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Owner of Papermelon, Devi Chand from Chennai Creates Sustainable Paper-Based Jewellery

Devi Chand, from Chennai, works out of her little studio and creates impressive paper-based jewellery. She found a way to roll paper to create interestingly shaped beads and that gave her an idea to further use in accessories. The sealant she uses also works to make the paper splash-proof! Back in 2009, she started her paper jewellery venture, Papermelon. Even now, she finds joy in collecting all types of paper and upcycles them to make her creations. Just like her, her jewellery is upbeat, happy and colourful. Check out her collection and wear some as a conversation starter. Also, read through our conversation with this cheerful wife, mother and entrepreneur who is living her dream!  Hello, it’s great having this chat with you! Give us a small bio. Hey! I’m Devi Chand, and I make some exciting sustainable paper jewellery. I create from my little home studio in Chennai. I’m a mother of one, who is also a regular visitor at my quaint shop.  Tell us about your venture Papermelon.   I studied design at NIFT. …

Amrita Giriraj, from Chennai, Turns Botanics into Classy Jewellery With Her Venture ‘Alankaara’

Amrita Giriraj from Chennai fell in love with the art of fossilising botanics like flowers and leaves, while she was working on a post-grad project. It was in Kanyakumari, where she led the foundation of her jewellery venture called ‘Alankaara’. Her brand is vastly different from any other jewellery brand that we’ve come across — it captures the essence of a place by preserving it’s flora in jewelry pieces. Alankaara reflects her true self — humble, creative and deeply connected with nature. Since then, she has won the SISA (Start-up of The Year in Social Impact), travelled to Kenya and the Himalayas how flora can also bring you closer a place’s culture. She says, “Over the last 2 years, I’ve immersed myself in what I do and I realised I’m actually a story-teller. Each handcrafted jewellery is a story waiting to be heard and loved.” Meet our amateur botanist and jewellery designer – Amrita It’s great to have this chat with you today! We are beyond excited about your craft. First, please say hi to …

#RECIPE | Ash-Gourd Coconut and Yogurt Curry, a Family Recipe From Tamil Nadu, by Food Blogger – Preethi Venkatram

Saturday is here and we have another exciting family recipe all the way from Tamil Nadu! Contributed by Preethi Venkatram, our dish of the day is called Poosanikai Mor Kootu or Ash gourd, coconut and yoghurt curry. Preethi discovered her talents for cooking when she shifted to North Carolina, USA. She started her blog ‘cookingwithpree’. A mother to 2 kids, she hopes that one day she can pass it on to her children just how her mother and aunt passed on their recipe books to her. Her blog has focuses on simple and easy vegetarian recipes with vegan options. She has a knack for experimenting with different cuisines while keeping it healthy. Pree says, “I don’t believe in cooking separately for kids and adults, so all my recipes will be kid-friendly, with no compromise on taste for the adults as well.”  Mor Kootu has always been one of Pree’s favourite yoghurt based recipes from the Tambram cuisine (Tamil Bhramin – a vegetarian community in Tamil Nadu). Her mother paired it with a spicy Vathal Kuzhambu …

“My Art Brings Me Closer To Myself” – Nandini Nair, an Artist and IRS Officer From Chennai

Nandini Nair is an artist and IRS officer based out of Chennai. She began painting early on and found her solace in art. “I love the process more than the output – exploring myself through art has always elevated my spirits,” says Nandini. Her art is an exploration of herself, of women and of people around her.  Recently she showcased 50 of her artworks in an exhibition titled ‘Small Talk’ which took her 1 year to complete. With her work, she hopes to inspire people to delve a little deeper and connect with their true selves. Get to know her better as we chat with her about art and the inspiration behind it.  Hello Nandini! Firstly, a big congrats for your solo exhibition. Please introduce yourself to our readers. I am Nandini Nair, a visual artist based out of Chennai. I was born and raised in Cochin city, Kerala. I went to school and did my undergrad and post graduation in Economics I usually work with a variety of mediums including watercolour, pen and ink, …

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“I Hope My Audience Will Seek A Moment of Tranquility and Experience God and His Love Through my work” – David Weston, An Artistic Photographer From Chennai

  To capture an image and freezing a moment in time which is never to come back, indeed reveals how rich reality truly is. It makes the photograph all the more meaningful. Today, photographer David Weston from Chennai talks to us about the artistic performances he aims to deliver through his photography. He’s one brilliant artist who is very careful with the little details and holds great value on every moment he captures. We had an honest chat with a very soulful photographer, David Weston from Chennai. He inspires us with his minimalistic yet amazing creativity and artistry through his photographs. Read on to know more about him. Hello David! Tell us little about yourself. My name is David Weston and I’m an artist from Chennai. I’ve got a Master’s degree in Visual Communication and a Post-grad diploma in Advanced Photography. I specialize in people and fashion portraiture and I shoot fine art photography as a personal project. Recently, I had my first solo photography exhibition titled, ‘Chasing the Light’ (Limited Edition). A click from David’s …