and family.
I currently shoot with 2 cameras. the Canon 1DX and Canon 1DX Mark II and the favourite lens I use EF 70-200 f 2.8 L IS II USM, 85 mm f 1.2 L II USM, 11-24 f 4 L USM, 35 mm f 1.4 L II USM, 24-70 f 2.8 L II USM, 100 mm f 2.8 L IS Macro USM and 135 mm f 2.0 L USM . I have few more other lenses as well.

Photos by ©Pritham Denzil Dsouza

 

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

– Be creative, be contemporary and evolve with the times yet not forgetting your old school ways.

 

Follow Pritham: Instagram | Website

 

Check out his full feature in Jan’17 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#34 – Download Free.

 

 

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog

6 December 2017

Blogger of the Week: Nikhil Kandhari

Nikhil is a full-time fashion stylist and consultant, a part-time fashion blogger and musician from Mumbai. His blog ‘I AM NKHL’ is a conglomerate of his styling projects, daily outfit inspirations, music and an occasional peek into his life. His blog stands out from the rest because he enunciates his views on fashion, music and travel with a tinge of personal touch. Nikhil labels his style quotient as ‘versatile’ because he can transition easily from street style one-day to formals the other. He manages to extract inspiration from everything around- be it from different eras and their celebrities, architecture, etc. The best part about inspiration is that it is limitless.

 

Nikhil Kandhari

 

Nikhil started his blog on 11th May 2016. His inclination towards fashion is a long-time affair, which started during his college days. Being a part of multiple fashion shows for college festivals and winning several awards made him find a more significant goal in the same arena. Thus, he remoulded his hobby into his passion and career.

 

Blogging for Nikhil is a vast, limitless space to express. Being a blogger, you have the onus to be the art director, stylist, model-all in one. Though it seems to be an entertaining task, it involves a lot of hard work, he says.

 

Nikhil shares his tale behind the name of the blog. He has been DJ’ing as well as producing music as ‘NKHL’ for 3 years and wanted it to be his identity, a singular badge for every venture of his. Also, it preserves his originality and he prefers to call it ‘I AM NKHL’ (pronounced as I am Nikhil). His audience ranges from the age of 15 to all the way to 35. They’re all amazing and support him ardently for all the content he produces, his highly engaging pictures are a good proof of this fact.

 

About his future plans, Nikhil shares
, ‘Honestly, I wish to grow and create an impact on the menswear market, and the work starts with my blog. I have many plans for 2018 but I can’t disclose anything as of yet. You’ll see it all and hopefully like them’.

 

Nikhil’s regular photography tool is his iPhone and the rest depends on his photographer’s choice of gear. Mohit Varu is his regular project partner but he works with others as well since experimenting leads to improvisation.

 

Nikhil shares his words of encouragement for people who wish to explore the field of blogging as a career. ‘Be passionate and confident, make sure to think like a businessman or businesswoman’, says the blogger. One has to learn to market oneself. The most important part is to be inspired but to establish a unique identity, not using copying as an approach stresses the versatile being!

Words by Laveena Behl
©Nikhil Kandhari

Follow Nikhil: Instagram | Website

 

“Inspiro India will be featuring bloggers every week irrespective of what they blog. To get featured on Inspiro India simply use ‘#iiblogger’ on Instagram ”

Check out latest edition of Inspiro India magazine – here

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog | Travel

2 December 2017

Exotic visual tour of Indian marvels | India in Pictures #002

India is a country where various dynasties have conquered and vanished through the centuries, but the beauty still remains in the form of architecture, food and people themselves!

Cultures, traditions, celebrations and manifolds of landscapes make every corner turn into a new discovery, be it a local or visitor!

Here is a series of visuals by Creative Heads from all over the country.

 

Banke Bihari Temple, Vrindavan // ©Ankit Kumar

 

Nandgaon, Uttar Pradesh // ©Mohit Tejpal

 

Dal Lake, Srinagar // ©Nissar Rafiquee

 

CST, Mumbai // ©Yash Sheth

 

Sam Dunes Jaisalmer // ©Tanvi Sharma

 

Pahalgam, Jammu & Kashmir // ©Manali Jain

 

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh  // ©Abhishek Kumar Singh

 

Bhabha Valley, Kinnaur // ©Ashish

 

Kochi // ©Ravinder Singh

 

Munnar, Kerala // ©Rejish

 

 

Featuring series of inspiring images by Creative Heads from all over the country as ‘India in Pictures’.

 

Rules to submit for ‘India in Pictures’ here .

 

Check out our previous series of inspiring images here – iidailyinspiration#147

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog | Travel

27 November 2017

Traveller of the Week: Neer Patra

Neer Patra has always been on a travelling spree, right from his school days in Varanasi to his graduation from Allahabad and then pursuing an MBA from IBS Hyderabad.

Originally from Odisha, Neer is an Investment Banker living in Delhi for the past 6 years. He has always wanted to visit as many places as possible in his lifetime which also happens to be his goal for now.

 

Neer Patra

 

Neer also wants other people to travel and explore our beautiful city, a reason why he started sharing images from his travels on social media. He also admits not everyone can visit every place, so he makes it a point to showcase them through photography. He doesn’t mention or portray himself to be a traveller or a photographer. He hardly takes his camera out when visiting a town and steers away from mentioning anything in his social media bio.

 

‘I think leaving for one place and then reaching another, where everything, people, culture, food everything is different from your last visited place and that’s motivation enough for anyone to go to new places and explore more’, says the explorer.

 

The cycle continues, it is deep-rooted in him since childhood which is why he can never stop exploring new places in the world. A thought vested in him during the times he’d visit his hometown twice a year whilst his father was posted in Varanasi, the entire 24-hour train journey passed through 3 different states. A long 6-7 hour road journey by bus crossed multiple villages. The constant travels to his hometown and his very first trip as a student to Chittaranjan, a small city in Bihar is where his love for travel was born! ‘If you talk about my very first trek or encounter with mountains, it was my schools days of grade 9 when I was NCC cadet and went to Dhanlauti in Uttarakhand for 11 days of trekking and camping’, he says.

 

Though not a full-time traveller, Patra loves his job and makes it a point to travel twice a month. Not so fond of travelling in big groups, hiring a travelling or trekking agency for his expeditions is a strict no-no. He loves travelling solo or with 1-2 people only if need be which is a personal choice as well.

He does admit travelling with a group to be good fun,  as one meets like-minded people which also helps in minimizing travelling expenses. ‘But I feel like going solo gives me a lot of confidence and helps me to believe in my own ability to make decisions. It makes me feel more independent’, says Neer Patra.

 

‘I always believe a well-planned travel cannot go haywire especially when you keep going to mountains, you have to have A or B plan ready’, says Neer. It makes a person mentally and physically strong to take on the challenges to be faced in the mountains. Sometimes a spontaneous trip may end up in emptying one’s pockets, where a planned trip is more budget friendly.

 

The traveller shoots with a Nikon D810 with a wide angle lens of 14-24 mm. He also likes to use his 85 mm lens which makes a part of his must-haves for travelling. A medicine kit, headlamps, GPS, some dry fruits and vitamin bars are a few essentials to carry along!

 

Patra loves trying local delicacies, learning their language and the culture and story associated with the place.

He has travelled to more than 20 states of the country and wishes to explore the northeast region of India. He is travelling to Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh next month, ticking off two states from the northeast!

He also deems Kerala and the ‘Seven Sisters of India’ to be a must visit for all the travellers out there, not to forget, Norway and Greenland if you’re planning an international trip!

 

Taj Mahal, Agra

Varanasi

Zanskar River

Nubra Valley

Chadar Trek

Key Monastery, Spiti

Stok Kangri

Varanasi Assi Ghat

Chadar Trek

 

One of many interesting stories during his travel was during his recent expedition to ‘Stok Kangari’. Not sure if he’d be able to reach the top, he was told by many locals that he’d be the first one in this year to climb in the month of May. Where half of the climbers returned half way from the incredibly tough trek as said by the locals, he kept going only because he was travelling solo with a local guide and porter-cum-cook!

‘It wouldn’t have been possible if we had come here with a group because in the mountains, most of the time you end giving up only because the fellow trekker has given up’, said the local guide to Patra once they were on the top!

 

Last but not the least, ‘The world is beautiful and you cannot see everything in your one life’, is what Neer Patra has learnt from his years travelling around the country.

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Neer Patra

 

Follow Neer:  Instagram | Facebook

Check out latest edition of Inspiro India magazine – here

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine
By

Inspiro India Official

Blog | Photography

24 November 2017

Creative Head of the week: Nupur Singh

Nupur Singh hails from National Institute of Fashion Technology in Mumbai. She learnt Fashion Photography in college but never entirely picked it up until she joined Instagram in 2013.

A platform to share her photos and stay up to date with what her friends were doing got her in the mood!

 

She started liking neat frames once she realised Instagram was much more than a social media application. It was full of

designers, artists, photographers, bakers, video-makers, bloggers and content creators sparking the inspiration instantly.

 

Nupur is all in for expression, ‘I want to express to the world my liking for food, for ordinary doors and walls, for flowers. I want to express my troubled thoughts. I want to express my fashion sense. I want to express what I think looks good’. Hence, she creates her expressions in the form of pictures!

 

She looks for a story in her pictures, where the subject came from, how the subject poses and what compliments the subject.

For instance, whilst styling a dish, she makes sure to play around with a few ingredients on the side to give the viewer the feel of how it was prepared.

 

Nupur doesn’t follow any rules while preparing frames, whatever feels right in the moment gets her attention and on work to create pictures. The elements are kept ready before every shoot, however, the composition of those is done spontaneously!

 

A Canon 60D semi-professional camera, coupled with 50mm f/1.8  and 24mm f/2.8 lenses make the cut to her photography gear.

She shoots in raw format, following which her pictures go through four stages of editing – Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, VSCO and finally some minor Instagram adjustments.

 

 

The online creative community inspires her the most. Appreciations and compliments from followers on Instagram,

inspires her to become even better. ‘You see, inspiration is everywhere. One just has to find it!’, says Nupur Singh.

 

Photos by ©Nupur Singh

Follow Nupur: Instagram 

 

“Inspiro India will be featuring bloggers every week irrespective of what they blog. To get featured on Inspiro India simply use ‘#iiblogger’ on Instagram ”

 

Check out his full feature in April’17 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#37 – Download Free.

 

 

 

Submit your work for upcoming issue of Inspiro India Magazine