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The selfie project: This week’s spotlight is on Rina Dhaka

The selfie project is a feature on the spaces and objects that define our work and home life through the selfie.

New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2016 12:00:27 am

Rina Dhaka, a Delhi-based fashion designer on her home and studio.

About 15 years ago, I began chanting. I practise monk Nichiren Daishonin’s teachings in Buddhism. It relaxes me and helps me concentrate. This photo was taken in my prayer room. A decade-and-a-half ago, I was a nervous wreck, justifying everything, including my bad behaviour. I had trouble sleeping. Since I began chanting, I feel more responsible towards my behaviour and actions. I don’t feel like a victim anymore. I chant twice a day, for a minimum of 30 minutes in my prayer room. Now, my brother and mother chant as well, but my children and husband refuse to! One day, hopefully, they will also take it up.

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I shuttle between my studio on MG Road and my husband’s export factory in Gurgaon. This selfie was taken at the export factory where 600 people work. I have a little corner there and the final touches of my collections take place here. My tailors and other crew members work out of this space. While I don’t spend too much time here, I do visit it daily before I head to the studio. I have been using this space for almost four years now. It’s a proper factory, so all the technical work happens here. All my creative work, however, happens at the MG Road studio.

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