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Amrita Tripathi

Writer/ Journalist/ Time Traveller

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Blog posts June 2015

In Stylish Company...

June 2, 2015

Elle India for some reason included me on a list of stylish women, talking about an item of clothing that means something to them. The issue is on stands now, and I promise everyone else on said list is super-glam!

I'm uploading a photo from the shoot below, (with a photo credit and courtesy: Nishanth Radhakrishnan for Elle India) but here's the unedited text I sent them... (Of course, they had to chop this due to space constraints, but did keep the reference to my book, phew!) 

I almost got deeper into the whole body image issue, but I will leave that for another time, perhaps something more in-depth?

As always, let me know what you think! 

 

For Elle India (Unedited Version): 

It took me forever to learn that the world does – as my mother first told me – create its initial impressions of you, based on how you dress. As a young anchor in my early 20s, I wanted to be seen as serious, not frivolous, stern, not giggly, and definitely non-flouncy or bouncy-haired or whatever it was the hair and make-up team preferred.

I wanted my own identity intact, so no removing the nose ring, or my Buddhist beads, or my hoops, at least not for years! Only proper, “serious” outfits would do. It took about six years for me venture into a dress here or there, for “entertainment” interviews, and that was thanks in no small part to the channel stylist, my friend Priyanka Singh, who along with my sister gave me the confidence to dress up once in a while, instead of always dressing down.

Fast forward to last year, when I found myself checking out and buying this dress online from the UK – it’s something called Paper Dolls, which I haven’t actually heard of, but I liked the look of it, and just hoped the size was right. As I launched my second novel The Sibius Knot earlier this year, I wore this very same non-fussy dress, very little make-up and didn’t bother to get my “hair done”. 

That's A for Author, not Anchor, after all! It’s a gesture my younger self would undoubtedly approve of.

 (As a writer, I think you’re only really dressing up at book launches or literary festivals, and then too you’re trying not to distract from your work.)  As far as me and dresses go – at the grand old age of 34 – while I may not have repeated this dress (yet), I have added to my collection and look forward to experimenting a little more, every once in a while.

 

PHOTO COURTESY: Nishanth Radhakrishnan For Elle India

(PS: Now that I've discovered shoes, I also want to say I love these Anne Kleins I bought earlier this year! Sigh, materialism!)

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The Royal Photo

June 2, 2015

Meeting HRH Princess Sirindhorn at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, as part of the 'Words on Water' Festival

 

 

(During the 20 minute session prior, there was some talking about The Sibius Knot, some care taken not to swear, some royal protocol and some scuttling about, 'tis true)

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