Pictures and Styling by Akanksha Pandey. Assisted by Sarah Rajkotwala, Aishwaryashree. Lucknow Manufacturing by Saurabh Singh
AKANKSHA PANDEY, 31
“I used to be born in Lucknow, however my options are North-Japanese. A way that you simply don’t belong nor slot in will be each liberating and draining.
I grew up in an setting the place the thought of enjoyable was gendered. Women weren’t inspired to precise themselves individualistically. A few of us wouldn’t conform to the systemic conditioning and tried to interrupt freed from gender roles: we rebelled by studying how one can journey a bike, doing issues on our personal, pursuing untraditional pursuits and profession selections. That first smoke, hanging out with boys, befriending people with various spiritual identities. Primarily chasing a way of freedom, we had been determinedly unprejudiced in our lifestyle. Via this shoot, I have a look at how younger Lucknowites are unlearning internalised misogyny and redrawing the traces of socio-economic hierarchies whereas rejecting outdated traditions.”