[Intro Entrepreneurs] Jayesh Khaturia – Jayesh Khaturia Photography

What can be more interesting when you meet a person and have a chit chat about his inspirational life journey of 0 to 100 that also from a very young age when everyone used to think about taking admission in colleges or grabbing a degree? A person who is a master blaster in digital photography, Jayesh Khaturia (Destination Wedding Photographer). When our team surprisingly met him on his photo shoot, he came up with the incredibly warm welcome and had a long conversation in a natural environment of Badi Lake. His thoughtful gesture and dedication towards his work is something that drove us to know him even better as a person. And, that’s how we went in conversation with him on a friendly note…!!

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Jayesh what explains you better? Tell us a little bit about you!

Well, in my professional life I am a photographer but, as a person, I adore simplicity and love to be with my family. I like to explore something new but with versatile characteristics and, that’s what the thing appears in my profession too. Apart from exploring, I am a diehard traveler and have been to various places for various photography projects. This is what I love the most, as it is associated with my career and my interest too.

 

How long have you been a photographer?

It was a coincidence. I was 15 Years old when I handled a DSLR for the first time. My very first experience of clicking pictures motivated me to focus in this industry and that how I turned into a professional photographer.

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Are you self-taught or did you study photography?

The knowledge and skills I have developed are results of my interest and learning capability. The initial guidance by Dinesh Khaturia Ji (REX Studio) and Jagdish Sukhwani Ji helped me to groom my skills. Moreover to that, photography is an art; no one can teach you until and unless you are not passionate about it.

 

What made you choose photography as your career choice? And, how did you end up being a wedding photographer?

As I mentioned above, Photography is an art, and for me, it’s worship. Since childhood, I always wanted to do something creative that can fulfill my love to explore and travel. The initial persuasion from Mr. Santosh Kalra was one of the motivating factor. So that’s how I followed the passion of photography and made it as my profession.

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What is unique about your photographic workflow that can let anyone select you as the first choice?

We are experts in capturing the lifetime moments and the real emotions of the couple so more than our expertise it is our client’s interest which brings beautiful outputs. So when we receive any inquiry, we try to understand the feelings of couples so that it helps us in capturing the real emotions.

The moments of numerous wedding traditions like exchanging varmalas and engagement rings are one of the moments that are mesmerizing and touches the heart. It opens the gates to the world of togetherness. That is what my team and I bring it out in the capture.

 

How would you describe your wedding photography style in the least possible adjectives?

“We help you remember little things, long after you have forgotten everything that is summed up as beautiful memories.”

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What are your thoughts about Udaipur when the people describe it as favorite place/destination for wedding shoots?

We have shot Weddings across the globe but, any other location cannot beat the charm and Royalty of Udaipur. That is why many people can conclude it as Asia’s no. 1 Wedding destination. And, I really feel blessed being as Udaipurite and working in this industry.

 

Is your approach more candid or traditional? State how unique it proves for your clients?

It’s not about Candid or Traditional shoot. As I mentioned, it is about capturing the moment and the real emotions. So we shoot candid or traditional both ways we tried to capture the true feelings behind the moment.

 

Not all clients perform well in front of a camera. Neither all are creative. How do you handle the ones who are Shy?

It’s our Job to bring the best. 😉 The simple funda for a customer is that they should be not having any artificial expression to hide their simplicity. We say just be yourself and let us bring the best out of you.

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Any tips for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer?

These days many new wedding photographers are coming up with their business models. Since photography is an artistic approach towards capturing memories that are meant to be forever, a couple should select their wedding photographers while focusing on the quality, not the quantity.

 

Which was your most memorable assignment and why?

For me, each of my Photography work is special because whenever I do something, it comes up with something different and better than my previous project.

 

Where have you traveled to photograph weddings?

I along with my team have visited many places across the globe, and my most favorite one includes Udaipur, Goa, Lonavala & Mumbai. The recent shoot we did was for a wedding in Phuket Island, Thailand.

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At this peak point of generation, what do you think of the photography industry and, what’s your vision about it in 5 years from now?

We are growing every single day. Each year we are getting finest clientele. We envision to serve more of global weddings in 5 years.

 

Other than photography, what are your other passions or hobbies?

Other than Photography, I Love Singing and Listening to World Music. And, of course, traveling is something that I can’t give it a skip.

 

Any words for aspiring photographers wanting to head into the wedding photography industry?

If you can transform emotions and feelings of your clients into the best possible output, definitely you should step into this industry.

 

Indeed Jayesh! I think you are truly an inspiration for the ones who understand how much struggles one has to face in life. And, how to come up with everything with passion and achievements.

 

Please share where can people connect with you?

Whoever desires to get clicked can connect with me on my Facebook page i.e. https://www.facebook.com/jayeshkhaturiaphotography

or my Instagram Profile : http://www.instagram.com/jayeshphotography

you can also visit my website which is:
http://www.jayeshphotography.com/, or for better one can call me up on: +91-98299 44438

 

 

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Thank you for letting us know about you and our whole team of UdaipurBlog wishes you all the very best for future and lead you to be the best in Photography world.

[Intro Entrepreneurs] Mukta Shrimali – Rivaaz (Unit of Fashion Closet)

“In the end, we only regret the chances we don’t take, and I am happy to give myself an opportunity to set something common but in a different way,” onboard conversation catch with Mrs. Mukta Shrimali, founder of Rivaaz (Unit of Fashion Closet) went quite happening for our team. She has been hardcore working woman handling a job, business, and household altogether.

Apart from every obstacle in business, she has set the new benchmark for every woman being as successful Mother, Homemaker, Employee, and an Entrepreneur. Many things about career, married life and her journey to settle down with a set up ‘Rivaaz – A fashion rental store’, we got to know by being in discussion with her.

From where did your journey start?

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“The concept bloomed up casually while discussing with my friends that how convenient it would be to have exclusive trendy outfits on rent for a special purpose without burning out the pockets. Because being in the Indian lifestyle and culture, we always tend to have the scenario to take up a lot of preparations for almost every occasion, especially when it’s about shopping the latest clothes and accessories. But, it is probably not possible all the time as fashion keeps on changing and being in women’s counterpart the conscious side grows more often to have all kind of updated and designer stuff in the wardrobe. Apart from this, a large number of ladies have the limited income source whether they are homemakers, working females, or college going girls.  And, all of them usually desire to fulfill the wardrobe with the latest collection of designer apparels and pieces of jewelry. So, whenever it’s the time to head out for a party, wedding, or a theme based function, they don’t have to think twice before getting ready.

So, from that very point, the initiation of Rivaaz got heated up that can provide consistent service to every woman who loves to wear everything new all the time without being into the headache of shopping expenses, storage hassles, and no more repeat wearing.”

What’s your educational and family background?

“I have done MBA in Human Resource and also earned experience of corporate sectors in Jaipur and Singapore. My father has been in the service background, so probably for me being a job oriented person was always in my blood. I never thought to be in the business industry, but my in-laws family is business class. So, they gave a direction to kick start towards being an entrepreneur.”

Who was your inspirational source to blow the idea of a business in your mind?

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“My husband is the greatest inspirational source to support me for everything whether it was my job or self-venture. He has always been beside me in every up’s and down’s and motivated to sustain the forward reach of my business.”

Did you face any sort of complications while setting up your business?

“Yeah, apparently like every business person, it was a tough task but exciting to cross every hurdle! Rivaaz was the quick set up with the very limited investment that too with a concept which is somehow still not accepted by the people because there is a notion why to rent an outfit or why to wear something which is worn by someone else too. But, with the USP of Rivaaz, I was sure that it is going to work as a virtual wardrobe for every woman shopper who wants to wear designer, trendy outfits without repetition at every occasion.

So, going with the vision of boutique concept for rented fashionable stuff through social media and referential publicity Rivaaz got the identity amongst many people.”

Why the name Rivaaz only? And, what is different about it than any other clothing store operating on the same concept?

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“At prior base by understanding the need of renting modern and western clothing like evening dresses and princess gowns, Fashion closet was introduced. Then, later on, Rivaaz as a unit was conceptualized according to the Indian tradition. As what we observe by being in the festive culture every occasion and party functions like Sangeet ceremony or Marriage are celebrated enthusiastically. That’s why understanding this perspective of rich societal thing; I named the store that can reflect ethnic roots.

When it’s about the part of USP, we can claim it to be the pioneer store, first of its kind in for Udaipur market operating out of a proper store that too at a premier location in celebration mall. Secondly, I personally choose and pick every outfit rather than bulk or catalogue buying. We do not aim to show 50 pieces and confuse the customer. Instead, we give them exclusive 10 pieces to choose from. Then, they can just pick their selection, try, and get the fittings also done according to their body shape. So, it won’t look uneasy or rented.

Understanding the requirement of the client concerning what type of wear they are looking for and for what occasion is our priority.

Another crucial thing that we maintain is hygiene. As we are dealing in used clothes which multiple users are going to opt so we ensure that outfit is dry cleaned twice before another usage.”

 

Do you think that a dress and accessories on rent are satisfactory options rather than investing in a designer outfit for any special occasion?

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“Well probably if you look at the economic and practical aspect, it is the most satisfactory option rather than purchasing an expensive designer outfit for any special occasion. Everybody knows this thing that whatever apparel we buy for wedding purpose or even for other family functions, we hardly use them again. Therefore, renting an outfit is much more convenient as having a wardrobe where you don’t have to worry about storage, dry cleaning, or repeating your wear is ironically a good idea for every woman.”

Competition in the fashion and clothing industry has risen pretty much? What is your opinion about it?

“For me, it’s one of the primary things to look out because clothing field does require fresh or new arrivals every time. And, rental outfit concept is something that has to buck up with the competition of fashion industry too. Apparently, no lady wants to wear the outfit that is outdated, as a trend is something that keeps on revolving but whatever the new concept arrives we adopt that according to the taste of the customer. Personally, I keep on modifying and upgrading every outfit which is made available to the client. Like, if there is an emergence of any new movie and one has been to us with that demand, we always give our 100% to fulfill that.”

What is the minimum range and time limit that an individual can rent a party wear?

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“Every attire has a different price. Usually, the range starts from Rs.600-Rs.1000 for the contemporary party wear like evening gowns or dress. And, if there is a requirement of ethnic dress or any other wear like Lehnga, Dandiya (Garba) dress, or Saree the range starts from Rs.500. And, jewelry is also included in that which goes more favorable option.

Return time limit is approx. 3 days until that we don’t charge any extra amount which is again a suitable thing for the females out here.”

Any incident that you consider as an achievement for your business?

“There are many, but I remember my first booking with an NRI client of Sweden who searched for us and came straight away to hire outfit for every function she was going to attend.

Even on the very opening of boutique because of wedding season, we got the unexpected number of walk-in’s which raised our presence amongst the people of Udaipur. And, within a short span of time, we have completed around 500+ rentals which count in the happening reach level.”

What are your plans regarding Rivaaz?

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“Udaipur was a pilot project for me. Initially, my vision was to start such store in cities like Jaipur, Pune, Bangalore, and much more. But, on a positive note, I keep getting queries from those cities as well. And, many clients from outside who don’t prefer to carry extra baggage during their travel for any particular family or friend’s functions, they have been in touch with us for rental purpose.

But, for advancement in future, we are going to make it online very soon with more features and benefits for the clients like online booking, free home delivery and lots more.”

 

Well, I immensely feel that it’s the best option for the college going girls and working women, who don’t have enough time to shop and still wanted to look perfect for every celebration without harming their pockets.

If you also want to know more about Rivaaz (Unit of Fashion Closet) and Mrs. Mukta Shrimali

you can find her on

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1727122337533038/

https://www.facebook.com/shrimalimukta

 

Or, you can contact at +91-7728887066. You can also visit Rivaaz @ Haat Bazar, 3rd Floor, The Celebration Mall Udaipur, NH8, Opposite Devendra Dham, Bhuwana, Udaipur (Rajasthan) 313001.

[Intro Entrepreneurs] Meeta Khaturia Soni – Pinks & Peaches Makeover Studio

Defining appearance in a unique way is always desirable to everyone whether it’s a girl or a boy. And, if you remember the movie ‘Sanam Teri Kasam,’ then guys you can actually understand the meaning of makeover. A personality of a person changes with time, but some changes that are done mutually with assistance from experts are called as makeovers. And, we found this passion of changing the complete lookout and appearance in Mrs Meeta Khaturia Soni, founder of Pinks & Peaches Makeover Studio.

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When UdaipurBlog team held up in conversation with her, we came to know about many things that are must have in the beautification of a personality. She concluded the entire minute details and majorities from clothes, make-up, body grooming, hair styling, etc. that many people are unaware off. And, that was how we came up with lot many queries and their solutions in a sorted way by understanding the need of appearance transformation.

 

When the concept of a makeover studio clicked your mind? And, who supported you in raising it up?

-“Since my childhood, I was passionate about make-up, beauty tricks and always used to have a keen eye on how brides used to get ready. When I tend to visit the marriages, more often I focus on brides and their dress-ups. But, the actual concept of this makeover studio emerged into my mind, when randomly I visited a parlour where the make-up artist was getting the bride done for a reception event. But, the coverage didn’t go so well and ruined her appearance. Apparently, she was not so aware of make-up ideas and happily paid for that without any reason. It was quite disappointing because, on the very special day of every girl, she deserves to have a mesmerising outlook. So, on that prior moment, I decided that people should be aware of the makeover, other trends of beauty and should not pay blindly without a proper lookout.

I can say, my Mother and Mrs Rekha Soni, my in-law aunt supported me as a mentor for raising this profession as we always used to discuss that people don’t have options in Udaipur, and they should be known to this beauty industry.”

 

At your initial stage, what were the hurdles that you faced in your beauty venture?

-“Beginnings are always hard, and that’s what I also faced because I was into the job for 12 years and in between, I got married and finished my MBA also. So, it went way challenging to come up with this profession. And, to continue with the regular job after marriage was also not in the plan. In the mid duration there came 1-year gap too in handling all the responsibilities but, when I had a discussion with my in-law aunt and sister-in-law, the idea turned into reality.

Overall, I can conclude that every initiative has to face hurdles, but when its established magic is created like never before.”

 

From where did you pursue your training of makeover and entire styling that goes as an application to your clients?

-“My photo shoots a piece of training got started since childhood when I was barely 15 years old. Then, after passing higher secondary, I did the advanced course in Make-up. But, the actual turning point of makeover learning got started when I went to Marvie Ann Beck Academy, Mumbai. From Marvie, I got the training for an advanced makeover and styling course. Gradually, for even better I continued my makeup hacks with Asia’s no 1 make-up artists Ojas Rajani, by giving a hit to 1 to 1 professional make-up course. And, I also attended workshops of Cory Walia, who is well-known celebrity makeup artists. Apart from all this, the part of hair styling which is essential in makeovers for that I got expertization from Bharat and Dorris.

And, through all these skills, the makeovers are performed for every client according to their specification as well.”

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The name Pinks & Peaches sounds unique to many people. From whom it is inspired?

-“It doesn’t have any specification, but my love for pink color drove me to give the studio a name that has a reflection of this color in it. As being a huge fond of pink and always surrounded by this color in my wardrobe, lipstick shade, and other makeup utilities the name took vibe with the combination of peaches complimenting it.”

 

You have got many responses till date. What were the memorable moments that you cherish till date?

-“Till now my team of 5 people and I have covered makeovers of 200+ brides, and they have been good referrals as well. For me every moment is cherishable as seeing the bride happy and satisfied with the makeover is the best part of our work. But, yeah if I want to mention a single moment I can say that it happened luckily in Mumbai when I was called to assist on a shoot for the on-spot make-up of glamour celebrity.”

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Nowadays, what kind of beauty trends Mrs to the makeovers that are high in demand amongst the clients?

-“In latest trends, Messy bun hairstyles are quite inn. People more prefer to the subtle and simple red carpet look of celebrities that won’t go messy and appears flawless. When it’s about bride make-up Sabya Sachi Look and Jodha Akbar look is quite in trend. For eyes, clients mostly prefer smoky eyes that can match up their evening party appearance.

And, for the college going girls, well the one who don’t prefer too much of makeup, goes with the simple style trends like slight Mascara, Brown Kajal, and Lip Shades that are not too vibrant to give a natural look for their office, college, or regular hangouts.”

 

What makes Pinks & Peaches different from others?

-“Natural and 100% organic therapies, best makeover sessions, and a sound clients base make Pinks & Peaches different from other makeover studios. Our scenario is not just limited to makeup or other grooming things, but we believe in changing complete personality from head to toe. The natural and organic products that are made fresh for a grooming process like hair spa, facial, body massage, manicure, pedicure, etc. are under the expert supervision. According to clients’ preference and our research, we counsel as well to the customers who want to change their outer appeal. If a person is from outside or even in a locality, we do provide suggestions over the calls or social media profiles at their request. Apart from this, if we are not available, then we are also connected with our guided freelancers who serve best to any of the bride or girl on their special occasions like pre-wedding shoots, wedding functions, or photo shoots as well.”

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After 5 years, where do you see yourself as well your business?  

-“Well, in future, we are planning to expand Pinks & Peaches in the form of Franchise all over Rajasthan, and we have the vision to set up a Makeover Academy to benefit those who want to step into this field and make their career in it.”

 

What success mantra and guidance you would like to share with the upcoming Makeover artists?

-“Success has not shortcuts,” this is the thing that I have come through from my entire journey.  Following your dreams and passion is something that everyone desire but very few actually complete them. So, it’s crucial to give time as well dedication to your career. Always keep yourself updated with the new trends of beauty and glamor industry. And, learn as much as you can. Because, if you want to achieve something, you have to step on it and rest everything will follow you back.”

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Mrs. Soni! We guess this is the best suggestion for everyone who wants to reach the heights of success. And, coming to your 12 years research and experience, we can conclude that beauty is not just to admire, it is to adore and maintain as well.

 

For further conversation about the makeover styles and changing phases of the beauty industry, you can communicate with Mrs Meeta Khaturia Soni on social media profiles:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinksandpeaches

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meetakhathuria

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PinksandPeaches

Website: http://www.pinksndpeaches.com/

or call on 076654-16663

 

You can also visit them at:

Address 1:

419, Sector – 11, Hiran Magri, Near Alok School,

Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001

 

Address 2:

14A – The Idea Building, Flat No. 1, Opp. Hotel Dream Palace

New Fatehpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan

[Intro Entrepreneurs] Srashti Ostwal – Eldee Cosmetics

No wonder beauty is a natural reward given by God, and no doubt God has made every person with some qualities and flaws as well. But, don’t you think guys we care a very less about that beauty which is a tribute to us and must be taken at peak point to represent more elegance.

There is no dual phase that we want a striking and maintained look just with a little touch-up. So, that it won’t affect our skin and blends well with the neutrality that is worth to have. And apparently, no one admires a heavy make-up and hoax appearance that can appear in facial cuts after using non-reliable beauty product. Every girl just loves the cosmetics that can make her look flawless and get her a fairy skin.

This concept of polishing up the natural look without too much of extra efforts that I encountered in my mind was discovered in a young diva of our Lake City “Srashti Ostwal.”

After meeting Srashti, I got to know about so many beauty brands, cosmetics range and how to enhance yourself with make-up tricks that are necessary to learn for every beautiful girl out there. And, had a conversation with her about lot many things, and she came up this way to our team of Udaipur Blog and me without any hesitation which we really admired the most.
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From where did it all start and how you came up with the idea of Eldee Cosmetics?

It was not at all a coincident I got into fashion and glamor industry. Since childhood, I was wooed by makeup and stuff. I had a personalized makeup kit and vanity box at the age of 5. During my teenage, I was a loyal client of many international brands and I always came up with a huge list while my brother was in London and New York. So it has been all in me since the very start.

I kept on experimenting different types of make-up products and techniques as it was my hobby as well as passion. Because of that knowledge people actually started asking me about makeup and at that point which was four Years ago i thought to turn my passion into profession and started learning even more about this industry. Gradually, I studied on technical aspects and did lot of research with hit and trials of products and made up my mind to feature few of the best products. It was more than a surprise when my articles and reviews earned attention and people loved them so much. Soon I started getting online inquiries.

What does latest beauty trends mean to you and how you can define them in your online outlet?

Rather than runway fashion, I think beauty trend is that style which people actually can pull off on themselves.  As I mentioned, my passion from childhood brought me to this stage. I never miss experimenting new products. I keep on studying what products are trending in the international market as well as the brands which are working so well. My passion about makeup products keeps me up to date. That is how I keep on adding new products which are in vogue to our Product bank. I also try to put a spotlight on not so trending products which can be put to great use. And trust me this kind of articles are our best sellers.
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The range of cosmetics that you provide online!! Do you feel it is suitable for all skin types?

We provide a premium range of professional cosmetics. Few of them are:

Body shimmer, long Wearing Lipsticks, Waterproof lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, blush palettes, concealer palettes, brush sets, 36 hours lasting eyeliner Professional, Nail art styling tools.

Yes, our products are suitable for all types of skin. But we still and we advise our customers first to swatch and test it on wrist or neck. Each of our products comes with the proper direction of use. Our professional team ensures that all the goods that we provide are of best quality.
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You are connected with lot many people out there. So, how much orders do you process particularly in a day?

We have been selling on the bulk order basis, and now we have started our online and offline retail as well. We do have a spun-out list of loyal clients, and we keep on sending them updates on our new products. On an average, we dispatch around 25 to 30 Parcels, and offline we do sell around 50 to 60 products each day. Also, we are in tie up with major beauty salons in our area as well as in other cities like Jaipur, Kota, Mumbai, Indore, Surat, Delhi, Bangalore, Nagpur, etc. so that they can also promote our products and its working well so far.

Till now as an entrepreneur, what was your remarkable moment..?

Making it my Profession itself was a notable moment. We do have a lot of clients overseas but, I remember a feedback from our loyal client who is from Spain, she loved our products so much that she has recommended it to all her friends who now keep on ordering them now and then and never misses to visit us whenever she is in India. The way she appreciated our products was heartwarming and such positive feedback from clients has helped us to work harder and that’s how we have achieved success in our venture in past 4 years.
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Srashti..! What’s your favorite cosmetic product that you carry in your bag? And, you would love to recommend to every girl out there.

Well, I have an extensive list of my favorites, and I have been using them on a daily basis since years. So after shortlisting I came up with three products which by the way are our bestsellers:

Eldee Body Shimmer which keeps my skin moisturized with its wheat germ, aloe and soybean extracts providing a luminous glow all day long and

Gold continuous Lip Stick is one of my favorite which has beeswax and makes me skip my lip balm routine.

Another product which I swear by is Eldee 36 hour lasting waterproof eyeliner whose name itself explains it all.

These are one of a type and the unique products so wherever I go people frequently ask me about these which again motivates me to keep my spirit on.
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What you find more interesting in your spare time when you are not doing business activities?

I can happily spend hours watching professionals using colorful makeup products online; makeup is kind of art to me that’s what I love the most. I also love visiting new places and trying on cuisines. I do spend time with my friends and family especially mom; I love watching Hollywood movies with her, and Yeah..!! She is the first one who gives me a genuine review about my products, it improves my skill and experience too.

What’s your favorite destination in your hometown?

I love spending time at Lakeside or a place with a scenic view more than spending hours in a Mall. Place serving yummy food is my favorite. Be it anywhere.

If you won’t have been in online selling industry then what you would have preferred to do?

I can’t think of doing anything else then what I am doing right now. I have always believed in “doing what you love and loving what you do”. This has always been my mantra. I am a believer. That is what my wrist tattoo says. It has been a tremendous journey, and I have loved each and every moment of it up till now, and we have initiated few more ways to follow our dreams.

What are your plans in aspect to your outlet Eldee Cosmetics? Are you thinking to expand it even more in future?

Yes we are reconstructing our ways to online retail, and we have planned it so well so by 2018 we will launch Eldee Stores in the main cities of Rajasthan.
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#Well, Srashti we wish you all the very best for your outlet and pray that sooner or later, you will accomplish to your plans.

 

Udaipurites!! We just loved the beauty range of Eldee Cosmetics. If you also want to get connected to Srashti and her outlet, just go through the follow-up right here:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eldeecosmetics/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eldeecosmetics

Website: http://www.eldeecosmetics.com

Phone number: +91-9784142555

Address: Corporate Office

Eldee Cosmetics

Ostwal Industrial Corporation

E-352/A, F-Road

M.I.A., Udaipur- 313003

[Intro Entrepreneurs] Rashmi Khathuria – StyleCourt

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Share a bit about You.

I was born and brought up in Udaipur. I have done Graduation (BBA & B.Ed). Previously I was a high school teacher in Lilavatibai Podar Mumbai but presently I am the owner of StyleCourt Udaipur.

Since my early teens like most of the other girls, I had an immense love for clothes. Clothes that are not just clothes but fashionable clothes. I never used to shop from Udaipur; it was always from markets and malls of Delhi. Every time my father used to go for meetings and business trips, my list of different types of dresses would be ready!

 

Share us some details about StyleCourt.

StyleCourt is a trend driven online pre-order women’s western wear store. StyleCourt focuses more on the latest trends in fashion. We do have accessories as a part of our store in which mainly neckpieces, earrings, bags and goggles are there. StyleCourt gets you the latest fashion styles at your doorstep. You need not to crib anymore about your city Udaipur being backward in fashion.

All latest styles; be it in maxi dresses, jumpsuits, skirts, crop tops, culottes pants, rompers, skater dresses, midi dresses, bodycon dresses, blazers, shirts, off shoulder dresses etc. are there. It takes minimum of 8-10 days for delivery of the product. As it’s a pre-order service, so after getting the payment the order is confirmed. COD is available for Udaipur. We do keep stock in hand but that’s just 5%, rest 95% is sold via Instagram, FaceBook and on Whatsapp.

Style Court Udaipur

 

How did you start your venture? What motivates you to continue?

After shifting from Mumbai to Udaipur, the only cause of concern for me was from where I’ll buy clothes from. Might sound stupid to some but it’s the major cause of worry for most of the girls who are up-to-date with fashion in Udaipur. We do have options of many websites but then I’m quite dubious about the quality and most importantly latest fashion wear. This one thought sparked an idea about StyleCourt. I thought of why not to start something of my own. I was sick of hearing from my Udaipur friends that “yaha kuch latest nahi milta yaar.. jo bombay delhi me aaj fashion hai vo ek saal yaa six months baad yaha aata hai..!!!” So why not bring down this cribbing for fashion. My friends and many other people are at ease because they love the dresses.

I always wanted to do something by my own and this keeps me motivated. Of course I did teaching job in Mumbai’s best school PODAR but there had to be something of mine solely. The major motivation comes from clothes. The love for clothes is the motivation and when I hear people saying that they love the dress received from my venture or “I can only think of your store for shopping in Udaipur” it just makes my day. We do have clients of other cities like Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Solapur, Nagpur, Delhi, Sikar, Ahmedabad, Tibet, Chandigarh, Chittor, Surat as the main business runs via Social Media Sites.

Style Court by Rashmi Khaturia

 

How do you define Trend?

Trend for me means the acceptance for something new. A new style that is introduced by fashion world and celebrities around the world. A trend is what starts from celebs and gets carried forward by common people. Trends are not steady they keep changing. The life itself is all about growth and change.

Being a woman, is there any instance where you faced some problem? How did you get over it?

Problems/shortcomings are there in every business, for all be it a man or a woman. Being an independent girl since beginning, I didn’t face as such problems in our city Udaipur. I’ve lived alone in Mumbai doing a job, earned money, paid my bills/rent/expenses, explored markets and made a living by myself so I’m quite adapted to do things on my own. As such there are no problems.
And even if I face some issues, I try to give my best to solve the troubles. If not, then my younger brother Dheeraj khathuria is the savior. He never lets his sister down or disappointed as he has practical approach and solutions to all my woes.

 

What do you like most about StyleCourt?

Woah! Well EVERYTHING! I love my work. And being a girl, I have a huge space for clothes and fashion accessories in my heart and wardrobe as well. Ok so the best part is that StyleCourt is something which I owe proudly. The best part is I am at ease about latest trends in Udaipur. People who are aware of trends and styles are happily buying products from us. We have a very happy client base.

Rashmi Khaturia in Udaipur

 

What makes StyleCourt different from others?

You get all latest styles which itself makes it different. The difference is that we make our clients feel special by providing them with one on one personal conversation. They can sit home and see the products, they can inquire about products and the friendliest part is we ask our clients what they require or what kind of dress they’re looking for. They send us pictures and we try to arrange similar or next to similar products.

 

How do you reset yourself to be creative? Are there any specific rituals?

No rituals we have as such. It’s all about posting pictures with latest styles. There are many fashion magazines which keep me updated about the world of fashion. The best ones to name are Cosmopolitan, Harpar Bazaar, Femina and Elle.

products by stylecourt

 

What is the best way to create an infectious Product?

I work on a philosophy of “jo dikhta hai, vo bikta hai“! It might sound cliché, but yes it’s the fact. Post a picture and tell people that it’s the Hot selling product. There are many TV personalities and Celebrities wearing similar stuff. We show people how to get inspired by celebrity Styles and most importantly wear it yourself, style it in their own way or style your friends, people say everything looks good on celebrities but when a non-eminent personality wears/carries that product with grace and style people tend to buy such products.

Style Court

 

Where do you see yourself after 10 years?

After 10 years, I would like to see myself as Director of StyleCourt group which will be having as many as stores in India and overseas like that of Forever21. The stores shall have products related to fashion & lifestyle.

rashmi udaipur

 

What are your most important hobbies?

Well! Let’s talk about the current most important hobby. It’s stalking about latest trends, from international/national magazines to celebrity’s personal stylists and blogs about the designers in the fashion world. Apart from that, I like reading. I am a huge fan of Abraham Esther and Jerry Hicks books. Their books are based on spirituality; so yeah I like to read them.

 

What piece of advice would you like to give to someone who is thinking to start their own venture? How do you encourage them to take plunge?

One simple mantra I would like to give. “Believe in yourself” and that’s the key. If your heart says it, then do it. I would like to encourage them by saying that it’s your life and hence your choice. People will say what they think but it’s important that what u think. Go ahead, start it and don’t worry about failures. To relish the taste of success, you first need to know what failure is. And remember that risks are part of business.

 

How can someone browse StyleCourt’s Collection? 

For people seeking StyleCourt’s Collection and Products, They can easily connect us through the Social Media Profiles.

 

We do have some selective products available at our store: 

Style Court

Road No. 13, J-1, Shakti Nagar, Udaipur

+91-9987386252

[Intro Entrepreneurs] Hurratul Maleka Taj – Fashion Blogger

Fashion Blogger - Hurratul Maleka Taj

Was blogging ever your profession plan?

I have done MBA-Tech from NMIMS and until college got over, I had no idea about blogging and vlogging at all. So it was never a profession plan but it was rather my destiny. I chose to follow my heart and indulge into fashion related domains and blogging happened.

 

What separates your style from other individual style bloggers?

The fact that I don’t come from a fashion background, I have a much unbiased approach and probably a very not so fashion kind of perspective on every fashion story. I am a common girl who is extremely passionate about fashion and writes about views, likes and dislikes. The fact that I am experimental and fearless is what I think defines me. I have always been open to new things and in a closed society like that of India where topics like Lingerie and Brassieres are not usually discussed, I have made an effort to talk about it. I think the willingness to take the challenges and the fact that I come from a technical background makes me stand out from other bloggers.

Hurratul Maleka Taj from Udaipur

 

Have your own style changed following the beginning of the Online Blog?

My style always has remained very experimental. Each day is a new day and thus my style changes every day with trying new things and creating new looks.

Fashion Vlogger - Hurratul Maleka Taj

What is your most loved outfit that you’ve posted as such?

Recently, I have posted an outfit with the Title OOMPH and it is my favorite. It says that you don’t need an occasion to look sexy and dress up your best but each day can be your best dressed day. All you have to do is put the right pieces together and create a captivating ensemble.

 

You have a skill for finding amazing, affordable pieces; what should girls look for to get the most out of their budget?

I believe in four things that can work out for you if you want to dress up very nicely.

  • Know your personality first, remember who you are? Pick what you like and not what is trending.
  • Know your body shape
  • Look for quality over quantity
  • Learn to style the pieces in your closet. 10 pieces in your wardrobe and if each one can be styled in 3 different ways, you can create 30 looks out of it, which is not bad right?

Always remember, you are unique and you can have your own definition of fashion which can be very different from what is trending. Follow your heart and wear what you love, you will definitely look your best.

Hurratul Maleka Taj Udaipur

What else are your side hobbies and passions?

I love to paint, write, act, dance and travel. Painting and dancing have always been very close to my heart. I am a drama queen and I guess all the above makes me a fashion and lifestyle blogger.

 

Do you need to take numerous photos and attempt a great deal of hopes to get a decent last picture?

Hurratul Maleka Taj

None of my photo shoots till date has lasted more than 20 minutes. Also, I have always been very camera friendly. Back in college, I had done a course from Anupam Kher’s Academy: Actors get prepared in Mumbai and I think the camera friendliness has come from there. I can pose on a road with people watching me and I will be very comfortable.

 

When was your first grown-up beauty moment which roused you to be a fashion blogger?

The very first time when I actually thought I could do something in fashion was when I won Miss Fresher’s in my college. I was a scholar and used to study 18 hours a day, top the class etc. Till school, I never thought I could ever be close to fashion, though I always dreamt of being the winner of the beauty pageants. But that is life. It changes every moment.

 

Are you opening a boutique soon; what sort of arrangements you have for future?

I am currently working on a very exciting idea, which is very close to our culture and our land. If that happens and gets executed well, it will change the fate of my company Territory of Fashion. We are into planning phase now and also looking for investments. I am very excited and very passionate for the same.

 

Where all we can find you online?

Hurratul

Well if you type my name, only if you can type it correctly – Hurratul Maleka Taj, you will find me easily because there is me and only me with that name Google could also find till date. Hehehe!!!

 

[Intro Entrepreneurs] Vinish & Shubh – Chaifeteria

Chai & Wi-Fi

It’s always special to interview your friends. You have seen it all; when they had no ideas, when they had the raw ideas, when they were struggling, when they become entrepreneurs and finally when they got famous and successful. I had known Shubh since school days, but I was meeting Vinish for the first time.

The interview started up with a cup of Masala Chai whose exotic taste made me more attracted towards Chaifeteria. While we all were sharing giggles, they both said that they were not going to answer stereotype interview questions like who and what their inspiration was. Both of them are enough self admiring and hence their own lives were quite inspiring to them. While Vinish started jotting down answers for the questionnaire I had made, me and Shubh had a quick chat about our current lives.

vinish and shubham udaipur

The real conversation started while I was sitting and these both were preparing different orders for their customers. I was astonished by the amount of focus they were putting in everything. What kept me smiling all time along I was at Chaifeteria was the fact that their multitasking skills were incredible. They were meeting everyone pleasantly, made every order in the best possible way, paid total attention to my interrogation and answered them with full zeal and also offered me something or the other to eat from time to time. The best thing I ate was Ferrero Rocher chocolate fudge.

Now let me put down the amiable and amusing conversation among all three of us to this UdaipurBlog. Answers by Vinish will be mentioned first as he is the founder of this venture which ultimately means Shubh is the co-founder. And whatever I will add will be in Italics 😉

I sitting on the Red three legged stool asked:

 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF CHAIFETARIA.

Vinish: Shubh had the experience of handling food joints in local market as he already had handled Café Anarki, Just 4 U, Café Alchemy. 8 months back I went to him with the idea of putting up a kiosk with a new concept. The notion of innumerable flavors of tea with attached Wifi seemed quite fetching to Shubh. So we planned to give this a shot.

Shubh: I was quite influenced by Vinish’s idea. As I already had worked in Banyan Root’s kitchen, I knew I could handle the kitchenette part of this venture too. With experience had known that businesses had risk, but they were worth it.

 

So this shiny thing is worth the price.

 

YOUR CHAIFETERIA HAS BEEN GIVEN WARM ACCEPTANCE AND IT HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED LOCALLY.  TELL ME, HOW IT FEELS TO BE POPULAR?

Vinish: I want my work to be praised and accepted more than myself. I like fame in this way. I won’t care if people would say that they do not like me, but it would matter allot if they will not appreciate my activities towards this venture.

On the hand, Shubh completely is in head over heels love with this fame. He cherishes it when he does not need an introduction and most of the Udaipurites already know him. His major asset for his popularity has been his upcoming book “SHE-THE NOOR OF MY EYES”.

But both agree that adoration and approval of the customers and this city is the major prize which they have received.

Chaifeteria Udaipur

WHAT ARE YOUR SECRETS TO KEEPING CUSTOMERS COMING IN? WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST SUCCESSFUL PROMOTIONS?

Vinish: The secret is the innovative idea of making WiFi available at a Kiosk. Also the keen observation I have had due to my hobby of travelling helped me a lot. I almost know that what ideas will be sellable and what will be not.

Shubh: Media has had been a great help for our enterprise and its promotion. Big thanks to Dainik Bhaskar, Zee Marudara, Etv Rajasthan and Topyaps.com for covering our story. And Nida, Thanks to UdaipurBlog too now that you people are covering up Chaifetaria!

 

*Winks*

 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE EACH OTHER AS A PARTNER?

Vinish:  We are childhood friends. We have had matching ideologies since forever. I had never believed in the concept of conventional education and stereotype professions. So when I saw Shubh following his heart and pursuing a career in writing and restaurant businesses, it gave me a push. I always knew that we are so likeminded that working with him will never be difficult.

Shubh: My cafes were going great. But I always had a great desire to create a brand in India. When a friend comes up with such an innovative proposal which has never been in this country before, we know that the desire is close enough to come true.

 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION PLANS AND ACTUAL CAREER GOALS IN LIFE?

Vinish: I am a 2nd Year B.Com dropout. I love wrestling and travelling. I have never believed in the concept of education but have always wanted to be someone who could learn things out of real life experiences. I also travelled from Udaipur to Shimla via Gujarat in 21 days without any money for the same purpose.

I want to make travelling, meeting new people and exploring life my career.

You see, Journey for some people, is destination

Shubh: Right now I am totally satisfied with what I am doing. I have completed my bachelors in English and now after completing MA English, I would like to do my PhD. The fixed plan is to get retired at the age of 30.

Ignoring the rush hour of this world, Shubh wants to taste the life.

 

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT YOUR VENTURE IS GETTING MUCH MORE POPULAR THAN THE OTHER SAME SIZED FAST FOOD JOINTS?

Vinish: Of course because of my Wi-Fi idea.  *Shubh & Vinish share smiles*. Moreover, the kind of hygiene we maintain is nearly impossible to be found at a kiosk in this city. People won’t see a contaminated person serving at our place or any unpleasant host. Me and My co-founder make everything ourselves and greet everyone with hospitality.

Being nice to customers or to anyone is not difficult at all, but still this is one rare thing in the universe.

Shubh: I totally agree to my founder 😉 but also I think because the kind of tea flavors you get over here are scarce. This makes us distinguished. There is almost something for each individual coming. We have best alternatives for traditional breakfast. Corn Flakes, different kinds of bun sandwiches, multiple flavored beverages and a lot of different items which are basic but essential are made available in minutes.

chaifeteria udaipur

ANY FURTHER ENHANCEMENT OR ADDITIONS YOU BOTH ARE PLANNING TO MAKE IN CHAIFETARIA?

Vinish: Yess! Seeing the embracing welcome, we are planning to open up 2nd outlet in the city soon. We really want to make good quality and economic fast food and beverages available to the city, especially youth.

Shubh: I believe if you provide a good service and place then the people are going to like it always. So now we will also come up with an entire new menu additional to the present one for summers.

It looks like this summer is going to bring up new sugars & spices.

 

HOW YOU THINK GETTING STARTED WITH THIS VENTURE DIFFICULT?

Vinish: Convincing people about this idea was a tedious task. But later when this idea came into existence, we witnessed some customers who were very critical about the fact that we being educated were still working on kiosk.

People want to kill you, kiss you or be you!

Shubh: I love kitchen and cooking, so regarding this, things were quite cool. But finding the right location, getting its possession and majorly getting man power was difficult. But I think me and Vinish were enough to handle all this with obviously support of our friends.

But the worst part is, all the pretty girls call you Bhaiyya over here 😉

customers at chaifeteria

 

LASTLY, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE FEATURES OF CHAIFETERIA. ALSO MENTION YOUR FAVORITE DELICACIES?

Vinish: I am very particular about sterility. This is what is offered here which I am very fond of. And tea or caffeine and Wi-Fi are the need of the hour, which are very nicely served by us. Idea of serving basic requirements convinces me.

My favorites are Hari-Mirch chai, Irani chai and nutella bun.

Shubh: I love this completely because we are the only local joint which is also a merchandised line. You can buy packs of Green tea leaves, Chocolate tea leaves, Black tea homemade Chai Masala, Banana chips, Potato chips and Chocolate chips here.

My dearests are Chocolate Chai and Maggi bun.

 

WHAT IS THE BEST PART OF BEING INTO THIS VENTURE?

Vinish: One of the main reasons I dote over tours is that because they make me meet so many new people. We learn new ideas, how each individual is different from another, how people get along, how they get against; these things always held me curiosity.

I knew this venture will make me meet so many new people each day that this will never get boring.

#IHopeSo

 

Shubh: Cooking As I said previously, I am fond of making eatables and writing. Chafetaria has given me a daily opportunity to cook, which I completely enjoy. Also meeting new people, recognizing them, exchanging experiences and views, gives me a broader perspective towards life and world for my writing.

 

Udaipurites, Do visit this place. Trust me; it’s something which you have never ever seen before in this city. Experience it! Live It! Love It!

Location: Near Happinezz Parlour, Sukhadia Circle

 

Article by: Nida Khan

[Intro Entrepreneurs] Bhupesh Kavadia – Bougain Villaea

“Shivling is the purest form of abstract symbolic sculpture where ling and yoni are both depicted in the most powerful way.”

“Words become lyrical when rhymed in the right way,

Stones become marvels when carved in the right shape,

Moulded by the imagination of mind,

And love of the heart,

Art will keep on,

Taking our breath away.”

 

We are rock people. We have lived in them, we have fought with them, hail we have made everything around them. From the wheel that made possible all the innovations to come alive to the spaceships which set our imagination ablaze by their possibilities. But the most interesting thing about all these innovations is that they were sparked by a single person’s imagination but are realized by the hard work of billions throughout the human evolution.

Before the beginning of any innovation there is a dream.

A dream that has the power to drive us years over years, miles over miles to schools, to work, to countries and beyond. No one could ever say what amount of hard work one needs to put in before realizing dreams but one thing is for sure if we are persistent than our dreams will definitely become a reality one day.

Such is the story of Mr. Bhupesh Kavadia.

Bhupesh Kavadia - Bougain Villaea

Born and raised in Udaipur, he sat out to make his career in a field which was once considered taboo.

Can you think what it could be?

Well while you’re thinking let me give a brief walk around the place we took our interview.

It was around 11:30 a.m. in January, Sun was shining brightly and sunlight was coming through window into what we think was study. A beautiful shelf filled with books and art pieces was in front of us. It was one of those settings which every person want to in his life. Open and spacious, the study also had an aquarium. A really big one and with the sound of water flowing, the ambience was just calming.

Have you guessed what he do?  Let’s find out if your guess correct or not. ☺

Bougain Villaea Udaipur

 

Sir, please tell us your story?

“My father was a teacher. I did my schooling from St. Pauls. During school days, I got involved with theatres. We had a small group called “Triveni Kala Sangam”. It comprised of many senior people and others having a passion for art like me. My attachment for art began with this group. Our seniors in the group were mostly doctors, engineers and they were able to give time to the theatres in the evening hours. So, from that point of time only, my grooming as an artist had nicely begun with an opportunity to work with such people in a creative environment.

Theatre was a team work. We had to clean the set, bring tea, design stage and of course act. There were so many things we had to do and this made the environment more creative and lively. Then, with the introduction of TV, the theatre audience started to reduce and gradually theatres became a thing of past. It was a huge setback for all of us.

During this period, fortuitously I met some senior sculptors who were working in Udaipur. When I saw their work, driven by the thought of doing something like it, I also tried my hands in sculpturing. In the beginning it was just a curiosity whether I can do it or not. All I had thought was to make a little sculpture of my own and put it in my mantelpiece.

But this curiosity of mine was unconsciously turning into a passion for the art. I started to visit the place on a daily basis. Initially, it was for few hours a day, then it turned into half days and finally a full time process. By then it had become a serious affair and with the support of the whole art community my confidence also began to develop.”

 

Bhupesh ji might be humble about his success and a down to earth person but we knew what this man was capable of as soon as we entered his gallery “Bougain Villaea”.

Here’s a fun fact: Most of us have already seen the front of his gallery.

A big white elephant sculpture standing in front of a square arched entrance way.

Bougain Villaea Gallery Udaipur

 

Can you remember the place? (Hint: It’s on Rani road’s beginning)

As we walked past that elephant on the cobbled path, we were impressed by the beautiful sculptures that watched us till we reached the end only to witness a surreal experience.

Big, small, shining, dull, captivating, pondering, the entire place was full of beautiful and vivid sculptures, paintings and other art works.

The experience we had there was unexplainable. It was like going back into the childhood where you were free to interpret things the way you wanted to, where you’d let your imagination go free. We started doing that only and every time we hit on the meaning of a sculpture, a painting and any other art displayed there we were fired by a new one.

That’s the beauty of art.

Art sets you free but to be an artist in our society comes at a price. Let us hear from Bhupesh ji about how his family reacted when they found out about his new passion!

 

Tell us what happened when your family found out that sculpturing has become a serious affair for you?

“They were okay with it till it was a hobby but as soon as it became a serious thing they began to worry. Therefore, I started to find jobs accordingly so that my family does not have to worry about my career. But for me, career orientation was completely lost at that time. Sculpting had become a passion for me.

During that time, while I was searching for a job, I got a chance to join a private businessman as a supervisor for his Traditional Sculpture Department. In this way I tried to stay as close to stones as possible. Before joining the job, I placed my terms in front of him that I would work with the stones after 5 in the evening. All my work would remain his property but the creative independence will be mine. He very generously agreed to it and he was very happy with his decision after seeing my work.

As time passed, my work started getting recognition. My hard work started paying off and finally I bagged a wonderful opportunity of receiving the highest state award for the same.

When I shared it with my parents, my father said, “Isse zindagi nahi chalegi tumhari”, because at that time it was an amount of just Rs. 5000 (which wasn’t enough for a livelihood) and a certificate. For some time, it was still a shock for him that his boy was going out for carving stones. Sculpting didn’t have a serious definition then.

Gradually, we started joining exhibitions in Delhi and Bombay. Luckily some renowned art collectors liked my work and the patronage they gave encouraged us a lot. Eventually, on an individual level, monetary gain also started which helped me become more confident.

Finally, I left job and replaced this hobby as full time work. As I received more and more recognition and awards for my work such as Indian National Award etc., my family also started supporting me. My biggest support all this way came from my wife.”

                                                  (With smiles beaming on our face)

Isn’t it glad to know that people who care about you sooner or later joins you on the way of your dreams. And when you are mature enough you began to understand that the only reason they stop you from doing something is because they are concerned for you which make you love them even more.

Bhupesh Kavadia

But why choose Udaipur for an art gallery and for work?

We all know how much negligent we are about art in Udaipur. Being locals we are the ones whose support is still the least for the art community. So we became more curious as to why he chose to stay in Udaipur even after getting so much recognition internationally. His answer also shed light on the beginning and purpose of starting the “Bougain Villaea Gallery”.

(In his words)

“Baroda University ke ek senior professor the. Hum ek symposium me sath me the. Unka yeh kehna tha ki ladke tu ye sheher chaudkar kahin bahar chala ja. Like Bombay or Delhi. Kyunki tera ye sheher sheher nahi gaav he and yahan par tujhe koi projection nahi rahega.”

(Translation: I had a chance to meet a senior professor of Baroda University at a symposium. He said to me that you should leave this city and go to big cities like Delhi or Bombay because your city is not a city but a village and here you won’t find any projection.)

“His answer made me to think that why can’t I do something here in Udaipur. I took this as a challenge and started a studio where few people including me worked together.”

“Then we started our first art gallery on a small place. We received commendable support from art community and other people. Udaipur being a tourist destination added as icing on the cake creating more exposure for our gallery. This lead to the beginning of the growth of our gallery, which slowly seeded from a small shop to a big showroom. People now knew that the levels of work that they see in New York, London is also available in Udaipur.”

“Then we had our own publication, a coffee table book just to authenticate ourselves.”

 

International footfall! Why is the local footfall is so less in these galleries?

Anyways moving forward, we went through some books. And seriously, we never could have imagined that art work of such a splendid level would ever have been possible in Udaipur. I know, our beloved city is already world famed for miniature arts but once you go through this stuff, this in house publication, you would realise that we have a much wider gamut of talent then we know.

Bougain Villaea Gallery proudly shows this gamut of talent under one roof. Spread over two floors is artwork from more than 30 different artists of varying age groups and styles. The amalgamation of art here was indistinguishable.

 

Bougain Villaea

Bougain Villaea

 

 

Bougain Villaea Udaipur

 

Bougain Villaea

 

We both agreed to this fact after we saw these pictures again. By the way you must have been thinking from long as to who are WE here!!

I am Nirbhay, currently narrating you the interview in my words and my friend Siddharth Nagar.

One of his questions took us back to the days when Bhupesh Ji was connected to the theatres.

 

Sir! You’re attached to theatre. Theatre people are generally seen to do their work more with feelings and seriousness. So are your theatre feelings and art feelings connected?

“Obviously! Not only mine (for the reason I was attached to theatre), but for all those who are artists (any field), if they are not doing it with their soul then they are not doing an artwork.

It may be that you are technically good but until and unless you put your soul in that work it will be considered dead only. It may become commercially successful but you will never be satisfied. It would never make you happy like ‘yaar maza aa gaya isko karne me’. “

Well said!

Bhupesh ji really puts up a complex thing in the simplest way possible and makes us want to explore even more of his perspectives and thoughts.

 

Sir, most of us have a passion for something but we do not have enough skills for it and under certain circumstances we literally give up on it. So do you think one should give up his passion if she/he does not possess good technical skills?

“If there is passion then you don’t need to have skills in advance. No matter how you’re doodling or sketching, it doesn’t matter. It is your passion and firstly it is for you. For example, suppose I am seeing a tree and I want to draw it but I don’t know sketching even then I can draw it in my way. I don’t have to follow a pattern as doing so would become a copy and there would not be any ideas of mine.

It’s like the children do. When you give them a piece of paper to draw, they draw according to their own will. And everything they draw is their own imagination. But the only point here is that their teacher does not teach them how a tree, a hill etc. should be drawn. A teacher should always want from his/her students to develop their own ideas and bring an essence of their imagination in anything they draw.

We should not bring too much academics in our passion because then we become more prejudiced. We will then start to follow the set of rules given in academics and then the art won’t be ours.

It is a very personal thing about how we perceive things and our expressions should be based on our perception unbiased.”

Perception. It’s a small word that can be seen causing chaos since our beginning. 

 

Sir, like you said that artists draw from their imagination. So, how often it happens that people perceives your work the way you did when you made it?

“Ummm! Many a times it does not happen because a viewer’s mind-set and a creator’s mind-set (at the time of creating) are usually different. It is merely a chance of probability that a viewer perceives this art as the creators’ when he created it.

But artwork gives you a freedom of perception. Suppose if what artist created is a very personal thing then when a viewer sees it, he/she has the freedom of perceiving it in his/her own way.”

 

The Perception Battle (as I like to call it) might have happened with you too at some point of time. Whatever result it has led to, the most important thing is that we should not let others diffuse our perception and neither should we try to diffuse theirs.

And to all the teachers, maybe your perception of literature, art may clash with your students. It is my humble request to you that don’t let their perception get diffused with the ones suitable to be written in examinations. ☺

With these words it’s obvious what our next question is going to be.

 

Sir, what are your views for our education system?

“Our educational system requires a complete revival because it has just become a manufacturing system. It has turned into a factory, we put students there, give them a degree and that’s it. Students’ real grooming, real personality development are widely forgotten in this process.

To make students good human beings, putting good values in them should be very important. Our education system does not justify many things. It just says this thing has happened, so remember it and move on.”

 

Do you agree?

The BV Gallery features a variety of stone sculptures along with other forms of visual art and since Bhupesh Ji has a sculpturing background, let us hear from him about the art form in a little detail.

 

Tell us something about your work?

“Well, every art form is equally adorable but personally I love to work with stones. Granite, Marble, Sandstone etc. and sometimes I even add steel to the stone but yeah you can say my medium for expression is basically stones only.”

 

From a block of stone to a sculpture!! How does it happen? Where do you begin from?

“First part of the process is thought process. In it when you first see the stone you’re going to work on, you don’t think about carving it. You try to understand it. Sometimes the stone tells you how you should begin. It gives you an intuitive point to start your work from. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to do while sometimes you may choose the material and start if you already know what you’re going to build.”

 

With so much variety of stones, does the requirement of technical skills, tools vary?

“Yes, both techniques and tools vary. And along with them, positioning of the stones, arrangement of grains, layers are also important. For instance, if you are working on a sedimentary rock then you have to be careful that you don’t strike in its layers so as to avoid it being damaged. Tools too vary and they depend on the stones you are working with.”

 

Your knowledge is very impressive. Did it evolved over years of working or you learnt it from somewhere?

“This could be achieved only with time by working continuously, reading and learning from accidents. By doing wrong things, technique wise, like damaging a stone by using a wrong technique and by understanding the reason why did it happen.”

 

Sir, according to you, which has been your best work up till now?

“It’s a difficult question. It is like asking a mother, which one is her favourite child.”

(With laughs)

 

Okay, so any work that has challenged you creatively?

“Well if you see on Rani Road, there is a big sculpture placed their titled “Windows to Nature”. It was part of a one month symposium which I was conveying. It was a huge responsibility because we invited 16 Big sculptors from all over the world and I was managing each and everything. And in all that business, I was unable to complete my own sculpture.

Luckily, I was able to get an extension of 10 days and I took two blocks which no other artist had chosen and an idea clicked in my mind and I completed this huge work within 3 days.”

Windows to Nature

I bet all of us will be having our own moments with this piece of art.  ☺

 

Sir, as an internationally recognized sculptor, what effects fame had(ve) on your life and work?

“Till now due to all the patronization and encouragement that I have received I have become more motivated to prove by my artwork. Now when I have everything else my struggle starts with my work only. I have become more confident, more self-criticizing.”

 

Sir, along with you there are other people also working in the gallery. So, are there any opinion differences that occur between the artists?

“Here as such there is no agenda of working together so each artist is working on their own and hence, the chances of disputes are greatly minimized. And, when we sit together and discuss our views on universal things then they are more of discussions and understanding of each other’s views.”

“So, here, every discussion is taken in a positive way mostly” added Siddharth. (smile)

“Yes! Absolutely!!” (smiled back)

Our time in the gallery was flowing like a breeze. Both of us were enjoying the conversation and popping out questions but unfortunately not all of the questions could make their way into this article but ek last question toh banta he. ☺

 

What are your plans for coming years?

“We have set up a studio near Thur Ki Paal. It is full of natural landscape and beauty. We are currently planning to build artist residencies there so that artists from all over the world can come and work here.

Also, if someone is interested in learning the sculpturing art then they could also volunteer. There would not be any professional teaching but I would indeed share my experiences with them.”

 

Bougain Villaea is a beautiful piece of work in our city or one can say it is a collage of the talent and the art, our communities should possess.

I am still surprised, how such a beautiful place still remains hidden from our sight. Maybe, it is because of lack of concern for our own talents or of the way we perceive things.

Whatever the reason may be, I would say, if you live in Udaipur then you must visit the “Bougain Villaea Gallery” before visiting any other gallery in other cities. The standards that this gallery has set are world class.

We will always cherish the sparkling conversation we had with Mr. Bhupesh Kavadia. Sir, we salute you for the work you did not only for our city but also for our country. We hope to see you soon in future achieving great heights with your work.

Leaving you with a glimpse of what Bougain Villaea has to offer. We bid you adieu. Hope your journey there be a bliss.

Kudos!

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Bougain Villaea Udaipur

Bougain Villaea Udaipur

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Bougain Villaea

Bougain Villaea

 

 

You can visit the gallery at:

Bougain Villaea Gallery

280, Rani Road, Fatehsagar Lake,

Udaipur-313004, India

Tel: +91-294-2431116, 2431117

Email: info@bougainvillaea.co.in

Website: www.bougainvillaea.co.in

 

Photo Credits: Siddharth Nagar, Kashish Chandrayan

[Intro Entrepreneurs] Rajesh Soni – Gallery One

“I was 14 years old when I earned my first penny, 30 Bucks for a sketch. For me it was a moment of pride and motivation to continue my work.” says Rajesh Soni as he opens up about his life and career as an artist.

It was a warm evening when I first met Rajesh ji at his gallery “Gallery One” located near Chandpole. Featuring a beautiful waterfront with petals floating in it and his latest works displayed behind the glass wall, the first look of gallery was quite captivating. Even though it might not be as big as other art galleries “Gallery One” has a subtle aura to it that’ll attract you towards it. And adding to this aura with his charisma and friendly personality he welcomed me into his gallery.

Gallery One - Rajesh Soni

 

As we walked into the gallery I began scouring it when my eyes stopped on a canvas covering an entire wall of the gallery, wondering what it was for?

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You can see the blank canvas on the wall

As I scoured further; his alluring and amazingly detailed sketches, paintings and other art works got my attention. A work table, a vintage camera, a floor lamp and other artefacts added creativeness to the Gallery One.

This was the time when a question began to tickle in my head.

 

Why did you choose to be an artist?

“Before me, my family already had an artistic background. My Grandfather was the photographer and artist of Maharana Bhopal Singh of Mewar and my father also pursued the same profession. Because of this I also started taking interest in painting and sketching at an early age.”

 

Who was your first mentor?

“When I started practicing initially I used to see my father work and then I began to do things by seeing him work. Whenever I stumble upon something I could not do my father used to help me out.”

 

You must have had a deep connection with your father since early years. Did your entire family supported your career choice?

“Yes! My parents played an important role for my dreams. They supported me and guided me in the right direction and were there to pick me up whenever I fell. They didn’t forced me to take any other profession despite knowing this field can be highly unstable.”

You are a very lucky person to get support from your family especially in a society where so many dreams are crushed by family only.

When you started it must have been a bumpy ride learning to do things, building audience, choosing what to sketch.

 

How were your early years?

“When I entered this field I was learning art and I thought I cannot demand any price for something I am still learning. So in the starting I started talking to tourists who used to come here and gradually improved my English speaking skills with their help. Along with this I used to work as a guide and show them city’s monuments and heritage.”

“Then I started showcasing my art skills by working in public places such as Fatehsagar, Gangaur Ghat, Café Coffe Day. During that time people used to come and watch me working, creating a sketch from nothing but only a blank paper and pencil. Then they started commenting on my work. I still remember, I was 14 years old when I earned my first penny, 30 Bucks for a sketch. For me it was a moment of pride and motivation to continue my work.”

 

What was the best comment you ever received?

“It was from my father. He said to me that you continue working with your heart and keep practicing until you achieve your target.”

“After my public hours gained me some exposure, people started to call me for private works. So along with my art interests I also started working on commission works to support myself. I used to draw sketches of houses, people etc.”

“Then after earning enough recognition and gathering funds to work on my creativity, I started to work on buildings especially heritage buildings followed by street art and then photography plus sketching.”

“During these years I learned a lot and started keeping myself updated. I began to change painting styles, ideas every few months. This gave me both uniqueness and has been helping in keeping my works fresh and creative.”

You are world famous for your hand painting skills and I can clearly see that your talent cannot be caged into just one style. It is wild, free and always ready to explore new dimension.

 

What was the first idea that you stumbled upon?

“When I started my work the first idea that came to my mind was to protect heritage of our city. To realize this dream I started to promote heritage buildings and their beautiful architecture through my work.”

“Along with this I started learning photography to expand my abilities. In 2007 I met an American photographer Waswo X. Waswo during one of his exhibitions. This is when I told him about my hand colouring skills. Luckily he showed keen interest in it. Hand colouring was a lost art form when we began to work together on it. He used to compose the shots and photograph them and after that I would hand colour those developed photographs. The same thing my grandfather used to do for Maharaja.”

 

Did you had any idea then that this little adventure of yours is going to make you world famous?

“No. I guess it was a sheer coincidence that this thing took off.”

“Since then it has been eight years we are working together.”

 

Where could we see your hand coloured photos?

“We’ve printed a book titled “Men of Rajasthan” in which these photos are elegantly displayed.”

Apart from the “Men of Rajasthan” you can also see his hand coloured photos and other artworks at Madri Haveli.

Starting as a person with passion for art you have climbed up a long road. During all these years you must have had your own ups and downs. It is really wonderful to see that 14 year old boy in you still alive.

Rajesh Soni with book Men of Rajasthan (at Madri Haveli)
Rajesh Ji Soni with book Men of Rajasthan (at Madri Haveli)

Which one painting of yours you love the most?

“Ummm…I remember there was this painting of Buddha. I made with my imagination in which I made Buddha using lotus.”

Painting of Buddha in which Buddha is made using petals
Painting of Buddha in which Buddha is made using petals

 

How did you manage to stay motivated and focused all these years? What is your secret?

“The only secret behind this is that when I first drew something it was because I loved doing it.”

“I love art be it sketching, hand colouring, painting. It makes me happy. And that is my secret.”

I would steal this para to say to everyone reading this to do what makes you happy. The journey might be bumpy but being happy with what you are doing would make it easy and an incredible journey.

Signor there is so much more to you than just hand colouring which made me knock on your door. The things you are doing are really mind blowing but It is also true that you are just a petal in this flower of art. There are so many amazing artist around the world even in our little city.

 

How do you manage to stay creative and unique in your field with so much competition?

“First of all I am not competing anyone. I love what I am doing and I am not a fond of “bhed chal”. Copying what someone has already created and is profitable is not me. Its true everyone needs money to survive and when going gets tough creativity also suffers. This is might be the reason why so many artists having really good skills copy others instead of creating something of their own.”

“But that’s not me. Even if I have to work on commission I keep finding ways to keep my work unique and creative.”

“I keep experimenting new styles, ideas and that is why you’ll always see me doing new things every few months.”

 

So what have you been working on lately?

“Recently I am working on portraying day to day life via my art. To do this I ride around the city clicking photographs of things or activities I find worth telling. Then I come back to my studio and study the photos selecting which parts I want to keep in my sketch.”

“Then I sketch the version of the photo. Usually all my art works have a message hidden in them.”

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“Like look at this sketch of an autowala. You might think this is only a man fixing his auto. But if you give it a thought.”

“This autowala is telling us to never stop in life. No matter how big the hurdle is. Even if it breaks us down. We should use whatever we have to start fixing our life and keep moving instead of waiting for right time or tools.”

Wow! That was inspiring. Despite being educated till 10th you have wisdom than a college graduate.

 

Would you suggest young artist to take professional degree?

“This is everyone’s personal choice. But with my experience: No, I don’t think they should go for professional degrees if they are really interested in art because in our education system art is taught and when they graduate most of them had lost their creative insights. When I started learning I was only 12 and at present I am 32 and still learning. I gained a lot of experience in these 20 years with my creativity still alive.”

“I focused all my energy into the thing I love to do the most and the only thing I was taught were skills.”

 

How you first used your skills?

“When I began learning I needed something for practice so I bought a poster of Lord Ram. I still remember what I loved most about it was details. Then I started sketching it.”

“Whenever I used to get low I used to remember my father’s comment. “

“Continue working with your heart and keep practicing until you achieve your target.”

The glimpse of the same genes can be seen in his younger brother’s work too. While he is still a young fellow his talents did leave us amazed. He currently works with paper modelling and have created a wonderful and detailed model of a bike.

Paper Bike made by Rajesh ji’s brother.
Paper Bike made by Rajesh ji’s brother.

With this we left his studio and went on a little road trip to see his currently displayed works where we continued the interview.

At O’zen

While my eyes were still stuck over the biggest sketch I have ever seen in my life displayed on an entire wall of the restaurant I involuntarily asked

How long did it take complete this?

“8 months” he replied with a smile.

This sketch of Jagdish Mandir (displayed at O'zen) took 8 months to complete
This sketch of Jagdish Mandir (displayed at O’zen) took 8 months to complete

Seeing his talent on such a big canvas I could not help but ask

What was your most challenging work till date?

“Not this.”

“As I recall my toughest work was to redraw a photograph. It was a commission work and the reference photograph I received was smaller than a square of 2.5cm. The photo was taken from a very old camera and commissioner wanted me to draw a larger sketch of it.”

“It was a tough job. I had to invent a new technique to do it.”

You do both kinds of work commissioned and free will.

 

What do you have to say about your clients?

“Since I have worked with both Indian and foreign clients I can say that they both have different requirements. Indian clients are usually harder to please. They appreciate details and clarity in work. Western client mostly prefer ideas over details in work.”

You say Indian clients. If we talk about Udaipurites

 

 

What would say about their support?

“Well…foreign tourist are undoubtedly major supporter of art here but if we see local support it is very less. It would be really nice to see more support of local governments and people.”

“I have visited many countries especially in Europe where it was commendable to see the amount of support artists receive from their government.”

Then we went over to Madri Haveli where his hand coloured artworks were displayed.

Rajesh Soni and Waswo X. Waswo's hand color painting (displayed at Madri Haveli)
Rajesh Soni and Waswo X. Waswo’s hand color painting (displayed at Madri Haveli)

City of Lakes is undoubtedly blessed with world class beauty and world class talents to capture it. Before we met Rajesh ji the only thing we knew was that he is a brilliant hand colourist but now we are captured by his amazing talents that would leave you too amazed.

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Wishing him best of luck for the future. We bid him adieu!

 

Contact:

E-mail: rajeshsoni18@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.rajesh-soni.com

Mobile: +91-9828247052

or simply visit him at

 

Gallery One

Inside Chandpole, 36, Udaipur, 313001 (Raj.) India