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18 October 2017

Blogger of the Week: Neha Menghwani

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

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

 

Neha, a Design and Styling Head at a high fashion label has always been interested in fashion. She realised at a very young age that style would always dominate her life no matter what.

A studious kid, the now blogger topped Mumbai University but she never got the encouragement to study fashion. However, she ended up following her heart and entered the fashion industry, incorporating her passion with her job.

 

Neha blogs predominantly about her personal style and how she dresses on a day to day basis along with a few magnified looks.

She describes her style to be very basic but wearing them differently to add her own twist to it. She says, ‘It’s all about styling, and that’s what I give tips about on my blog. I also include a “Pro Tip” in every blog post’.

The young stylist believes styling key pieces to be her biggest strength. She wears garments differently than people normally would. Her style is raw, edgy, street chic, extra, colourful, tonal and much more!

 

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‘I would say I am head to toe well styled – meaning every garment and accessory is playing a part and contributing to the whole look’, emphasizes Neha. A style chameleon, she gets really excited and tries out something new every single time.

Having said that, the young blogger takes inspiration from street style photographs she spots on Instagram and Pinterest. Every individual creates a unique look and wears clothes differently according to the fashionista. There’s so much creativity which gets her mind working and right back styling.

 

Fairly new to starting a blog but not new to styling, Neha decided to document her style when fashion insiders from the fashion industry kept complimenting her amazing style!

Stylessential, a blog name which also describes what the stylist believes in, ‘Style Is Essential’, a sense of style is something an individual has and will always have, says the stylist. Good styling can make the most unflattering garment look amazing stresses Neha! She also wishes to expand her blog into beauty and travel related stories.

 

Not to forget, a majority of her followers are based in India which consists of college students, fashion students, aspiring bloggers and also working professionals.

 

To click pictures, Neha uses a HTC phone or a friend’s iPhone and also adds that only 10% of the pictures for the blog are taken with a DSLR. ‘I edit all my pictures myself and that’s really where the magic happens’, says the blogger.

 

Great at blogging her style, she admits it is challenging as well. The fact that she can inspire people to go the extra mile when it comes to dressing oneself also gives her a high when she wears certain apparels and blogs about them! It is hard to be regular with blogging along with having a killer Instagram account and a full-time job but nonetheless, she loves it!

Words by Harpreet
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10 October 2017

Desi Aunty Series By Megha Sharma

Megha Sharma is a self-taught, 20-year old illustrator obsessed with galaxies, making art, reading books and enjoying food and tea! Megha started making art in her second year of college and then there was no looking back to the point where she says, people may find it cliche when she says it has become a part of who she is now!

A sucker for stationery, she shows love to both digital and traditional art, also trying to make a living out of her passion.

The idea behind the ‘Desi Aunty Series’ hit her during one of her visits to the local salon. The first reaction she got from the neighbourhood parlour aunty was, ‘Haww! Itni growth leke aaye ho! Whilst bearing the pain from the waxing strips, I kept thinking of making a series and the ideas kept coming up’, says the swift thinker. The quirky illustrator starts with a rough sketch and then jots down ideas. Changes are made as the illustrations form sense along with content formation. A final drawing on paper, scanning via phone and ultimately vectorizing in the laptop, further polishing and colouring take place. She works with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop with her Wacom Intuos graphic pad.

 

Relative aunty

Bank wali Aunty

Parlour wali aunty

Kaam wali Aunty

Padosi Aunty

Metro Aunty

Series by ©Megha Sharma 

 

The young illustrator finds inspiration online, observing artists every day and eventually grabbing something from them. She says, ‘I feel I have so much to learn from the artists out there. It scares me and makes me happy at the same time. Weird, I know.’ She draws inspiration from regular people which also form the inspiration for this close to home, everyday women’s life-based series. ‘So, I just try to keep my eyes and ears open all the time and look for inspiration’, says Megha Sharma. 
 Megha took about 7-10 days to complete the series. Steering away from ‘Aunty’ cliches, She came up with a new series called ‘Bank Wali Aunty’ which is much more relatable and not like every other post on ‘Aunties’!

Words by Harpreet

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9 October 2017

iidailyinspiration #140

Featuring series of inspiring images by creative heads from all over the world every day as ‘iidailyinspiration’.

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26 September 2017

iidailyinspiration #139

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25 September 2017

iidailyinspiration #138

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22 August 2017

Outstanding pictures of Solar Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017 has passed all over US.
Here is Inspiro India’s selection of the best pictures from the eclipse, taken by people across the country.

 

As seen from Oregon

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Grand Teton & eclipse

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as seen from Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Ring Of Fire as seen from Grand Teton National Park

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moon’s shadow crossing over North America

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Single Exposure image shot at Smith Rock State Park

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composite image, made from seven frames, shows the International Space Station

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from Hoback, Wyoming

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eclipse over Ross Lake, in Northern Cascades National Park

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from Grand Teton National Parks

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Moon is seen passing in front of the Sun during a solar eclipse from Ross Lake, Northern Cascades National Park

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18 July 2017

iidailyinspiration #137

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17 July 2017

iidailyinspiration #136

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28 June 2017

Blogger of the Week : Shivani Boruah

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

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

 

Shivani is a fun loving person and love dogs! Apart from being a blogger, she is a  musician and is currently working on her E.P. “The Velvet Radio is something through which I speak my mind. It’s basically a visual story teller. Currently it has the following major sections : Fashion, Lifestyle, IAndAThing. ‘IAndAThing’ is where I feature people who are living their dreams and in some way inspire me to work on my dreams. Also, June onwards, I have started a ‘music’ section where I would cover major music concerts across India and a few music related talks( The first and the latest one being ‘The Music Scene In North- East India: A Retrospective’). Coming to the fashion section, which is the crucial section of the blog, I mostly try to come up with conceptual ideas so as to be able to tell stories through the pictures. As I go by my motto- “Let Art Begin”, I love to experiment with my wardrobe.” Boruah talks about her blog.

 

Shivani Boruah

 

The Velvet Radio is a visual storyteller drawing major inspiration from Art. “I try to portray a few grey areas of the society through my pictures( Two such blog posts being–  Mannequin and Phantom Bride ). In the days to come, I want to bring to light more such grey areas of our society.” As she continues to talk about her blogging ideas.

Shivani’s style is all about comfort. Although she experiments a lot, it always revolves around comfort.

“Art and a lot of Art. Apart from it, its the people around me, people on the streets who inspire me. Also, it’s the kind of music I listen to helps me draw my inspiration from  ‘cause I like to move along, groove with the music, dance or headbang a little bit, so yeah, that’s the kind of clothes I usually prefer to wear in which I am comfortable to do all these! Plus one of the major source of inspiration is the nature itself! I also draw inspiration from the trend forecasts by the elite magazines and webzines but try to add the me- flavour to it.” Shivani shares about her inspirations.

Well, It was last year July ​​that I took my writing skills and ideas about fashion a little seriously and started blogging. Although I kicked off TVRadio as a Fashion Blog, now it has many other sections too. I have a great interest in putting my thoughts into words and then I also needed a platform to showcase my ideas behind fashion with a poetic flare. Fashion, for me, is a creative expression and a beautiful form of art. My blog serves as a medium for my visual/ photo stories.”

Shivani talks about the blogging industry, “ It is good to see how the blogging- industry is developing but also at the same time there is a lot of grapevine around it. People usually do not know how much time and effort bloggers and photographers spend on one concept. Also, in blogging it is very much important to be original and never copy the style and content of an already- famous blogger. Two of the key traits a blogger has to have are: Patience and Honesty. I don’t endorse brands with which I can’t relate my style to. My blog is a personal blog portraying two of my passions: Fashion and Music. I wanted a name that would highlight both, hence, the name. Velvet signifies fashion and Radio signifies music. Well, since my blog is pretty new, I do not have a huge follower base. Plus as I am mostly into an editorial theme, people can’t always relate to it. But yeah, it’s the youngsters around the age group of 15- 30 yrs within and across the nation.”

As she moves ahead with her future plans, “ I want to be better w.r.t., the kind of work that I have been doing. At times, I don’t get what I seek from the photographers, as in, there is a clash of taste and interest. And it is very important to maintain your flare throughout no matter who you work with. Its my creative direction that I put into my pictures, so as to master it I want to develop good photography skills. I do not shoot and am still in my learning phase with my Canon 700D. I use my iPhone for on- the-go pictures. My photographers get their own cameras but I only work with photographers who understand my flare and with whom I am very confident shooting.”

Shivani gives us two tips regarding blogging, “Never lose your originality and develop  the basics of photography and editing.”

Words by Archita Rajkumari

FRIDA for eShakti

Phantom Bride- A concept blog dedicated to Early and Child Marriage

In the shoes of a PAINTER who longs for unadulterated art for QUIRKBOX

Showcasing Maybelline’s EYESPEAKDRAMA Campaign as a tribute to victims of Domestic Violence

What does a MANNEQUIN desire

©Shivani Boruah

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Blog | Travel

24 June 2017

Monsoon Destination in Kerala : The Illikkal Kallu

The alarm woke me up to the sound of a heavy downpour – something which was unusual considering those last couple of days. I sat on bed, slightly worried about the day’s plan. But soon I made up my mind and decided to head for the day’s destination – Illikkal Kallu.
Illikkal Kallu gained popularity in the span of past one year through Facebook and a few travel blogs. I still remember reading about the place in a Facebook travel group and adding it to my travel bucket list. Hence, due to its increasing popularity, roads to Illikkal are now well tarred with signboards kept at major points.

At about 3400 feet above sea level, Illikkal Kallu is one among the highest peaks in Western Ghats and is situated above Illikkal Mala, thereby giving its name. Half portion of the Kallu had fallen off thereby giving it a horrendous look. The Kallu (which means rock in Malayalam) comprises of three Kallu’s. Apart from Illikkal, the other two rocks are Kuda Kallu (Kuda being umbrella) and Koonu Kallu (Koonu being a hunchback). Across Koonu Kallu, there is a half feet wide narrow path called Narakapaalam which means bridge to hell – the name comes from the hazardousness it possess. Illikkal Kallu is also known as Kolliyaan Paara (Lightning Rock) due to its probability to lightning.
Popular belief also says that the famous medicinal herb Neelakoduveli grows here, which has supernatural powers and can increase wealth. Atop from the Kallu, one can get a panoramic view of Kottayam district and on a clear day, Arabian Sea will be visible far in the horizon.

I waited at the bus stop for about 20 minutes hoping to board a direct bus to Kottayam and join Sumi at the bus stand – but I couldn’t catch any. So I took a bus to Changanassery, and from there, took another bus to Kottayam. Sumi had already arrived and I was half an hour late.
Next up in our plan was to head to Poonjar where we will join Navaneeth. But again, since we couldn’t find a direct bus, we took a bus until Pala, and took a bus to Adivaram which will ply through Erattupetta and Poonjar.
After a late breakfast at around 11:00 from Navaneeth’s home, we headed to Illikkal Kallu through the Erattupetta – Teekoy – Adukkam Road route.
It was noon already. As we drove through the beautiful winding road to Illikkal Kallu, arrays of mountains stood behind swiftly moving fog. Sumi suggested parking our car half the way and cover the rest of the distance by foot. As we walked up, the fog began to become thicker to a point that the person standing even a few meters away couldn’t be seen.
We climbed from the starting point a bit and sat atop a rock so that the fog will get cleared. Parts of Illikkal Kallu could be seen at times as the heavy wind kept moving the fog towards left. At a point when finally the wind took all the fog away, I saw it for the first time, the gigantic and dreadful Illikkal Kallu.
While Navaneeth and Sumi stayed back, I climbed down and walked through the narrow path towards Illikkal Kallu, desiring to see the famous Narakapaalam and if possible, try crossing it to enter the cave. As much as the view is scenic, since the path gets narrower towards the Kallu, it can be a bit scary; and if heavy wind is there, it gets much worse.
Each step carefully placed, I reached the point from where one has to climb a rock before attempting to cross the (in)famous Narakapaalam. But back then, I was unaware of this particular route – so I stood there in a dilemma of what to do next.
I shot a few pictures and waited in the hope to meet someone, probably a native who can guide me.
After about 15 minutes, a guy came and started climbing up. But since I saw a narrow ridge a few meters ahead of me, I was still in a dilemma whether he is right and to follow him or not. By this time, he already reached the top and had disappeared. I sat on a nearby rock, utterly saddened for the fact that I couldn’t even find a way to see Narakapaalam.

 

 

I then heard Sumi calling out my name – probably because it’s been some time since they’ve seen me. I walked back a few meters, waved her and asked her to come down. A couple of minutes later, she joined me. I took my shoes off and tried to climb, but the jeans restricted me. I gave it a few more tries, but failed. In the process, Sumi started refraining me from going up considering its risk. I sat on the rock, regretting my decision of not following the guy who went ahead. Moments passed and we saw him returning after entering the cave through Narakapaalam.
If had a company then, maybe I’d have climbed up and crossed the Paalam somehow. Because according to me, it’s always good to be with someone who knows the place in situations like this. Like if the Kallu gets covered in fog within the time one reaches up there, the only thing he can do is to wait, wait..and wait. Additionally, chances of lightning becomes high.
When a group of drunkards came abusing each other, we finally decided to return considering our safety. I left the place with a self-promise to come back with someone who had crossed Narakapaalam at least once.

SOME USEFUL INFO

  • Entry to the top of Illikkal Kallu is now restricted due to an accident (second one in 2016) which resulted in the death of a tourist on the 18th of September, 2016.
  • A car accident was also reported on September 26th (as seen in a Facebook travel group) due to brake fade.
Photos & Words by Kannan K R

 

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23 June 2017

Creative Head of the week : Sachit Chainani

Sachit Chainani is a person trying to step out of the box with his vision and ideology. He is someone who likes chilling on the beaches as well as trekking on mountains. He loves the sunset and waits for the sunrise. He clubs on the songs like one dance, closer and loves listening to old kishore kumar songs late night. He is on a mission to create innumerable stories in his life to tell people about. He just picked his mom’s phone in his teens to click pictures around wherever they went and they luckily would turn out to be great. He started enjoying that part and started practising it more to just get better but he wasn’t exposed to this part of creativity still. He demanded for a camera when he realised he is ready to seriously practise this little hobby that gives him happiness and makes other people smile when he shows them his pictures. He didn’t realise when did this hobby turn into passion and now, he would want to make this something he could survive on.

As per Sachit, taking a picture is quite simple which anyone and everyone can do. What actually interested him in a picture is its beauty, simplicity, elegance and the way he looks at it because this is going to be his signature in his picture. In his belief, a watermark isn’t something that is going to tell people this is his picture but his vision would. He approaches the nature the way he wants it and approaches people with a smile to never offend them and makes sure to get the best of that consent.

Travelling anywhere gets him to observe things in a way people wouldn’t generally. A very typical photographer’s thing drives him to create a picture.

He himself is pretty sorted as an inspiration to click but the amazing photographers he sees on Instagram who create something marvellous are his major inspirations to keep learning new things and implementing a lot of techniques in his pictures.
He, currently, is not to fancy with his equipments and software. He uses a Nikon D5100 (crop sensor camera) with a basic kit lens and he edits his pictures on Light room.

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Photos by ©Sachit Chainani

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