Parama Ghosh is currently a Senior Associate at Kolkata-based law firm, AQUILAW. In February last year, she launched Parama, her very own brand of clothing and accessories. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, she talks about balancing both her interests, working for Kolkata’s top law firms and the decision to dedicate more time to her passion. Aditya AK: Why did you choose to do law? Parama Ghosh: Born to a family of four generations of lawyers, I joined the bandwagon. I remember when I had passed my Class XII board exams, I had voiced my desire to […]

A lawyer by education, and a fashionista by choice, Shreya Kalra redefines the limits of what an education helps you accomplish. Money, fame, name? Sure, but for the truly fortunate, an education helps overcome their fears to discover their true calling. Graduating from the School of Law at Christ University in Bangalore (with an interest in human rights law), Kalra is behind the For the Love of Fashion and Other Things blog, and has been featured in Cosmopolitan and Elle India.  In this e-mail interview with Bar & Bench’s Vasudha Misra, Kalra talks about her journey from law student to an expert in haute couture. Vasudha Misra: Tell […]

Bamboo Boat, a pan-Asian takeaway joint in Gurgaon is the brainchild of two law graduates, Prerna Kundalia and Yangchen Bhutia. Both are graduates of the National University of Juridical Sciences,  Prerna litigated in Delhi before deciding to start this venture. Yangchen, on the other hand, was preparing for the civil services when she decided to follow her passion for food. In this e-mail interview, the two talk about what got them to make the move, the utility of a law degree, and the dishes one should not miss when visiting Bamboo Boat. Bar & Bench: When did you decide to head this […]

Prashant Kalra is the Founder and Managing Director of Primo Privilege. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, the former Amarchand Mangaldas lawyer talks about his days at the erstwhile firm, switching professions and much more. Aditya AK: Why law? Prashant Kalra: I’ve always been a very argumentative person. As a kid in school, there were two things that I was extremely passionate about: music and debating. So in addition to playing guitar and drums for the school band, I joined the school’s debating team where I gained some confidence with public speaking. Obviously, at this stage, I had no […]

Hargur Jaggi is a founding Partner at Delhi-based law firm Luthra & Jaggi Advocates & Consultants. He also happens to be a mountaineering aficionado. And despite a congenital birth defect, he has proved doubters wrong by successfully completing a number of climbing expeditions. In this interview with Bar & Bench’s Aditya AK, Hargur Jaggi talks about his inspiring journey, his endeavour to train differently abled persons in mountain climbing, and more. Hailing from Punjab, Hargur Jaggi moved to Delhi in order to write the Civil Services Exam. In fact, the only reason he studied law at Campus Law Centre was to […]

Ekalavyas is a sports media and talent management enterprise which also runs www.ekalavyas.com, a website dedicated to Indian basketball news. Started by three National Law University, Jodhpur graduates, Ekalavyas aims to improve the state of sports in India in a holistic manner, apart from giving it the media coverage it deserves. In just two years, Ekalavyas has worked with an impressive list of clientele that includes the Basketball Federation of India, IMG-Reliance, NBA team Sacramento Kings, Maharashtra State Basketball Association and Universal Basketball Alliance of India (UBA), among others. Earlier this year, they were knowledge partners for a basketball documentary aired […]

Aqseer Tara graduated from the National Law School, Bangalore in 2012. Two years later, after a battle with depression, she enrolled in an M.A. course on Psychosocial Clinical Studies at Ambedkar University. Driven by a need to provide psychic healthcare to all, she started MirrorWork’s, an organisation dedicated towards making “contentment and creative expression accessible to all.”  MirrorWork’s offers “listening services”, with prices that start from rupees twenty. In an e-mail interview with Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal , Tara talks about how Aaina has been received, why she chose to offer these “listening services”, and more. (Excerpts) Anuj Agrawal: What is MirrorWork’s? […]

There’s barely an inch of empty space on the bedroom walls of Naveen Richard. As we have a chat in the company of his heroes, Richard’s natural propensity to make people laugh is pretty evident. Through the course of the interview, the Christ Law graduate-turned standup comic talks about taking the decision not to be a lawyer, the future of the comedy scene in India, and more. Bar & Bench: How were your law school days? Naveen Richard: In my first year at Christ, we had some pretty interesting professors. What is that subject that starts with a J? B&B: Jurisprudence? […]

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food” – GB Shaw Law is an all-consuming profession. Either you will fall in love with it or you will loathe it. It is easy to experience both these emotions in the field and practicing lawyers would tell you that once you are in it, there is no looking back. But how about looking outside? How would it feel to pause for a moment and think about those seemingly innocent dreams that one nurtured in college, which went beyond those thick law books and bulky briefs? While most lawyers would be […]

Over the last few years,  Working Title has chronicled the lives of law graduates who have dared to go against prevailing trends, and follow their dreams. These columns are proof that having a law degree does not necessarily mean you have to practice law. And yet, none of those we interviewed have regretted “losing” five years (or three) in the study of law. On the contrary, each of them believes that learning or practicing law has enriched them in some way. Below, we pick four of the most-read Working Title columns published so far. Shifting world-views and altered states: Ruchika Sukh […]