What Makes You So Special?
A few days ago, I decided to update my Resume. Yes, being an
Entrepreneur Designer and Yoga teacher, for some reason I still felt the need
to keep a Resume ready. I made myself comfortable on my meditation cushion in
my yoga space, the laptop screen open in front of me, and I began adding points
on to the document.
10 minutes into this, my gaze drifted to the lush green view of the Banyan tree in front of me. The leaves looked new born, bright green and healthy, as the raindrops washed over it, the long chocolate brown roots looking rejuvenated.
Being a creative person at heart, I always welcome a magical moment that might inspire me or leave me in a state of wonder.In that moment, I suddenly felt like I was experiencing the latter. I began to ponder, why was it that I felt this need to list down my professional achievements good and proper? As I looked out at the slender branches of the enormously dense tree, which were now dancing gently to the wind, a thought dawned on me.
It’s because looking at this piece of structured document, I felt special. Special because it listed out some of the outcomes of what I had really worked hard for. It validated to me that I was adding value to society through teaching Yoga and creating designs by employing Indian Craftsmen. Nothing wrong with that. Just as your resume would to you, mine too gave me some solace. I had managed to achieve a small part of many more aspirations to come. That led to another question - did my Resume truly define who I am? Did it really define the being that I am in this moment?
Nature with its magnetic allure, I looked out to suddenly see the most beautiful parrot sitting precariously on a branch. This mischievous bird with its deep red beak and resplendent green feathers, looked as if it had perched itself right there to respond to my musings. Without any resume to it’s name, let alone even a name or identity, this bird looked pretty special as it was, just sitting there, looking blissful as ever, enjoying the now light drizzle.
What makes you so special? What makes each one of us so special? Sometimes, the answer need not be profound. It can be as simple as this queenly looking parrot – just hanging out on the branch and being. The fact that you exist; that there is no one is this world exactly like you, is what makes you so very special. Just by being, being the person you are, which does not mean your name, what you do, where you live and how much you earn, but simply that you are here in this world, is what makes you special like no other, literally.
Feeling amused at how nature was responding to my contemplations as if reading my mind, I gazed outside to notice that the delightful looking parrot was now gone. Instead sat close to its spot, a rather large crow, cawing away. My mind was clearly flowing with thoughts and the Resume completion had taken a backseat. Would I call this crow special? I’m not sure. It wasn’t exactly beautiful like the Parrot. But, if I were to use the above logic, then yes, this crow could be described as extremely special. I began to draw a parallel. When we say special, we reserve this word for only a select few. Special in the dictionary is defined as better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.
Or otherwise different from what is usual – and since only one of you is living in a current population of 7.7 billion (Findings up till June 2019 according to the most recent United Nations estimates elaborated by Worldometers.), I’d say that is phenomenally different from the usual.
By applying this concept to everyone around us, recognizing that each person is special in their own distinct way, irrespective of their shortcomings, can help compassion, respect, love and bliss well forth within and without.
Divine qualities exist in each one of us. Sometimes they get clouded with our own thoughts, beliefs and experiences, but they are still very much present. We can begin to embrace our own uniqueness and beauty, understanding that a great Resume is a great bonus, aspiring for improvement is a great aspiration, but you being here exactly as you are – that is something special nothing or no one can compare to.
Just as my thoughts began to clear, the crow, the special crow, flew away into the sky. I noticed a sliver of sunshine and the expansive blue sky behind the clouds began to emerge.
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Posted on Aug 15 2019
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Little did I know that this yearning would bring about a turning point in my life. A close friend suggested that I start yoga classes, and that was how this beautiful practice became a part of who I am today.
Yoga is a life-changing philosophy. Soon after starting the practice, I felt much healthier and more flexible as my body opened up with the asanas. I automatically became more conscious of my diet. The breathing techniques made me feel calmer because my mind was present in the moment, and this released all the tension in my body.
After practicing two and a half years of power yoga from an inspiring woman, I began my practice of the traditional school of Hatha yoga.
THIS IS WHERE MY MENTAL TRANSFORMATION BEGAN TO TAKE PLACE AT A DEEPER LEVEL.
There was increased focus on each posture, along with breathing techniques and mantra-chanting. I felt as if I was in a meditative state. Yoga for me became a practice not just on the mat, but off the mat too.
The smaller things in life started to bring me joy, and I felt a deep sense of gratitude towards my work, family, friends, employees, the beauty around me, my yoga practice, my own body, and the list goes on.
The curiosity to deepen my understanding of this philosophy and also to share it with others led me to undergo a professional teacher’s training course from learned gurus at an international school of yoga. Those five weeks were completely transformational for me.
Yoga means union of the individual soul with the universal soul. When one understands that there is a force greater than you and I, you start to believe in the impossible and make it happen.
My perspective towards life and every situation I am faced with, be it at work or outside, has changed. I am aware of my thoughts, and because I make it a point to always focus on the positive, I feel a sense of gratitude, peace and happiness which is absolute.
With the practice, during meditation, asana, and Pranayama, my body and mind have become stronger and I can in turn focus better – even on my design work. A sense of discipline has also come into my life, which gives me more energy for long days in the studio or in my workshops.
Eradicating the ego is extremely challenging, as it exists at some level within all of us. But through yoga, I am learning to let go of it. You begin to understand yourself and accept yourself.
I am excited to share this philosophy with people and continue to deepen my learning, which is lifelong! The benefits of yoga are innumerable; you just have to practice it with an open heart and feel the love, peace, health and happiness start flowing in, just as I did.
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Posted on Apr 04 2018
A SAFETY PIN BY RADHIKA VISSANJI RAMANTAHN
Radhika is an ex-art director from the world of advertising who decided to put her interest and passion for emerging fashion across asia into a blog.
A SAFETY PIN: This blog serves as a platform for the emerging fashion talent in Asia. It simultaneously serves as an online space for discovery, perspectives, exchanges and conversations on the rise of fashion talent across the world.
All Hail The Bag Queen : Tarini Nirula
The young entrepreneur and accessory designer Tarini Nirula's clutches are a rage in the fashion world. Renowned for her fun-themed, hand-crafted minaudieres, her passion for fashion started at a very young age and manifested into her profession. An interesting play of colors, textures, prints and embellishments sets the tone for each piece.
Tuned to doing things with a fresh mind and thought Tarini cleared up her schedule to make sure she would do this interview full justice. Her sincerity, passion and commitment is reflected in her work.
Gardenia Embroidered Minaudière
Radhika: What did you want to be as a child?
Tarini: I have been passionate about designing ever since I can remember. As a little girl, I loved fashion, dressing up and accessorizing. I would ask my mother to draw fashion figures for me, which I would then color in and accessorize. I think it’s safe to say that the inclination towards fashion and the creative arts started from a very young age.
Radhika: Do you have a fashion background?
Tarini: Topping in the subject of Art in my school (The Shri Ram School), I went on to apply to NIFT, which is the best fashion institute in India. After completing a four year intensive program and armed with a degree in fashion and lifestyle accessories, I started working on projects with design studios through which I gained experience in the industry and also experimented with various styles of design. After a year, I launched my own label of luxury fashion accessories and graphics.
Love spell Pink Minaudière
Radhika: What inspired you to create your own label?
Tarini: To put it simply, designing accessories is what comes naturally to me, and I love every bit of it. Though it was not an overnight decision. I experimented a lot with various styles of design, before finally realizing that this is my true calling.
I did a bit of styling, designed clothes, worked on a lot of graphics-digital and by hand, and of course, designed accessories throughout. I think the time that it really struck me was when I noticed that I had been in a fabric shop for 4 hours, but it felt like hardly any time had gone by! Looking at all those colors, patterns and textures always leaves me with a tingly feeling of excitement, of creating something completely fresh out of an idea.
Shortly after, when I designed my first collection of bags in 2011, all the pieces sold out within a week, and that’s when I decided that I was going to take my passion and make it my profession.
Radhika: Tell us how your label came into being and how did it evolve?
Tarini: I launched my design label in 2011 and there has been no looking back ever since. After the sell out of my debut collection, I collaborated with renowned fashion designer Jenjum Gadi for the Wills India Fashion Week, where in I designed coordinated accessories to match the outfits on the ramp. I have also been designing a range of accessories for textile designer Bina Rao for her label Creative Bee, using fabrics that are all natural hand loom pieces. Apart from the various features in leading fashion magazines that include Vogue and Marie Claire, my designs are now available on Pernia’s Pop up Shop, one of India’s leading fashion retail websites. I receive inquires from all over the world, and have supplied to buyers in Paris, Milan, Germany, Australia and the Middle East to name a few.
I feel blessed to have people from different parts of the world appreciate the designs I create, and hope to spread all the joy I can through these pieces of art.
Celtic Knot Minaudière
Radhika: What's the best part about your work?
Tarini: All my collections are born with things that inspire me – vibrant colors, art movements, shapes, moods, architecture, culture, people, fashion trends, music and so on. Travelling and sourcing for different fabrics and materials, and finally holding a piece that was once just a vision in my head, is one of my favorite feelings. And when a buyer tells me how wonderful their experience of carrying that piece was - that is an indescribable feeling!
Radhika: What's your personal favorite bag from your recent collection?
Tarini: One of my personal favorite bags from my recent collection is the digital printed Minaudière with beadwork on it, called ‘Fierce’. It’s inspired by the strong, confident and stylish woman of today.
Radhika: Do you have any other passions besides designing accessories?
Tarini: Besides designing, I also love travelling. I like to visit places I haven’t seen before, and meet new people. I also enjoy yoga, it’s therapeutic for me, and makes me feel fit enough to work long hours and stay agile. I love spending time with my family, which includes my pet dog Leo, who has even served as an inspiration for a few designs! I enjoy sports and being outdoors and I am an avid tennis follower. I also love seeing various styles of performing arts especially live performances by musicians.
Radhika: What are your aspirations as a designer?
Tarini: I have a strong vision for my design label. Being an entrepreneur is essentially all about planning right and taking calculated risks. I am always aspiring to create more unique designs, continue expanding my operations and reach out to every part of the world.
Radhika: Who is the woman you design for?
Tarini: My label is targeted towards women who are fashion conscious, have a keen eye for chic and classy designs, and at the same time have the desire to experiment and carry off their accessories with confidence and panache.
Radhika: What makes your design distinctive from other designers?
Tarini: Each piece of my collection of handcrafted Minaudière Clutches reflects my inspirations as well as my design philosophy. The art movements, the beauty of nature, optical illusion patterns, Mughal Architecture – Each collection has a story, an inspiration behind it, which may be directly or indirectly represented. Various techniques like applique work, artisans who create each piece by hand have explored embroidery and use of embellishments. Each Minaudière is like a piece of art, which is why all the ranges have a limited number of pieces, to add a touch of exclusivity along with an aesthetically strong design and functionality.
Radhika: How would you define your design aesthetic? What excites you about accessories right now?
Tarini: Tarini Nirula- my design label, is synonymous with exclusivity, style, and a passion for the creative arts. My love for a high contrast color palette highlights the various hand made embroideries and surface ornamentation, making each piece a work of art. What excites me about accessories is the continuing evolution in their forms and their ability to completely transform an outfit.
Radhika: If you had to design one thing which you haven't tried to, what would it be?
Tarini: An exclusive range of bags for men.
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Posted on Mar 07 2017
She maybe a blogger and a style influencer first but Style-preneur is the word that best describes Aien Jamir. From starting her online store 'AJ-Store' on Facebook which went on to become a hit, to being the face of Fashion and I, Aien has done it all for the love of style and been aesthetically the best at it. There has been no stopping for this lady as her unique eye for fashion, style and beauty made remarkable waves placing her in the glossy pages of many prominent fashion magazines in the country such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Grazia, Femina and L’officiel. She has worked with a plethora of global brands like Gap, Nike, Adidas, H&M, Mac, Bobbi Brown, Aeropostale etc.
Aien's Blog, ‘Fashion and I’ aims to curate content and visuals to celebrate all things beautiful in the most sublime manner for its readers who thrive with the heartbeat called Style.
Each of her work and piece shows her love for creative art. Having graduated from National Institute of Fashion Technology-India, where she specialized in Fashion and Lifestyle Accessories she had achieved so many milestones yet her modesty makes me respect her even more. It’s rare to find people with great talent, a humble heart and who loves to give back. But Tarini is amongst those few people who fit the bill.
When I was asked to do collaboration with her I didn’t hesitate a bit. Why? She has one hell of a quirky collection and I just knew her beautifully crafted clutches will fall right in with my everyday look book.
So here’s to Tarini and Archie Comics- a common love we both share – we both grew up reading them but who hasn’t right?
Stand out from the crowd with Tarini’s Quirky Clutches.
If you’re interested to purchase the Archie collection clutch CLICK HERE
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Posted on May 07 2016
What do prisms of light and Rajasthani forts have in common? Tarini Nirula is here to explain with her latest collections of occasion-wear bags.
Tarini Nirula, one of my favorite accessory designers, who I have previously collaborated with on my blog, recently launched two new collections. True to the TN brand, these are no ordinary bags – each exquisite statement piece has a story behind it.
Iridescence: Prisms of Light
Iridescence, the phenomenon of bright colours that change according to the angle of light, evokes imagery from one of my favorite songs from the Sound of Music:
“Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver white winters that melt into spring.”
Yes, these are a few of Tarini’s favorite things. If you didn’t get the reference, educate yourself here).
I shall write (or sing) no further, but get straight to the pictures that can shed more light on Tarini’s iridescent bags
“Iridescence is inspired by the natural elements around us,” Tarini explains.
Meticulous handcrafting is the hallmark of Iridescence, and Tropical Bliss, one of my favorite pieces, is a testament to that. This piece took almost 9 hours to complete, officially making it the most intricately designed piece of the entire collection.
Tarini has a team of skilled artisans working across Delhi. In Tropical Bliss, a bead has been hand-stitched onto the end of each pipe to embellish the wings.
Iridescence is a departure from Tarini’s earlier collections in its innovative usage of textures and dimensions. The collection uses a wide palette of colours to give the feeling of iridescence. The bags go best with vibrant plains.
You can even transform your everyday work outfit into evening-wear like I have done here with Majestic.
Jaipur: A Tribute to India’s Architectural Heritage
Lattice work, mirrored mosaics, and intricate carvings adorn the historic forts of Rajasthan. Jaipur’s Amer Fort, which is one of the city’s largest forts, was the main inspiration for this collection – and thus its name.
'Rani', which I have my eye on, can be styled with almost any outfit. It is inspired by the intricately carved windows that are characteristic of Rajasthani architecture, through which rani's (queens) viewed the world.
'Appliqué' is inspired by the famous patchwork of Jaipur – a complex needlework technique in which patterns are created by stitching smaller pieces of fabric together.
I have styled 'Applique' with Indian-wear, though its versatile enough to accessorize a casual western outfit too.
'Ferozi' is an interesting interpretation of the Latticework in Rajasthani architecture – the usage of sequins also gives the feeling of depth.
'Amer' is another classic, which uses simple textures and colours to create a beautiful design.
“I wanted these collections to be different, she says – and different they truly are!
Posted on May 07 2016