3 Fascinating Stories About Embracing Yourself!

Now that you know what has been putting a spring in my step and keeping me up at night with excitement, it’s time to hear the stories of the women that have magically partaken in this journey with me. I asked them 3 very pertinent questions. Their replies were honest, instinctive and had me at hello.

Himani Shah | Photograph: Dhruvi Shah
Himani Shah | Photograph: Dhruvi Shah

Alice:When someone asks, what do you do?, what is your reply?
Himani: I’m a multiplex tycoon. Jk… I work with my dad who owns Gold Cinema, a chain of cinemas across India. Gold takes the multiplex experience to lakhs of people who have never experienced it before. The unique concept not only provides entertainment to 2 & 3 tier towns but also leads to development & urbanisation. Along with this I am also a freelance photographer specialising in portraiture, landscapes & travel photography.

@himanis
@himanis

Alice: Does anyone ever ask, who are you? Do you know who you are? That is a strange question. Something a caterpillar would ask Alice.
Himani: Not really. I’m still finding myself. I was handed a camera by my dad when I was 9. It was a roll camera and I was instructed how to use it, change the film, a little bit about framing and composition. I always loved documenting my school life and important cultural events. School would send me for photography competitions and the like. But it wasn’t until I was in college that I found my true love for photography. I became photo editor of the college magazine, secretary of the photography society and a part of the photography team of the college festival. Pretty soon, I was receiving credits for all my friends’ profile pictures and I was gleefully looking at the 100+ likes on all of them. I took up various commercial assignments and realised that portraiture was my forte. I apply Bresson’s ‘decisive moment’ in my portrait photography – pressing the shutter when my subject is truly happy. Photography is one aspect of my life that gives me creative satisfaction. There are more facets to me that I’m still discovering.

Alice: What was your cocoon? When did you feel like a caterpillar? Do you feel like a butterfly now?
Himani: I’ve been the caterpillar in school when I took up strong leadership roles. I am now a cocoon learning about how film exhibition works. I’m waiting to turn into a butterfly.

Gazal Rawlyani
Gazal Rawlyani

1. When someone asks me what I do, the first thing that comes to my mind is my profession. I’m quick to respond saying I’m a practicing makeup artist, recently quit my marketing job at a hotel.

@gazalrawlyani
@gazalrawlyani

2. Actually, no one has ever asked me who I am, if someone asked it that I probably won’t even know how to respond :)).
It’s not an easy question to answer. How do you explain your identity in two sentences? I am my values, my profession and my life experiences.
Maybe asking someone that would give away more about their personality than just what do you do. I’m going to try that soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. My cocoon was my corporate job, I was extremely comfortable in it, but something was missing. It’s extremely difficult to let go of that comfort.
I think I feel like a caterpillar right now, away from the chains of the corporate world, following something that I enjoy doing, something that makes me happy- Art.
I do feel like a butterfly right now, impulsively flying from one city to another for work, working with beautiful colours, meeting inspiring people. It is a great feeling to live without any baggage! So yeah, I guess my new profession has given me the wings I needed ๐Ÿ™‚

Bhoomika Chouhan
Bhoomika Chouhan

1. When someone asks, what do you do?, what is your reply?
A. It’s always the same, has been for years. Just the order shuffles ‘I am a fashion designer and a stylist’.

@bhoomikac
@bhoomikac

2. Does anyone ever ask, who are you? Do you know who you are? That is a strange question. Something a caterpillar would ask Alice.
A. No one till day has asked me who I am. I have a fairly good idea about who I am, well at least today I do. Not at all strange, maybe I need a caterpillar to ask me that everyday ๐Ÿ™‚

3. What was your cocoon? When did you feel like a caterpillar? Do you feel like a butterfly now?
My cocoon was dance. It’s also what’s at the heart of me and my creations. All my inspiration and the need to creatively express myself stems from there. I always imagine my designs to be the costumes of a dancer who is bringing a story alive on the grand stage called life. I felt like a caterpillar the day I launched my own label. Something changed in me that day, still don’t know what, but something changed for sure. Oh! I am far from being a butterfly. Still learning to walk on my many, mini legs and tripping on them too but it’s all for ‘the wings’ so it’s definitely worth it!

After reading about Embrace Yourself and these stories, don’t you feel like you are one of these women?