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Design is something that keeps evolving, and it is challenging for designers to define a style in a rigid manner. As we evolve as people, our sensibilities and approach to design keep evolving.

Noor Anand Chawla



It is rare for one so young to make a mark so quickly in their chosen profession. Yet, Saniya Kantawala, Lead Designer at Saniya Kantawala Design (SKD), has managed to do so. Her interior design firm was established in 2014, and in this short period, she has completed nearly 70 projects, including popular restaurants, cafes, and bars in India and the UAE. Kantawala’s clientele includes restaurateurs and industrialists like D Y Patil, Vinod Nowal, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and his son Aditya Thackeray. This dense portfolio of hospitality, residential, retail, and commercial spaces has brought numerous national and international accolades for her. She joins The Daily Guardian for a candid chat about her practice. Excerpts from an edited interview.

Saniya KantawalaBSE by Saniya Kantawala Design, SKD.

Q. Why did you choose a career in interior design?

A. I am from a family of chartered accountants and lawyers and was studying to become a chartered accountant myself. One day, I saw a friend of mine who was studying interior design navigate through Autocad and 3Ds Max as she worked on her assignment. I was very inspired and thoroughly enjoyed how this field allowed the use of both the left and right sides of the brain. I was intrigued by this, so I began an internship with Ashiesh Shah for two years, and then I finally pursued a degree in interior design. Even as I studied design, I worked with ABIL. So, before I even began my first project, I had 4-5 years of experience that equipped me with the right skills and attitude to take on interior design as a profession.

Q. What was your brand’s initial design vision and has that vision changed over time?

A. Design is something that keeps evolving, and it is challenging for designers to define a style in a rigid manner. As we evolve as people, our sensibilities and approach to design keep evolving. My firm has a narrative-based approach to design for every project. Having said that, we are always growing as a practise and getting sharper at dealing with contractors and clients. When we began our practice, we were too naive to have a mature vision. However, with time, it has become more defined.

Q. Please tell us about your most popular projects.

A. We have worked on an array of projects. Some of the most notable ones include D.Y. Patil’s residence, measuring about 20,000 sq. ft., which is located in Worli. Another exciting project we have worked on is the ‘Oye Kake’ restaurant, where we created a space where the design eventually became the so-called ‘X factor’ of the restaurant, making it a popular destination. This project led to future collaborations as well.

Q. What have been the biggest challenges you have faced so far?

A. Our industry is structured in a way that all our work is interconnected, so if one person fails, the entire project fails. This has happened in the past, and more often than not, the blame is put on the designer, which can be quite a challenge to deal with. Our approach is to fix these shortcomings whenever they come our way.

Q. Is it easier or more difficult to focus on hospitality brands? Why did you choose to specialise in this niche?

A. We didn’t choose to specialise in the hospitality niche per se. Our path was carved out as we worked on a project and kept getting referrals from one project to the next. I enjoy working on hospitality projects for two reasons: it allows us to experiment more as there are fewer people involved, and the turnaround time is quicker as most hospitality spaces are on rent.

Q. How did the pandemic affect your design practice? Have you seen a change in people’s mindsets and their demands?

A. The pandemic worked in our favour as people started to understand the value of a well-designed home. With the fall in prices, people started buying more houses and also renovating them, and this helped the entire industry in general. Though the demand or vision of the clients for their homes hasn’t changed much, people have started looking at their homes as more than just homes—they are also offices and workout areas, among other things. Additionally, the communication we have with our clients has evolved. Before the pandemic, we would meet clients for every decision—big or small. Now, clients are open to making small decisions digitally. Therefore, we have been able to optimise communications and have been conducting work globally from our office.

Q. How do you stay true to your design aesthetic while also incorporating trends into your practice?

A. Our designs are narrative-based, and I love to approach projects by focusing on a few design elements instead of overdoing and cluttering the space. However, every client is different, and if a client prefers a maximalist space, we create that for them. We don’t blindly incorporate trends; we study trends, do market research, and integrate the learning into our design. Even though I enjoy creating spaces located in a specific period, I aspire to make every project timeless, and I strive to achieve this balance with every project.

Noor Anand Chawla pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog,

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What Church Religion Is Non-Denominational?



The first that comes to your mind regarding non-denominational churches is their existence. It is because everything starts at a certain point. The need for it is the crux of it happening. However, at the same time, other questions that may pop up in your mind are associated with a belief system, religious practices, and their growth. In this blog, you are about to take a deeper dive and find out the answers to most of these questions. 

What is a Non-Denominational Church? 

Before answering the other questions listed above. We would like to start from the start – what is a non-denominational church? Well, these are not self-affiliated traditional churches. Instead, these happen to possess lenient or not conservative practices of Christianity. Denominational churches are the opposite of non-denominational ones and follow strict rules and practices. On the other hand, non-denominational churches are established by communities or pastors. They follow a unique approach. When it comes to the belief system, interestingly, non-denominational churches have many similarities to protestant churches. For example, denominational churches follow the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal Bible as well as Protestant Reformation. Some of these concepts and practices are followed by non-denominational churches as well. 

Growth & Stability of Contemporary Non-Denominational Churches 

By far this side of Christianity is growing like fire in the woods. We can say that this kind of research is carried out. In 1990 there were approximately 200,000 non-denominational members. Later in 2008, the number of non-denominational members scaled up to 8 million. 

The Bible in non-denominational Christianity is treated like Holy Scripture. But at the same time, it is not taken as the means of setting customs or rituals. Modern churches have more space in terms of permitting to adopt a Christian’s point of view. For example, when it comes to denominations’ immersion in social concerns and practicality or matters, favor goes to political biases. That’s the reason why non-denominational Christians left all those churches that foiled politics in social matters. 

Last Words: What Church Religion Is Non-Denominational?

To know the accurate answer, you must know the following types of independent churches along with some free organizations. 

Type #1: Self-Governing Christian Churches

These churches are similar to the protestant churches. However, the use of a musical instrument in worship services plays a dominant role. The support of these churches is typically towards and for main teachings that come from the Restoration Era and its Movement. The crux of these churches focuses on obedience to Jesus Christ. 

Type #2: Churches of the Christ

The essence of faith straightforwardly comes from the Scripture, Bible. In this church, even adult members are baptized. Church elders are the ones who take care of congregations. Participation in the communion service or the weekly Eucharist is part of “Churches of the Christ”. 

Type #3: Hope Haven 

This is a non-denominational organization for Christians. At Hope Haven, you get to see people or members helping each other. This church was founded in the year 1964 in Iowa. The main aim of this church is to help and assist disabled members.

To say whether the non-denominational church is a part of the Protestant church or not is quite shaky!  

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Drishyam Films unveiled the ‘SIYA’ teaser




Drishyam Films on Wednesday unveiled the teaser of their upcoming movie ‘SIYA’.

Taking to Instagram, Drishyam Films dropped and trailer and said, “Will she get justice? Watch #Siya’s story unfolds on 16.09.2022. #SearchForJustice.”

“SIYA isn’t just a film but a movement. It’s a voice that will resonate with victims who’ve endured unimaginable emotional, physical, and mental pain. While the film is based out of the heartland of India, much like most of our films, it speaks to a global audience,” film director Manish Mundra said.

Meanwhile, the movie ‘SIYA’ stars Pooja Pandey and Vineet Kumar Singh and will be seen in new avatars.

Earlier actor Vineet said, “It takes a great deal of skill to walk the fine line between entertainment and impactful messaging. Drishyam Films takes a leap of faith here and aims to do just that with SIYA. The film is power-packed, hard-hitting, and one that commands your attention.”

“As a woman, this narrative to me felt like an important one. It’s a story that deserves to be told and one that echoes the sentiments of countless victims,” Pooja said.

Moreover, the movie ‘SIYA’ evolves around the story of a small-town girl who is against all odds. The girls fight for justice and start a movement against the vicious patriarchal system.

However, the movie ‘SIYA’ is produced by Drishyam Films and is scheduled to release on 16 September 2022.

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Raju Srivastav’s health deteriorating, still on ventilator



Raju Srivastava

The condition of comedian Raju Srivastava, who is still unconscious and on life support in the ICU, is reportedly critical.

Raju Srivastava’s condition has got worse, according to the doctors, and he is still in a serious condition.

He was stated to be reacting well, showing a modest improvement in his health, and showing some signs of being able to move his bodily parts.

On August 10, the 58-year-old well-known comedian underwent a cardiac arrest and was subsequently admitted to the AIIMS in Delhi.

According to reports, he was complaining of chest problems while running on the treadmill. On the same day, he had also had an anangioplast.

On Friday, Raju Srivastava’s family released a statement claiming that he is in stable condition and pleading with his followers to disregard rumours and false information concerning his health.

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Hailey Bieber talks about the challanges of married life amid health struggles



Hailey and Justin

It has been four years since Hailey Bieber’s marriage to Justin Bieber, but she claims marriage is challenging.

The creator of “Rhode,” who was just 21 years old when she wed the singer of “Yummy,” opens up about their successes and setbacks in a cover story for Harper’s BAZAAR’s September ICONS issue.

She stated in a magzine, “I just think life is changing all the time… I think a perfect example of that is that over the last six months, both of us have gone through very serious health issues. You have to figure out how to deal with this s—t as it comes, you know? There’s a reason they say ‘for better or for worse.’

The now 25-year-old is referring to the fact that her husband’s face was partially paralysed as a result of being diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome earlier this year. Hailey had a little blood clot in her brain months before, which affected her speech.

According to reports, Hailey claims that despite their turbulent relationship last year, she and Justin worked hard to make it work.

“He’s still the person that I want to be rushing back to,” she explained. “I might fly somewhere and go do a job, but I can’t wait to come back and hang out. And I feel like that’s because of the effort that’s been put in on both sides.”

For the uninitiated, the adored couple had dated for a brief period from December 2015 to January 2016 before breaking up. They later reconciled in June 2018 after Justin ended his relationship with singer Selena Gomez, his longtime girlfriend.

Hailey and Justin announced their engagement in July 2018 and their marriage in November 2018. In front of their family and friends, they exchanged vows in 2019.

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Former VP Venkaiah Naidu praises movie ‘Sita Raman’, calls it a must-watch movie



Venkaiah Naidu

Former Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu praised the movie ‘Sita Raman’ and called it a must-watch movie for everyone.

“Watched the movie “Sitaram”. With the coordination of the actors and the technical departments, a beautiful scene has unfolded. Unlike a simple love story, with a heroic soldier background added to it, this film unleashes a range of emotions and is a must-watch for everyone,” Naidu tweeted.

Naidu further said, “Seetharam” gave me the feeling of watching a good movie after a long time. Congratulations to the film team including Director Mr. Hanu Raghavapudi, Producer Mr. Ashwinidat, and Swapna Movie Makers for discovering the beauty of nature that is soothing to the eyes without the sounds of war.”

The movie stars Dulquer Salmaan, Rashmika Mandanna, and Mrunal Thakur and is directed by Hanu Raghavapudi. The movie was released on 5 August 2022.

Thanking Former Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu Dulquer tweeted, “Heartfelt gratitude sir!!!” Meanwhile, movie actress Mrunal wrote, “Thank you so much Sir” and Director also replied and said, “Thank you very much, sir.”

Moreover, the movie ‘Sita Raman’ is a period love story film, set in the 1960s. The movie evolves the journey of Lieutenant Ram who sets on a journey to find his love Sita Mahalakshmi.

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Actor Shefali Shah tests positive for COVID-19 on 17 August



Shefali Shah

Bollywood actor Shefali Shah has been tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Recently Shah was seen in the movie ‘Darlings’ along with Gangubai actor Alia Bhatt.

Taking to Instagram Shefali said, “I have tested positive for COVID-19. Have immediately isolated myself and will be under home quarantine. I am following all safety products under home quarantine. I am following all safety protocols under the advice of my doctors. Requesting everyone who came in contact with me to get tested immediately too.”

Meanwhile, several fans and well-wishers flooded the social media post’s comment section and wished her a speedy recovery. Actors like Achint Kaur, Saba Pataudi, and Gurpreet Kaur Chadha also wished speedy recovery messages.

Moreover, Shefali will be next seen in ‘Delhi Crime Season 2’ which will release on Netflix on 28 August. However, ‘Doctor G’ will release on 3 December.

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