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16 June 2017

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13 June 2017

The A-Z of a playlist | Type Series by Anushka

Anushka Tendolkar is a 20 year old communication design student with a keen interest in graphic design and is very passionate about photography. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Anushka has been in love with her city and all that it has to offer. She believes the city has made her the kind of person who just can’t sit idle because there’s so much to do and so little time. She always keeps her occupied by doing something or the other, trying to make the most of her day,everyday. Currently she is trying to experiment with her photography style and also get back into the habit of reading!

 

36 days of type is a worldwide challenge where designers and artists around the world recreate the 26 letters of the English alphabet and 0-9 numbers however they like it. Anushka was headstrong about taking up the challenge this year and decided to work with a theme which she just randomly decided would be her music playlist! Over the last couple of years, she has been introduced to some really great music and she thought it would be something she would enjoy doing throughout the challenge. Most of them were rock artists since rock is her favourite genre.

 

 

Anushka decided to do A-Z on her playlist excluding the numbers and posted them every day on Instagram for 26 days. She says it did get tough to keep up in the middle but everyone on her Instagram profile appreciated the project so much that it really kept her going. People were waiting for the next one every day and that made her really happy too. The best part she says was she would tag the artists for each letter and she actually got some recognition from the band ‘The script’ who started following her and liked her work; even ‘The Zombies’ reposted one of her letters on their official page so that was a really big deal for her.

 

The challenge was also a great learning process for her because she did get better at her skills by doing it every single day. Anushka usually sketches out what she visualises and then renders it digitally. So for most of these letters she had a rough sketch of how she wanted it to look and then went ahead with the digital part but some of them were just pure mix and match till they looked okay to her. All of them have been made by her on Adobe Photoshop. The series took Anushka a month to finish, since it was a letter a day with some delay here and there due to other commitments.

 

Anushka takes inspiration from everything and everyone around her. She does not have one idol as such because there are so many things to learn from so many people and places. But she says she is really Inspired by the idea of being so good at whatever she does that she gets actually recognised for her work while she is alive and hopefully makes a lot of money and buys herself tickets to wherever she wants to travel whenever she wants. Nevertheless, she wants to work hard like her parents and just be able to live life exactly the way she wants.

Words by Arvind Vairavan
Type Series by ©Anushka Tendolkar

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12 June 2017

Traveller of the Week : Dev

 

How many of us have been unsatisfied with our corporate lifestyle? How many of us have dreamed of leaving behind the monotony of life which has become a rut, to explore the world? How many of us have actually managed to do it? Well, our traveller of the week certainly has! He calls himself Footloose Dev, where Dev is his name and footloose is his way of life.

 

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Two and half years ago, Dev was a shy corporate writer in Delhi. He loved his profession but not his job, so he tried switching jobs by running after the highly paid ones. But he always felt like something was amiss. Little did he know at that time that his growing discontentment was paving way for his new life. Dev could not conform to the society’s norm of taking life as it comes and eventually quit his job to embark on his first solo backpacking trip to Bhutan and North-eastern India, thus covering places in Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. This trip gave him many firsts such as his first taste of sweet freedom and his first experience of living with a local family who extended the invitation after meeting him at a restaurant. After this adventurous jaunt of two and a half months, Dev was spoilt for life. He quotes Mary Anne Radmacher saying “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

From this point, the only direction to move in was upwards, figuratively and literally, as Dev proceeded to travel across almost all the Northern states of India by transitioning into a full-time travel blogger. He has performed everything from snowboarding in Himachal Pradesh to scuba diving in Goa.He has eaten everything from the traditional thalis in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu to raw uncooked meat with blood dripping out of it, in Uttarakhand. Dev likes experimenting with his food. He has also sampled the exotic dish of jadoh in Meghalaya which is basically pig brain and intestine served with rice cooked in pig’s blood.

Apart from giving him memories that Dev will cherish for life, he feels that travelling has had an extremely positive impact on his personality. He finds himself to have become much more presentable and capable of being able to fend for himself. After having encountered so many different people on his long journey, he is more open to new ideas and philosophies. He describes his journey so far as pretty much hassle free except for the small mishap that occurred while backpacking across Europe. Dev was on his way back to the hotel after capturing the Bratislavian nightlife on his camera when he ran into 3 people who claimed to be Slovaks. They feigned curiosity about India and invited him to a bar which was pretty crowded. Unsuspecting Dev was engaged in a conversation by two of them, while the third person fled with his camera. Once Dev realised the same, he tried seeking out help but to no avail. He got in touch with the local newspapers who published this story which had left a bitter taste in his mouth. He even updated his Facebook followers about this experience. But what happened next restored Dev’s faith in humanity. Many people from Slovakia started contacting him on Facebook. They told him about how upset they were because of the incident and they offered to sponsor his stay the next time he visited Slovakia. They even donated money so Dev could buy a new camera and a guy called Peter gave Dev his Nikon D200 out of sheer kindness.

 

 

 

Dev definitely maybe a little more cautious now but the theft incident has done nothing to diffuse his enthusiasm or love for travelling. In fact, he is of the opinion that everyone should travel solo at least once in their lives and look for experiences beyond the guide book.  Since he prefers peaceful places, his top five must-visit destinations are:

Village of Nongriat, Meghalaya

The town of Basle, Switzerland

Lesser known beaches of Goa

Rome, Italy

Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

When it comes to travelling essentials, he cannot do without:

A headlamp

A dry sack

A first aid kid

Snack bars

A book

Footloose Dev, who is now a fearless and optimistic guy is definitely living the life of his dreams. He continues his cultural escapades as he finds it difficult to part with this kind of freedom which is like a drug. Here’s to hoping that this article inspires a few of the readers to follow his footsteps or carve their own.

Words by Khyati Bhuva
Images by ©Footloose Dev

 

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10 June 2017

ZIRO VALLEY – Arunachal Pradesh’s best kept secret

In the mighty state of Arunachal Pradesh, where the sun’s rays first reach India, where more than 80% of the land is under forest cover, rests the pristine valley of Ziro. This lush valley is home to the Apatanis, a photographer’s muse and a subject of absolute fascination for anthropological and agricultural researchers alike. It has even spiked the interest of UNESCO but is still waiting cold to be declared as a World Heritage Site.

Ziro starts to intrigue you right from its name to the unmistakable facial tattoos and its internationally acclaimed ingenious method of paddy cum fish farming. If you didn’t know these facts yet, then this is probably the time you pause and sigh!

Now, farming practices and anthropology may not interest the casual traveller whose eyes are used to over saturated and photoshopped images of best destinations in the world. So does that mean Ziro’s invitation is limited to researchers and curious backpackers? This article may have the answer to that, and you as a reader will decide.

Lavish green paddy fields cover the valley’s land for the most part of the year and even when harvesting is over, one’s eyes are still treated to the oil painting-like backdrop of the pine trees that occupy the hills around the valley. Barring the roads within Ziro which are as good as non-existent and interrupts your meditative gaze at the beauty on offer, everything else seems to be in a state of artistic trance. Like the blue of the sky, the sun focussing its rays on certain patches of the forest cover with the help of its accomplice the clouds, so that the forest lights up in different hues of green, and to top it all off, the abundance of local brews ranging from plum, peach, kiwi, rice and millet that ensures even teetotallers don’t go back thirsty.

You need to hold steady and not let nature intoxicate you too much, for a walk into the villages of the Apatani people is still pending. This is when you find out how they live, what they eat, who/what do they worship and how is their Hindi so damn good! Walking through a village in Ziro also contributes to your quota of being mesmerised as their homes made of bamboo and pinewood invite you into their black and brown existence. The fascinating aspect of Apatani homes, like many other homes of Northeast Indian tribes, is the centrally located kitchen which is the centre of activity in the house. Every family member, guests and even the pets gather around for a cup of tea or a choice of local brew.Talking about drinking, if you aren’t comfortable eating rice, then you may find it difficult to palpate the locally grown thick rice which acts as a staple meal served three times a day, with generous portions of meat!

 

 

As a consequence of their animistic faith, their belief in the Sun and the Moon and other forces of nature, the people of the valley celebrate a lot of festivals and perform ‘pujas’ which revolves around rituals conducted by the priest and animal sacrifices. These festivals have become of interest to the tourist in the last 5 – 7 years like the Murung puja in January, the Myoko festival in March and the Dree festival in July.

Even though Ziro has been the way it is for centuries with a road connectivity established more than 40 years ago, the recent popularity of the Valley can be attributed to a certain music festival called the Ziro music festival started in 2011 after a touring band got hypnotised by the aura of the valley and decided to come back with more bands. This year the festival is scheduled to take place from the 28th of September to the 1st of October, just in time for the paddy fields to turn golden, right before harvesting. If this piece motivates you then visiting the valley during Ziro Festival might be the best journey of your life.

Words by Nishant Sinha

 

Photos by Javed Photography // ChaloHoppo

 

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9 June 2017

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9 June 2017

Interview with Photographer: Bhumika Bhatia

Meet Bhumika B, an artist. who always had an interest in art, and knew from the start that she was here for a purpose.

Bhumika Bhatia

 

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

– Hello! I’m Bhumika B, an artist. I have always been interested in art, and I knew that I was here for a purpose. What triggered my interest in photography was emotion: when I first started taking photographs about six years ago – it was always about others and not me. It was after a year in photography, when I realised that it was not about what other thought of me or my work, but more about how I felt and what I wanted to show without necessarily being judged.

 

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

– When I started, it was very difficult. I was 19, and there weren’t many young photographers, especially female photographers. People thought I wouldn’t go anywhere with my work. Now things have changed drastically, which is so good. There are so many young and talented photographers; photography is a tough business to be in and you have to be different if you want to stand out.
Also, i get bored very easily, if I was satisfied with photography, I wouldn’t be doing it; this is one thing that has always pushed me outside my comfort zone.

 

 

Inspiro India: What does photography mean to you? And your favourite series till date? 

– To me it’s not just about photography, it’s about art in general to being extremely vulnerable, because the more you do that, the more connected you feel with art and yourself.
Favourite series? Let’s just say, I am trying to create my own wonderland, full of secrets. A different chapter, a different layer. But, I love colourful and happy things as well, because sometimes secrets hide there too.

 

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

– Riding the waves all day.

 

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

– Usually a 5D Mark 3 and my 50mm. I sometimes bring my grandfather’s film camera too.

 

Inspiro India: How would you describe your photographic style and how it has developed over the years?

– I love dark things, they make me ache. I love things that create echoes. When you try to focus on what you can’t see, that’s when it all happens. Those ‘in between’ moments where everything moves in slow motion. It’s all about observing and extracting the beautiful things out of the rest.
Over the years, my style has become more clean and expressive. It’s an ongoing process.

 

Inspiro India: Can you please explain the process of creating great portraits? and What is your favourite studio set-up? What kind of light you prefer Natural Light or Studio Lighting? And What about Post- Processing a picture?

– Find a good subject to portray your work. It’s so important, please be extremely picky about who you choose. I am a sucker for natural light, so if you’re just starting out try shooting early morning or around sunset, perfect light in my opinion and you get to experiment a lot!

 

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

– So many things – Astronaut, surfer, Archaeologist  to name a few, Out of which I’ve already crossed one of them; I love riding the waves- so you can take a guess.

 

©Bhumika Bhatia

 

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

– Shoot, shoot and shoot! The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Also, please believe in your dreams, people will criticise you, learn how to differentiate between good criticism and bad criticism. Never let them break your passion! You are special. If you don’t stand up for what you believe in, who will?
There is a quote by Joel Osteen, which says,
“If YOU want to know what you’re going to be like in five years, listen to the words YOU are saying about yourself today.”

 

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9 June 2017

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8 June 2017

Creative Head of the week : Shyamolie Katyal

Meet Shyamolie Katyal, an 19 year old girl, who is passionate about living moments and capturing them forever. She is a hardcore Delhite but moved to Osaka, Japan recently. There was a time in her life when nothing appealed to her. She started creating and capturing beautiful frames to break this monotony. This was a desperate attempt of hers to make herself happy. This made her realise how beautiful life was. Photography gave her a sense of self-worth and the feeling that she was gifted with an amazing perception of elements around her. Her approach to a picture is very simple. She does not get into complexities. She tries to capture the most common and ordinary of the frames in the most extraordinary way. She tries to make the monotony of life, visually appealing.
For her, the appreciation and the smiles on people’s faces when they see the photos she clicks, is a reward enough to click beautiful pictures. She lets her pictures do the talking. The sacredness and purity of nature inspires her. She tries to include elements of nature in her photos which gives them a very earthy feel. Nature in every form never fails to amaze her. She mostly uses her iPhone to click photos but she also owns a Canon 1000D. She believes that the equipment isn’t that important if you have a beautiful perception of the subjects around you. She, personally, has never let equipments become a hindrance in the way of clicking pictures. She uses VSCO for colour correction.
When she clicks a picture, she strongly emphasises on the tones. The secret to this is understanding the composition of a picture before clicking it. All the elements in a photo should be in a harmonious sync with each other in order for a photo to look visually appealing.
About Inspiro India Magazine, in her own words- “I think that Inspiro India Magazine is a very cool initiative which gives passionate writers, visual artist and photographers like me an amazing platform to showcase their art. Shout out to you guys for that.”

 

Photos by ©Shyamolie Katyal

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8 June 2017

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7 June 2017

Blogger of the Week : Dolly Singh

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’.

 

Dolly Singh says, “ My  father took the liberty to name me Dolly Singh and I happen to like french fries and a pair of good shoes equally. I am known to be quite photogenic, basically quite ugly in real life. Jk. I also happen to try outfits at 4am.” Dolly tells us how her blog started with the need to tell girls that repeating clothes is okay and you don’t have to judge others and yourself when that happens. Key is, do it differently each time. That’s what She started with, later delving into experimental fashion and just anything she wanted to try out.

 

Dolly Singh

 

Dolly narrates “ I do not fit into any mould there is. I do what I please and play around. The blog for me is only an escape and a place to let my creative juices  flow. You will not find me doing the same thing as 50 other fashion bloggers.. I don’t believe I have one particular style. Sometimes I wake up wanting to portray a hippie from the 70s and the next day it is a girl-boss avatar. “ Everything works for Miss Singh. She says her inspiration comes from things around her. Her friends, strangers, plants, coffee, a dog, just anything. She started two years ago because all the blogs she followed were talking about the fancy shmancy brands around while she could only afford Sarojini Nagar and Forever21’s sale section. Hence she decided to do something about it and here we are! “Blogging is an amazing way to vent out your energy in the right direction and also be known. You can talk about anything and everything you like. And even though ‘fashion blogging’ is now being mistaken for jazzy Instagram accounts with huge followings, I hope the trend will fade out soon and the people who genuinely know what they’re doing will stay!” She discusses. On discussing about her blog’s name, Dolly tells, “ When I was contemplating a name for the blog I knew for sure I wanted the word ‘sass’ in there, (basically I had learnt a new fancy word!). I also wanted to stay away from words like style, fashion, vogue, etc. That’s how Spill The Sass was born.” She says she is proud on having build a young yet smart niche audience. People who genuinely follow her work and put in their feedback and suggestions from time to time and The blog will go on. Miss Singh have  a Canon 600D but she barely use it as most of her pictures are taken by some really kind and talented photographers.

“The only advice to the readers of blogs is to actually go and read what the blogger has to say. It is not just about the pictures. Young upcoming bloggers need to remember two things, first, focus on what they want to do through the blog instead of looking at what others are doing. Second, let it take time, numbers will follow. Rome was not built in a day.” Her advice to all the budding bloggers.

Words by Archita Rajkumari

©Dolly Singh

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