We have often heard the say which goes like “Small things matter the most.” Maya Kumar shares her story with our Roots and Leisure Team about her love affair with arranging small things perfectly – in the most surprising nooks and corners.
Here’s a quick chat about Maya’s love interest called Knick Knacks (@miasknickknacks).
“I’m a mom of two boys, twelve and eight, married to a globetrotting Robotic Engineer. I have always been interested in design, having my Master’s Degree in Communication and having worked as a Copywriter with a couple of leading advertising agencies, before quitting just before my older son was born, enjoying the joys of both motherhood and travel. I still freelance when possible. We’ve travelled and lived around the world – Taiwan for a short spell, then Bangalore; Singapore was home for about five years and now Michigan is our base.”
Tell us about “Knick Knacks” and how has your roots and upbringing inspired this hobby of yours?
It’s just a happy little hobby that I indulge in whenever I get the time or am inspired to do so. “Knick Knacks” is an outlet to showcase my moods and my fascination for small things and miniatures; at times they take you down a memory lane or into a happy world in my imaginations – which I then try to recreate through these small arrangements. Taking time out to enjoy the little things in life is what makes it worthwhile.
“Books have always been my first love. So I can attribute my love for this hobby to my childhood spent in the greenery and quietness of Nilgiris – and my love for books, which ignited my imagination to no end. These two together has given me so many happy memories, that I try to recreate through Knick-Knack, where I decorate corners, walls etc using tiny things, that reminds of happiness. My constant travels around the world makes sure I refuel my imaginations”
I hail from the beautiful Nilgiris. A small town girl growing up amidst the beautiful blue hills and tea estates that this little paradise had to offer. I’ve grown up reading a lot of books; my parents were avid readers and writers – and my father is a published writer having published three books, one co-authored with my mother. Having married a boy with similar upbringing has ensured that our views of life in general are almost always in sync, and our heart is always rooted in the tiny town of Coonoor.