Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 33

WRITER IMAGES: COURTESY MALIKA V KASHYAP, PABLO BARTHOLOMEW, SUMEDHA SAH, SIDDHARTH DHANVANT SHANGHVI The founder of Border & Fall, an online portal that showcases creative minds in fashion, Kashyap has also worked in sales and fashion branding. She writes about the shift towards Indian textiles in ‘Indian Independence’ (pg 70). What is one thing you would change about yourself? I would fix my broken toe. What would your alternate profession be? It’s a toss up between a magician or florist. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. I’d like to spend a day in my mother’s shoes, to know what it’s like to be a parent. Especially to experience the ‘indescribable feelings’, the ones they always say you can only understand once you have kids. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? Our balcony—we look out at green trees and nature. That’s a view I wouldn’t touch. WRITER Delhi-based freelance writer and art critic, D’Mello published her first book, A Handbook For My Lover, in December 2015. She was among the five writers nominated for Forbes’ Best Emerging Art Writer Award in 2014. Here, she writes on her desire for women’s empowerement in ‘Sealed With A Wish’ (pg 202). What is one thin g you would change about yourself? Nothing at all. I love being me. I wish I could have more faith in my talent as a writer, but at the same time firmly believe in the curative powers of self-doubt. Which famous character is your alter ego? Wonder Woman. Because she’s Amazonian and kicks ass. What would your alternate profession be? I’d love to have been a photographer or an artist. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. A whisky taster. Preferably someone who works at the Laphroaig brewery. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? No such place. I’m always looking for ways to improve my home. ILLUSTRATOR Sah is an architect and a self-taught a r t i s t w h o h a s t h re e s o l o exhibitions in Ahmedabad and Delhi under her belt. For this issue, she illustrates for ‘Sealed With A Wish’ (pg 202). What is one thing you would change about yourself? Patience is a quality I lack in terms of my work. I am a person who doesn’t like to see unfinished things, so I push myself in the hope to complete a piece sometimes when it is best to give it more time to evolve. What would your alternate profession be? I love to travel and experience new places and cultures. I transform into an enthusiastic researcher when I plan a trip, spending hours to make an itinerary and looking out for the best to see and eat. I would most definitely be a travel writer. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. I would love to trade lives with author and collector, Gertude Stein for a day. I can’t even imagine what an experience it would be to host the most brilliant creative minds and speak about art and life with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Henri Matisse among many others. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? My garden, because it’s got beautiful pine trees my father planted when he was a child. WRITER Author of the international bestseller, The Last Song of Dusk, Shanghvi is honorary director of arts festival Sensorium in Goa, where he is currently based. His second novel, The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay, which was also nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2008. For this issue, he writes on blurring gender lines in ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady’ (pg 163). What is one thing you would change about yourself? I’d like to be taller, to look down more on people I despise. Which famous character is your alter ego? Holly Golightly, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. What would your alternate profession be? I don’t even have a present profession let alone an alternate one. Name a person with whom you would trades lives for a day. Absolutely no one. Which is the one area of your home you wouldn’t renovate, and why? My bed, it’s weathered a lot. n 33