Monday, December 19, 2016

"Good Design" Decoded (Home Tour)

A creative mix of sophisticated contemporary and traditional Indian design elements transform the Desai’s Mumbai home into a visual payoff. While the home stylishly satisfies modern-day living demands, it also meets the benchmark for authentic personal style. Meaningful collections and fond souvenirs, collected by the family over the years, lends character and enduring style to their private refuge. Home owner Ketan Desai is a jet setter and professionally plays the role of a global CFO to a multinational organization. When he has time on his hands (which is very rare) he can be found enjoying a few strokes of golf. Dipa Desia his better half is a specialist in residential architecture and interiors and has been practicing for over 24 years now. The Desai's elegant home is the result of her expertise in and ability to envision good design. Together they have a son, Dev who has taken after his mother when it comes to pursuing his career. He is currently a student of architecture and a trained potter.
Now since we are acquainted with the Desai family, let's take you on that grand tour of their stunning home. The main entryway to a home is like the cover of a book and its preface. Dipa echoes my thoughts on this and adds, "An entryway speaks volumes about the home owners - their personalities, style sensibilities and gives you a hint of the story of their lives. It should engage you, making you want to cross that threshold to take in all that it has to offer....".The Desai’s entryway does just that. Quoting Dipa on the design significance of her entryway, “Every hint of design in this space is meant to signify the start of my journey with my husband, Ketan Desai. My marriage took me to Hyderabad and then we took our post marriage holiday to Ladakh. I wanted us to remember fondly, where we started from.” From the ornate lotus carving above the door that makes for a grand statement, the jalli partition to the brass Naag Devi door handle (sourced while on a trip to Dharamshala) are all pointers of an effort to incorporate significant aspects from the Desais' life experience and special moments.  
When the door opens, a hint of what the Desais hold dear to their hearts comes into view. A Thota Vaikuntam painting talks of the Desai's love for art while the Jalli feature is a reminder of Dipa's Hyderabad days. Letting us in on the design process for the home, Dipa says, "I mostly get a chance to design contemporary, clean line interiors . When I got down to designing my own home, I knew there were so many stories to be told and numerous memories to cherish and relive. We had collected so many memorabilia along the way that they had to find a special place in our home. As an architect who designed mostly contemporary interiors, I also wanted to show, my clients/patrons,who had dropped the Indian elements out of their homes, how to weave our Indian art , artifacts and traditions along with a contemporary feel."
As we step into the foyer, we are instantly embraced with attractive displays. A carved wooden cabinet re-purposed from furniture pieces that Dipa owned, now serves as a console. The stained glass panels by artist Hema Desai, apart from being a design element, is also there as functional sliding doors that are meant to convert the guest lounge into a guest bedroom when the Desais have company.
A favorite room in the house is the living room. Hands down, the Buddha painting by artist Deepak is the focal point of this space and lends a sophisticated zen yet heart warming impact to the living room. Dipa shares that the idea came from a painted wall that she saw at Norbulingka, Dharamshala. The carved wooden panels were replicated from pictures Dipa had clicked of panels that she fell in love with in Ladakh. "It gives us a sense of calm when we are all lounging around there. Often we just switch off all the other lights, switch on the led votive lights on the Buddha Painting, play some Buddha bar music and end the day with a drink in our hands. It connects us three, soulfully, as a family. We look forward to these moments.", shares Dipa.
An extension of the living room, this area over looks some amazing scenery of the sea. M.F. Hussain painting takes center stage together with another beautiful feature, the hanging couch. The chair that you see is an heirloom piece that has been handed down from Ketan's family for the past two generations. 
Dipa tells me that the biggest challenge while radically reshaping their home was its function, "From a design perspective it had to convert from a large 2.5 bhk to a large 3 bhk. All the internal walls were opened up to incorporate the new plan. But on a more personal level, there was also, the challenge of getting all three of our tastes and styles to fuse as one, so that each of us felt at home. It was also imperative that our home reflect our culture, traditions, upbringing and value systems. I didn't want the three of us to forget what we and our home stood for. It was an interesting but difficult project. Managed to pull it off to all our satisfaction."
The Desais' decision to have an enclosed balcony not only adds more square footage to the home but also allows the family to use this space year round. The marble inlay flooring was deliberately designed to incorporate the royal ambiance that the Desais had experienced on their stay at various palace hotels. The Tiffany style lamp (to the right of the Thota Vaikuntam painting) is hand made by Dipa. She learnt this art form during their stay in Ahmedabad. Absolutely adore that "munimji" table (from Ketan's family home), looks comfortable in its new setting. 
The kansa dinnerware that you see was part of Dipa's wedding trousseau. The "Milkmaid" print at the far end of the dining table is from the Louvre Museum in Paris. If you look beyond the Jalli partition, the ceiling of the foyer area is visible. The design for the wooden door type ceiling was seeded with what Dipa had seen on her trip to Jodhpur.
I asked Dipa to share with us, three of her never fail "Design mantras","(1)Excellent planning of space with focus on function, comfort and light; (2) Understanding and incorporating personal style and (3) Less is definitely more, a place for everything and everything in its place. A clutter free home leads to a clutter free mind." I couldn't agree with her more !
The guest lounge has been created to wear many hats with the main focus being kick-off-your shoes comfort. It converts into a guest bedroom, once the large sofa bed is opened up. Flanking the sofa bed are book shelves that are masterfully concealed within stained glass panel shutters.
A view of the guest lounge when the stained glass doors are opened up to section off this area as the guest bedroom and provide privacy to their guests.
The guest lounge also has a well stocked bar or as the Desais jokingly refer to as their "daru ka adda". The carved wooden panel doors are up-cycled from furniture pieces that Dipa owned previously. Isn't that one hell of a bar?
Another enclosed balcony in this area houses a another vintage "munimji" table from Ketan's family home in Kolkatta.
Don't you agree that heirloom treasures have an inimitable manner of adding nostalgic spell to one's décor? The desk you see in the picture above is another fond and treasured piece from Ketan's family home in Kolkatta. It finds its rightful place in the guest lounge where it is put to good use.
Making this corner more interesting is Dipa's collection of Bidriware, a silver lota and meditation yin yang balls. A French artist was commissioned to make the black and white sketch of Dev, while on their trip to Paris a few years ago. The wardrobes to the right have large sliding doors that houses bags, linens and Dipa's collection of purses. Another bright idea that everyone could use is how Dipa managed to cleverly conceal the unsightly washing machine and dryer behind louvered shutters next to the wardrobes.
The Desai's master Bedroom is the perfect escape when one wants to retire at the end of the day. What makes this space so unique is the magnificence views from those large windows. Let's hear about more of this space from Dipa herself shall we, "This is my haven. From the sound of the sea.... the view of the sunset every evening,.........the sighting of the kingfisher, parrots, coppersmith, yellow oriole, drongos, mynas, bulbuls, cattle egrets, coucals and a few more, the glimpse of the moon over the horizon,casting silver shadows on the water at night.....The fishermen's boats that look like diyas floating away....... All of this makes it so darn hard  for me to leave home. This is where I design so many homes. It is where I contemplate, meditate, feel grateful.....this space evokes a cauldron of emotions....."
The mirrors on either side of the bed are meant to reflect the outside into the room. The painting above the bed is by artist Yashwant Deshmukh signifying positive, negative spaces which reflects the mood in this room. The ocher colored, textured fabrics together with the deep browns of the woodwork in the room makes for a potent combination, I say!
And finally, their son, Dev's Bedroom which also serves as his work space. Dipa designed this space to suit her son's needs as an architecture student. There is a movable drafting table.The study table tops are faced with back painted white glass, which can be used to sketch on freely. The shelf above,and next to his bed, showcase Dev's passion for pottery. His bed can be opened up to be a double bed, when he has friends for company. If you are an art aficionado, one look at the paintings in this room, and you will know that they are by artist Datta Bansode. 

With that we come to end of our home tour. Thank you Desais for so graciously allowing us to tour your stunning home. We wish you all the very best! Leaving you with what Dipa had to say about what the word home means to her, "It is a resting place, a place where the family comes together at the end of the day. A place to reflect, meditate, contemplate and unwind. A place where memories are made to remember. Also a place where memoirs of time and travel find a home. My home is designed in such a way that the ambiance makes me want to be a better human being!"

[For interior design and commercial/residential architecture project  inquiries, you may direct your questions to Architect Dipa Desai @]

(Photography: Sebastian Zachariah and Ira Gosalia of The images may not be used for commercial or non-commercial purposes without the prior written permission of the home owners (Ketan and Dipa Desai) and TECD) 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mela Artisans - By Heart, By Hand (Featured Brand)

I personally have a lot of admiration and respect for the new wave of entrepreneurs who don’t just think business but are on a more purposeful social entrepreneurial mission. A mission steered by the thought to give back to the community. One such lifestyle brand, ideated by father-daughter duo - Navroze S. Mehta and Sonali Mehta Rao, is Mela Artisans! Based out of NYC, not only did this brand resonate with me on a design level but also because at its core, they are continually striving to bring about a positive change for the Indian artisans who are struggling to keep our heritage crafts alive. 
In 2015, Mela succeeded in creating 7,000 jobs for these artisans! Mela believes in going beyond “just supporting their livelihoods.” They have been ploughing back 1% of their sales into projects that help their artisans. They’ve partnered with Vision Spring, Sevamob, and Greenlight Planet (three innovative social enterprises in India), to bring vision exams, healthcare and solar lamps respectively to empower the artisan communities. 
By assisting artisan communities’ access new markets, Mela Artisan is truly a catalyst in preserving and reviving the heritage crafts of India. Unlike a lot of other sites that pull together artisan/handmade products from India, Mela has an in-house design team that curates and designs each collection. Navroze (co-founder) travels to India several times each year to meet with the artisans in person. Once they finalize on the artisan sector they wish to work with, the design team taps into the skillsets of the artisans and then takes on the task to create products for a global audience with a contemporary design palate. The response to Mela’s products has been phenomenal! Their products have been featured on PopSugar, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and at more than 300 boutiques across US!
In the home décor segment, their product range includes photo frames, boxes, trays, bowls, tabletop vases, candle holders, throw pillows and desk accessories, with each product page narrating the story of the community responsible for creating it. The design process adopted by Mela has effortlessly included bone inlay and wood carving into their amazing collections that is the perfect balance of the best of the traditional Indian craft forms with the functionality of contemporary design. 
My absolute favorite amongst the collections being the Gramercy and the Imperial Beauty. Also, their latest experiment to modernize traditional Indian Ikat has resulted in the Buna collection. Strung together by handloom artisans of South India, the Buna collection is made of woven banana fibers and sea grass, using an Ikat warp.
And for the fashionistas, they have an amazing collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, earrings and scarves. 
The wonderful people at Mela wanted me to sample a piece of their stunning jewelry collection. Given that it was the holiday party season, I chose to review the Hidden Cay Multi-Color Necklace. I fell in love with its chic and elegant design!14kt Gold Plated, this brass necklace is delicate with alternating rectangle Aqua Chalcedony, Blue lapis and Green onyx. It has a beautiful finish, great detailing (like even the clasp has a mini-elephant dangler), really light-weight and very sturdy. The versatile design can be styled either with a formal evening dress or with jeans for a casual lunchdate with girlfriends! Overall a totally charming necklace and very well made!
Mela currently ships only in the USA. You can shop for Mela products right here and do your bit to support these wonderful craft forms and a genuine mission. Should you decide to shop in person, they also have two stores, one in Manchester, VT (4566 Main Street, Manchester VT) and other recently opened in Soho between Houston and Prince (580 Broadway Room 711, NY). They have some amazing Cyber Monday offers (50%off sitewide) and sales going on right now, so make you head to their web boutique right away. Also make sure to stay connected with them via their SM platforms like Facebook and Instagram for latest updates and insider scoop on sales.

I wish Mela Artisans all the very best in their endeavor to support such a wonderful cause! 
As for you my lovely peeps, have a wonderful week ahead!

(Image Courtesy: Mela Artisans but for the last image - Sruthi Singh)

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Indian Weave Giveaway Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of The Indian Weave Giveaway !!! I'd like to thank Jean and Punnet Roy for sponsoring this wonderful giveaway and all my lovely readers who participated and made this such a success.

Without further ado:
Pavitra Vaidya, please write to me at with your contact details (email and address) so that we may ship you the wonderful handcrafted brass candle snuffer at the earliest:)

Enjoy your weekend folks !

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Indian Weave and a Wonderful Giveaway!

Welcome to the world of “The Indian Weave”! A world inhabited by unique vintage treasures, indigenous textiles and traditional Indian arts and crafts, all handpicked to match the urban sensitivities of today’s well-informed consumer. Based in Gurgaon (India), this web boutique was established by Jean and Puneet Roy, with the intent to endorse less known traditional Indian arts and crafts and promote fair trade in honor of the many gifted artisans who still manage to keep the traditional way of creating the arts and crafts alive. Jean shares, “Having worked with the best luxury hotels for more than 3 decades, it was natural for me to follow my love for the good things in life and something that would provide me the freedom and flexibility to pursue 3 important passions – a reason to travel, an opportunity to learn about our rich culture and finally, a chance to discover and promote the fascinating Indian heritage and its crafts.” I had the opportunity to chat up with this lovely lady and talk to her about her adventurous journey so far. 
TECD: Hello and welcome to TECD Jean! Let’s start by asking you what according to you is the USP of “The Indian Weave”? 
Jean Roy: “Each piece is personally chosen by my husband and me. We travel all over India from time to time visiting artisans and finding authentic sources for our products that you see in our store. All products are handmade, hand crafted and are sourced most often from the artisans themselves who are making them as per age old traditions / practices.”
TECD: Tell us more about the curating process that is adopted for The Indian Weave?
Jean Roy: “No matter which state we visit, we find local handicraft which is unique to the state/tradition. We then try and identify what will be appreciated by our customers especially Indians living abroad which will make them feel closer home - India. (Also keeping in mind our other global customers who love everything Indian.) We understand the process and the history behind each item, meet with them one on one whenever and wherever possible and keep a tab on what’s trending or not.”
TECD: Though The Indian Weave is a fairly new venture, you have grown by leaps and bounds. What would you say has been your success mantra?
Jean Roy: “Be passionate. Love what you do and as they say, if you make your passion or hobby your profession, you do not have to work a single day in your life.”

TECD: What have you personally taken away from this project of yours?
Jean Roy: “Rediscovering India through its beautiful handicrafts, skill of artisans, age old traditions still prevalent in keeping the crafts alive and the realization that there is so much more to our own country than one can imagine.”
 TECD: What can we expect to see in your latest curated collection? 
Jean Roy: “We recently featured a Diwali collection and over the next month shall be featuring a festive collection which shall include some handicrafts made by Indian artisans for the forthcoming Christmas season for buyers abroad.”

TECD: What are the Future plans for The Indian Weave?
Jean Roy: “We plan to travel extensively in the coming year to discover more of “Incredible India”, meet with artisans, understanding the traditions and the wide variety of Indian handicrafts available so can offer them to our clients, old and new.”
TECD: What would you say are the 3 never fail decor tips that one could use to spruce up a place instantly?
Jean Roy:
  • "If you like it, buy it no matter what kind of house or interiors you have, as you will cherish it forever with fondness.
  • Vintage is always in vogue. Keep it in any living space at your home. It’s going to be a conversation piece with your family and friends. 
  • Curate your own collection, slowly and surely from our collection of beautiful vintage pieces and home accessories not only to make your home beautiful but also help keeping the Indian traditions and handicrafts alive.”
To shop this fantastic range of products, visit their web boutique right here. They currently have a fabulous sale – 15% off everything! You could also connect with them via Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter and stay abreast of regular updates of their latest collections, discount offers and sale events. (FYI: They ship worldwide via India International speed post.) 
What’s more? In sync with the spirit of this season, TECD in collaboration with The Indian Weave is bringing you a wonderful giveaway - this Vintage brass scissor candle snuffer. It is handcrafted with delicately carved birds, fine engravings and Indian motifs. To enter the giveaway, follow All three below mentioned conditions:
Thank you The Indian Weave for the wonderful GIVEAWAY and good luck to my wonderful readers. Winner will be announced on November 18th, 2016. (P.S. Giveaway is open to ALL my readers worldwide) !!!

(Image Credit: The Indian Weave)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ek Dori: Create, Curate and Care (Featured Brand)

What ensues when two sisters with an eye for antiquated charm and passion for design and decor come together??? The answer to that question is “Ek Dori”! Based in Pune (India), Ek Dori is the newest online decor boutique for vintage collectibles and handmade goodness. Abhilasha and Aditi, the sister duo we featured a few weeks with regard to Maharani Baug have taken on another dream project and turned it into reality. This project is a combined effort to make vintage décor more accessible, popularize rich Indian crafts and also serve as a means to give back to their community!
Ek Dori’s diligently curated collection is put together by the team by travelling the length and breadth of the country, hunting down unique treasures by connecting with the locals and personally understanding the process of creation of the product itself. Their curated range of brass artifacts currently includes Lassi glasses, chai kettles, surmadanis, Mini brass paandaans, vintage hairpins and the munimji notebook! I had a quick tete-a-tete with Abhilasha to bring you an exclusive insider perspective on this new venture. 
TECD: Hello Abhilasha! Delighted to have you back on TECD! Let’s start by asking you, what is the significance of the name "Ek Dori"?
Abhilasha: “My pleasure Sruthi! Thank You for featuring us. Ek Dori symbolizes the invisible thread that joins us and our passions, dreams, creativity and heritage together. It is the force that helps us create, curate and care. It is the force that brings us together.” 
 TECD: How did the plan for "Ek Dori" take shape? 
Abhilasha: “There never existed a plan for Ek Dori. It was always just a dream that I nurtured in a corner of my heart. A dream that refused to die no matter how hard my mind and business logic tried. The dream started to take concrete shape when destiny brought into my life women, young and old, women who had a desire to learn, to contribute, to grow and to make a difference. But unfortunately they have never got an opportunity to get an education. At Ek Dori, the desire to provide an opportunity to these women to make an honorable living, is what drives us. These are the women behind Ek Dori. These are the women who gave the dream shape and form.”
TECD: What according to you, sets Ek Dori apart from the many other decor brands out there? 
Abhilasha: “Ek Dori is Indian at its core and in its soul. We take great pride in promoting and upholding Indian crafts, textiles and people. All products at Ek Dori whether created or curated speak an Indian language and tell the stories our grandmothers told us. We will soon be launching products that are handmade at the Ek Dori studio by the Ek Dori women.”
TECD: What are your future plans for "Ek Dori"?
Abhilasha: “No plans but lots of dreams - new lines, new innovative, meaningful handmade products and loads of smiles. We are taking it one step at a time, but the ultimate goal is to provide employment for as many women as we come across.”
Ek Dori’s upcoming collection is a curated range of vintage and rare brass collectibles along with handmade brass toys and hand embellished wall art. The products are truly one-of-a-kind and if I had to redefine greed it would be translated as “I WANT ALL of the products listed at Ek Dori!” So beat me to it by connecting with them via Instagram and calling first dibs on your favorite piece. For pricing details and product queries DM the Ek Dori team Via Instagram. Ek Dori ships worldwide (Shipping charges as applicable).
Before I sign off for today, Abhilasha and Aditi, I’d like to wish you all the very best!

(Image Credit: Ek Dori and subject to copyright)

Friday, October 28, 2016

It is that time of the year again! (Diwali 2016)

Yes it is! 

Let me give you a quick run-down of the festive atmosphere here at the TECD casa..... Everything is squeaky clean and shiny for Diwali.....come evening and the home is enveloped in the candid glow cast by the flames lit from the diyas and candles.....The kitchen smells heavenly with the aroma of ghee being generously added to every dish.....Diwali gifts are being wrapped for family and friends......And marigolds and mums are happily conquering different areas of the home with their cheer!
Whether you are celebrating Diwali to commemorate Goddess Laxmi’s birthday or are celebrating it to honor Lord Rama’s return from his exile, for me, it is a wonderful time of the year to slow down for a moment, observe traditions and gather family and friends around and enjoy the precious company of my tribe!
To make it extra special for my tribe, I’ve created a festive atmosphere with fall colors this Diwali. Yes, I didn’t have to look very far for inspiration. All I had to so was to peep outside my window. The Golden hues of the leaves have been mimicked by the glistening brass and the orange and red tones are being aped by the seasonal flowers like Marigolds and mums. 
I think Marigolds are quintessentially Indian! If I had to describe these beauties, I'd say that their ruffled edges, look like beautiful ghagras being twirled around in merriment. And their exotic fragrance may not be the sweetest but its familiar scent brings back impressions of a happy time for me. So when a wonderful neighbor friend, very graciously shared these blooms from her garden, I was so excited to include them in every possible vignette that I had visualized.  To add a special unconventional touch to the arrangement, I brought out my dried lavender stems that I have been saving since last summer. The final effect is what you see above! 
And then of course, I had to bring out the terracotta diyas for no Diwali decor is complete without their presence! But to minimize the mess, I just stuck in votives into them and was done lighting them in no time!
When it comes to tablescapes, I have two of them planned out this time. First one is the one that you see above. A simple center piece created by grouping my vintage amber miniature glass hobnail oil lamp, brass kalash pots (holding pretty apricot colored mums) and an intricately carved wooden charger. A beautiful runner with floral embroidery forms the base of the setting. The delicate embroidery picks up the hues that I intended to juggle this time for Diwali, making the entire setting look cohesive. To add a more Diwali-ish effect to the setting, I went ahead and added some embellished votive holders in the same shades. (Decor Tip: Incorporating seasonal colors into your festive decor is always a good idea as it makes it so easy to create a pulled together look in no time. Like for instance, the stores here in the US are now brimming with decor in fall hues.) Second, is an elaborate tablescape  with red roses and a lot of shimmer for my Diwali party that I'm hosting for a group of friends. This will be happening this Saturday, so I'll try my best to sneak in a few clicks and then share it with you'll at leisure.......
Before we wind up, I had to include this image here that garnered so much attention both on FB and Instagram.  Black is a bold color choice to go with but I'm glad the final effect is awesome (if I may say so myself)! My readers too backed me up on this non-traditional color choice and had the nicest things to say about it in their feedback guys are the best! 
And finally my mantel all decked up for the festival of lights......

I wish you (my favorite people) a laughter filled, fun, green and safe Diwali! 

(Images and Styling: Sruthi Singh. The images are copyright protected and may not be used without prior written permission.) 

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Virtual Tour of EKA Lifestyle in Bengaluru!

With Diwali just around the corner, the timing could not be more perfect for a grand tour of this wonderful shopping destination called EKA Lifestyle based in Bengaluru! Also a number of my readers (based in Bengaluru) have repeatedly asked me to suggest a place to shop for brass artifacts and unique home decor accessories. This people is my answer to that question...... 

This is the one store that I make it a point to visit every time that I am in Bengaluru. A quaint little décor store, tucked off in the busy by-lanes of Ulsoor, that transports you to a whole different world the minute you step into it…..Infact, my association with Eka goes way back to my days when my husband and I we were setting up our first home in Bengaluru.

Eka was started 16 years ago and has grown to create a niche for itself with brass and décor enthusiasts. Kimiko Thakur Menzies is one of the partners at Eka and she very graciously let me share this wonderful store with you’ll. If you are looking to bring that instant air of decadent glamour to your home, then you are in the right place. Eka’s collection of brass artifacts and figurines is the most desirable, with beautiful detailing and great quality. I can tell you well in advance that you are going to have a hard time picking just one!

Every year at this time, Eka gears up for its annual event titled the “Lamps of Celebration”. It is a Diwali Promo event that boasts of exquisite collections, curated for this festive season such as hand painted clay diyas, ornamental brass lamps, bejeweled ranjolis, torans crafted from tissue and peals, decorative t-lights, runners and cushion covers in gorgeous cheerful colors and intricate brocade fabrics. A new introduction at Eka this year, is the ready-made Diwali hampers that are the perfect gift giving solution! If you make it there before the 31st of October, you can make the most of their ongoing festive offer that discounts divinity brass idols at 30%!

I’m going to let the images do the talking for me and I do hope you enjoyed this virtual tour and have it book marked as your new shopping destination for traditional brass artifacts. (FYI: Most of these images were shot on my March visit to Bengaluru this year. While the rest of the images were shared by the lovely Kimiko of Eka.)

Store Address:
#19 Gangadhar Chetty Road,
Opposite RBANM's grounds,
Near Ulsoor lake,
Bengaluru - 560042.
Tel: +91 80 25544371, 25540876,  +91 98454 77648
(The store plans to launch their updated website soon. Until then direct all queries to their FB page or call them at the above numbers for products details and inquiries.) 

(Image Credit: # 2,4,7: Eka, #1,3,5,6,8 : Sruthi Singh)