Designer Rohit Bal calls himself a ‘backslapping, Hindi-speaking guy’ #Ghagrarock
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Designer Rohit Bal calls himself a ‘backslapping, Hindi-speaking guy’ #Ghagrarock

The designer, who is usually thick-skinned about personal questions, bares it all in a Brunch exclusive

brunch Updated: Sep 13, 2017 18:10 IST
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Fashion designer Rohit Bal.(Prabhat Shetty)

Rohit Bal might come across as the designer with that mysterious vibe about him, and he has been brought up in quite a liberal manner. So when writer Shefalee Vasudev questioned him about intellectually compatible lovers, Bal had the perfect answer: he wants someone with brawn and brain.

“I haven’t had many long-term intimate relationships. I haven’t really found someone. The person I loved the most has not been in any way similar to the way I am and I am not just talking about the socio economic aspect. When my friends ask: why do we see you with this kind of person, I try to explain that I have enough intellect to deal with in the day, at work. At home, I don’t want constant intellectual stimulation,” he says.

He goes on to explain how intellect and academics are considered the same. “People assume that someone who is an author or an academic would be automatically intelligent. That’s a flawed idea. In our country the first standard of judging a person is whether they speak in English. But someone who speaks in a vernacular or local accent might be able to recite the Bhagwad Gita backwards. Once they know me better, people are taken aback that I am a backslapping, Hindi-speaking guy. Love is simple for me. I don’t expect it to eat with a fork and knife,” he says.

From HT Brunch, September 10, 2017

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First Published: Sep 13, 2017 18:10 IST