I chanced upon this quote recently & realised how it really sums up my life’s journey thus far. Waking up with a smile in the morning is one of the biggest blessings of life. It is a sign that you are truly happy. As I experience this bliss, I cannot help but think of the myriads of small but impactful things that have made me who I AM today.
The journey has been a long and trying one. It only seems like yesterday when a young and protected teenager stepped into a world of possibilities. From a young age, I knew I wanted my own business, but it took me a while to realize this was the direction I was going to go.
A distinct memory I have is from one of my many trips to London with my parents as a teenager where I bought this really cool shirt. As soon as I returned, I wore it to school. No one in my high school had anything like it, and it was the first time that I understood the power of individual style. From that point on, I was never afraid to take scissors to my clothing and modify it. I would buy something at a store, take it home, and then cut the sleeves or collar off immediately. My friends and parents thought I was nuts!
At one point, I started painting on dupattas & scarves, which were popular among the group of friends I was hanging around with. Having encouragement from friends I started to realize this was something I could do more of! Passion is a fire that lights your way & one of the first achievements of my life would be having an exhibition of my creations which was a total sell out.
Marriage to Amrit gave my passion & hobby a direction. For me fashion in a way, was also a form of therapy – I couldn’t go very long without sewing or creating something. Slowly, with my husband’s support I started to brand my name, make a logo, and eventually MAHEKA MIRPURI, the fashion atelier, became a reality.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. From the chaotic and amateurish in-store first fashion show to hosting the professionally put together annual shows at the Taj Mahal Hotel today, it’s all been a learning process. From being a newcomer to being recognised as a designer of repute and winning an icon award, it does feel like an accomplishment of sorts.
Clothes, jewellery, corporate clothing, theatre & now directing events – life goes by in the blink of an eye & we need to appreciate the moments. From initial mishaps like my dupatta getting entangled in the set design just when I was to take my final bow, to being invited to be a part of the Mercedes Benz Miami Swim Week, my journey as a designer has been nothing short of eventful.
From attending a wedding sangeet at the beautiful Versace mansion (which by the way has been the only one till date), to meeting Dolce (of Dolce Gabbana) at his Gold club, from getting a compliment on my creation by Tommy Hilfiger, to getting an offer to design for a movie – it’s all been so exhilarating and quite a roller coaster.
From accomplishing my dream of giving back to society by setting up my charitable foundation MCan, to being a part of an initiative to rescue little girls of women engaged in sex trafficking – must say God’s been kind to have given me these opportunities.
Surpassing the expectations of people year after year is never easy. At times it takes a toll on your health. But you gotta do what you gotta do! Your life’s passion will not just be handed to you – you have to make it happen yourself!
I love clothing with a passion. To me, fashion is a serious artistic medium through which to channel social commentary. When I made the commitment to myself to pursue having my own fashion label, I knew it would be hard. But I decided that if I was going to struggle, I would rather be struggling doing something I love than doing something I didn’t like! Waking up in the morning, going to my studio and working on my creations is the best feeling in the world.
As I connect the dots, I feel my journey of twenty years has been an amalgamation of plenty of ups and few downs. I know that there is a lot more to achieve and as I move ahead each day, William Wordsworth’ lines ring in my ear – And miles to go before I sleep!!