Jaipur Isn’t Just A Pink City- ft Third Dimension Photography

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Just last month I trailed my way towards a location no less dramatic and extravagant than Jaipur.

Jaipur– a city that a lot of people associate with women who cower to the trope of patriarchal wish-fulfillment, creates interesting and layered narratives. It is the cultural miscellany with influences that are simultaneously global and local, that draws me towards this city. For me, it represents a city which underlines the attempt made by a woman who steadily tries to enforce her agency in a corseted society. I met a lot of powerful women with a relentless heart, the real backbone behind this ‘heritage’ site.Women artisans keep the traditional crafts alive, lending the bazaars a wide array of colours that is not just limited to pink, and that is the sort rainbow umbrella you want to be under. Gota Patti, Bandhani, Laheriya, Block-printing, Kinari, Tarkashi, Meenakari…and the list goes on and on. During this visit, I picked up one product with each of these traditional techniques just to keep in my bedroom and contantly keep inspiring myself.

Jaipur hence, is not just a single colour. It is every single colour in the spectrum. Albeit a relatively undercooked broth of female talent.

I tried to bring about this very ethos through the lens of Prachi Sharma, the photographer behind Third Dimension Photography, who represents that very strong Jaipur woman that I was talking about. With her, I learnt that Jaipur is also about Samrat ke kachori aur kadak chai and Tapri’s red sauce pasta and Redbull ice-tea.

Prachi is also one of the warmest and one of the most genuine people I’ve met in a hundred cheeseburger years. She is so passionate about her city which is very evident when she’s guiding you through the hidden treasures of Jaipur that makes it so rich and authentic.

The rationale behind the concept was very simple- A tribal banjara hand-made skirt to represent the multi-hued women of Jaipur, a crisp white shirt to represent the austere men of Jaipur contrasted with a sort of nonchalant attitude that only an urban outsider can permeate- punctuated with negligent hair, a messy smokey eye and a pair of pumps. It is what I felt in Jaipur- an outsider trying to explore in-depth a city that has long intrigued me.

We shot in and around the iconic Hawa Mahal, and the streets of Johari bazaar.

P.S. I purchased the skirt and jewellery from a tribal community a few years ago when I was on an exploration trip in a remote village of North Karnataka. I paid INR 5000 for it, and it is one the most cherished pieces in my wardrobe. I have dedicated an entire section for it.

It’s a pity that I stayed in this city for not more than a day and a half, but I learnt and got inspired a lot more. I hope you enjoyed this series, it’s something Prachi and I have been very passionate about. If you haven’t visited Jaipur yet, you’re definitely doing something wrong.

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Romantic Opulence ft. The Mauve Unit + GIVEAWAY!

More often than not, you will find me delving into the mystique and allure behind dramatic jewelry that almost transports me to my own conceptual wonderland. Call it a backlash to normcore, but I am embracing my eerie, hooded fantasies. Dark romance with some opulent jewelry meticulously combined with smudged kohl is the kind of proposition I cannot deny.

 I relish abundance in accessories- and that seemingly does not mean quantity alone. I’m talking attention to detail, design and the aesthetic sensibility behind each piece. Needless to say, a different genre of jewelry is slowly transcending into the urban consciousness. The new-age jewelry is evidently contemporary, sumptuous and whimsical overdosing on high-octane glamour. Of course, it will take a certain fierceness of the soul to match; but no one is complaining.

   I had quite the crush on this little store tucked away on 9th main road in Indiranagar, ever since I first passed by it. Upon my entrance to the store I was torn between the decor and the opulent jewelry gleaming at me and I turned into a starry-eyed little kid just gazing at the rows and rows of sheer brilliance.

 Headed by Neha who is the jewelry designer, her design aesthetic is feminine and contemporary. The brand boasts of a wide array of statement pieces that are delicate and feminine.

They have three different kinds of jewellery catering to different occasions and moods

   Ethnic : There’s something for everyone- ranging from smaller rings and earrings to heavy bridal jewellery

Victorian : Classic and exclusive statement pieces that never go out of style

Contemporary : Perfect for the modern woman, and can be worn everywhere right from work to special occasions and parties.

{ Jewelry- The Mauve Unit,

Outfit- Koovs.com}

The theme in my mind was pretty simple- beautiful gold plated jewelry against wispy layers of black chiffon. It’s quite an ethereal combination. And you know what I say, if anything makes you feel like queen Cleopatra and/ or Queen Beyoncé, get your hands on it and never let it go!

For the ones who are willing to treat themselves to some exquisite jewelry, they are located off 100 ft road, Indiranagar.

You can also follow them on facebook and Instagram for updates on their latest collections

AND for the most interesting segment of the post- the GIVEAWAY!!

On account of Valentine’s Day, the Mauve Unit and I are giving away these beautiful gold plated, rose-quartz studs from The Mauve Unit! So how to enter the contest/ giveaway you ask?

1. Follow @farahmagi and @themauveunitx on Instagram/Facebook

2. Comment on my Instagram Giveaway post about how you would style this exquisite piece.

3. Tag 3 REAL friends (no fake acconts) and encourage them to participate!

4. The contest is open for the men if you want to gift your Valentine something special this Vday! Just tell us why do you think your better half deserves these earrings.

5. Yeah well, it’s that simple.

Photography credit goes to my favourite, Anand Wesley at Vinceshe.in nonetheless. He probably should’ve retouched the ugly spots on my face in the last picture. That, or I should see a dermatologist.

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LABYRINTH- A collaboration

You meet them everyday, it different forms and shapes. People, humans. Souls.

Have you ever stopped to wonder what lies beneath the layers of skin that one wears like a mask? What one might be hiding in an untold story?

Depression, a condition that has become alarmingly common amongst youngsters. The most seemingly normal people we meet on a day-to-day basis, people who appear just as happy and content as anyone else, might just be suffering silently from depression. The seriousness of this condition is often sidelined, brushed off as “taking things too seriously” or “not being strong enough”, but have you ever paused to wonder why some of us aren’t as strong as others? What the cause of this weakness might be?

People suffering from Post-traumatic disorders and anxiety are often treated as the odd ones out, simply because they don’t “fit in” with the rest of the crowd. They lack guidance, support and some of them prefer to make changes at their own pace, while they are rushed into becoming “normal” again.

The boy with cuts on his arms isn’t a coward.

The girl who chooses books over people isn’t stuck up, she finds solace in words.

The woman who carries a bottle of sleeping pills in her bag isn’t an addict, she’s an insomniac in need.

The man you see staring at the same house every day isn’t crazy, he’s looking at the home that destroyed him as a child.

We are colour blind, most of us, because we think everything is as it seems. Everything is definable, one-dimensional, black and white. Truth is, we fail to read between the lines, fail to see the real person behind the disguise. We think we understand everyone, assume a judgement and give names to people who might have built themselves from ashes or might be burning at that very moment, just not the old fashioned way.

Pain is just as real as happiness. Suffering is just as valid as celebration.

No one’s sorrow or experience is any less legitimate when compared to someone else’s. Just because a story hasn’t been told, hasn’t been published in bold, does not mean that it’s unreal.

We walk amongst unsung heroes every day, watch them, breathe the same air as they do.

Bullying, troubled childhoods, broken hearts, failed ambitions, masked wounds and lost identities.

The world as we know it is a Labyrinth, but the paths are never the same.

Accept, love, understand.

Chapter 1: Desolation.

Model: Jennifer Neha

Model: Anne Norbu

Model: Ishan Banerjee

CONTENT AND CONCEPTUALISATION: ASHNA ARIF (thecrimsondream.wordpress.com)

STYLING,PHOTOGRAPHY-  FARAH MAGI

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I Styled Reea

Here’s a big thank you to Puloma,Product design student at Raffles for letting me borrow her Overalls that she uses for mechanic work and for letting me give it some,uhm ‘Personality’.(see what i did there?’)

Model- Reea Arif

Photography- Infinitalent Entertainment

Location- Silver Arrow garage, RT Nagar,Bangalore

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