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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

THE UNCOMMON BOX!

  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  Parenthesis.co, 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 [...]