A little note before I begin this interview.
Savi is one of my favourite bloggers, so this interview was very exciting for me. I am mesmerised by Bruised Passports and the high quality of content they put out consistently. It is a sad reality today that most bloggers are not in the least concerned about what they actually write on their blog. But then there are people like Savi and Vid who question that paradigm and leave hope for bloggers like me, who in fact, would love to focus on the writing. I had the pleasure of meeting Savi and Vid at their recent meet up in Mumbai. They were both absolute troopers and handled the million questions hurled at them with a sense of humour, and oodles of candour; thus cementing their position in my Favourites list. (Dear Savi and Vid, although it may not seem like much, this is a great honour and I suggest you bask in the glory of this award at least for a whole three minutes!) 😛
Alright, without much further ado, I present to you – ‘The time I asked Savi too many questions!’ Enjoy 🙂
If you weren’t this awesome-traveller-blogger-lady, what would you be?
A lecturer of English Literature or a professional dreamer (if there be such a thing!)
Tell us one thing about yourself that no one knows.
I cry really easily in front of people I love.
What’s your favourite brand?
To be honest, I don’t really have one. My suitcase is a mélange of things from dozens of countries. But I really love Free People’s aesthetic.
One thing you would never endorse?
There’s a long list but at the top are fairness creams and any brand or product that goes against the grain of gender equality.
Any advice for those who want to become bloggers?
Be consistent, celebrate your individuality, and produce high quality content.
What’s the toughest part of this profession?
I will admit that the fact that you have to style, conceptualise, execute, photograph, articulate, and critique all your own shoots is one of the toughest parts of being a blogger! But it’s also the most REWARDING and fun because it involves constantly challenging yourself – that’s because as a travel blogger, one doesn’t have access to controlled studio lighting or large wardrobes. Instead you have to contend with clothes that come out of a suitcase, shoot in real environments, surrounded by real people and dominated by the vagaries of weather. That makes it challenging but I love EVERY bit of it – it’s an amazing feeling to see your vision come to life in photographs that tell a story about your way of seeing the world.
What keeps you motivated?
I strive to keep my loved ones close to me – so their affection and support really keeps me motivated. Hearing from readers also really eggs me on. I love interacting with our virtual family all around the world.
Someone you look up to?
I don’t really have role models but I really look upto people who question convention and stereotypes in daily life. They’re the true heroes.
Best piece of advice you ever got…
It’s impossible to please everyone. I didn’t realise the profundity of the statement till I made a career in the digital world!
Describe your personal style in one line…
Bohemian and laid-back.
What would you tell a young girl who’s not too sure what career path she wants to take?
Experiment. Don’t get taken in by what you see on social media and choose the most fashionable or glamorous profession. Dabble in a host of things and choose the one that makes your heart sing.
What’s your idea of unwinding?
A cabin in the woods, good music, and coffee with Vid – my perpetual partner in crime (of course)
What feeds your soul? (Silly question, but I’ll ask any way!)
Poetry, mountains, music.
How addicted are you to social media?
I work in social media, so I’m perpetually checking my phone and curating photographs or memoirs . But I do try to take a step back every once in a while because I don’t like the idea of being addicted to social media.
What’s your take on feminism?
I am a staunch feminist. Nobody should be afraid of the word feminist. I think both men and women should be proud to call themselves feminists because feminism, to me, is just another word for true equality (which, in turn, breeds true happiness)
One misconception people have about entrepreneurs…
That it’s a glamorous job and everything comes easy to them. Truth is, that is as far from reality as is possible. You have to work very hard and sacrifice a lot to follow your dreams and translate them into reality.
One thing that “growing up” has taught you…
Not to take anything for granted.
One thing that travelling has taught you…
Human emotions are the same world over – teenagers feel heart breaks the same, families feel grief the same, and couples feel love the same.
What does being a Real Girl mean to you?
Someone who celebrates her individuality, questions patriarchy, asserts her ideological opinions, and spreads love (for what would the world be without it!)
*Sigh* I honestly couldn’t have put it better myself! 🙂
Thank you so much, Savi!
All photographs are taken from their blog: http://www.bruisedpassports.com/
You can also follow their travels on their envy inducing Instagram feed.