Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari : My First Job In Advertising

How did you land your first job in advertising?
My first job in advertising was as a summer trainee in network advertising. I remember Rajan giving me my first assignment on Jet Airways. It was a bunting and dangler. And when it got printed i could not believe that this is my work. I had flaunted it to everyone i met.
Later I joined Leo Burnett as a trainee. And that was a very funny interview. I had gone with my huge portfolio and was called into Aggie’s room. I desperately wanted to join LB. He looked at my work and as he was about to say something there was a cockroach running on the carpet. It was the very old LB office. (but still my favorite one. we could hide or runaway from office and servicing would not know 🙂 He asked me ‘ Are you scared of cockroaches? I was quiet smiling.. and then he said ” if you are scared I wont hire you” I took it very seriously and said “No i am not”. He laughed and said “There will too many here to hound you, including me” So when do you want to join… I smiled and said “tomorrow”.

Wow Makers : Agency Profile

We are a young, dynamic creative agency based in Cochin. We make superb designs while helping people, making friends, winning hearts and having fun! Our mission/obsession is to make you go “Wow!”

What made you start WowMakers?
Two reasons: To make lots of money, and to make it by doing what we love. We have one life; don’t waste it by living someone else’s dream.

Tell us about your designers/animators. Did they go into fine art or design schools? How do you pick them up?
Actually, most of our team members don’t have a degree in fine arts or design. Many of them weren’t even designers to start with! The fact that we’ve come this far speaks volumes for their raw talent and learning ability. That’s how we hire team members: their talent, attitude and willingness to learn.


Sujoy Roy: Interview with a Senior Creative Director

Sujoy joined advertising because it allowed him to go to work in his cargo shorts. He is convinced that Superman exists. Has a couple of imaginary friends. And echoes Christopher Nolan’s belief that an idea is the most resilient parasite in the world. 

11 years in the industry. 11 years at Ogilvy. 2 offices in India. And an expat stint at Ogilvy Sri Lanka has collectively increased his insatiable appetite for great work and ideas beyond boundaries. He has a Cannes lion and an Ad fest Gold along with credits at the London International Festival, Young Guns and World Press Awards. If he is on leave, you’ll find him fishing for talent as a visiting faculty at media institutes or creating curious Bong and Chinese concoctions at his father’s restaurant in Kolkata.

Why are you into Advertising?
Because I hate wearing a tie and absolutely despise formal trousers.

Did you attend school for fine art or design or Communications?
No. I learnt how to use alphabets to form words and sentences in school. And heading the Students Union as General Secretary of Presidency College, Kolkata, taught me everything I needed to know about management.

Tell us about your recent work campaign?
We have recently rolled out a campaign for Kwiknic, a nicotine gum from ITC and pulled off a charming poster on Hot Wheels.

Were there any particular role models for you when you grew up?
Yes. My dad is my hero. I have inherited his energy and passion. And my bosses Sumanto Chattopahyay and Zenobia Pithawalla are the reason why I have reached where I have. Without them I would have ended up as just another anonymous summer trainee at Ogilvy Mumbai.

Who was the most influential personality on your career in Advertising?
Piyush Pandey.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
By observing my 19-month-old son. He is the most creative person I know.

Tell us something about Ogilvy and Mather, Kolkata work environment.
Well, we’re a tight nucleus as a team. There are no cubicles. Its just one big floor full of loud and boisterous people jamming together to create meaningful work. And we hate to introduce ourselves as colleagues.

Tell us about your first job in Advertising.
I started with Ogilvy Mumbai. When the office was at Lower Parel. It was that Alice in Wonderland feeling. Distinct. Heady. And mind-boggling. I mean, Piyush Pandey walking up and down the isles of the Creative Department. That rabbit hole was the most colourful one I have ever seen.

What do you think of the state of Print advertising right now? At least here in India, the released work is most often too sad.
Good print advertising still works like magic. You just need to change the lens on it. I think the static work on the web is very similar to print advertising. Print, I guess, is evolving.

Do you think brands whose advertising wins awards, do well in the market?
Ab-so-lute-ly. Advertising that’s effective is creative. Look at Dove ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ and Dumb ways to die.

What advice do you have for aspiring creative professionals?
Build a book that you’d like to place next to you in your grave.

Your dream project?
I would love to write an animation film for my son and get Pixar to do it.

Your upcoming campaigns, if you can talk about it 🙂
That wouldn’t be wise, right?

Who would you like to take out for dinner?
My wife, Sharmishtha. I can’t remember the last time we went out for dinner. We are the proud parents of a toddler, you see.

What’s on your iPod?
I don’t own one.

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Merry Men : Agency Profile

Merry Men is a media neutral creative agency that loves audacious ideas,  challenging the status quo, and of course being merry. We bring together the best of what a traditional and a digital agency have to offer – loads of experience, passion for ideas, a sound understanding of building brands, and youthfulness. We also pride ourselves on our strong ethics. For example we never test any of our concepts on animals because it would piss off our co-founder- Wagger, the in-house dog.

What made you start Merry Men?
When I saw the kind of integrated work that was happening abroad, where brands were taking ideas seamlessly across media and changing the rules, it made me want to do the same for brands in India. Basically a desire to create an agency that could be and act as a media-neutral solutions partner to brands.

Tell us about your Art Professionals. Did they go into fine art or design schools? How do you pick them up?
Actually we have never cared too much about art schools. A lot of agencies only pick art graduates but at Merry Men we look for nimbleness, flexibility and of course a good design sensibility/ taste. In fact almost all our art people have been from a non-art background. Our last art director was a trained pilot, and one of the guys in the current team actually came for a copywriting interview.


Sumedha Sah : Interview with an illustrator

Sumedha Sah is a self taught artist and illustrator and hails from the beautiful hill station of Nainital. Having completed her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from MIT Manipal, She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture from CEPT University in Ahmedabad. Her artwork is inspired by mundane life experiences, her travels and her innate love for nature. She enjoys spending time with her pets, 3 dogs and a cat. As well as travelling to the unexplored parts of the world.

Some of her clients include, The National Geographic Traveller Magazine India, TED x India and Full Circle Publishing based out of Delhi.

Why are you an Illustrator?
I draw because it gives me immense joy. I draw for this simple reason everyday. With a sketchbook and a box of travel watercolours, I doodle and create. I find inspiration in the happenings of everyday. I strongly believe in the simple joys and know that many of our lives go by, doing things for the head rather than the heart. My sketchbooks are a way to document my life and record the thoughts that cloud my mind on certain days. On others they are a mirror to what I feel.


TOI Literary Carnival by AdSyndicate

Advertising Agency: Adsyndicate Services Pvt. Ltd.
Advert title(s): TOI Literary Carnival: Booklovers
Creative Directors: Vinay Saya, Utkal Mohanty, Anand Venkatram
Art Director: Vinay Saya
Copywriters: Utkal Mohanty, Anand Venkatram
Photographer: Deepak Vijay

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Bodhisatwa : Interview with a Creative Director

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Bodhisatwa Dagupta is a Creative Director, Grey worldwide, Delhi, at the time this interview published.

Bodhisatwa, or Bodhi as he is fondly known in the advertising circus is an obsessive, compulsive writer. When he’s not writing ads for a target audience he hasn’t met, he’s writing the first line of books that he won’t write. And when he’s not writing that, he’s writing about irrelevant things that have no implication in the macrocosm of things. Bodhi hates long words. Like obituary. And when the time is ripe, he’ll write his own, thank you very much.

Why are you into advertising?
Strangely enough, because I like the word ‘fuck’. I’ll explain. When I was a kid, perhaps 6-7 years or so, I used to see these hot shot advertising executives waltz into my place to have meetings with my dad (who, because he was in PR) had to deal closely with them. They looked really cool – long cigarettes dangling dangerously from their lips, drinking at odd hours, and using the word ‘fuck’ freely. I wanted to be like that. I wanted to be cool. And so at the age of 7, I made up my mind that I’d like to be in advertising.

The reason I stayed in advertising, years later, inspite of finding out that contrary to popular beliefe, it is not cool at all, is simply because I don’t think I can do anything else.


Revati Gangal : Painter


Revati Gangal  grew up in Mumbai and earned her Master’s in Fine Arts (specialising in portraiture) from the prestigious Sir J.J. School of Art. She currently lives in Bengaluru after spending a few years in Dubai. Besides India, her paintings have been displayed at art galleries across the world’s major cities including Paris, London, Brussels, Dubai, Muscat, Doha and Manama. In the past, Revati has also worked as a set/graphic designer and has been a lecturer of visual art at the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.

 “My paintings are based on my daily experiences; I seek to interpret the human and objective form through the emotional and visual ‘patterns’ associated with it. The inspiration to paint is triggered by visual patterns, unique compositions and/or by interesting narratives of thought. I find the various colour transformations and the play of visual permutations of patterns quite interesting,” Revati says.

Why are you a Painter?
Right from my childhood I realized that I loved to express my mind and heart only through one medium that was painting. Ever since then I channelized my journey to be a professional in it. The passion that drives me to paint has not been affected or deviated at any point of time since then. Hence I cannot see myself doing anything else besides painting.


Nitin Patel : Photography

Why are you a photographer?
Because I think that is the only thing I am good at.

Do you remember any decisive moment when you felt ‘I want to be a photographer’?
Not really, But few things I had In my mind very clear when I started thinking about What I want to do in Life & for my Living,
Rather sitting at one place for the whole day it’s better to explore world around you.
According to me, observing things is much better then to read, write or listen in LIFE.
Work when you want to, not like you have to.