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20 February 2018

Sourabh Gandhi’s Series captures Republic Day Parade Rehearsals through a fascinated child’s eyes | Photo Series

Sourabh Gandhi is a self-taught photographer based out of Delhi. A software engineer by profession, his true passion is travel photography. He has been doing photography for over 6 years now and conducting various photo tours and workshops across India.

 

Sourabh Gandhi

 

Since childhood, Sourabh was very fascinated with Republic Day Parade but never got an opportunity to watch it live. Unaware of the fact that a lot of practice sessions took place before the big day, he finally got an opportunity to go behind the scenes!

“I enjoyed a lot”, he says. Happy with the appraisal for his images, Gandhi went to the Republic Day rehearsals thrice for more pictures.

 

It took three hours each day for the photographer to get enough shots for the series to be created. He wanted to show the world how difficult the practice is these days!

 

The photographer’s work process consists of waiting for the right moment to capture the perfect frame, no one has ever clicked before. He uses a Nikon D810 camera and several other lenses as per his requirement and shooting style. The post-processing consists of very limited editing with basic colour correction, contrast, saturation and hues in Photoshop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Photo Series by ©Sourabh Gandhi

 

Gandhi finds ‘Decisive Moments’ by Mr Vineet Vohra and Mr Rohit Vohra very unique and inspiring when it comes to photography. In Astrophotography, he is awed by Mr Nimit Nigam for taking incredible astronomical shots.

Words by Harpreet
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Blog | Travel

19 February 2018

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

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

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

 

Suyash Pandey

 

 

Chadar, Zanskar region, Ladakh

Golden Temple, Amritsar

Batal, Spiti

Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Churdhar, Himachal Pradesh

Mt. Kanchenjunga, Sandakphu, Darjeeling

Leh, Jammu and Kashmir

Chandratal, Spiti

Hampta Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Churdhar Sanctuary, Himachal Pradesh

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Suyash Pandey

 

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15 February 2018

Interview with Photographer: Siddhartha Joshi

Meet Siddhartha, an Industrial Designer by profession and a full-time traveller and photographer. 

Siddhartha Joshi

 

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

Siddhartha Joshi: I am an Industrial Designer, travel blogger and a photographer, pretty much in that order. I guess I started my creative journey from the time I started my master’s education in Design from NID, and have since expanded beyond products to many other things like writing, visual storytelling and so on.

 

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

SJ: I rarely plan for my shots, and depend on a lot of spontaneity. This doesn’t always work, but I enjoy working this way more. I rarely, if ever, take stress while taking pictures, and if they don’t work out as I would like them to, I focus on other aspects of travel – interviewing people, explore hidden experiences and so on.

 

Tram in Helsinki

 

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

SJ: The only problem I face is the lack of time. There is way more work available than what I can possibly take up, especially with a full-time design job.

 

Inspiro India: Which genre of photography interests you the most and why? What are your top three favourite photography locations?

SJ: I like street photography the most, followed closely by travel photography. I love clicking people in their natural states, so both these styles work well for me.

 

Favourite locations – streets of any town or city, Kashmir and street processions.

 

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

SJ: I guess I would pursue some other creative field, maybe write full time.

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Inspiro India: How would you describe your photography style?

SJ: I think it’s very mixed, I try and expand my area of interest all the time. Especially when you travel, there is always a need to learn something new and I really like that.

 

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

SJ: I wanted to be a scientist as a kid, a physicist to be precise. It’s no longer my dream but I would like to take up research projects in future.

 

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

SJ: I am yet to take a picture that I can call my all time favourite. I think I am still a few years away from it.

 

 

Inspiro India: Describe your post-processing workflow? What camera do you shoot with? Your favourite lenses or any other equipment, if any?

SJ: I shoot with Canon 6D, and sometimes a GoPro Hero 4, and my favourite lens is a 50mm prime lens. I also use a 24-105mm lens, especially for travel photography.

 

As for post-processing, I don’t really have a standard workflow. I don’t use Lightroom (yet) and edit with Camera Raw and a bit on photoshop.

Lapland in Finland

Bikaner streets

Ahmedabad

A migrant in Dubai

Dera market Dubai

Burj Khalifa

Porvoo village in Finland

Photos by ©Siddhartha Joshi

 

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

SJ: Click, observe, click, observe and repeat. Also, identify what is it that you like in the pictures that you like.

 

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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

 

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7 February 2018

Blogger of the Week: Sayanti Mahapatra

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

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

 

Sayanti Mahapatra

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Words by Laveena Behl

 

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Blog | Travel

5 February 2018

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

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

 

Garima Manocha

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Words by Laveena Behl
Images by ©Garima Manocha

 

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1 February 2018

Interview with Photographer: Navaneeth Unnikrishnan

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

Navaneeth Unnikrishnan

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Andromeda Galaxy

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

NU: A desk job.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

Jupiter

Milkyway and Key Monastery, Spiti Valley

Milkyway and antares region – Kaza, Himachal Pradesh

Moon

Milkyway detailed Panorama – Kaza, Himachal Pradesh

Milkyway – Mahe

Orion Nebula and Running Man Nebula

Pleiades

Sadr Region

Photos by ©Navaneeth Unnikrishnan

 

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

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

 

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Blog | Travel

29 January 2018

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Gursimran Basra

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Gursimran Basra

 

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Art | Blog | Interviews

25 January 2018

Interview with Artist: Niteesh Yadav

Meet Niteesh, an engineering drop out who now lives and breathes Typography.

Niteesh Yadav

 

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

Niteesh Yadav: My journey has been a bit different from the usual ones. I am an engineering dropout (second year) who started working as a self-taught designer initially and then after working for a while I decided to join college. From then I have been moving along with the life of a student and simultaneously working as a Design Consultant, looking after a Design division of a startup as well as working on freelance projects. The best part of this journey is the people I have worked with right from the beginning.

The love for illustrating letters and quotes got me into studying and exploring more about type. I used to draw a lot of letters and after a certain time, I started to realize that though they look good something is still missing and to fill that gap of making it better, I started to dig in deeper to learn about the technical aspects of Typography. Things that make a letter look more pleasing to eyes, this was the beginning and that learning is still going on.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of illustration? Any challenges you faced as an artist Designer?

NY: From the past two years, my work has been typing oriented but I am in my exploration phase of trying new styles and mediums to express my ideas. Started as an Interface designer then explored my way into print and packaging and now working with type and illustrations. Soon you might find me experimenting with some unconventional and bizarre mediums as well.

Working as a Graphic Designer, the first and foremost challenge is to get in sync with the client and vice versa. Resonating at the same frequency is very important otherwise the whole project might go back and forth. Another thing which we face is variable project requests, sometimes a lot of project requests bombard at the same time and we have to prioritize which ones to accept (choosing the right ones is a task in itself.) Also, you find yourself standing in the Thar Desert at times waiting for that one project but treat it as a golden period of refreshment, start your own personal project or just take a break to rejuvenate your creative juices.

 

Elephant Type

 

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

NY: All I need is a pencil and a paper! I am fond of getting my hands dirty as it is way faster. You can just do it on the run while eating on a tissue. We never know when the idea might pop in. Once the ideas are sorted then only I hit the screen to design it digitally. When you make things physically, there is a strong bond that is established. How often that smile comes on your face when you go through your old drawing books and now compare that same thing with an old folder on your desktop.

In my projects, I follow a structure which starts from receiving a brief from the client or to make one based on the client’s request (This happens a lot while working with Indian clients). Next step is to do an extensive research to put the pieces together and get a clear picture of the project and an approach to it. Then its time to pick up the pencil, our WMC (weapon of mass creation), sketching several ideas then finalizing which ones to share with the client. I restrict the number of concepts since as Designers we are supposed to use our expertise to help people and not to confuse them. One final approach is decided, I move on to refinement and iteration phase (limited iteration mentioned in the agreement). This phase includes feasibility testing of ideas and many designers ignore this but I have learned that it is a crucial one as impossible is possible on screen. People use mockups blindly on the web to just showcase to the clients and without even knowing their feasibility, the clients are usually awestruck at that time but face problems later while trying to execute them.

I recall a project, Identity design of a new line of a Fashion House for which I sat down in their workshop working with the people to test the feasibility of selected designs using different embroidery techniques. Finally, after working for several hours we figured out a way to make it work from design and execution perspective. If a design doesn’t serve its purpose then it is a waste.

 

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

NY: Rather than just focusing on illustrations right from the beginning I would recommend, if you are enrolling in College then start with Design as a broad sphere then explore your interests and qualities to decide on your specialization. This will help you out in framing your goals. If you are sure that you want to get into illustration then start practising and try to expose yourself to as many styles as possible as well as other people’s work which is going to help you out in expanding your knowledge about the immense possibilities. As illustrations are not just about the pencil, paper, watercolours etc., it’s your medium of expression and how you take it forward creates your style. Art or Design college is a place where you are exposed to a lot of things, there are no set books or hard guidelines. It’s you who is supposed to absorb that information and explore further.  The only alternative I can think of is your dedication and handwork.

 

Inspiro India: What do you enjoy most about being an illustrator?

NY: I mostly refrain from using the word illustrator as very small part of my work is illustrations. The thing I like when I am illustrating is the amount of freedom I have to express the ideas which are sometimes very limited while working on regular design projects that have very rigid client briefs.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become during your childhood?

NY: I wanted to join the army but as I grew up I went on being more inclined towards creative stuff and now I am on my small little crusade of making useful things to fight bad designs and help people with my work.

 

Inspiro India: Can you explain to our readers a bit about your ‘Dream Big Project’ on an elephant?

NY: ‘Type on Elephant’ is one of my ‘close to heart piece’ as it was a whole new experience for me. I had spent a significant amount of time with the elephant observing their behaviour and the best way we can be around them so they don’t feel uneasy.  All that helped me a lot in working on it and there was not even a single moment when I felt scared.

It is part of India Through Type Series that aims to bring out some unique and interesting aspects of India through Typography based experiments. It also focusses on some important aspects such as dying crafts which are in dire need of being brought into the limelight. Simply talking about these and putting forward the same old stuff will not work as it has been tried several times in the past. So this is the reason I am working on creating a new experience for these things.

 

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

NY: I am really fond of travelling and exploring more about people,  culture and especially places which are close to nature. This is the reason I have been working remotely for the past couple of months and moving around.

 

Artwork by ©Niteesh Yadav

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? Some creative tips you’d like to share?

NY: Do what you love and give your 100% to it! There are times when you are working where you won’t get full freedom to create things of your choice. Develop a habit of working with guidelines.

To let your creative juices flow, work on some self- initiated projects as they are going to help you in creating things where you have full freedom and control over what you are doing but always have a purpose why you are doing it. It can be “just to make myself happy.” What it does is that you will never feel that you have wasted your time at any point in time.

 

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24 January 2018

Blogger of the Week: Ramandeep Kaur

An Engineering graduate, Ramandeep Kaur worked in some of the top MNCs in India for 6 years until last year when she moved to the UK with her husband. Having managed her day job and blog together for 3 years, last year she decided to take up blogging full-time. Besides blogging, she loves to dance and travel as well as enjoys reading inspirational stories about successful people as it fills her with positive energy.

 

Hues of Me” as the name suggests, is her personal online journal where one can find stories about fashion, beauty and travel aiming to inspire every woman around the world reading it. With a strong desire to create and serve relatable quality content, she thrives to put up articles that are visually appealing and aspirational for her readers.

 

Ramandeep Kaur

 

Ramandeep has been blogging for 4 years now and ardently believes that every blog has a unique essence. Since she has a personal blog, everything that goes with it is unique as well as personal to her.

 

Inspired by real-time success stories of people in her field of interest, reading about their journies inspired her to reach where they are today. Also, getting appreciated for her work inspires her to keep doing what she loves.

 

She started her blog in 2014 as an online space where she could articulate things that she loved. She was reading a lot of blogs around that time and felt that starting her own blog was a perfect way to feed her creative soul. It started off as a hobby and now is her profession.

 

Her style constantly evolves but she calls it comfortable chic. She loves to refresh her wardrobe with latest trends but prefers to keep her classics too. Kaur believes investing in classic pieces like accessories or handbags to be the best style advice one can get. She believes that fashion is a lifestyle and how one dresses on a daily basis while running errands or chores defines their personal style.

 

Blogging to her is about sharing independent views with her readers on any given subject without being biased. It is a platform where she can reach out to many people around the world as well as connect with them on a personal level. According to her, this is the most amazing aspect of blogging.

 

She started out with a different blog name and later changed it to “Hues of Me”. She wanted a name that resonated with her work on the blog in terms of content and her personality and “Hues of Me” was a perfect fit. Majority of her readers are in India but she also gets views from UK and US. Now that she is fully dedicated to her blog, she has some big plans for it and wishes to come to India soon. She wants to concentrate on creating good quality content that her readers can relate to and get inspired by. She wishes to work on some dream collaborations this year and knows that it would involve a lot of hard work, but she feels ready to put her best foot forward. She is also planning to spend more time on her own YouTube channel in order to connect with a wider audience through it.

 

She uses a Canon 1200D DSLR camera with a basic kit lens and a 50mm prime lens. All her pictures are clicked using the same camera or her iPhone.

 

For someone who wants to start blogging, Ramandeep advises one to work hard, not succumb to the numbers or worry about what others are doing. She feels that one should always carve his or her own niche and stay true to oneself.

Words by Laveena Behl

 

©Ramandeep Kaur

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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

 

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