It was only back in April [Baisakh] this year that Malvika Subba took up the role as an editor of the growing magazine Navyaata. However after just seven issues Malvika has decided to say goodbye to the magazine. It was a simple facebook status that did the rounds and news was out that the former beauty queen and rising entrepreneur had called it quits. When I quizzed Malvika regarding her experience at Navyaata and what could possibly have led her to bid farewell this is what she to say. In her own words:
“The experience with Navyaata was challenging, life changing, very hard but exciting at the same time. I introduced the Next Big Thing section, and had the idea of adding a lot of interviews with more people perspective. I can never forget the high that I felt when I held the first issue of mine with the dual cover with Sadichha Shrestha and Paras Khadka. Another high moment was doing the Mens Special with more than 9 men, under one roof, shooting constantly in one day. The other favorite issue is the one about homosexuality and the punk look with Jasmi and Suzeeta. I thought both their looks would be perfect for the shoot- Sexy and edgy at the same time. We took fashion to the next level with that issue , and the write up on homosexuality was much appreciated.
But my work with my own company HAA, was picking up fast, and I could not give much time at all. Eventually I had to choose, and Navyaata had its own plan of being a fashion magazine more than lifestyle, which was not how I envisioned it. So I left before things would get out of hand , and there would be bitterness in all that chaos.
I havent shut out the idea of working in a magazine at all. But only with the right minded team and professional people. And my work with media will continue just the way it has.”
On the other front, House of Alternative Apparel is indeed picking up fast as clothing from the HAA brand can also be found in Pokhara! Word is that Dharan will be the next city to start selling clothes from the HAA line. Moreover, 2012 will see the release of Malvika Subba’s Goodbye Kathmandu which has been directed by Nabin Subba [Numafung]. Though she’s one less a responsibility, looks like her plate is still full; as always.
I certainly am sad to see her leave, nonetheless all the best for everything ahead.
|The First Issue with Malvika|
|Jasmi Gurung and Suzeeta Gurung from the Homosexuality Issue|