"I’m not usually very enthusiastic about jewellery, I’ve always been attracted to the signature Cartier love band. Not just because it’s a heritage, luxury brand like Cartier. The simplicity and versatility of the love band says that true love is deep and pure, and best expressed in the ‘less is more language.’ Well, according to every Daddy Dearest, no man in the world is quite as good enough for his daughter, and my own Daddy Dearest is no exception! My father knew I’ve been harbouring a secret wish to receive this ring, so he surprised me with it on my birthday in 2018. He pulled my leg about it in the most creative way. At midnight, when we were bringing in my birthday, he got my siblings to give me a printout of the ring, saying, “you can tell Palak that’s all she’s getting!”
But, the next day, we got the ring after all. I even got it engraved with the date - 4.8.18. It may have been 2018, but it was a gift for life, from my father, ‘my first love.’
I wear this ring every day. It’s a symbol of my father’s unconditional love; his unflinching, ceaseless generosity of spirit; and his lighthearted sense of humour - all the qualities I would look for in a future partner.
These qualities of my father have empowered me to find my way in the world and to express my own creative vision within Ekaya. Thaan by Ekaya, as my first independent project, my baby, and the nerve centre of Ekaya’s signature textile engineering now, is testimony to that.
This ring also seems to mirror what I’m feeling. Sometimes, I see it as a protective talisman when my father is in Banaras and I’m in Delhi, or when I’m in India and he’s overseas. When I’m overwhelmed, it represents the essence of every piece of advice my father has ever given me. It reminds me that my father has always, always done whatever it takes to make my face light up in delight and happiness. More than anything else, this ring reminds me that my confidence and strength as a human being, my sense of fearlessness when it comes to spreading my wings and flying, is steeped in my father’s boundless love for me."