Saturday, April 1

I’m busy experimenting with cooking and art: Anamika Khanna

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This is a time when we all are feeling kind of lost. Nobody is sure how things are going to be once the lockdown is over. But I am trying to look at the positive side of it and using this phase to grow as an individual. Till the pandemic slowed us down, life was like running on a treadmill. Now, there’s no frenzy, no rush.

As for me, a lot of experiments are going on in the kitchen and with my artworks. I am spending a lot of time with family besides connecting with my designers and workers to come up with interesting designs. Though we do not know when and how these designs can be used, we’re still working on them for design’s sake. As of now, we haven’t been able to produce masks as most of our staff have returned to their respective villages and cities. But, when push comes to shove, we’ll figure out a way and do something. I am happy that people have started to realise the importance of masks and there are so many out there who are using their creativity to make masks look fashionable.

My son Viraj has started a collage art and my team has joined him. It’s a fun way to stay mentally occupied, which is something we all need to cope with what’s happening. Not keeping yourself busy and positive can get depressing.

Currently, my absolute priority is the wellbeing of my co-workers — the karigars, weavers, tailors, office members and others. Besides financial support, I am also trying to reach out to them for their mental support in these testing times. We are still privileged to have a comfortable life, but it’s not the same for them. So, it is very important to keep the communication going.

We human beings have been treating nature very selfishly all along and this is a time for us to learn and rectify our mistakes. Nothing and no one should ever be taken for granted.


Source: Times of India

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