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 […]

Sameer Raichur is an alumnus of National Law University, Jodhpur and a former Associate at Trilegal. In this interview with Bar & Bench, he takes us on a journey from his days as a corporate lawyer to discovering the artist within. Bar & Bench: Why law? Sameer Raichur: Mostly for a lack of options. I think back then, getting into a law school was a lot easier than it is these days. Nowadays, people look up to graduates from National Law Universities. I wanted to do engineering when I was in the 10th standard, but afterwards, I lost interest in […]

Miss Llaneous, Ekthi Kapoor and Caller Naina are some names you may know her better by. Nidhi Bisht is an Associate Creative Head and actor at the hugely popular YouTube channel, The Viral Fever Videos. In this interview with Bar & Bench, Nidhi, a former litigating lawyer at the Delhi High Court, talks about shifting careers, making people laugh and the fallout of the AIB roast. Having completed her legal education at Jamia Millia Islamia’s Faculty of Law, Nidhi Bisht joined IPR firm Singh & Singh at Delhi. As is often the case, parental pressure led her to pursue law […]

Nupur Joshi Thanks is a former corporate lawyer who has worked with two of India’s top law firms. In this e-mail interview, she talks about shifting careers, the idea behind her new venture Paper Planes, and the immutable quality of print media. Bar & Bench: What drew you to law? Nupur Joshi Thanks: A choice by elimination led me to law. I was encouraged to take up a professional line of work by my family. So between Engineering, Medicine and Law – the choice was easy, given that I was really bad with numbers and my handwriting was too good! […]

“I can sense a certain amount of disbelief”, she bluntly declares a few minutes into the conversation and one is forced to wonder whether she can read minds. A few seconds of an awkward pause are followed by fairly amateur attempts at denial and deflection. Somehow, the questions and answers resume their course, the “disbelief” desperately toned down. Over the next few exchanges, this “disbelief” gradually changes, shifting and sliding into the curious. After close to a decade in the legal industry, Ruchika Sukh gave up a job at Johnson & Johnson to become a full-time hypnotherapist. Over the course […]

Sumant Batra started his legal practice in Chandigarh in the early 1990’s. Looking to build his practice, he shifted to Delhi where he founded Kesar Dass B & Associates. After specialising in insolvency and corporate regulations, Batra was eventually elected as the President of INSOL International, the first Asian to occupy the post. Roughly fifteen months ago, Batra launched Te Aroha, a hotel in Dhanachuli, Uttrakhand. In this interview with Bar & Bench, Batra speaks about his career, building a law firm and what drove him to open a hotel. Bar & Bench: Born in Hissar, Haryana, you graduated from […]

Piya Bose graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences in 2006. A few months after working in a corporate law firm, she founded “Girls on the Go” (GOTG), a travel company specialising in tours for women. In this interview, she tells Bar & Bench about her love for travel, why there is plenty of space in the travel industry for her company and how becoming an entrepreneur is sometimes just about not thinking too much. Piya Bose graduated from the National University of Juridical Sciences in 2006. A few months after working in a corporate law firm, she founded […]

“Oh just ignore him”, she nonchalantly tells me, with a dismissive shake of her hand. Unfortunately for me, the “him” refers to Zulu, a gigantic Tibetan mastiff who has taken an undue interest in my elbow. When I say gigantic, I am not exaggerating – the local villagers refer to Zulu (and his friend Pasha) as karadigallu or “bears”. She resumes her narration while Zulu continues to sniff and prod at my elbow. I think I hear a soft growl every now and then. I smile weakly. This might be a bit of a tricky interview. by Anuj Agrawal   […]

Sandhya Gorthi, law graduate and entreprenuer, has worked in theatre, radio, e-commerce and corporate training before setting up the Bombay branch of “The Shop”. In 2011, she started her very own store, “Sanctum” in Bandra, Bombay. In this interview, she tells Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal about the highs of entrepreneurship, being blacklisted by the Confederation of Soccer Moms and why law school was such an integral part of her life. Sandhya Gorthi, law graduate and entreprenuer, has worked in theatre, radio, e-commerce and corporate training before setting up the Bombay branch of “The Shop”. In 2011, she started her […]

Shinam Seth, a graduate of Government Law College-Mumbai, worked in the chambers of Harish Salve for three years before obtaining a Masters in Law from King's College, London. Post graduation, Shinam returned to India and began working with Trilegal before taking a sabbatical from the legal profession. It was during this time that she founded "The Yellow Polka" a shop dedicated to shoes. In this interview with Anuj Agrawal, Shinam talks about the challenges of being an entrepreneur, her love for law and how she wishes she had 48-hour days.   Bar & Bench: A shoe designer? An entrepreneur? A […]

Tarun Mehrishi graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2006. After working in Trilegal and Luthra & Luthra, Tarun moved to Infinity Optimal Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company “dedicated towards building and managing world class talent, infrastructure and content”. Tarun spoke to Bar & Bench‘s Anuj Agrawal on the what it takes to market non-cricketing athletes, what a typical workday is like and whether he is the Indian Jerry Maguire. .  Tarun Mehrishi graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2006. After working in Trilegal and Luthra & Luthra, Tarun moved to […]

After seven years as corporate lawyer, Pallavi Rohatgi returned to India and set up a production unit for independent, short-films in the country. Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal spoke to the ILS graduate (Class of ’02) on life as a New York lawyer, film school and how the skills picked up in a law firm can help make you a better producer. After seven years as corporate lawyer, Pallavi Rohatgi returned to India and set up a production unit for independent, short-films in the country. Bar & Bench’s Anuj Agrawal spoke to the ILS graduate (Class of ’02) on life […]

Satyajit Sarna, law graduate (NLS ’08) and author speaks about life as a lawyer by day and writer by night, his love for books and why anyone would go through the painful experience of writing a book. by Satyajit Sarna   As children, some of us are given books, and some of us are given to books. I was one of the latter, bespectacled from an early age, full of second-hand learning, the sort of kid who rushes home so that he can read face-down on his bed, with a head full of lurid fantasy and science fiction. It’s probably […]

I am an advanced doctorate student in sociology at Stanford University where I study and teach inequality and social mobility in the global organizational context. I wasn’t, as you might have guessed, always a sociologist. In fact, I did not know I wanted to train in sociology until a few years ago. And when B&B asked me to contribute to this column, my first thought was I did not have a career yet to be able to look back and share a story about how I got here. What career advice could you possibly want from a perennial graduate student? As […]

With a blend of Jazz, Blues and Acoustic Folk, John Daniel is a Singer-Songwriter and Acoustic Guitarist based in Bangalore, India. He has been playing the guitar and singing from the age of 13 and wrote his first song when he was 15. The NLSIU graduate (Class of ’05), also teaches music in various IT Companies in Bangalore as well as in his house.  John has gigged all across Bangalore and also played at shows in Pondicherry, Kolkata and Shillong. He is currently in the midst of recording his debut album. In this e-mail interview with Associate Editor Anuj Agrawal, John […]

  Vinay Aravind graduated from NLSIU, Bangalore in 2004, after which he worked as a corporate lawyer in Bombay, Gurgaon and Chennai. After seven years in the profession, he switched careers to become a professional photographer. In this conversation with Associate Editor Anuj Agrawal, Vinay talks about what got him to change jobs, his love for photography and how he gets people to feel comfortable under the camera.     Bar & Bench: So you graduated from NLS in? And from there on, where all did you work? Vinay Aravind: I graduated from NLS in 2004, worked at Ernst & […]

In this article we get Shravya Reddy, a climate solutions analyst, to talk about what it means to be an environmental advocate, the way in which law school affected her career choices and why you should not be afraid to separate from the herd. By Shravya Reddy   In this article we get Shravya Reddy, a climate solutions analyst, to talk about what it means to be an environmental advocate, the way in which law school affected her career choices and why you should not be afraid to separate from the herd.   My first reaction when approached by Bar […]

Given the simmering tension between the media and the legal fraternity,  the third installement in the “Working Title” series could not be more apt. In this piece, we get ex-AMSS associate and journalism student at Columbia, Suhrith Parthasarathy to talk on his decision to leave law, the joys of journalism and the perils of shifting careers. by Suhrith Parthasarathy Given the simmering tension between the media and the legal fraternity, we thought the third installement of the “Working Title” series would make an interesting read. In this piece, we get ex-AMSS associate and journalism student at Columbia, Suhrith Parthasarathy to […]

In the second article in the Working Title series, we get NLS graduate Shruti Viswanathan to tell us about life as a food reviewer, the pros and cons of having a healthy appetite and the advantages of living a dream in a “36 inch black and white column”.  By Shruti Viswanathan I have been a foodie for as long as I can remember. And to a large extent, I think Enid Blyton is to blame. My early literary diet consisted of The Five Find Outers, Malory Towers, Secret Seven and the like. While I loved the books, what really got me hooked […]

Shreya Rao In the first article under the Working Title series, we get Harvard graduate Shreya Rao to discuss the pros and cons of teaching in  a law school, whether it is a feasible option while simultaneously working at a corporate law firm and why teaching should get a lot more attention than it currently does. “Love” doesn’t seem to get half as much priority as it should in work related decisions, which may explain the widespread homogenisation of professional choice. This is why I’m thrilled about this series Bar and Bench is putting together on people who’ve pursued their interests and […]

In keeping with the tradition of bringing to you some of the most interesting articles in the legal world, Bar & Bench is starting a new series of columns called “Working Title”. Working Title is a series of columns written by law graduates who are doing something out of the ordinary. It is the stories of lawyers who have opted to tread the path less travelled upon, their experiences and their reflections. So we have writers who have chosen to teach, to become musicians, to write about food and to study journalism. Working Title seeks to draw out stories from […]