Sunday, October 4, 2015

Why it’s okay to ignore anyone who has a problem with the way you look

...and other reasons you should not give a damn when you get free advice about the way you should look. 

It’s time to address something that’s been on my mind for a really long time. The only reason I haven’t done this before is because I didn’t want to sound repetitive or annoying but it has been incessantly jumping in my head and I have to talk about it here. 

In August, Nirali’s post on Buzzfeed about 11 curvy Indian instagrammers took me by surprise and I was completely overwhelmed but I noticed all the comments about fatness and the irritation with Buzzfeed for featuring plus-size women. At the time I just let it be because I kept telling myself: trolls are always hanging around, we just ignore them. After a few weeks I began noticing a pattern - any project done on body image, plus-size women, bulling about fatness got hoards of comments like “You’re fat, nothing else. Just go hit the gym.” It hit a point of absolute frustration when I read a comment about how fat-shaming is the one form of bullying that can save lives on a couple of posts including the recent video of Genny Zuniga. I’m specifically addressing fat-shaming but I know that this is the general attitude towards many things uploaded on the internet and while criticism is okay, bullying is not. 

I’m sick and tired of people thinking this is a joke or irrelevant because it’s not. It’s comments like this that make people feel like shit and spiral into a cave of sadness. It’s comments like this that cause fad diets and body image dysmorphia. It’s comments like this that ruin someone’s day. It’s comments like this that cause a space polluted with negative energy when it is already enveloped with cruelty. It seems like everyone has constantly been speaking about peace but no one is listening. It kills me to see so many people out there hating the person they see in the mirror. It angers me when I’m walking past the hall and I overhear an advertisement or TV show clearly indicating that the only way to a man’s heart is a diet. It’s frustrating when people at stores won’t stop staring at fat people like they don’t deserve to dress up the way they want.

I will say this a thousand times over - we have different bodies and it’s not a crime.

[I’ll be addressing this over a series of posts, so hang on]


Outfit: Top: Westside ; Black vest, shoes, bag: street finds; Hairband: Masaba Lite 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Delicious Groceries at your Doorstep

I feel like an app collector since I’m constantly on the Play Store looking for new apps to download. You can guess that I was obviously excited when I spotted PepperTap on the billboards while I was heading to a couple of meetings. I had to try this new app on the block.

An app that delivers fresh groceries to your doorstep? Hell yes! If it means I can catch up on some extra sleep and have home delivered weekly veggies and fruits, then why not? With a couple of taps and selections, my cart filled up and my order was ready to be delivered. Living up to their promise of delivering within two hours of the order I had some yummy for my tummy.

Covering Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata, PepperTap is slowly taking over and soon they’ll be in smaller cities too. From food to spices, home to hygiene, dairy to bath, they have everything so it’s not just another grocery delivery app. PepperTap is a supermarket on your phone!

What I love about PepperTap is that I can avoid monthly visits to the supermarket. Now that I have delivery of the freshest supplies at home, I can order each week. The icing on the cake for me was definitely the free delivery. Many apps provide services but burn a hole in your pocket with delivery charges. An order of more than Rs. 250 gets you free delivery at PepperTap. [Trust me, you’ll want to order everything since it looks delicious]

All this goodness apart, my number one criteria with an app is its functioning on my phone and I was delighted to experience no lag while using it, unlike so many other apps in the store. If you haven’t tried it already, go. Stop worrying about tiresome queues and download PepperTap.

Available for free download for Android and Apple users.

See you soon!

PepperTap requested me to review their app and share what I thought of it, so I hope you enjoy the app too. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Inside Bangalore Fashion Week

A lot of times bloggers skip collection previews and product launches, but everyone makes it to fashion week. A lot of my relatives and friends have often asked me what fashion week is like, so this time I decided to take you with me to Bangalore Fashion Week 2015, 13th edition powered by Snapdeal. I decided to do things a little different rather than just a trend report so I’ve collected footage of some of my favourite collections as well as ones I didn’t particularly enjoy. Surprise! I also got some behind the scenes peeks from hair and makeup and some outfits straight from fashion week goers. 

COME. YOU! Let’s go. 

I think it’s safe to say that I’m not sitting anymore because I’m jumping around the room screaming!

Also, hello August!


Friday, July 17, 2015


There are very few things that excite me as much as working on a project where I get to do all the things I love, like this one. I don’t know if it’s the mad waves of thought or the kicks that I keep giving myself to stop being lazy - there’s something appealing about self projects. It’s really different from working in a team because here, you are the team. While that does mean you get a lot of creative freedom (who doesn’t love that), it also means being organised about your thoughts all the time (not to mention the stares you will get from people while self-timing your photographs). Looking back, all those moments are worth it when you’re adding final touches in post production. In this project I wanted to bring in all the elements that have had a huge impact on me. From what I was wearing to how I posed, from the lighting to the aperture, from the words to the colours, each element was important to create the final piece. I found that expressing myself through this project was not only easier because I got to put pieces of myself in each element, but also very therapeutic. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I loved working on it. I’d love to hear your feedback so I can work on improving and adding more the next time. 

If you’d like to know more about the concept, the story and the way I went about shooting it, leave a comment below or message me and I’ll do a post on it. If you want to follow more of my design adventures, follow me on Instagram @sonaksha. 


P.S: I’m looking for photographers to collaborate with on future shoots, let me know if you’re interested. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Wearing everything a plus-size girl shouldn’t wear

Yes, it’s just another day in the wearing-everything-a-plus-size-girl-shouldn’t wear-series 
a.k.a this website. 

Peplum: A short overskirt that is usually attached to a fitted jacket, blouse or dress

Peplum was all over the runways and magazines a while ago, and while it was never my favourite trend, I recently read how fat girls should avoid them as they add layers of weight to the tummy area and create an appearance of being heavier. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that a statement like that spikes the rebellious ‘curvy' ‘fat' 'plus-size' girl in me. I had to. However, I took the peplum trend a step further and added layers to match what I had in mind. Now this isn’t a peplum top per se, but it follows the same style and design so I had to use it when I found it in my wardrobe. 

There’s something about chunky jewellery - every time I shift to a more minimal style, there’s one day when I go all out and pull out my chunky jewellery. Clearly this was one of those days. Also, I love bindis so I take every chance I have to wear them. 

I can’t wait to see what else people think 'plus-size’ girls shouldn’t wear, because I totally will wear them. Since it’s out there now, tell me if you’ve come across something people constantly advice plus-size people not to do/wear and I’d love to break that tip. 

On that note, I happened to stumble upon this annoying comment: Plus Size Clothing should not be available on high street

I can’t remember the last time someone wanted to explore a new hobby
rather than make it to Instagram’s popular page. 

I can’t remember the last time they told us what it felt like to be in love with a human being, 
and not her new profile picture. 

I can’t remember the last time we woke up and wished each other good morning,
rather than checking 256 new WhatsApp notifications. 

I can’t remember and it’s scary.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and quickly jotted this down during an auto ride. I put it at the end of the post because shooting this post was not just fun but also really therapeutic because I spent a long time twirling around on a windy Bangalore day and just watching people go about daily activities like playing, walking, jogging and meditating. There’s something calming about watching people laugh and look relaxed.


(No outfit details because they’re all flea market purchases except for the skirt which I have stolen from my mom, forever)