What better way to spend a Sunday! TEDxGurugram will take place on the 6th of November and preparations are in full swing to make it one of THE most spectacular TEDx events ever held in India. And I don’t mean in terms of the bling and the spotlights but in terms of the substance. The people I met today morning were some of the brightest, smartest, hard working and successful people I’ve ever met in my decade-plus-old career. This brunch stood out especially because of so many such lovely people were under one roof at the same time.
We were at the lovely Di Ghent boulangerie for a few hours where we not only stuffed our faces but also indulged in a ton of introductions and conversations. I had promised I would take care of the photographs of the journey of TEDxGurugram and so there I was. Watching Antje’s passion and focus on sticking to the TED spirit is a remarkable experience for me. While sponsorships are not hard to come by for such a prestigious event, Antje makes sure that the sponsoring brands understand the value of the TED platform and want to contribute keeping in mind the TED spirit. It can’t be easy – not in a market like India where most sponsors want to cover every square inch of an event with their logo!
After today’s introductory session, I really can’t wait to see what Antje is going to come up with. Her plans for the event are ambitious and I have no doubt she will be executing is exactly how she’s envisioned it. I also cannot wait to present my first ever solo photography exhibition at the TEDxGurugram space on the 6th of November! ( I wrote about the announcement here. )
Meanwhile, here are the photographs from today’s brunch.
After all the food and the conversations and introductions, it was time to wrap it up and plan the next time all these lovely people would be in the room together! I’m glad I signed up to photograph this sponsor brunch – it turned out to be one of the best Sunday’s I’ve spent in a long time. And the whole “Welcome to Gurgaon” thing just keeps on giving and then some.
And finally, some details of what I wore – because you know, that HAS to be included come what may – even if it’s garments I’m repeating ( because what normal human being doesn’t wear their favourite pair of trousers and jacket again and again and again! ) Ear rings by Malleka Studio ( thank you! These are lovely – I can’t wear non-precious metals for very long, so these are manageable for short 2-3 hour events. ) Jacket is a trusty old cotton one that’s been refurbished more than a few times, t-shirt and flower-print trousers and suede belt ( all four from the same fashion label that I do not shop from – no more fast-fashion for me, so will not be sharing the brand name – haven’t shopped from the brand in over 3 years – so now everyone knows how old my wardrobe really is 😀 ). Blue leather bag by Chiaroscuro and shoes by Nappa Dori. Photos by B.
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