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You don’t have to be a strong parent all the time: Anavila Misra

It is completely fine to be break down once in a while. You are human, as a parent, too

“Being a parent is a huge responsibility. You need to be clear that you want to have a child, else you will be venting your frustration on your children,” says fashion designer Anavila Misra

Fashion designer Anavila Misra has breathed life into handloom weaves with her prized sarees notching up accolades both on and off the ramp. Her tastefully articulated sarees and salwar kameez suits are the epitome of simplicity and quiet chic. Much like the brown-eyed designer herself as she lets the colours of earth and joy run through the flecks of zari and contrasting weaves in each of her beautiful creations that you can spot in abundance on celebrities including Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Konkona Sen, Kalki Koechlin.

An intensely private, highly celebrated entity on the fashion circuit, Anavila is also busy bringing up Rudra with her husband, Shivam. Excerpts from a conversation:

Rudra is a beautiful, uncommon name.

Yes, it is (smiles). In fact, Shivam loved the name, while I chose ‘Aditya’. Both of us held our ground for a year. Can you believe it, our kid had no name for a year! By that time my sister had teasingly started calling her nephew ‘jadoo’, ‘chiriya’…So I relented. Rudra it is.

What are you careful about?

Well, Rudra turns 13 in a few weeks, and I make sure I am clued into what he is doing now, whom he is spending time with as this is a very crucial age for children and everything carries impact.

How do you strike the work-home balance?

I dispatch him to school on the bus at 6:50 am and he returns by 4 pm. I ensure I am at home then. So for all purposes, I am a homemaker, for him, as my work hours are carefully worked around his schedule.

Shilpi Madan for Indian Express

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