It’s been very long since we spoke. How have you been? I have been struggling with so many things of late but let’s first start with the trip to Dubai last year, well, my first international trip ever.
Being the very first international trip, it was special in its own way. I realize how important it is to always plan things ahead of a trip. But then there are also unexpected things which might force you to change your month’s long plans too!
The view from my hotel room in Dubai was very splendid but the day we arrived, it was quiet late and had to leave for SOLE DXB right after checking in, the reason why we traveled to Dubai. SOLE DXB is a celebration of street culture, sneakers and lifestyle. Hence, the next morning, I asked a fellow friend to help me with a few pictures inside the room, overlooking the view which wasn’t to be missed. At the venue of SOLE DXB, it was a different vibe altogether. You feel happy already when you know everybody present there shares one or two of the similar tastes like you! Now, it ain’t easy to meet people with whom you can relate to, ain’t it?
I met a lot of people and couldn’t resist talking to them. For me, it is a different kind of adventure ride talking to strangers and requesting them to pose for my camera( which currently is my phone and I really need to be confident about taking pictures with my DSLR). At times, they deny which you need to be ready for but at times you end up meeting people whom you can call friends. But more than making friends, it’s always great to know about them and the cities/ countries they belong to and their thoughts about various things. It’s a strange world we live in and hence it’s exciting for me to know about cities/ countries I have never been to. Well, just a small hint of adventure for my monotonous life!
Apart from catching up with a couple of faces I already knew and meeting new people, there were a lot of brands at SOLE DXB. There was this store called ‘DUKKAN’ where you could customize your T-shirt and get something written in Arabic. Nike also had arranged for a customization of sneakers. All I could see was people clad in hyped brands, as they call it- BAPE, GUCCI, SUPREME, BALENCIAGA, and the list goes on! And I thought to myself, how much money do I need to save to buy a FULL ZIP CAMO SHARK HOODIE, well, how can we deny that MATERIAL is a kind of happiness after all! There was also an enormous open food court and I got to taste an authentic Shawarma Roll. It looked and tasted way different from what I have had in India. It was like a taco with bland chicken fillings and hence I am gonna settle for the Indian version of Spicy Shawarma.
I also got to meet icons like Jeff Staple, Shafik, Stretch and Bobbito. Now, you know how good you feel to meet people like these if you follow street culture and sneakers. Okay, talking about sneakers, people have started to tag me as a sneakerhead and I can’t seem to relate myself to it ’cause in India, people see a sneakerhead as a mere collector which I think I am not. I read about sneakers and I love them but probably I don’t collect a lot. I buy only those sneakers which I have always wanted to buy and definitely not the ones which are on trend and everybody be rocking them!
I can’t thank the PUMA INDIA team enough for this opportunity and to make it possible for me to attend SOLE DXB. In India, or at least in Bangalore, it matters only if you have BIG NUMBERS on your social media. Just like that episode of Black Mirror where you are considered SOCIAL enough only if you good ratings, you are not even considered a blogger if you don’t have a good number of followers. Otherwise, they expect you to work for free. Well, I can’t really make up my mind to take up many campaigns which I can’t relate to anyway. I guess the life that I lead outside my Instagram has to be same as that inside it. So, yeah, my clientele is pretty small but I am happy as they are the kinds of brands I would like to associate myself with. PUMA, being a globally recognized brand, I can’t really express how happy I am to associate with them!
Now there is this thing if you are a struggling blogger, a newbie at it. You gotta plan real good and keep into consideration the unexpected scenarios too. What is really important for a blogger? A good content in the form of a picture? Some people fail to understand that blogging ain’t mere posing for the camera! So yes, you need to know ‘HOW’ to bring out gorgeousness out of a crappy place. I am trying to learn how to take good pictures with my phone- the latest one being the blog on MY TRIP TO THAILAND, but I know that I need to work really hard.
Till we speak again, dear Diary!
~ Stylishly yours,