Category Archives: Interviews

Raja Manohar , Architect turned techie

Raja Manohar is an Indian entrepreneur who runs mobile technology-driven businesses. He is the Founder and CEO of Hexolabs Interactive, a mobile value added services company offering services in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Kenya and Brazil. His organization offers solutions for low-end mobile phones to address the needs of the non-smartphone mobile consumers in emerging markets. His team has been named among the TR35 – TOP 20 Young Innovators in India and received ‘Social Innovator of the year 2012’ by MIT Tech Review India for the development of speech enabled mobile solutions for Indian market.  World Economic…

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Architect Christopher Charles Benninger in conversation with Gallopper

On a pleasant late winter day, we spent half a day on a freewheeling chat with legendary Architect Christopher Charles Benninger and Managing Director Ramprasad Akisetti. It was by far the most insightful chat we have had so far with a man of his stature. Not only is he one of the rare humble ones, but he is witty, sharp and a man so caring about his fellow workers. We spoke about his thoughts on the future of India, about SmartCities, about ‪#‎MakeInIndia‬ and so…

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Finding Simplicity, for herself and for her clients; Architect Aarati Pai

“We design, we supervise, we build and we have a blast doing it all”, exclaims Architect Aarati Pai , who has been practicing for 2 decades with a wide range of experience across Interior Design, Architecture and Masterplanning.

Aarati Pai at her lounge
Aarati Pai at her lounge

“And why only us, why don’t we include our clients as well…”, she pauses. “…we want to make it simple for clients to imagine design.” In a quest for simplicity, a few years back Aarati started “Urbanize Design Lounge” in Pune. It is an airy, ‘go-as-you-like’ lounge, set in a lounge format. Clients and lovers of design can come down and spend an afternoon for design related pow wow while sipping coffee. The lounge is adorned with material samples, nicely catalogued. The relaxed ambience, accentuated by light music makes it a relaxing design experience for visitors. Those with a mired notion of design go back with a feeling of ease after a few hours spent in the lounge.

Click here to watch the interview
Click here to watch the interview

“The most difficult part is to make it simple”, mentions Aarati. Anything heavy and authoritative about design makes her feel bogus since she is always searching for simplicity in design. Every line must be meaningful and beautiful; simple yet striking. Urbanize Design Studio is part of this mission, making it easy for those who find design complex. Visitors to her lounge include those who need their homes designed, people who plan to get their office design and several walk-ins who she labels as “lovers of design”.

“It takes courage to follow your calling. It’s very tempting and easy to wait at the sea shore. But you haven’t lived if you don’t jump in the ocean and swim against the current.” Aarati signs off.

Watch her video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0HMmEVWKPE

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