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Explore An Explorer’s Closet ~ Sudeepta Sanyal

Explore An Explorer’s Closet ~ Sudeepta Sanyal

Sudeepta Sanyal, co-founder of The Blueberry Trails – an experiential travel company – truly personifies Saint Augustine’s famous travel quote — The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read the first page. Sudeepta lives the life many of us dream about — she travels for a living. She began her journey as a travel entrepreneur six years ago. This journey first started with her travel chronicles about offbeat destinations along with her co-founder, who photographed the places for their travel blog. And, this eventually turned into a full-time venture, complete with weekend trips, long holidays in India and abroad, and corporate and customised trips.

Being a Fouji (Army) kid, travel was inherent to her being. And each time she travelled, Sudeepta discovered a new aspect of her personality. That was the very premise of The Blueberry Trails — help people discover themselves through travel.

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Sudeepta is a voracious reader, an ardent follower of music and a self-taught guitarist (well, almost! She is currently learning how to get the chords right on her guitar). Addressing herself as the boss lady, Sudeepta says she doesn’t believe in confining to limits. And, her wardrobe is exactly what she believes in – fluid, unrestrictive and no-nonsense. “I can’t wear anything that binds me in any way or is high-maintenance” — her collection includes only as much as what is needed.

Here, Sudeepta indulges in a freewheeling chat with our team in her quaint apartment in Bandra, (To reach her place, our team literally had to walk through a trail of turns and twists through green patches and open spaces) while her adorable Shih Tzu – Doenut – plays quiet the host.

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WM: What’s fascinating about being part of the travel industry?

Everyone on my team, including me, genuinely believes that we are making a difference in someone else’s life. When our travellers live the experiences designed for them, I really think that when they come back…they come back different and a better version of themselves.

WM: What inspires you the most?

SS: I believe in being the best version of myself. I feel am evolving, and am constantly reading or doing stuff to expand my horizons.

WM: How would you define your style?

SS: It’s a mix of feminine androgynous. Also, my clothes reflect my mood, so you could say I am very moody in my style too.

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WM: How do you bring this inspiration in your styling?

SS: I believe style is an extension of who we are; what we feel internally. And, we should make an effort to flaunt it well. It is our image that we want to project to the outside world. You should totally do a good job of it.

WM: Tell us about your boss lady avatar…

SS: I am a very friendly boss and you’ll always see me wearing casuals. For meetings, I team my casuals with heels; otherwise it’s sneakers. I feel sneakers inspire my gypsy soul and heels make me feel empowered as a woman.

WM: What’s your favourite accessory?

SS: I love wearing sunglasses. And, when it comes to jewellery I go through my phases. So, I used to have this ring phase. Presently, I love doing up my neck and I buy lot of neck-pieces. I also like silver.

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WM: Do you imbibe local style in you when you travel?

SS: When in Rome, do as Romans do. I am as local as I can be — I like to wear what the place and its style have to offer.

WM: When you travel what memories do you bring back home?

SS: I try and get hold of the local music by visiting the bars or finding out about new bands that play out there. I love collecting fridge magnets, curios and local fashion. I also like to journal my writing when I am travelling. And, I pick-up books that are quintessentially unique to the place I travel.

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Whose style do you admire the most?

Whose style do you admire the most?

Style is very personal, and your style should be unique. But, if I have to say a celeb, it would have to Kalki Koechlin. I find her style very cool and trendy.
Are you fond of make up?

Are you fond of make up?

I like wearing an eyeliner, and seldom – which is only when I feel like -- I wear a lipstick.
In clothes, what’s your favourite wear?

In clothes, what’s your favourite wear?

I love wearing shorts, they are free flowing and comfortable.
What would you wear on a date night?

What would you wear on a date night?

A dress, beautiful neck-piece and lipstick!
What would you wear for a movie time with friends?

What would you wear for a movie time with friends?

I would wear loose pair of palazzos or a skirt and a crop top.
One thing we will never find you wearing?

One thing we will never find you wearing?

Though they are back in fashion, I will never wear horizontal stripes.
Are you fond of neon colours?

Are you fond of neon colours?

I love them -- they are vibrant and fun colours.
Do you like bags?

Do you like bags?

Actually, no! I don’t like to have any liability on me. I like to keep my hands-free. So, you’ll usually see me with a small backpack for everyday city travel.
If you could change your profession what would it be?

If you could change your profession what would it be?

I would love to be a singer and explore my love for music.

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Shoe it in

Shoe it in

When travelling always look for comfort, and a good pair of shoes will go a long way in making your trip easy and, of course, comfortable. If you are going to a non-adventure place, carry open-toe sandals or slip-ons, and for treks carry comfortable, closed shoes. And, preferably avoid new shoes, as you would want to stay away from shoe bites when travelling.
Baggy your way through

Baggy your way through

Build up your comfort level with good pair of baggy pyjamas or pants. But, make sure that they fit well. Baggy doesn’t mean you throw in your home sweat pants. Also, if you are on a trek or adventure holiday, stay away from shorts.
Fit it well

Fit it well

Wear your lowers with well-fitted top, and carry full or long-sleeves as much as possible. This will help in keeping the tan away while travelling. And, if you are on a non-trek destination or an easy holiday to a place like Hampi or Goa, throw in flowy dresses or crop tops.
Accessorise it well

Accessorise it well

I try and wear my tops with a nice local scarf or chunky jewellery and a pair of sunglasses.
Hygiene, hygiene and hygiene

Hygiene, hygiene and hygiene

Packing light doesn’t mean you need to compromise on basic hygiene. If you are going for a 10-day trip, you should have like at least 13 pairs of tops, and 3 to 4 pairs of bottoms. This maths of course depends on your destination. For instance, if it’s a cold place, you can do away with lesser number of clothes, but if it’s a sunny destination, where you might sweat a little more, then you may want to carry extra clothes. Also, start your packing with enough and more pairs of lingerie, sun block, deodorant, sanitary napkins, a personal toiletries bag (carry miniature packs) and a handy pack of medicines.
Pack it smart

Pack it smart

Instead of folding your clothes, roll them up. This way, you'll not just save on space, but also manage to keep your clothes as crease-free as possible. Also, when packing a backpack, start with the heaviest items at bottom and top it up with the lighter ones. This works on the basic principle of gravity! It helps you balance the weight of the bag well, and keep you steady in case of any sudden movements.

Shot and edited by Indrajeet Deshmukh for WODROB.

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