We recently got a chance to have a heart to heart conversation when Reshal visited Jaipur for her Vipassana trip. Reshal is an artist and a designer, an avid bird watcher, nature lover and a traveller. Her work questions and investigates the normal and has always inspired us. We thought it’s important to bring forth the stories of these inspiring women, our everyday heroines. We believe its best to ask her a few fun questions and try and understand the dustiest corners of her heart. It was so much fun roaming about the city on a beautiful rainy day with her, eating local food, exploring local markets and craft and photographing her. She chose Resha’s indigo khadi shift dress for the day. Such a fun day.
What makes you truly happy?
– Simple things – Sunshine, mountains, birding, chocolate and hugs.
– A good piece of work – when I make that or when anyone creates something mesmerizing – it gives me a high!
– Making people feel special – the happiness on their face makes me happy too!
What would be the absolute perfect day for you?
There cannot be an absolute or a perfect. “It is simply a matter of finding a sunny place in a garden, where the light is golden and the grass is soft; somewhere to rest, to stop reading, and to be content.” I think these lines by Neil Gaiman make sense to me for making it my kind of a day.
What is traveling for you?
Travelling helps me understand what exists outside of me – which in turn helps me learn a lot about me. I have been lucky and grateful for having had chances to travel in ways that have taught me to see the beauty in nature and people – only to return and realise how I left a piece of myself in each of those places and brought them along with me. It’s amazing to see how diverse we all are, yet so, so similar!
What are you too hard on yourself for?
I end up being hard on myself when things affecting the people I care for, go out of my control. I also feel the need to be a superwoman crap! So even when I exhaust myself of achieving 80%, I will beat myself up for the 20% that’s undone.
What was the best thing about how your parents raised you?
Freedom – I have always valued that. Absolute freedom to do what I want, go where I wish, express or talk whatever I want.
Something that my father has always taught me is being gentle, honest and selfless. And mommy has always raised me to be independent.
Along with these, a beautiful part and parcel of being a single child also has been the ‘princess’ treatment – makes me feel too loved, makes me believe that a pleasant ‘real’ world exists!
What do you most look forward to about getting old?
Death! – before I get too old!!
What are the best mistakes you ever made? Mistakes that turned out real fun?
They are not mistakes when they become fun 😛
If money was no object where would you live?
Oh, I’d travel a lot more, if money was no object. But I would live here, in the same place where I do
What do you seek out of your work?
Working is often like meditation, because the thoughts that bother me are shut and the focus is diverted to what I am creating. Work often becomes my best companion – never lets me down. And when I end up making something that I surprise myself with, it gives me a euphoric high!! It is like magic and pleasure both.
What is the most unusual fear you have?
Unusual – yes! I fear leaving / having to leave this city I love… And I fear doing so willingly. I do not want to separate away from Bombay.
A quote that you swear by?
“We’re all mad here.” – Cheshire Cat
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.” – Alice
Alice: “How long is forever?” White Rabbit: “Sometimes, just one second.”
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” – Cheshire Cat
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” – Alice
And this can go endless! I can live by every sentence from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland
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Reshal is wearing our ‘Indigo Checkered Shift Dress’. Buy it here: