In conversation with Wendell Rodricks
The first Indian designer invited to display his garments at the world’s largest garment fair at Dusseldorf, Wendell Rodricks in conversation with Tavishi Paitandy Rastogi.entertainment Updated: Jun 18, 2011 18:20 IST
The first Indian designer invited to display his garments at the world’s largest garment fair at Dusseldorf, Wendell Rodricks has put Goa firmly on the fashion map. Having created collections such as Tibetan Monastries, Tribal Symbols of Shiva and Vishnu, and the Harem at Istanbul, his latest is the Bombay Dyeing bed linen collection.One word that describes you best?
If a traffic constable hauled you up, what would you do?
They will not. I designed the Goa Police uniform and they all know me.
Your first kiss was…
A fumbling blunder.
What makes you feel sexy?
My Bombay Dyeing Wendell Whites bed linen. It is super smooth and ultra sensual.
You get high on…
Breathing the fresh air in my village. But you can add champagne to the ‘high’ list as well.
The colour ‘pink’ for you is…
Good if it is pale or bright fuchsia.
A tune you can’t get out your head.
Malaika’s Muni badnaam hui. I am trying to get it out of my head, but can’t because she has it as her caller tune. Whenever I call her, the song pops back in my head with a vengeance.
What did you do with your first paycheque?
Gave half to my mother and then had a Cafe Viennoise ice-cream at the Taj Sea Lounge in Bombay.
The one law you would break if you could get away with it?
Euthanasia. It is cruel to die in pain and without dignity.
Do you love Luv Storys?
If they are written by Garcia Marquez. Love in the Time of Cholera always makes me cry.
Choose: Air India or Indian Railways
The Air India direct from Mumbai to New York... if it leaves on time.
What is the weirdest thing that ever went into your mouth?
A fishing hook that was in a tin of tuna. If I were in the USA I would have sued and won a lottery.
Earth’s crowded and chock full of trash. Choose another planet.
Best to start cleaning up instead of escaping the problem.
If you could have a star perform at your wedding, who would it be and why?
I would rather have the star as a guest. They are not performing monkeys.
If you could be born either rich or intelligent, which one would you choose?
You can’t say ‘both’. Intelligent. To become rich in knowledge.
Your favourite freedom fighter?
Undoubtedly Gandhi. The concept of non-violence is as incredible today as it was in the 1940s.
Respecting your partner in every way.
Which superhero would you like to be and why?
Gandhi. Because he is real and a world role model
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I have a clean, neat foot fetish. Anyone with bad feet turns me off
A place where you would like to be lost for a month?
Any place in South America, especially Chile
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First Published: Jun 17, 2011 18:16 IST