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Sahar Mansoor, founder and CEO of the Bengaluru-based zero-waste social enterprise Bare Necessities

The Eternal Optimist

Text by Aalika Mahindra. Photographed by Siddharth Devaraj. Styled by Hasnain Patel

As Generation X and xennials grapple with fully transitioning to conscious living, young millennials and Generation Z are leading the charge to reverse human-caused environmental damage. Sahar Mansoor, founder and CEO of the Bengaluru-based zero-waste social enterprise Bare Necessities, has a simple overarching philosophy: consume less and stay positive. Aalika Mahindra gets deeper into the mindset of the action-oriented earth advocate
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“The Second Brain Of The Body Is The Gut”

Text by Tanya Vasunia. Photographed by Ritika Shah. Styled by Mayank Choudhary. Art Direction by Aaditya Walia. Food Styling by Daniel Shechter. Assisted by Aastha Parimoo. Hair and Make-up by Anu Kaushik. Production coordinator: Akshay Ma at Glitz Modelling and Production. Location Courtesy: Rooh, New Delhi

Neither the body nor the mind are monolithic entities. And chef Diya Sethi exemplifies that. The global citizen and author, who spoke out on her recovery from anorexia-bulimia, reflects on how a metamorphosis of food culture and women’s changing social roles have transformed urban India’s eating habits. In a wide-ranging dialogue with her, psychologist Tanya Vasunia says in order to eat healthy, we must first understand our mental framework
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40 Under 40 List for 2019, Ankiti Bose, Biocon, biopharmaceuticals, Chatuchak market, Dhruv Kapoor, Featured, female entrepreneurs, FierceBiotech, Forbes, Fortune, India’s first female unicorn founder, Indian Fashion Industry, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, online fashion marketplace, Sustainability, textile industry, The True Cost, Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Asia-Pacific, World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, World’s 25 Most Influential People in Biopharma, Zilingo

In Good Company

Text by Shirin Mehta. Photographed by Lyn Averson. Styled by Vrinda L Seth. Production by Lamya Bhatri Ebrahim. Hair & Make-Up by Kate Aguilar

Two women. Two start-ups. Two thought leaders. The result of an impromptu idea, Ankiti Bose’s Singapore-based digital fashion marketplace, Zilingo, is en route to a billion dollar valuation just four years after its launch. Its rapid rise caught the eye of fellow businesswoman Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder of the over-four-decade-old Biocon, who herself holds an unmatched position in corporate India. She naturally takes a mentoring stance when Verve combines the entrepreneurial powers of the Bengaluru-born disruptors for a reliably impressive exchange of ideas as Shirin Mehta listens in
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September 27, 2019

Her Instagram captions – wittily concise or an expertly selected emoji – present an intriguing combination of millennial insouciance with profundity that is beyond her years. The enigmatic yet instantly relatable Sobhita Dhulipala’s inner self emerges as Richa Kaul Padte peels back the layers of everyone’s new favourite ‘webtertainment’ celebrity, on the heels of the actor’s upcoming Netflix release, Bard of Blood
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Kavi Ahuja Moltz, David Moltz, D.S. & Durga

Exploring Aromatic Landscapes With D.S. & Durga

Text by Rymn Massand. Photographs by Beatriz da Costa

A heady dose of nostalgia permeates D. S. & Durga’s intricately layered universe. Kavi Ahuja Moltz and David Moltz, the couple behind the decade-old brand, give Verve a glimpse into how they have carved a unique niche in the perfume industry
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Gaytri Bhatia, Environmental Analyst/Grower

A Day In The Life Of Gaytri Bhatia At Vrindavan Farm

Text by Shirin Mehta. Photographs by Sushant Chhabria. Styling by Nitya Arora. Assisted by Shweta Navandar. Hair and Make-Up by Cassandra Kehren at Toabh Creative

Gaytri Bhatia left a corporate job in America to take over Vrindavan Farm on the outskirts of Mumbai, transforming it into a fully-sustainable, organic venture…. See how the former city dweller has adapted her daily routine for this life-changing transition
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Raveena Tandon, Bollywood Actress

Raveena Tandon: “There’s Space For An Older Sensual Woman”

Text by Paromita Vohra. Styling by Divyak D’souza. Photographed by Tarun Vishwa. Assisted by Zenia Daruvala and Khushi Bhatia. Hair by Florian Hurel at Artist Factory India. Make-Up by Kritika Gill

Women on the silver screen had just begun to showcase a certain confidence, independence and joie de vivre. And ’90s superstar Raveena Tandon infused each of her performances with her distinguishable brand of physical energy and natural femininity. Paromita Vohra, writer-filmmaker, has a conversation with the accidental actor to examine the space she occupied on celluloid in her heyday, and follows her evolution into an even more self-aware sex symbol since then
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Neena Gupta, Bollywood Actress, Badhaai Ho

My Friend, Neena

Photographed by Sushant Chhabria. Styling by Nidhi Jacob. Assisted by Divya Bavalia. Hair by Deepa Bambhaniya. Make-up by Savleen Manchanda. Location courtesy: Waterstones Hotel & Club, Mumbai

She has danced with her on stage, performed with her in plays and shared many of her life-changing moments, both professional and personal. And now, as her compatriot continues to earn accolades for a game-changing role in a record-smashing film, author and editor Sathya Saran rewinds to some of her friend’s most meaningful turning points
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Amruta Patil
December 27, 2018

Making Waves: Amruta Patil

Text by Ranjabati Das

Her works hold the reader captive with their sinewy, multilayered storylines. The country’s first female graphic novelist constructs and deconstructs narratives with a view to tell stories that are progressive, socially relevant and epic in scale, finds Verve
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Divya Dureja, Poet, Curator, DJ, Psychologist
December 26, 2018

Making Waves: Divya Dureja

Text by Shreya Ila Anasuya. Photographed by Sushant Chhabria. Styling by Akanksha Pandey. Hair and make-up by Riviera Vaz at Anima Creatives

She ties together multiple bodies of work as a poet, curator, DJ and psychologist. Verve meets one of the smart, savvy and sensitive new faces of mental health and LGBTQIA+ rights in India
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Nikhil D., Stylist, Smita Lasrado, model
December 24, 2018

Making Waves: Smita Lasrado and Nikhil D.

Text by Rushmika Banerjee. Photographed by Sushant Chhabria. Styling by Akanksha Pandey. Assisted by Ojas Kolvankar and Simran Kabra. Hair and make-up by Riviera Vaz at Anima Creatives. Location courtesy: Waterstones Hotel & Club, Mumbai

The flip side of beauty is not necessarily ugly. The duo — cofounders of model agency Feat. Artists — tells Verve about giving a voice to the brewing subculture of individuals who believe that looking good is more than skin-deep, even in the fashion industry
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Aditi Dugar, Restaurateur, Masque
December 21, 2018

Making Waves: Aditi Dugar

Text by Shirin Mehta. Photographed by Sushant Chhabria. Styling by Akanksha Pandey. Hair and make-up by Riviera Vaz at Anima Creatives

The maverick restaurateur reflects to Verve about curating menus, foraging for ingredients, seasonality, sustainability and zero waste. All at that restaurant, Masque
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