Sandeep Khosla is all about living in the moment and hates looking back and regretting the past!

Sandeep Khosla - non-architectural questions

The idea of the non-architectural questions was a spontaneous one but eventually became a definite way to bring people closer to understanding the other side of their favourites’ ideas and thoughts. They say handwriting is connected to the movement of the heart. Read forth to see Sandeep Khosla’s heart talk about his favourites in everything from food to music, to design, to literature, in his own handwriting.


Which architect would you pick to design your clothes?
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What’s your favourite childhood song?
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What is the one thing that you hate doing the most?
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What’s your comfort food?
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Who is your stylist?
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What’s the one quality in a person that would grab your attention in no time?
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Which are the books that influenced your thoughts?
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‘Long live the Bat!’ – Madhav Raman’s reply to one of the non-architectural questions.

Madhav Raman - non-architectural questions

With the non-architectural questions to architects pouring in from people, in all  curiosity and kinds, we went forth with selecting and sending a few fascinating ones to architects as an experiment in good humour. Out of over 100 questions, that we received, some 25 were shortlisted by Pulkit Soni, and partcipating architects were requested to reply to minimum of seven.

Next in line of responses comes Madhav Raman, read on to find out the craziest mischief Madhav did back in his hostel days, and watch some hilarity ensue.


If not an architect, what would you be?
Hilarious! (either a cartoonist or a stand up comic)

Marvel or DC?

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What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
Sing.

What was the craziest mischief that you did during your college days?
Scaled up the SPA Delhi Girls’ Hostel Facade, and then repeated the feat on the HoD’s office jaali to prove it could be done!

What’s the one thing in life that you want just for yourself?
A Banana Split!

What sort of car suits your personality? A classy sedan, beefy SUV, sporty coupe, restored classic or an urban hatchback?
I cycle!

Can you live without your phone and laptop for a week?
Not in Delhi!

What’s your comfort food?
Curd Rice

Your favourite duo from pop culture? Batman-Robin, Swat Kats, Kane-Undertaker, Tom & Jerry or any other?
Batman-Robin, from this list. But Jeeves & Wooster would top any list of favourite duos

Who’s your favourite sportsperson?
Stephen Curry (at the moment)

Have you smoked pot?
Don’t recall!

 

Courage to be oneself – one quality in a person that would grab the attention of Anupama Kundoo in no time.

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While we were quite thrilled by the idea of asking non-architectural questions to some of the leading Indian architects, we were not sure about the response that we would receive from people. To our surprise, the response was overwhelming – we received over 100 non-architectural questions for architects who consented to participate in this series. Most of the questions were for all the architects, so we decided to create a unified list of about 25 shortlisted questions and send it to all architects – giving them a choice to answer minimum seven questions. Below, Anupama Kundoo candidly replies to thirteen questions. Have fun! 🙂


If not an architect, what would you be?
An artist.

What’s the one thing in life that you want just for yourself?
Some time to myself alone daily.

Which architect would you pick to design your clothes?
Why would I pick an architect?

What sort of car suits your personality? A classy sedan, beefy SUV, sporty coupe, restored classic or an urban hatchback?
A motorbike and a bicycle are more my things.

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Can you live without your phone and laptop for a week?
Yes of course. I already lived for years without those things and I have fond memories of those times.

What is the one thing that you hate doing the most?
Having to grade students after they complete their learning period with me.

What’s your favourite number? Does it reflect in your work in some way?
All numbers are connected to each other and the universe. What I like is their interconnectedness and interrelationships through geometry, and those reflect in my work rather than a particular number.

What’s your comfort food?
Khichdi with Begun Bhaja

What’s the one quality in a person that would grab your attention in no time?
Courage to be oneself.

What’s the one thing that you always wanted to do but didn’t find the courage to do?

I mostly found the courage. When you really want to do something, you always come up with the courage.


Which are the books that influenced your thoughts?
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Thinking, Fast and Slow
The Soul of a Tree;
Architecture without Architects
The Bhagavad Gita
Mahabharat
& many more…

Do you buy your own groceries? If not, who buys it for you?
I am a very hands-on person that way, so yes, I do buy my own groceries.  I cook myself, and I also clean up afterwards 😊

‘A little heartbreak happens everyday.’ – Shimul Javeri Kadri replies to non-architectural questions

Shimul Javeri - Non-Architectural Questions

We thought it would take a minimum of seven days for architects to respond to the questions. But, Shimul Javeri Kadri’s replies came almost instantly. She was the first to reply. When we thanked her for her promptness, she mentioned, ‘It’s either instant or never’ :).   Enjoy her spontaneous replies to some of the questions curated by Pulkit Soni. 🙂


What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?
Breathe and Sing – very little opportunity to do both mindfully in a world full of stimuli.


What’s the one thing in life that you want just for yourself?
Equanimity


Which architect would you pick to design your clothes?

I would not! I don’t think architects understand the way cloth falls – there are too many great designers to pick an architect for the wrong thing.


Shimul Javeri - Non-Architectural Questions


What is the one thing that you hate doing the most?

Wading through legal documents. The thought that we cant trust each other and must look for what can be misinterpreted drives me crazy. I love simplicity, honesty and beauty.

Of all the places that you have visited which is the one place that you would never want to go back to?
It’s the place I go back to the most often – the United States of America  – because my kids are there. I love the universities but dislike the mundane car and money centred urbanism.


What’s your comfort food?
Khichdi and idlis!


What’s the one quality in a person that would grab your attention in no time?
Honesty – people who cut out the crap and speak from the heart.


Which are the books that influenced your thoughts?


As a child – Enid Blyton with her British boarding school stories but as I entered my teens I enjoyed Jonathan Livingstone Seagull and The Little Prince – inspirational stories for a teenager searching for meaning in life. Biographies have always inspired me and most recently Paul Mason’s -Postcapitalism a Guide to our Future.