While I was studying design at NIFT Delhi, I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandfather who would chant the Gayatri Mantra, in the middle of the many stories, that he told me, during my regular weekend walks at Lodi-garden in Delhi. He believed it gave him strength. This faith was enchanting to witness for me, as i grew up in a household that was deeply spiritual but not necessarily religious.
Later as a young woman learning design,I was fascinated with the world renowned Faberge jewelled eggs.
The germ of the idea to create three dimensional prayer eggs, came when a good friend going through trying circumstances asked me to give her something she could wear that would bring her peace and strength. Bringing two strong influences together, Faberge and my late grandfather, I designed the prayer egg collection - drop pendants, or charms, in prayers of ten different faiths.
But why an egg ?
Because life comes from it, it is three dimensional just like our body is . It is my way of wishing well for people who wear them. Each egg has the script of the prayer on it, and customers have been delighted to wear them. What makes this even more precious and humbling is that they don’t necessarily buy the prayer egg of their faith, they buy the prayer that most resonates with them. So much so, even the karigars who have worked on the pieces now wear a prayer egg also because they believe good things have happened since they began the production.
The collection consists of the following prayers;