She’s a Hyderabadi at heart, who currently shuttles between Mumbai and Hyderabad, and is chasing her dreams with a passion. Miheeka has recently ventured out into the event and décor space, and has lots of interesting projects up her sleeve for the future.
Tell us a little bit about the projects and initiatives you’re currently working on.
I have started my own event company: Dew Drop Design Studios. After having assisted my mother, Bunty Bajaj, for many years, it was time to take up the mantle. It’s a fairly new venture that started only in the second half of last year. I’ve been fortunate to have found some great work in such a short time, and to have worked with prestigious organisations such as YPO. I have a few more very interesting collaborations in the pipeline that I’m really excited about.
At the moment, I’m working on something that I am personally thrilled about. My brother is investing in a new venture that is going to be India’s first Bollywood-based indoor attraction in Mumbai, which will be launching in April. It will be called House of Stars, and we will be recreating scenes from iconic Bollywood films that span across decades. I am designing and executing all the iconic sets that will be part of this indoor attraction, and I’m really excited about how it’s shaping up.
You’re a Hyderabadi, now living in Mumbai. Where do you feel more at home, and how does each place impact your life?
I’ve been shuffling between Hyderabad and Mumbai for over 10 years now. Even though both cities are extremely different from each other, they each feel equally like home to me.
Hyderabad keeps me sane and in touch with my roots. It’s such a warm and loving city with wonderful people that I’ve grown up with. Most people in Hyderabad are like extended family more than friends.
Mumbai, on the other hand, inspires me immensely, and constantly has me on the go. Being a more cosmopolitan city, itdefinitely tingles your creative senses, because you’re frequently meeting new people with such varying ideas and personalities that you’re constantly learning and growing. The city’s energy also charges you up to work harder and achieve all the goals you’ve set out for yourself.
You’ve recently entered the décor space. How was this interest spurred?
In the initial phase of her career, my mother was involved in events and weddings. She started one of the first event management companies in the country and was amongst the top wedding décor planners in India. Décor is something I grew up seeing; it’s more or less etched in my subconscious. For a creative person there can’t be a better field of work to be involved in, because you get to move on to new projects in a very short span of time, thus getting to do something new and exciting very often.
Who and what inspires you, and why?
There are three things in life that inspire me. First and foremost I am most inspired by the concept of creativity. It’s fascinating and so enriching to create something out of nothing. To see a visual blur in your head begin to take shape, it’s a feeling that fills me with joy and inspires me to keep finding ways to continue doing this.
The other two things – or people, rather – who inspire me are my mother and father. My mother for her eye for design and her immense creative ability, and my father for his patience and calmness.
Is there one piece of advice you wish you were given early in life?
Oh God, there is so much I wish I knew earlier (smiles). I guess the one thing that I identify with most now, and realised only recently, is that it’s most important to be yourself. There are many people who will give you all sorts of advice – some good and some not so good. At the end of the day you have to trust your own instincts and own your choices, whether they turn out to be good or bad. Trust yourself, be yourself and everything will work out in the end.
What are the most exciting and challenging parts of what you do?
The most exciting part about what I do is also the most challenging part of what I do. The seamless integration of my sensibilities and the client’s personality, I would say is my biggest challenge.
What are some of your other hobbies and passions?
Food is a big passion of mine, and so cooking is one of my favourite hobbies. I also love reading books. I enjoy writing occasionally. And gifting. I love everything about gifts, from the presentation to finding the most apt gift to suit the person’s preferences. I plan on starting a company dedicated to luxury gifting in the near future. – as told to Suneela