Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 32

Bazaar CONTRIBUTORS WRITER PHOTOGRAPHER Drawing on a legacy from his father Rakesh Shrestha, photography came as a passion to him from a young age. During his solo career, he has worked with numerous celebrities, photographed covers and editorials for leading publications, and has developed campaigns of several prominent brands. Apart from his love for photography, Shrestha is also a professional scuba diver. For this issue, he captures Sunny Leone adorned in coloured diamonds in ‘A Rare Jewel’ (pg 102). What is one thing you would change about yourself? My diet, the addiction to junk! Which famous character is your alter ego? Batman. I like dark, deeper corners. What would your alternate profession be? Scuba diver. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. Steve McCurry. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? My Buddhist little temple. 32 WRITER A Bengaluru-based author, and currently books editor for The Caravan, Hasan has authored Neti, Neti, Lunatic in My Head, and Difficult Pleasures. Her latest release is the novel The Cosmopolitans (August 2015). Here, she writes on the importance of literature in ‘Sealed With A Wish’ (pg 202). What is one thing you would change about yourself? I wish I could fret less. But we seem to live in fretful times. Which famous character is your alter ego? Hamlet. I fret like him. What would your alternate profession be? An environmentalist so as to be close to nature. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. Anyone who makes a living working with their hands. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? My desk. Because it faces a quiet, leafy lane. Born in Kabul in 1982, Bhutto is a writer, novelist, and political activist with a degree in Middle Eastern studies from Columbia University, New York City and a master’s degree in South Asian Studies at the University of Londo. She has written a book of poetry, Whispers in the Desert, a memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword, a novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, and her latest work of fiction—a short story titled Democracy—was published in February 2015. In this issue, she writes about her hope for peace in ‘Sealed With A Wish’ (pg 202). Which famous character is your alter ego? I’m not sure I have one, but I do love Mr Gustave from The Grand Budapest Hotel. What would your alternate profession be? I discovered the joy of cooking two years ago and in my maddest moments, I’d like to go to culinary school and work with food. Or I’d be a professional reader, if there is such a thing. IMAGES: COURTESY ROHAN SHRESTHA, ANJUM HASAN, FATIMA BHUTTO, JERRY PINTO WRITER Mumbai-based writer Pinto is a freelance journalist and editor, a guest lecturer at Sophia Polytechnic, a child-rights activist, and poet. His first novel, Em and the Big Hoom, won The Hindu Literary Prize that year and his book about actor Helen Jairag Richardson, The Life and Times of an H-Bomb, won the Windham– Campbell Literature Prizes (Fiction) in February. He writes about intolerance in India in ‘Sealed With A Wish’ (pg 202). What is one thing you would change about yourself? My tendency to bombast. Which famous character is your alter ego? Hook of the Souk. The reason is obvious, no? What would your alternate profession be? Librarian. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. Alan Greenspan. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? My body. I can’t afford it. ä