Appetite, A Photo Essay about the delicate play of envy in female friendships


ERROR | Appetite: two protagonists play a game of selection and rejection.

The table is set, the food has been laid out.

Temptations galore.

What will it be today?


In our current environment, we are always connected. To people, to thoughts, to ideas — some dark, many enlightening. A plethora of choices is available. Even on the breakfast table.

One considers their options slowly.

Red. Blue. Yellow. White.


unnamed3To one, colour and fibre appeal.

To the other, gleaming white beckons.

It so appears that the choices were conveniently made.

No outbidding required.

One person’s selection worked out to be what the other rejected.

Everyone wins.


But as one relishes, doubt creeps into the other.


Slowly, an aftertaste of doubt develops. Like the one that rises from the pit of your stomach when you feel dissatisfied (it’s hard to feel fulfilled these days, after all. There is always a constant fear of missing out.)


You begin to wonder…

Did I make the right choice? 

Maybe I should’ve picked the other.

Mine doesn’t taste nearly as good.

The mind games begin to play themselves out.

Was I somehow tricked into picking this? 




Conceptualised, Directed and Styled by Surabhi Tandon and Prabhleen Kaur. Make up by Shweta Singh Solanki


Surabhi Tandon & Prabhleen Kaur
Written by

Surabhi Tandon is a freelance videographer and photographer based in New Delhi. She often works for French channels, covering news stories in South Asia. Currently, she is in Miami, making TV documentaries for Babel Press Americas.

Prabhleen Kaur is senior designer at indie fashion label NORBLACK NORWHITE.

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