namaste from india

{namaste from India} via chevrons & éclairs

the simplest things

The day before my flight to Mumbai I started accumulating a bit of anxiety. It started with a bit of heartburn then the unsettling notion that not everything was done and my errands list seemed to have reappeared with more on it and then panic settling in. I’m like my late grandfather, my father’s father, one that needs and loves a routine. I love being scheduled. You can throw an assortment of tasks at me from morning shoots, afternoon meetings and then some deadlines and an evening with the clients, but sever from my schedule just the slightest and then I start to panic.

Well, my parents asking me to go to India was a big feat. I’m someone who needs to have my life and business sorted before I go anywhere and I am knee deep in work and deadlines, this month being an important one for the consultancy. And leaving the comfort of my flat and office for a country where wifi-connection is never prioritized gave me a bit of a worry. (Sidenote: it took me 5 hours today to find any sort of wifi connection.) Despite it all, we decided to make this trip a proper coverage and introduction to my culture and a way to share with you a bit more about my upbringing.
 

{namaste from India} via chevrons & éclairs
{namaste from India} via chevrons & éclairs

what I wore

dress RIVER ISLAND flats ASOS sunglasses c/o BODEN necklace c/o J.LAUREN
follow the trip in real-time INSTAGRAM

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Warm thanks to Peepul PR, Sabyasachi, TripAdvisor, Rohet Garh, Emirates Airlines and my parents for supporting this trip.
 

{namaste from India} via chevrons & éclairs {namaste from India} via chevrons & éclairs

but, I digress

We started our trip first in Mumbai with some initial preparation. I met with a series of PR companies to help me choose and style Indian outfits for two of the outfit posts that will be shared on c&é.

On Tuesday morning we made our way to Gujarati, just north of Mumbai. Gujarat is the state my family is from in the eastern peninsula. Before making our way to Surat, the country’s textile hub, we stopped in Bilimora where my mother’s parents reside. It has been 3 years since I held my grandmother’s hand and hugged my grandfather ever so warmly and then made my way to the swing that hangs on a balcony overlooking some hills in the distance.

Today and for the rest of the week and part of next week, I’m in Surat. The textile industry thrives in this region of the country. Coming off the highway passing a series of shanty villages and bright colored sari-adorned women carrying raw materials, you are greeted with a number of buildings that support the textile processing association. And soon a few pick up trucks that housed bright colored chiffon made their way through the busy streets. In Surat, I hope to capture and share the energy of this industrial city. One that provides jobs to many and is considered the engine behind the bourgeoning fashion industry of India. Clothes labeled ‘made in India’ have a horrible stigma, and what the West doesn’t realize is that there are many labor and union laws placed to support garmentry. Unfortunately, ‘designer’ seems to be a numb word that doesn’t really have the same denotation as in the Western world. Therefore, I hope in the next several weeks I am able to bring light to this world and share how India is challenging the way we view Indian clothes by modernizing traditional jewelry, moving into couture, focusing on artisanship and incorporating a sophistication to how textiles are used that is unique to Indian fashion houses.

Then we are off to Rajastan, the state that was once dominated by the royals and thus freckled with palaces in every corner. Gorgeous bath houses, views from forts, it’s quintessentially Indian. This is where we, my tripod and I, plan on shooting and documenting the clothes I plan on sharing with you. Each item of clothing, each photograph’s backdrop is meticulously chosen to bring you the most authentic India, the India that I know.

Finally, I will be ending my trip back in Mumbai with a collaboration with TripAdvisor to bring you a series of city guides, so you too can enjoy the India that I know and love. If that sounds good to you, grab your passports and put on an extra layer of sunscreen, because your trip starts now!
 

{namaste from India} via chevrons & éclairs
{namaste from India} via chevrons & éclairs
{namaste from India} via chevrons & éclairs

  • Hendra Wijaya

    Nice article.
    Love the glasses 🙂

    http://www.hendrawithjaya.com

  • Have the best time! And Happy Thanksgiving from the States 🙂 Can’t wait to see–especially the Mumbai guide! It’s been literally 8 years since I’ve been, so things have changed a loottttt.

    • Thank you so much! Hope you’re enjoying the photos and stories! India changed so much in 3 years, so I’m sure it will be super different for you too! x

  • Sarah

    Can’t wait to see the outfit posts! Your plans are so exciting and I’m so thankful that you’re sharing everything with us. I loved “meeting” your grandmother today on instagram! xxx

    • Aw!! She absolutely loved making that video 🙂 The first major outfit post goes live tomorrow with a video, so be sure to stay tuned 🙂 xx

  • How exciting. Looking forward to the guides. Have loads of fun!

    ❥ tanvii.com

  • I am loving this. So. Much. Seriously, I’ve just been dying to go visit India again for a while now…to revisit the old family village, go shopping, fangirl over my idol Sabyasachi …So, I’m basically living vicariously through you. Also, the street food montage on Instagram nearly killed me today! xx

    • I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying everything!! Oh man, I’ve been eating SO MUCH. My 3 months of detox and workout has been completely reversed… but I’m not mad about it haha

  • What a wonderful first few days you had in India =o) You commented on my previous comment so I wanted to answer here:
    I mentioned I have been cooking some Indian food, I have found sauces for Butter Chicken and Tikka Masala so I have been making those with meats and rice (very basic I know but so delicious!) I have a friend who makes amazing butter chicken, the first time she made it was when we were studying abroad in Paris, it was the first time I tried it and now it’s my favorite dish =o) For the movies I’ve been watching it’s mostly been whatever I can find on netflix but if you have any recommendations for films I could watch I would love that =o) Can’t wait to see what guides you put together for India =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

    • Ah sounds so good! Butter chicken is definitely one of my favorites 🙂 If you want a curry more on the sweeter side, try korma. Also, if you’re into lentils try daal makhani. A few of my favorite indian films are: Lagaan, Rang de Basanti, Jodhaa Akbar, Baajirao Mastani. They’re films that had major impact on the global Bollywood industry. The later two has BEAUTIFUL backdrops and outfits. Also, don’t be afraid to share anything you discover!

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    It must be nice to spend time with your grandparents after not seeing them for so long. I love getting glimpses to the India you know. And I can’t wait to see the photos from the shoot.

    • I love sharing everything! It’s my first time truly being a blogger out here and it is interesting to see how much I took for granted. Can’t wait to share my first outfit post tomorrow!

  • Wow!!! Talk about an amazing collaboration! I love hearing about your family and also being able to see a place that I’ve always wanted to go to but don’t know if I will ever have the opportunity to. So thank you for this glimpse into the beauty. Also, can’t wait to hear more about the fashion and process!

    • You definitely should try to visit because the colors and fashion is something I think you would truly appreciate! It’s absolutely gorgeous out here 🙂 Can’t wait to start properly sharing everything tomorrow! Documenting has been so much fun! x

  • Tessa Juliette

    I just got back from India and I loved it – hope you are as well

    xo
    tessa
    http://www.travelwheretonext.com

  • Molly Hogan

    Looks so lovely! Have fun and safe travels!

    Xx
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

  • AModernMomBlog

    I’m glad you were able to sort out your busy schedule in order to be able to go on the trip and get in touch with your roots! The pictures are beautiful and as always your outfit is lovely

    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • Thank you so much, Carly! Can’t wait to share more starting tomorrow 🙂 Just uploading a video now! x

  • Paige Allison

    I’m a routine and schedule kinda gal too; must be why I like you so much 🙂 I doubt I’ll ever make it to India because the thought of that long of a flight gives me a panic attack. But I’m SO enjoying your pictures! I’ll live through you, k?

  • I am such a routine girl too! I love hearing about all of your travels though! It is so interesting to learn more about India, I am embarrassed I don’t know enough!

  • Eeek! I’m so glad you’re having a great time.