Pyjama Pantaloonies

Meet the loonies and lovelies who make all the #pyjamapanti possible.

The OGs

Editor, Avantika Mehta

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Avantika Mehta used to be a lawyer, resident Blue Frog party freak and proud wearer of harem pants curated from Kasol. Then she became a writer and it all went downhill. Famous Scottish journalists have been known to call her ‘a volatile woman.’ She has written fiction for Asia Literary Review and Out of Print Magazine, and reported for Hindustan Times, Tehelka, Sunday Guardian, and The Stringer (Australia.)

Follow her on Twitter  and Instagram, plus Snapchat: @bitingfriends

 

Style Director, Chola

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She got her start working on Manisha Koirala’s costumes for the 1999 movie Mann and hasn’t looked back since! A veteran of the business, Cho’s styled films like Calcutta Express, to numerous national and international advertisements. She’s also a personal stylist to stars like Neha Dhupia and has two clothing brands — Bachcha Party for kids, and Chola(!!) After her debut collection The Pyjama Tribe Sohaya was named the Grazia’s Young Designer of the year 2016.

Twitter @chola_is_me / Instagram: @sohaya / CHOLA the label

 

Business Director, Divya Gupta 

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Divya is a biz-whiz who was running her own risk assessment company before she turned 30! She’s currently a partner at SecureNow Insurance Brokers. She’s also our business director and resident baniya!

Instagram: @divyag82 / Email Divya at divya@pyjamapeople.in for any collaboration and marketing enquiries.

 

Much love to our contributors!

Pyjama Writers

Shveta Salve

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Shveta Salve is an Indian television actress and model. She’s starred in shows like Hip Hip Hurray, which ran on  Zee TV between 1998 and 2001. She made her feature film debut in 1999 with Pyaar Mein Kabhi Kabhi. In April 2008, she became the first Indian TV star to grace the cover of Maxim magazine. She’s also been on the cover of Vogue India. Follow Shveta on Twitter,  and Instagram, which she considers a visual account of her life.

 

Rohini Kejriwal

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Rohini Kejriwal, a Calcutta-based writer and curator of all kinds of lovely things on The Alipore Post, her art/poetry newsletter. You can follow Rohini on her Twitter and Instagram.

 

Janani Krishnan

Janani is a global citizen, she says and adds that she knows that sounds a little pretentious but it’s true. Currently, she’s based out of Mumbai and totally in love with the city, people and manic energy! “What makes me tick – numbers, animals, sustainable fashion, natural beauty, compassion, public art, food, being outdoors, travel and believing in the goodness of people” she says. She is also a human litmus test for all brands claiming to be sustainable and organic, and she tells you the truth. Why? Because you deserve to know. Follow her on Instagram.

 

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Vishakha Saxena is a journalist and multi media producer. She currently works for India Today. Her bylines have appeared in Hindustan Times, Indian Express and DailyO. Follow her on Twitter @saxenavishakha

 

Karuna Parikh

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Karuna is a television anchor, model, writer, and the sexiest beast we know. You’ve seen her on NDTV’s Life is a Beach; read her poetry on The Post-It Poetry Project; and (if you don’t already) can stalk her on  Instagram.

 

Revati Laul 

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Revati Laul is an independent journalist. She’s previously worked with Tehelka, NDTV. She’s insatiably greedy for information, food, life, love, you name it, she wants it all! Currently, Revati lives in Gujarat where she’s working on her first non-fiction novel on the 2002 Riots. You can read more about her project  titled The Anatomy of Hate, and we suggest that you do.

 

Anisa Nariman

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Anisa Nariman is a food critic and consultant. She writes from her blog Gourmand, and has also been published in BBC Good Food magazine and Sunday Guardian. An avid traveller, Anisa loves to discover new cuisines and exotic tastes. Follow her gastronomic adventures on Instagram.

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Amal B is a wanderlust-hit full grown kid with roots in Bahrain. By day, she teaches children with special needs. By night, she’s a total freak. She’s an artist and photographer, and when she can be bothered, she posts on her Instagram as @budahash

 

Amal Dev

Amal Dev is a pint-sized power puff girl dying to put some meat on your bones! Her company Fresh N Frozen sells the best provender products you’ll ever have the pleasure to cook with. Follow her company on Facebook  or on their Insta MeatMeInYourKitchen to keep track of her latest offerings.

 

Indira Bisht

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Indira currently lives away from her home city Delhi in a metropolis called Bombay for work = screenwriting. Movies are one of the three big loves in the trifecta of her passions. The other two are: books and music. (Besides people, she likes nature and animals). She is currently working out on becoming a director and hopes for the force to be with her so she can make some crazy moving pictures even half as great as the one she loves. Follow her on Twitter.

 

Priyangi Guha

Priyangee is a litigator who is on a sabbatical after spending many years as a senior associate with the Counsel for Social Justice. She works mainly with abused children, providing both legal and psychological support for survivors of sexual assault. Follow her on Twitter.

 

Pooja Singh

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Pooja is a post graduate student in commerce from Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune. She writes about fashion, Bollywood, and lifestyle for Pyjama People. She also runs her own Instagram blog and is a college ambassador for PopXO.

 

Simrit Malhi

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When she isn’t trying to tame her two dogs, one cat and three year old human; Simrit writes and teaches permaculture on her organic farm in Kodaikanal. Avocados, feminist politics and Biomimicry are her current obsessions. Follow her at maaliwalli.tumblr.com

 

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Simran Oberoi Multani is a founder of Ovenderful, a vegan bakery that delivers gluten-free, dairy free, sugar-free, zero-fat, lactation friendly baked goodies in Bangalore and across India (on selected items.) When she’s not baking up a healthy storm, Simran is sharing mouth-watering goodness on her Instagram @sim_ovenderful. You can also place orders by emailing ovenderful@gmail.com.

 

Anushree M

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Anushree is a writer and currently works as a Special Correspondent for Indian Express, Mumbai. In her own words, she is “mercurial, effervescent, convivial. Nasty, brutish and short. Also fat. Rabid anti-national.” You can find her on Instagram as @princessbatcheat.

 

Aanchal Malhi

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Aanchal Malhi is the owner of A Dog’s Life, a shop dedicated to catering to the spoilt modern dog. The company sells fun canine products from its website www.itsadogslife.in

 

Fati S

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Fati (pen name rather.fati.) is a freelancing writer, an aspiring poet, reiki healer, and part time tutor. She will read anything and everything. Fati lives to travel, to meet new people and new ideas, while her passion is for jumping into experiences never before had or tested. She will take the risk of the fall, for the sake of the leap. She believes in kindness and compassion above all else. You can follow her on her Instagram.

 

Illustrators

Antima Nahar

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Antima Nahar is a graphic designer and illustrator who works under the name AntzDoodles. She ran a boutique design studio Antsatwork till she had to go on sabbatical after being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. While focusing on her health is paramount to Antz, creating art is who she is. Follow her illustrated adventures on her #AntzDoodlesForPyjamaPeople posts and on her Instagram

 

Pakhi Sen

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Pakhi Sen is a 22-year-old talent with a sharp wit and on-point art. A part of our team as the Pyjama Illustrator, she lives between Gurgaon and Goa, and is currently working on a graphic novel with her father Orijit Sen. She’s assisted at Jaipur Lit Fest to Gallery SKE in Delhi, and is currently part of the Pind Collective. Her preferred art mediums are oil and acrylic paints, but she’s recently started doing digital illustrations. Follow her work on our site or on her Instagram

 

Srishti Jain

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Srishti is studying design at NIFT. She’s a fabulous illustrator with an eye for the surreal. Catch her work on our site, or on her Instagram.

 

 

Pyjama Photographers

Karishma Bedi

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Karishma Bedi is a Delhi-based photographer, full-on gunda, and a member of the Sisterhood of travelling pyjamas. You can follow her work on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Siddharth Lalchandani

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Siddharth Lalchandani specialises in portrait photography that captures his subject’s soul, and the viewer’s heart. Basically, he’s an evil spirit king, so watch out! See more of his work here.

 

Akshay Rajpor

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Akshay is a Bombay-based photographer in his 20s. Born and bred in Mumbai, he has deep roots in Gujarat: the home of his ancestors. He loves to travel  across India capturing the country’s many countenances. You can follow his work on Instagram

 

Surabhi Tandon & Prabhleen Kaur

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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. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Prabhleen Kaur is senior designer at indie fashion label NORBLACK NORWHITE. You can follow her work on Instagram.

 

Himanshu Bagai

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Himanshu is a lawyer by day who manages his law firm, a beautiful wife and child, and still manages to moonlight as a Pyjama Photographer. See his work on our site or at his Instagram.

 

Make Up

Venus Pereira

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Venus is a veteran makeup artist with an eye for the unusual and a style goddess in her own right. She’s worked with publications like Filmfare, Elle, Vogue, and also done hair and makeup for television and films. See more of her work here.

 

Do you wanna join the Pyjama Party? Email your CV, samples of your work, or the story you’d like to contribute to avantika@pyjamapeople.in and mail@pyjamapeople.in.

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