Aarohi Singh – Art by Aarohi

  Q 1- Please introduce yourself, your work etc. I am a creator. I am an artist. A mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a lover... A lot of things but then so is everyone 🙂 In my life I have always tried to embrace every role with equal fervor and honesty. As a [...]


Susan Mathen – Hue and Why

    My name is Susan. I am a Colour Strategist & the Founder of Hue & Why.  Prior to this I have been a Strategy Planner in advertising for over 10 years and my last stint was at Grey, Singapore as the Regional Strategy Lead on Pantene for the ASEAN markets. An alumni from [...]

Krishnamithra Rajan – Space Designer | Visual Artist

I am Krishnamithra, an Interior Designer moonlighting as an Artist. I’ve always been a dreamer, an over thinker even. You would find me spacing out on many occasions, lost in the world of my own thoughts. Art for me is the expression of those thoughts, It is an extension of my true self and an [...]

Nanditha Kurumbaiah — Hand Crafted With Love

  My name is Nanditha Kurumbaiah. I am the founder of "Hand Crafted with love" -- Handmade products for all your home decor needs. A whole range of products for home decor using the art of decoupage. The products range from coasters to wall plates to trays, tissue boxes and more.      Q - Was [...]

Madhulika Kapilavayi – Margazhi – Contemporary Design House

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  -Maya Angelou   I’m Madhulika Kapilavayi, brought up in Bangalore, settled in Madras. With a Bachelors degree in Visual Communication, I had a pretty normal life well within my comfort [...]

Rachel Eapen – Tickled by Inspiration

I am Rachel Eapen, based in Oman… I am a décor enthusiast and influencer who loves everything that is creative and beautiful. I am a management professional who used to work in a leading MNC in Bangalore for a couple of years. I am a stay-at-home mom now, a self-taught budding artist and an occasional [...]

Chanchal Badsiwal – Bringing art to life

My name is Chanchal Badsiwal, the owner and founder of "Chanchal". I grew up in Delhi. I am a nature lover and a believer in Karma. I love to travel and read. I admire Art in its various forms ~ music, dance, paintings, poetry and theater. While I was in Delhi, I worked in various corporate [...]

Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan

From the archives of history, buried under years of struggle for independence, lay many stories of legends and martyrs. History has often been unkind in revealing stories that are worthy of respect and admiration. One such story among many stories is that of Noor Inayat Khan. An SOE agent, who volunteered to go to France [...]

Gauri Tripathi Jaiswal – MuseART

Hello! I am Gauri Tripathi Jaiswal, simply love life and deeply fascinated by various cultures and stories, I have been a seeker and still I am. I draw my artistic inspirations from everything I see or feel around me. Being an independent artist is a roller-coaster ride. There are some days which can be challenging [...]

Anushri & Akshay – “Mug aur Mooch”

  Q - Please give us a brief introduction about yourself. We are Anushri & Akshay and we started Mug Aur Mooch out of our passion for creativity and stationery. Anushri started her career as a corporate lawyer and then moved to crafts and designing about 7 years back. Anushri decided to pursue a professional [...]

Vaishnavi – Self-taught Artist!

  Hello Dear Readers, This is vaishu aka vaishnavi a self-taught artist who loves art in all forms - music, cinema, paintings and photography. I’ve completed MS Software engineering and worked as a software engineer for around three years to justify my degree.      All great changes are preceded by chaos and so was mine. After [...]

Ruchi Patel — Ruhh Studio

  Hello my name is Ruchi Patel. I am the owner of Ruhh Studio. Ruhh studio is based on earthy and handcrafted accessories. Honestly, I am not an art student but as stroke of luck would have it now acclaim myself to be a born artist. Ever since known I would recycle and make things [...]


“Ugh! The MONDAY BLUES!” “DAMN ITS MONDAY AGAIN!” Monday blues are a common symptom of unhappiness at work front. It’s very rare that I come across people who don’t seem to find Mondays very gloomy and dull. For the longest time, I had this word "IKIGAI" as my status on whatsapp. People who would see [...]

Do what you LOVE

"Ugh I hate my freaking job", i have heard many of my friends rant about this endlessly and tirelessly. I was known to not work in a typical conventional job, and as someone who ran her own show, I never could fathom the feeling of hating one's job. Until one time, when I came across [...]

Kshama Adka – Shmoozie’s Hand-Crafted Ice Cream

    Hello my name is Kshama Adka. Born in Mangalore, brought up in Chennai, Studied in Goa and worked in Hyderabad, I have now moved back to the place I love the most. I am an ice cream lover who took her love for the dessert a bit too seriously 🙂 I run a [...]

Mona Biswarupa Mohanty — An Artistic Introvert, living in a dream and reaching souls

  I am Mona Biswarupa Mohanty. An introvert, small town girl who dares to dream. My dream has taken me out of my comfort zone many times. But still I dream . My dream is finding the state of true happiness and spreading that happiness to million others through my creative expressions. Be it on [...]

Anupama Bharadwaj – Unfactory

Hi, I am Anupama and in my current role, I am the Co-founder of Unfactory. Unfactory is a marketplace for independent artists who make handcrafted & handmade products. As the name suggests, we are everything that’s not mass produced. We launched Unfactory (the beta version) in June, 2016.   Q  - Who or what inspired [...]

Gokulraj GK – Ruling the world of Stationary! – Hazel Notebooks, Mad Cap, My Copie

I am Gokulraj GK. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from SRM University, Chennai. Post my under-graduation I pursed my Masters in Engineering Management from University of Texas, USA. I am the CEO of Hazel Notebooks and MadCap Stationery and Merchandise . We are a design focused team of people with a goal to [...]

I am “SHE”

When I decided to start my own counselling studio I wanted to narrow down my clientele to women alone. Was I Biased because I am a woman? Because I am a Feminist ?! --- Not really! I was mostly concerned about women! I remember back in school when we had to write articles on social issues, [...]

COUNSELLOR – Role and Responsibilities

After the Myths and Threats of Counselling and Psychology, it is about time we shed light on what is usually done in Counselling and what is the role of a Counsellor. Counselling is a mutual collaboration between two people for a brief period of time. Therefore, there are certain responsibilities of the Counsellor and the [...]

Gayatri Nair – Book-O-Box

I am Gayatri Nair. The founder of Book-O-Box! It’s a book subscription service that caters to all the readers out there who still like the idea of owning paperbacks and are brave enough to set themselves on a ‘blind date with a book’. What is Book-O-Box about? Book-o-Box is all about the love of reading and everything printed. [...]


Any time new clients come to me for their first consultation, they have a worried look on their face. They avoid any eye-contact and take their time to talk. It is quite normal to feel weird or confused when visiting a psychologist or counsellor. Those who are well aware about therapy, blend in right away, [...]

Amrita – Alaankara

My name is Amrita. I am the Founder of Alankaara. Alankaara is a venture to make a difference in the lives of the people who struggle for their daily meals. Products by us are made by the underprivileged. What is Alankaara about? Alankaara is a design studio/workshop/warehouse where magical things happen. If you’re an old soul [...]

Counselling – What exactly is it?!

“I am confused and not really sure what to do? I mean I know I should talk to someone but I don’t want my friends to know I am crazy or weird, ugh my parents will never understand!” I need guidance. I am lost! WHAT SHOULD I DO?” WHAT SHOULD I DO? This is one [...]


  TDS - A brief introduction about you and your work. TUB - I specialise in Motion Graphics and 3D Animation. I have been actively involved in the field of design for almost 8 years now as part of my work sphere. TDS - What is The Uncommon box about? What inspired you to begin [...]

Molly – Design5 Studio

I am Molly, a designer by profession and a self taught decouper artist. After a university diploma in Fine Art & Design and a long stint in the design industry, I decided to chase my own dreams rather than somebody else’s. Out of this dream was born –Design5 Studio. Paints & design were the base but Upcycling and Decoupage became my medium of expression. It was [...]

Abhinaya – The Artist Project

Hello, my name is Abhinaya. I am the curative head of The Artist Project. Being a recently graduated architect and also working for an architecture firm (Sidharth Ninan Architecture), I am just as curious about exploring the fields of product design and the fine arts as I am about architecture. Naturally, being a converging point [...]

Suvarna & Ankita – What my Sister Wore

Hello! We are Suvarna and Ankita. Our love for ethnic couture inspired us to start "What my Sister Wore" a fashion blog. This is our story! TDS - Was it always your dream to write about Fashion? Suvarna: The dream really was just to start writing about something significant in my life. After pondering over [...]

SAHIL GANDHI – Story of a Businessman!

Hello, I am Sahil Gandhi, A businessman and entrepreneur. I am a self made businessman, who learned things the hard way. Dreams are over rated according to be, however achievable with a lot of hard work!  TDS - DID YOU ALWAYS DREAM OF BECOMING A BUSINESSMAN?  SG- Dream is something I do not believe in.. [...]

Keshsa & Shivani – The “Arture” Story

I am Keshsa Vasant and my partner Shivani Patel, together we started Arture in November 2015. Arture was started with the aim of providing good alternatives to leather. A common problem that a lot of conscious buyers was the lack of sustainable, eco options that are durable. Stemmed from the love for art and nature, [...]

Puja Borker – Juru Yoga

Namaste! I am Puja Borker, Owner and founder of Juru Yoga.  I am a certified yoga teacher in Hatha and Power Yoga. I have also learned Kalaripayattu (martial-art) and I am a freelance yoga instructor. With the blessing of my well wishers and supporters I have also written my debut novel "Masterji" (easily available on Amazon).  The [...]

Ramya Balachandran – Hydes Studio

  I am Ramya Balachandran, Designer and Owner of Hydes Studio.  MBA-HR from Allinace Business School,Bangalore Hailing from an entrepreneur family, my heart lies in the same. With a flare for design, love for handbags and a designer by my side-Hari Madhavan, HYDES STUDIO became a reality.  Our designs are minimalistic-Simple, clean and sharp cuts. They [...]

Alicia Souza – The Goddess of Cute 

My name is Alicia Souza and I’m an illustrator, which means I draw for a living. It’s the best ‘job’ in the world! NV- Was it always your dream to become an artist?  AS - Never! Infact I wanted to do everything BUT that. Strange where life takes you! NV- Was it an easy decision?  AS- No, [...]

Anita Singh – Snaap Photograpy

My name is Anita Singh and I am a freelance photographer based in Mumbai. I have been working as one since 2015. I started my company "Snaap Photography" that provides candid photography services to its customers. I specialize in Pre-Wedding, Wedding, Birthday parties and lots more. Photography for me started as a hobby back when I [...]

Deeba Rajpal – Passionate About Baking

"I am Deeba Rajpal, a Food Stylist, food blogger and a hobby baker at Passionate About Baking. Fascination with food and baking came after I got married, and got into the kitchen. A few hits and misses later, I found my feet! There was no looking back... It never crossed my mind of dreaming to [...]

Manasi Deshpande – The Comical Cyanide

My name is Manasi. I am an artist. My brand "The Comical Cyanide" is all about cute comics and doodles and happy merchandise like cards, bookmarks, mugs, notebooks etc. I draw/doodle everyday life scenarios and take inspiration from daily happenings around me.  It has always, always my dream to be an artist! I took inspiration from [...]

Richa – ‘Journaling’ her story!

My name is Richa, I’m a journalist and the founder & curator of, an independent digital magazine on life, the world and the human condition. By day, I work as an editor with the Hindustan Times. I like cats, books, good storytelling and making photographs!  I'd always had very vague, generic dreams of what [...]

Akshaya Vaidyanathan — Girl on the move

I am Akshaya Vaidyanathan 23 year old based out of Chennai. I am a full time professional photographer. I specialize in documenting weddings, portraiture, fashion, architecture and food Photography. I finished my schooling from PSBB Chennai, Finished my B. Sc Electronic Media from MOP Vaishnav, went to Ooty and did my PG in Professional Photography [...]

Vidya Kamalesh – An Artistic Daydreamer

I am Vidya, a perpetual daydreamer from Bangalore, India. I enjoy dabbling with art, photography and writing apart from my daily dose of graphic design work and hankering after my cats. I have been drawing (at least somewhat recognizable forms!) from the age of 2 and have been keen on exploring various artistic visualizations from [...]

Venkataraman Balakrishnan – The Artistic Director

I am V. Balakrishnan, an alumnus of Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts and the prestigious National School of Drama, New Delhi (1998). I was later awarded the Charles Wallace Scholarship to attend the International Residency for Young Directors hosted by the Royal Court Theatre, London.  I have taught over two thousand students in the [...]

Half Baked Beans — Brewing their Story

My name is Chetan Soni and the name of publishing house is Half Baked Beans. I am an MBA by education but always had interest in storytelling. My other interests are sports and experimenting with food. HBB is primarily a publishing house where we publish books but along with that it is a reading and [...]

Divya — Curating urban lifestyle with “TAMARA”

My name is Divya Ganesh. I am the owner of Tamara, a curated lifestyle boutique newly launched in T. Nagar behind Natesan Park. Tamara, attempts to solve a particular problem – a dearth of boutiques in Chennai offering chic designer products at an affordable price point. I spent the last half year scouting around the [...]

Niloufer Wadia — Illustrating her passion for fine-arts

"My name is Niloufer Wadia. I am an artist and illustrator. I was formally educated in Applied Arts at Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. I have spent over 20 years in advertising, and now pursuing my first love - the fine arts and illustration. I was always good at drawing, a lot more than painting. However, I [...]

Prathik Panchamia — In a Candid Moment

  "Prathik Panchamia here! I am from Tamil Nadu, a professional freelance photographer based in Bombay. I live by one quote -- “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” - Buddha. I specialize in Travel and Wedding Photography and Black and White Landscapes. I also own a company that I started with the [...]

GAURAV PURAV -To fly is to live!

"As a kid I was always fascinated by machines be it a car or a ship or an Aeroplane ! But, I wasn’t really sure on what I wanted to do.  During my junior college days I started contemplating about what what my career would be. I pinned it down to either Merchant Navy or [...]

ROHITA – Engineered her way to becoming a Designer/metal Smith

I am an engineer turned jewellery artist. I started my career as a jewellery artist a bit later in life and it was quiet a journey. I did my engineering in electronics and communication. During my course of engineering I got into jewellery making as a hobby. I was self taught and made a lot [...]

ANNAPOORNA REDDY – A Fortunate Tarot Reader 

I'm Annapoorna Reddy and this is my dream story. I am a tarot card reader and interior designer. I had a passion for arts and creative work always, my father being a builder I wanted to design and beautify the spaces people live in. I always believed in tarot and astrology a lot from my childhood. I [...]

NEHA – The Journey of a Designer!

I was born and brought up in a family where a woman is either a Professor,Doctor or a Teacher. But I had other plans and dreams. I found my passion in designing. I was encouraged a lot by my father who has always advised and supported me in my every single decision,no matter what people [...]

BHAVYA KOTIAN – The Photographer in making

"Growing up I was constantly told to be like someone, to become like someone. But that's the problem, I don't want to be someone else, I have never wanted to be anyone else but me. Carve my own path, irrespective of whether the path was already walked on or was the one less chosen.  It [...]

Namitha Appaiah – Orange Bean

Hello! my name is Namitha and I am the owner of Orange Bean. Q - Was it your dream to become an entrepreneur? I am a stay at home mother, and the desire to do something which makes me happy is what led me to be an entrepreneur. Q -  Please tell us about Orange [...]

Arture – Working through cafes and how!

Have you ever worked through cafes before? I have! Plenty of times. I don't have a very conventional office and usually meet clients for Tarot and Counselling at a cafe. If you are from Chennai, you would have heard of Amethyst and Chamiers Cafe. There are many more amazing cafes but these two are my absolute  favourite places [...]

Dipa Desai – On Home and Designing

Being a lifestyle therapist I have the luxury to discuss about things that are important for one's life. We have timelessly heard the saying, 'Charity begins at home!'. But, how many of us have truly understood Home? Or the importance of having a home? I had recently been to a wedding at Surat. We resided [...]

Arts stream – shameful or Talented?


The Reading Corner -The Seeker 

Book of the week -- The Seeker by Karan Bajaj A book, whether fiction or non fiction has some infuence on its readers. Like the book I have chosen for this week. The Seeker by Karan Bajaj, is a work of fiction and yet will leave a very pleasent impact. This book is for all [...]

Word of the month – February = Creativity 

Creativity has time and again been misunderstood. It is always assumed that artists, the right brainers are more inclined towards creativity. But is this true? Have we understood the accurate meaning of creativity? I guess not!  My word for the month of February is Creativity!  In the month of December I launched an online segment [...]

HEAVEN ON EARTH – Sri Ramanashram, Tiruvannamalai ! (part 1)

I have lived in Chennai for more than some 8 years now. Apart from adopting the language I have also tried to adopt the spirituality that this city reflects. There are various temples and places I have seen that leaves one awestruck. The gopurams and the beautiful architecture that makes one wonder about the creativity [...]


​Love is to give, Doesn't know expectations,  Love is to smile, Also in sadness, Love is to laugh, But also brings pain, Love is to lose,  Yet always remains within,  Love is to be present,  But also anticipates, Love doesn't conquer, It only wants happiness, Love is not to hide, Also doesn't need an expression,  [...]

Power of the Internet — An article by Karuna Ezara Parikh

Internet has now become a lot more than just a luxury or privilege, it has now become a necessity and a space for outburst. There is so much happening on the internet that it is difficult to catch up sometimes. Today almost everything goes viral in the blink of an eye.  We are so habituated [...]

When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron

  Usually when we buy a fictional book we take a look at the synopsis. There is a plot, names of characters, you understand the genre and it’s a decision to make, whether to pick it up or to toss it. But Self help books are tricky to understand. Even though there is a brief [...]

Word of the Month — January = Patience

As the dawn is about to break I realize I haven't slept all night. It has been an overwhelming month. Honestly, it has been one of the best months I have had in a really long time! Every month has a word. I guess it differs from person to person. Depending on their experiences and [...]


Article -- Uncertainty – The Dreamscape Studio Uncertainty, as we know it, is the state of unknown or the feeling of unknown. It is a rough feeling, to not know what may happen in moments to come. I personally, have faced uncertainty more times than you can count! Uncertainty teaches you various emotions.  Some are dark, [...]

Amidst life..on stand by 

​Amidst the storm lies silence, Amidst life lies death, Amidst reality lies a dream! A dream I want, The silence I seek,  But when and how? Death is a long way! Listening to the waves, My heart wants to cry, It wants to run away, To some land I don’t know why!


​"See the cloud, the sky appear, See the rain, the light draw near, See the smile, delighted you feel, See the colours, darkness you depart, See the world, a soul you worship, See yourself, contentment you feel, Confide in yourself, acceptance you acheive!"

Acceptance..In you towards YOU!

“Everything comes to us, that belongs to us, if we create the capacity to receive it!” Rabindranath Tagore You come across some words, that inspire you and then you come across some words that change the way you think. This simple but wise quote, by the poetic, Rabindranath Tagore, teaches us something we often fail [...]

Someone to Love – Ruchita Misra

Falling sick has its own virtue, you can crawl underneath a blanket with a book to accompany you. I chose "Someone to Love" by Ruchita Misra.  I spent an entire afternoon with all the characters. I smiled and got very choked up! I still stayed with the characters after I put down the book. Relating [...]

Thinking Right, Always! 

​Whenever we face a situation or whenever we start something new, we go through a series of feelings and thoughts. One feeling stands out in particular. Named - Anxiety! And anxiety is backed up with fear and this eventually leads to failure and disappointments. We are so programmed by something going wrong that we forget, [...]

Fate – You pretty thing!

Love yourself…for no one else will, the way you do!

“I knock I scream, I know not where to be, I look outside the window, I exhale a sigh of grief, No one notices me, No one cares, I am right there, Yet unobserved, I know not whom to seek for, Who will understand, I am a human with a heart! My chest feels heavy, [...]


It's been a month since I started my initiative on Dream-Tale! It has been quite a journey.  Dream-Tale was launched with an idea to motivate millions of people out there who need that one push to believe in them. At one point of time in my life, I needed it too!  I remember watching and [...]

River of Ink…Book review!

They say never judge a book by its cover, but, when the cover is so beautiful and enchanting one can afford to take the risk. That is what I did, and I am pleased to say,that I was not disappointed! The book is as beautiful as the cover. I encountered “River of Ink” when I [...]

Daily Dose of Inspiration – HOPE — Be Inspired..!!

Most people give up on their dreams not because of themselves but almost always because of other people around them telling them they can’t do something. I’m here to tell you to put your dreams and goals in your heart and never give up! Dreaming is one of the sweetest things ever, we always dream […] [...]

Comes to an End…..

"Endings appear harsh, Endings sadden, Endings are inevitable, Endings are important, Endings are a luxury, Endings teach us a lot, Endings, like dry leaves, have to one day fall, As night falls there is day, After Autumn there's the Spring fields, After death is a new life, After each ending, there's a new story to [...]

All those bottled up emotions! 

​It is natural for many of us, to keep our emotions and feelings locked up inside us. We're afraid to express them, due to many reasons, we don't wanna hurt others, we certainly don't wanna hurt ourselves. The pain and trauma is way too much to even express it, sometimes.  But once the intensity of [...]


​The problem with us humans, is that we are get comfortable very easily.  We are comfortable with all the luxuries we have. We are comfortable with the people we love. We are also comfortable being miserable in our lives. The reason we get so comfortable is because we are afraid of change! Comfort creates an [...]


"It has been a while since I ve inked, Been a while since my heart gave in, Been a while since i was inspired, Been a while since i boxed in, Life is fast, So eventful, Time speeds, Exhausting one's soul, Yet here I am, After a sabbatical, Taking a pause, Calming life's run, Crafting [...]

A Dream Journey 

A journey I started Started long ago, Journey I assumed, Would be of surprises and a flow, The path I chose, The path I rejoiced in, But hurdles that came by, Were difficult to win, I managed somehow, I struggled the fall, And I arose to fight back hard, To my surprise, The path had [...]

Everyday life….

"Life is simpler than assumed, Sweeter than imagined, Yet Problems arise Without solutions! Generosity of life Obligation of thought Unfathomable yet never depart! Colourful life appears blank Tell me how, tell me why Life so afresh turning foul! People similar portraying difference Seeking love and some ground!"

Her love story………

"Its a dark space, with no trace of light, she stands there alone, craving for the light, to brighten her life! Everything around is lifeless, Everything opaque, She longs to escape, But trapped in a maze! She is beautiful, petite, A moment of freedom she dreams, Longs to be loved and adored, A happily ever [...]

Dream a little more…….

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.” –Rabindranath Tagore  Dreams are our various thoughts and images that surface while we are asleep. Dreams are those aspirations and goals we always longed for. This is how I would look at dreams, an amazing amalgamation of our hopes, [...]