ANANDITA BHISNOI AND SONAM MALHOTRA
As best friends from the age of three, the one certainty in Sonam and Anandita’s relationship is that they complete each other’s sentences and refute each other’s stories. Everything else is a fun, hotch-potch mixture of their completely opposite personalities. Even today, their tabla teacher’s analysis from when they were 7-yearsold, and sat on his knees, holds true. Says Sonam, “I was the chatterbox and the nautanki and Anandita was the mature one who didn’t talk a lot. The ‘innocent girl’.”
However, they do feel that there is an invisible umbilical chord that strengthened their relationship through the many different phases of life. Living for almost two decades in the same neighbourhood, taking the same car pool, then school bus, and being in each other’s homes every single day for almost two decades can make you an expert on every little nuance in your BFF’S expression, tone and mood. But a friend in need is a friend indeed. Remembering a time when Anandita was going through a particularly reclusive phase, Sonam complains about how stubborn and stuck-in-a-rut her best friend can get. “I love Andy for being the most honest and genuine person I know. She’ll never judge me and shares every emotion with me. But she can just be so stubborn sometimes,” says Sonam. “When I’m stubborn, Sonam is pushy and that leads to a vicious cycle. Sometimes, when I don’t want to go out, Sonam just won’t stop calling.” Yet, their arguments stop when it comes to intuitively buying exactly the same clothes while shopping separately, or the collective crushes they had as kids. “Now, luckily, we just don’t like the same kind of guys,” says Anandita.
Anandita (left) is wearing a top, Giovani; belt, Kazo; paperbag shorts, Pret; necklace and pearl bracelet, both Amrapali; stone ring, Amethyst. Sonam (right) is wearing a cardigan, Debenhams; necklace, Accessorize; link chain, Next; ring, Amethyst Hair & Make-up: Mehak Vallecha; Styling: Odette Syiam; Assisted by: Seher Mustafa; Location: Forgetful Elephant, GK 1,