SUDHA MENON, AUTHOR

When and how did your love for books start? I grew up in a small Mumbai suburb, Dombivili, in a house by the railway tracks. My father was a railwayman, unwaveringly honest and totally committed to the cause of improving the lot of railway workers, many of whom worked in the unorganised sector. Life was simple and frugal back then because he gave away a better part of his earnings to the poor and the needy. But what he was

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FERUZAN BILIMORIA, MIXOLOGIST and BARTENDER

She switched gears from a bakery chef to a liquid chef and when she isn’t behind the bar, she is either catching up on sleep, studying all things alcohol, drawing or browsing through articles of crime and war. Meet Feruzan Bilimoria, mixologist, bartender, team leader and dreamer who hopes to open a bar and café under her own name someday. Feruzan has been in the business of mixology for close to five years now. Currently working in a modern British themed

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ANJALLI SUKUMARAN, FASHION BLOGGER AND DESIGNER

Her role models are Audrey Hepburn and Amal Clooney who she believes are true women of substance. Meet Anjalli Sukumaran who at 27 and is already an established jewellery designer, blogger, fashion curator and social influencer. She quit her legal job at an MNC to start her very own jewellery label (store.anjalli.in) and has no regrets whatsoever. Currently in Chennai, Anjalli recalls being quite scared as she had left her job to pursue her love for writing, designing and all things fashion.

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DIVYAA D, GURUKULAM

In a world where technology is taking a prominent role in every aspect of our lives, it was so refreshing to hear about Gurukulam through which Divyaa D introduces us to world of shlokas. Shloka means a couplet of Sanskrit verse, one in which each line contains sixteen syllables. Reciting shlokas has been known to have several benefits including to feel calm and more centered thereby allowing one to channelize the positive energy received in a variety of ways. Divyaa started

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TRIVENI PATIL, BIKER

“I am my own inspiration. And I am very strong both, mentally and physically” Meet the powerhouse behind this candid statement Triveni Patil – a home maker, an entrepreneur and as the photo suggests – a biker! Triveni comes from a conservative and orthodox family based in a small village in Andhra Pradesh. “Bikes were for boys” she was always told so although she was drawn to it, she hesitated to take the first step. Then came a very low

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DEEPIKA GHOSE, DANCEWITHDEE

“Do everything with patience and passion. Patience is what ​will help you to understand people (in my case, my students​)​ and ​​​passion is what ​will attract those very​ people to your craft” Meet Deepika Ghose, Founder of DancewithDee. Deepika has been dancing since childhood and has trained extensively in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Contemporary, Ballet, Bollywood, African Dance, Modern Dance and Dance Therapy. After teaching in California and Mumbai, Deepika now teaches dance in Bangalore and her classes can be best

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DIVYA ARUN, DANCER

“To define myself is a tricky one as I believe that I am still a work in progress.” Meet Divya Arun who loves everything about her life. With a double post-graduation (Nutrition and MBA), Divya plays a dual role professionally (HR and Wellness industry) and also follows her passion as an Indian classical dancer, educator and choreographer. Currently based in Hong Kong with her husband and son (who she considers as her biggest strength), Divya has given wings to her

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HARITHA HARIDAS, DANCER

“The only thing motherhood changed in me was the shape of my body. My passion and drive never changed”. Meet Haritha Haridas who comes with 27 years of experience in classical dance. She is currently working as a Mohiniyattam Instructor at Kalapravaha-Home of performing Arts, Singapore. Haritha started learning dance at the age of five. It was her mother’s wish. Her mother loved dance but could not pursue it professionally. Luckily, Haritha took to dance as passionately as her mother.

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RAJASHREE DAS, DANCER

She started learning Bharatanatyam when she was two and a half – at an age she could not even pronounce the word properly. But today, when Rajashree Das looks back, she knows it was always her true calling. While she finds it hard to articulate why she took up dance, she knows why she loves it so much. On the one hand, dance gives her an identity and on the other hand it liberates her from the same imprisoning identity.

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SANYOGEETA PATIL, DANCER

“My single mother has made unimaginable sacrifices in making me the person I am. From selling vegetables, stitching clothes, sewing sari falls, she has done it all” Meet Sanyogeeta Patil, who says, Bharatanatyam is her life, without which she would cease to exist. A native of Kolhapur, Sanyogeeta remembers being mesmerized by the classical dance performances on Doordarshan (when she was all of 3 years old) and started to train formally at the age of 13. So deep rooted was

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