The Designer: A feisty tom boy turned bespoke designer, Jayeta Rohilla hails from Haryana. She was born in Gujrat, has lived in Nigeria, Sweden and China, before returning to India to pursue a career in design. A sudden interest in the purple gowns at a Valentino exhibit on The Oprah Winfrey show in 2005 made Jayeta fall in love with the colour purple and thus sparked her romance with fashion. ‘Things changed after that. I changed after that. I woke up loving the idea of dressing up and experimenting. Suddenly, there was a lot more to me than I ever
The Designer: Sayon Chatterjee is a graphic and product designer based out of Delhi. Coming from a background of artists, design has always played an intrinsic part in his life. ‘It was almost inevitable that I ventured into design,’ he says. He first tried his hand at designing and creating custom bikes for Motokraft Customs (A start-up run by his brother) before venturing into eyewear for his eponymous label.
The Label: Sayon, an exotic handmade wooden eyewear company, was born after many failed attempts by the designer at upcycling wood into something fancy. The thought first emerged from Sayon’s idea-book that he
Fire Under Ash
Author, Saskya Jain:
When Ashwin, a wealthy Delhi boy, meets Lallan, a struggling student from Patna looking to make his fortune, their friendship, with their mutual love for the almond-eyed Mallika, seems to transcend the fault lines of class and privilege. But one night at a party, a fateful incident leads their worlds to unravel with consequences that change both their lives forever, and exposes the deep turmoil inherent in the frenetic energy of the new, aspiring India.’
Three characters. Three dreams. Three perspectives and the city of Delhi form the basis of debutant Saskya Jain’s novel, Fire Under Ash. All
Director, Homi Adajania:
Finding Fanny releases today. We share excerpts from the interview with the director, Homi Adajania from our all new Design Issue that hits stands this weekend.
Five dysfunctional characters all in search of something, form the base of Finding Fanny. What inspired this film?
I read about an Italian postman, in a small village, who had got arrested for not delivering letters for a year. He’d just go to the post-office, collect the mail, go home, drink beer and chill all day. When they caught him, they found the entire spare room filled with piles of undelivered letters
Artist, Astha Butail:
Exhibiting her debut solo show, artist Astha Butail shares her inspiration and the importance of Hindu Mythology and philosophy in her work.
Can you tell us about your debut solo--Manifested Ratios?
Manifested Ratios was a very slight departure from my last work of A Story Within A Story 2012 and Crossings 2013, though oral histories & tradition, cosmic processes concealed or apparent is what is further highlighted.
What motivated the series?
The show has three bodies of work. There are two installations, Ever Lasting Day 2014 and Broadened Sky 2014, which is a further step from the story project, both dealing
Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past
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Contextualize yourself in a line.
Bored. Fat. Ugly. Want to sleep.
Three things that influence your work.
I set very low standards when it comes to time so I don’t like to do anything for too long. I need to be alone cause I get distracted easily and I like to write naked.
One liner: I am a poor man but I am poor by accident not design
Pick-up line: In the old days when I was dating a 'Maybe' for me would be a 'Yes'
Place not to crack a joke: When you are at a bar and very drunk and someone comes up to you and says you are a comedian – 'ek joke sunao'. I find that deplorable and painful.
If you had a shrinking device, what’s the one thing you’d miniaturize first?
The Male ego and my waistline .