• Ekta Shetty / Frankaffe
    People

    Ekta Shetty

    A stroopwafel never ceases to surprise me. Deliciously popular with its origin in my current city, yet I’ve never had one. Easy to miss the best things unless they dance in front of you wearing Dobby’s tea cosy. Syrup within the stiff dough, conflict between natural perception and reality, an ignorant soul won’t know what awaits him. Such complexity, yet it all melts when you keep it on a warm drink. A freezing Monday morning suddenly turns into a sunny Saturday afternoon. I met Ekta Shetty at work. She was an intern elsewhere, enthusiastic yet understated. Not a word out of place, composed and with a bright smile with a…

  • bharat-ahir-frankaffe
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    Bharat Ahir

    We started together at Bombay Connect, the quintessential co working space at Bandra (Mumbai), back then a part of the Unltd India family. It was a warm community, and we were young, and stumbling onward. Looking back, what consistently stands out is his generosity and an evergreen sense of support that always stands extended. He has built Russsh (previously known as GetMyPeon) for the last 7 years, a hugely popular and the go-to brand for conventional and unconventional errands in Mumbai. His innate understanding of people, logistics and the way this city works helps him get things done – a combination of skills most of us would pillage for. He…

  • navyashree-emani-frankaffe
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    Navyashree Emani

    “An artwork caught our eye, and the conversation discussed the mischievous history of something that seemed so politely packaged. Quite like her, a wine that offers a tingle, mischief in a stately gown. The tip of the iceberg, inviting a conversation, layers revealed if the chords are struck right. Chilly ocean for the uninitiated, a hot water spring for one who hums along. And we discussed peaches. The appealing softness, just so warm in every light, the definite cheekiness and the desirable texture – a hint of what’s in store. A peach is intense, an acquired taste for those who seek sugar, sheer satiation for those who lick the sweetness…

  • devlina-padhye-frankaffe
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    Devlina Padhye

    “When we first met and drew our first morning, I remember adding the grey of a mist, it was the riddle I sensed. But you drew a rainbow, it was a laughter of the day. Then I added a dark brew, for I knew you have layers. You sketched waves and unraveled with a smile. Further I probed with a burst of acrylic on canvas yet you insisted on watercolour, stressing that you are but a bubbling rivulet. But when I held you close while dancing on a Jazz vinyl, I knew I was holding a storm that has been tamed, an ocean contained, the art of centuries deciphered, a…

  • UvA-Maartje-Strijbiskopie
    Culture and Society,  Education,  On Management

    Back to School or Onwards to School?

    After 8 years of working in senior roles across real estate services and luxury retail, I head to the University of Amsterdam for a BSc in Business Administration. This extensive four year course would involve understanding all aspects of managing an organisation in a scientific manner, with all the perks this excellent academic environment and a prosperous global city would offer. I shall be relocating, and soaking in the experience. The university is one of the world's best, falls in the top 1% business schools, and I'm certainly excited for this oncoming shift in worldview.