Lifestyle Design Hero: Simona Terron, The Heart Chef

This month's Lifestyle Design Hero has been a guest columnist on Human Writes: Simona Terron. Remember the heartfelt series of letters to her kitten Laurie and more recently, her delicious cold soup recipes? This lifestyle journalist has worked with magazines like HELLO, Elle Decor, Hotelier India, been publicist for luxury hotel ITC Grand Chola and … Continue reading Lifestyle Design Hero: Simona Terron, The Heart Chef

Market void, zero funding and a killer idea

GetSetGig is an online marketplace to hire live performing artists within a 24-hour span. Corporate events, weddings, lounges and bars, malls and private parties... they are covering it all for budgets ranging from 5,000 bucks to 5 lakh rupees. With popular bands like Aaankhmicholi, Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe, Daira, Aflatunes, Folk Masti and Bollywood singer Nupur … Continue reading Market void, zero funding and a killer idea

Tara Kaushal: Why I write

The last time I interviewed Tara Kaushal, she was in the thick of researching Why Indian Men Rape [she still is]. This activism project spans two books and a documentary. How is Tara planning to pull it off while being a public figure, media consultant and wife? One can't deny that she is a force of nature. In a … Continue reading Tara Kaushal: Why I write

The feminist on a quest to find out why Indian men rape

[Gutsy media consultant Tara Kaushal on her ambitious crowdfunded project Why Indian Men Rape] What comes to mind when I hear the word "rape" isn't the highly publicised 2012 Delhi gang rape (etched in memory as the Nirbhaya case) but the images from multiple "eve teasings" on New Year's eves in Mumbai. Gateway of India, … Continue reading The feminist on a quest to find out why Indian men rape

Kaushal Karkhanis: It’s okay to fail at anything

(Interview in my Lifestyle Design Heroes series) Kaushal Karkhanis is the 'Exotic Gringo' (gringo is Spanish for foreigner) of the web world. Ever since he fell in love with South America years ago, the digital strategist and travel blogger from Mumbai has been travelling and unravelling the world, hoping to "inspire, educate and entertain" people through his stories. … Continue reading Kaushal Karkhanis: It’s okay to fail at anything

The guy who’s changing the face of public relations

(Interview in the Lifestyle Design Heroes series) He's sassy and quirky yet diplomatic and on-point. Parikshaat N Wadhwani or Paris as he's fondly called by his wide peer circle is the go-to guy in Mumbai to take a brand to the upper crust. His firm manages the publicity accounts for the country's top fashion designers and restaurants. But that's not … Continue reading The guy who’s changing the face of public relations

Hack the system with Maneesh Sethi

(This is an interview for the blog's Lifestyle Design Heroes series. Read my interview with Maneesh for the cover of India's biggest tabloid, Sunday Mid-Day published much earlier for an introduction) He's the guy who hired a girl on Craiglist just to slap him in the face whenever he logged on to Facebook (this crazy decision quadrupled … Continue reading Hack the system with Maneesh Sethi

Lifestyle Design Heroes series

I will be posting a series of interviews with people I am calling "Lifestyle Design Heroes", men and women who are successfully leading alternative lifestyles they have designed for themselves. They have taken clear steps towards creating for themselves the life that dreams are made of. This series will skip the gush and bring home the meat. These heroes are going to … Continue reading Lifestyle Design Heroes series