India has seen expats come and go, each bringing a unique set of skills to share. While most expats stay a minimum of six months, others made a complete shift. Whether it is a fondness for the culture, a passion the people, or a love of the artistic environment, these expats found themselves drawn to India enough to call it home.
Here are five expats who are significantly contributing and sharing a love for India:
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I'm looking at this photo and suddenly missing my long hair. Anyone else also go through this after they've cut it? We always want what we don't have, keep wanting a change, make the change, then realize what we had was also awesome (mainly because we don't have it anymore). 🙃 Life lesson: I will never be satisfied. 🙈 #RealTalk #NeverSatisfied #InstaReflection
Natalie Di Luccio
A collaboration with Sonu Nigam introduced Italian-Canadian singer to Bollywood. Since then, Natalie has moved to Mumbai and has worked with many prolific artists and musicians from India and abroad. Some of her most notable works are a cover of Tu Jaane Na, a popular Bollywood song and several performances with Grammy and Oscar-winning composer A. R. Rahman.
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Born in Canadian born, artist Timothy Shaw is the co-founder of Tenalach, a fair trade clothing brand that emphasizes women empowerment in India. Based in Kolkota, Timothy’s clothing brand provides opportunities for at-risk women by training them and giving them employment in the company.
Myriam Sophia Lakshmi Quinio
Also known as Paris Laxmi, Myriam, a French-born Flamenco dancer, moved to India in 2012. Her skills in the art of dance, however, is not limited to one. Apart from Flamenco, she was trained in Jazz, Hip-hop, Ballet, Jazz, and Bharatanatyam since she was a child.
Today, she runs the Kalashakti School of Arts in Vaikom, with her husband Pallippuram Sunil, a Kathakali dancer.
After practicing in LA for a bit, Samuel moved to India in 2006 to work with Studio Mumbai, a Mumbai-based firm led by Bijoy Jain. In 2013, almost a decade later, Samuel and his wife, Erica Barclay, co-founded Case Design. In 2015, they launched a sustainable furniture and lighting line called Casegoods, which reflects their commitment to sustainability and beautiful design.
In search of inspiration, Nur, a Jaipur-based Lebanese designer, switched from journalism to design. As a result, she has transformed the Kaswali home into one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in the Pink City. She has also launched an online lifestyle brand, with friends who shared the same passion called Ercu.