Dot - A homemade music video to a Zoya Akhtar film

TeamCitymapia | Aug 08, 2022

Singer-songwriter Aditi Saigal aka Dot was recently seen in the trailer of the upcoming Netflix musical 'The Archies' directed by Zoya Akhtar. Her rise to fame started with a 2017 viral music video she made at home. Dot says she prioritises personal growth over professional success because she believes it to be important for an evolving artist. She is also not a fan of the global culture where self-promotion overrides art. Dot was 19 when she went viral and is happy that she retreated from technology for a while.

Indira Varma on getting over being typecast

TeamCitymapia | Jul 17, 2022

Indian-American actress Indira Varma may be familiar to the new generation for playing Ellaria Sand. However, she made her debut in Mira Nair's Kama Sutra and was later typecast for her ethnicity. Today, she is playing an Imperial Officer in Obi-Wan Kenobi. She says it gives her joy to play a brown woman in the Star Wars franchise because she grew up watching a very white Star Wars. The actress is over being typecast because the new project is celebrating diversity. She attributes it to director Deborah Chow.

Vauhini Vara - From a journalist to becoming an author

TeamCitymapia | Jul 16, 2022

Vauhini Vara is riding the high of her first book 'The Immortal King Rao'. Growing up in Canada, she started her career as a technology reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New Republic, Businessweek, and Fortune. She is also a mentor at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Book Project and the secretary for Periplus, a collective mentoring writers of color. Her next book, 'This is Salvaged' is a story collection set to come out in 2023.

Satshya Tharien - Bringing comedy and everyday life together

TeamCitymapia | Jul 11, 2022

Bengaluru-based Malayali comedian Satshyaa first grabs your attention with her ever-changing vibrant hair colours. She started her online journey by shaving her head and sharing the hair growth journey on social media. The young creator makes everything from teaching Malayalam to talking about everyday blunders fun. The recently launched podcast Chumma Conversations is described as a place to remind you of '3 am conversations with a friend'. Satshyaa has 226K followers on Instagram and 7.15K subscribers on YouTube.

Bhumi Pednekar - Breaking toxic beauty standards one by one

TeamCitymapia | Jul 05, 2022

Bhumi Pednekar proved with her debut that she is not afraid to play a woman who does not fit into conventional, toxic standards of beauty. Years later, the Bollywood actress thinks the messaging and communication on beauty has gone through a transformation. "It is slowly and steadily becoming inclusive and realistic". She believes in skincare to maintain a radiant glow. "Drinking plenty of water, following a balanced diet, getting a lot of rest, and applying sunscreen even indoors are her top rules."

Indra Nooyi - A corporate woman ahead of her time

TeamCitymapia | Jul 02, 2022

Former chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi is known for breaking the glass ceiling in the global corporate scene before there were loud discussions on it. Being the first South Asian female CEO of a Fortune 500 company has published her memoir 'My Life In Full'. Justifying the title, the book is full of anecdotes from her eventful life. She emphasises the importance of having a supportive spouse and absolute non-negotiable safe spaces for childcare. Nooyi is known for bringing her infants to the office.