Of all these inspiring women online… Archana Srinivas is perhaps the one person who has had the most lasting impact on my life.
It was sometime in 2008, that I saw her blog – ‘Rang Decor‘ for the first time. And I loved it. And it was seeing how effortless she made blogging ‘appear‘ that got me thinking that I needed to start too. I wrote to Archana, and told her how much I loved her blog and how I was inspired to start my own. I owe the documentation of my journey on this blog to her. Thank you Arch 🙂
She was kind enough to post the details of my exhibition on her blog and also link to my site. That of course translated into so many more like minded people knowing I exist. Over the years Archana and I have become friends. And we have met for chai a few times. On our first meeting, she gave me a set of two prints from her ‘Black and White’ Chai images. They are gorgeous. And the next time it was a pouch of various kinds of tea 🙂 We met first at my place, then at the inimitable Chirag’s- Chaipatty teafe, at 100ft Boutique…. and yesterday finally at her home.
And what a home it is. So wonderfully done up. I felt like a kid in a candy store, looking at and finding the nooks and crannies where she does her photography. Archana and I have one other thing in common- we love chai. And we had it in jumbo cups in her home last week. I also got to meet Priya Sebastian for the first time. But, no more on Priya here. She is scheduled for another post 🙂 Incidently, a self portrait of Priya hangs in Archana’s house. It is haunting in it’s starkness.
Archana is moving on, and going to far away lands. And I wanted to give her something that she could keep with her. Something that would remind her of me and home (India). I painted a kettle for her It has the two things that are a constant in her life and on her various blogs…chai and frangipani.
Archana is truely amazing.
She also blogs at-
Head on over and have a dekho, you will be lost for a while.
Word of caution – Do it only when you have time or else be ready to lose time 🙂
Click here to read her post on our chai meeting 🙂
The images that you see, marked with her water mark are all from her blog.