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DEVIKA NARAIN

FOUNDER | CREATIVE DIRECTOR

What did you want to be when you were a child?
A journalist and teacher in no random order. Ever since I was little, I've wanted to do something that will create some sort of an impact to the world we live in.

What’s your favorite thing about your work-space?That it's mine! I'm so fortunate to have found a space that I can call my own, the office is filled with things I love and is home to some of the most enterprising and creative people I know. It's got a little day bed you can read in, a dining table at the heart of it where you'd find us arguing over design theories or decor details and my favourite place is my desk, a vintage find where I can sit in peace and work.

Name a person (past or present) whom you admire or look up to. I surround myself with stories of people that inspire me. From Frida kahlo to Julie Taymor and sabyasachi - they're all stories worth emulating. But the people I truly look up to are those around me. I'm incredibly lucky to be surrounded by the most amazing family and friends.

What does success mean to you? Being content. Not on a magical far off day. But every day.

What’s your favourite thing to come home to after a long day of work.Family. Book. TV. Bed. In no particular order.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out. Try it, how bad can it be!


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NIDHI KANOI

COO | BOSS LADY

What does the world need more of? Finding happiness in the little things around them. We tend to do the opposite - little pleasures are priceless.

Name a person (past or present) whom you admire or look up to. My mother is someone I've admired all my life. There are little pieces of everyone that have impacted and inspired me all my life, and slowly but surely directed me to the path I am on today. I admire qualities more than people, so I admire almost everyone I know, for different reasons. Having said that I do look up to my Partner who has silently taught me a lot.

What does success mean to you? Success is happiness. Not just my own, but of everyone near and dear to me.

What is your personal or professional motto? Chase excellence, chase happiness. If you're not happy in any story - personal or professional - leave.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out? My husband sent me a super long email filled with most wonderful things. The one that stood out for me the most was- things take time. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to do too much too quickly.

If someone gave you a million dollars, what would you do with it? Travel and be Secret Santa to all those I love round the year!

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SHIRAZ SINGH

SENIOR DESIGNER | MAD HATTER

What did you want to be when you were a child?
An archaeologist

What is your personal or professional motto?
You can be crazy, erratic or absolutely ridiculous but never boring

What tool, object or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
My cup of coffee or more recently my adrak wali chai.

What’s your favorite thing to come home to after a long day of work?
A balcony filled with plants and book + coffee.

Which of your traits are you most proud of?
I am unapologetic-ally myself and that I have an opinion (on everything!)

At what point in life did you first learn about your field of work, what called you to it?
A classic Bollywood answer but truly it just happened. I wanted to work with craftsmen and vernacular techniques of existence! And over time and many many many many jobs later I realized that this industry has potential to genuinely contribute to their skills and lives. As someone who has been actively documenting craft stories this one of the most effective ways to make a difference.

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AABIR BAONI

SENIOR DESIGNER | POPEYE

What did you want to be when you were a child? A cow, because they don’t have to wear slippers, and I hated wearing footwear (still do). With the current political scenario, that might have been a better life.

What does the world need more of? Awareness. Awareness about what we are doing to the climate, awareness about the politics of your country and the world, awareness about what is going on around us, so that we can truly understand how our actions make an impact.

What’s your favorite thing about your work space?The people. It is great to be working with people you can learn from and have intelligent discussions with.

Name a person (past or present) whom you admire or look up to. My parents, they taught me what struggle means.

What does success mean to you? For me, success is like the horizon, it is unattainable. I believe in milestones instead.

What is your personal or professional motto Whatever you do, push creative boundaries.

What tool, object or ritual could you not live without in your workday? Sketchbook and my collection of pencils.

What’s your favorite thing to come home to after a long day of work? The bed.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out? “It’s not going to be easy”

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SAKHI POL

JUNIOR DESIGNER | THE PERFECTIONIST

What does the world need more of? People who listen to and follow their heart.

What’s your favorite thing about your work space? The young and enthusiastic minds. How all of us including the space is ever evolving! I love that my own desk is personal to me and yet goes with the eclectic vibe of the design room.

What is your personal or professional motto Wherever you are and whatever your do, be in love.

What’s your favorite thing to come home to after a long day of work? Mummy ke haath ka khana on our terrace while chatting with her late at night.

At what point in life did you first learn about your field of work, what called you to it. Ever since I joined architecture school, I found myself applying the knowledge I'd gain in unconventional aspects. So, when I graduated, I knew that I was meant to do something different from a standard architect.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out? 'Doing' something isn't the same as 'accomplishing' something. Love your everyday.

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MEGHA GUPTA

JUNIOR DESIGNER | NINJA

What does the world need more of? Kindness

What’s your favorite thing about your work space?The Veranda which overlooks the garden. I love that no matter what time of the day it is, someone is always there- debating ideas, reading or enjoying a cup of chai.

What does success mean to you? Being content with what I'm doing

What is your personal or professional motto? Just keep swimming

What tool, object or ritual could you not live without in your workday? A list. I wake up each day and make a list of things I intend to do.

At what point in life did you first learn about your field of work, what called you to it. The DNC post to volunteer for some hands-on work.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out. You've to protect what you believe in.

If someone gave you a million dollars, what would you do with it.Start a company to employ the uneducated and open a ceramic studio!

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SHWETA ROKADE

BUSINESS MANAGER | THE ACCOUNTANT (ref movie)

What did you want to be when you were a child? It began from wanting to be a teacher, to wanting to be a painter and then desperately wanting to be an astronaut. I remember I had stuck cut-outs from newspapers with information about space travel, planets and galaxies in my room, it was like a mini exhibition.

What’s your favorite thing about your work-space That it feels like home.

What does success mean to you? To be able progress every single day, even if it's slow.

What is your personal or professional motto? Believe in yourself no matter what and always do things wholeheartedly.

What tool, object or ritual could you not live without in your workday? Laptop and coffee.

If you were magically given three more hours per day, what would you do with them. Spend time with my family, especially my father since we all get so busy and caught up with things that we forget about our parents.

At what point in life did you first learn about your field of work, what called you to it. I love planning things, even as a kid, I planned all my birthdays. I knew exactly what I wanted to wear (only pink, blue and yellow!) and what I wanted my friends to do. I’ve planned my friend’s birthday parties and proposals ever since! As cliche as it sounds, every time I’d watch a wedding inspired movie or show, I wanted to be a part of that world. I’m so fortunate to be working for something I love.

What’s the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out? Whatever you do, put your heart into it or don't do it at all.