All posts tagged: Ahmedabad

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An Interaction with Basuri Choksi, the Interior Designer-turned-Artist from Ahmedabad

Today, we have Basuri Choksi – an Interior Designer-turned-Artist who shares her journey with the Roots and Leisure from Ahmedabad on how she breathes life on any canvas that is given to her. Here’s a quick conversation with the lady behind the artworks who is not afraid to play with different types of shades delivering notable effects. Hello, Basuri! Would you like to tell a bit about yourself, where you’re from and what you’ve been up to? I’m an Interior Designer-turned-Artist. Since childhood, I have always been inclined towards art but only figured my true calling for it in 2012 while I was practicing interiors. Within a year, I was sure I don’t want to do anything but paint! Since then, I have been painting and learning new techniques on my own. Introduce us to your work. What got you started? I work with acrylics on canvas, wood and other surfaces. I also do murals. The freedom of expression that a blank canvas gives to an artist, got me started. It also has been a …

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Recreating Nostalgia and Happy Corners using Small Things | Maya Talks about Her Hobby “Knick Knacks”

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 …

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A Chat with the Founders of “Project Otenga” – A Café in Ahmedabad that Brings Together Slow Design and NorthEastern Roots

Having a professional degree in designing may be one of the keys to conceptualize and define a structure but to be able to metamorphose it into a café of abstract comfort takes a little more than that. It takes persistence, determination and unsparing creativity to fill every corner with ingenious passion. For Kabyashree and Dayananda these elements came in together at the right time and with the right push to help them blossom their entrepreneurial journey that beautifully combines their passion, their design background and their roots Here’s a chat with the founders of Project Otenga, Ahmedabad  – Kabyashree Borgohain from Assam (extreme left) and Dayananda from Manipur (extreme right) . They talk about how the project evolved from a house café in Gandhinagar to a full-fledged space in the University campus in Ahmedabad. Here’s a little background on the founders A native of Assam, Kabyashree Borgohain is a design strategist, a gastronomical food researcher and chef, and an alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar . She also has a degree in Fashion and Lifestyle Accessories from and the …

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Architecture Student and Full Time Traveller | Callan Green from Australia, Shares His Travel Story.

  “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta. And a story teller we find in this young Australian traveler who embodies every millennial’s dream to travel the world.  Meet Callan Green from Melbourne –  studying at Deakin University and currently living in Ahmedabad, and travelling across India. Callan is an architecture student at Deakin University and a full-time traveler. Years of traveling have also nurtured in him a passion for photography. Interacting with communities as a volunteer across the world has taught him various facets of global education. He attributes his deeper understanding of architecture and sustainable living also to his extensive travels.We spoke with Green to understand what drives travelers like him to keep the travel bug alive. “I am a student at Deakin University. I work as a barista at a small café in Melbourne, Australia. Slowly, my studies and travel became so intertwined with each other that over the past four years, I’ve spent nearly three of them overseas. I started this chapter of my life by …

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Catching up with an old Classmate during Navratri

“Alumni Night [at CEPT,Ahmedabad] is something I always look forward to – since it happens during Navratri.Friends from from all over come together to attend this one night of dancing. It’s like you never left. . . . and to be back here again in the same campus – catching with an old friend is just perfect.” “I had a long day but I’ll never be too tired to dress up for the night. It’s like the best thing about Navratri – wearing a chaniya choli! 🙂 Law garden (in Ahmedabad) have an amazing collection of traditional stuffs – especially the jewellery!”