The way they 'R'
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The way they 'R'

Have you ever wondered how most successful Indian fashion designers have their names starting with the alphabet ‘R’? Jaydeep Ghosh on the 'creative' alphabet...

fashion and trends Updated: Apr 06, 2009 19:38 IST
Jaydeep Ghosh
Jaydeep Ghosh
Hindustan Times

Have you ever wondered how most successful Indian fashion designers have their names starting with the alphabet ‘R’? The first designer who pioneered fashion in India was Rohit Khosla. Then there’s fashion doyen Ritu Kumar who revived zardosi and gave the dying craft a new lease of life. From Ranchi and Rajkot to Rajokri and Rameshwaram, Rohit Bal is a name known to all. From the same era, there’s Ritu Beri who was the first to hit the international fashion scene from India.

Moving on to the phase of NIFT-trained designers, there’s the talented Rajesh Pratap Singh,Raghavendra Rathore — the designer with a royal touch, Rina Dhaka, Ranna Gill, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna and Rocky S...the list goes on. Ramesh Nair who now works as an assistant to Gaultier at Hermes, Rahul and Gunjan of Sirali and Reynu Taandon also bask in ‘R’s’ glory. Add to it the new stars like Rahul Reddy, Rahul Mishra, Rabani and Rakha, Rakesh Aggarwal and the name that was on everyone’s lips at WIFW this time was yet another R — Raman Vij.

So is it just a freakish co-incidence or there’s more to it? Designer Rahul Jain of Sirali, who also dabbles in astrology, explains, “People whose names start with ‘R’ usually have Venus as their ruling planet which governs one’s feminine side that’s usually soft, creative and sensitive.” He adds, “People with Venus as their dominant planet also have a strong desire for fame and are usually associated with glamour and self-indulgence.”

Delhi-based pandit Ram Nath also emphasises on the correlation between R and creative outbursts. “People whose names start with Ra, Ru and Ri are creative thinkers. They never fall short of innovative ideas.”

Numerologist Lok Deepak Bakshi who practices advanced numerology based on the Pythagorean science of numbers, chips in, “R is a letter with numeric value 18. It is a multiple of 9, said to be the most creative number. People with names beginning with the letter ‘R’ never shy away from taking risks and think out of the box. Thus are amongst the most creative ones.”

By the way, we just happened to spot this trend. Don’t rush to a numerologist to add an ‘R’ to your name.

First Published: Apr 06, 2009 19:26 IST