A little about me…

Nisha John


Hi, I am Nisha John, founder of Of Indian Origin. Born into an Indian Naval Family, I travelled and lived in various parts of India experiencing the various cultures on the way. On completion of my postgraduate degree in advertising and marketing, I joined advertising agencies like MAA Bozell and O&M where I worked with some of the best creative talents around.

In the year 2005 I moved to London, a melting pot of cultures where I am exposed to design styles from various countries. I noticed that the perception of Indian art and design was still ridden with clichés. Thus, Of Indian Origin was born, with the aim to showcase to the world what Indian design and art really look like today.

Launched in July 2010, Of Indian Origin received immense support and encouragement from the art and design world leading to the launch of the Shop Of Indian Origin . It was the first and only global curated resource and platform for creative products from artists and designers linked to India by body, mind or soul. With a strong curatorial approach, the products showcased and sold hoped to break clichés about Indian art and design and brings contemporary and unique offering to those who seek different, yet cool art and design products.

Unfortunately in 2013 the e-commerce site was brutally hacked. No harm came to any of our customer’s details, however the codes were badly damaged leading to taking the site offline. At the same time life had a different path laid out for me and I just did not have the time to revive the shop.

I have revived the blog though and continue to work on it whenever I can. I hope you enjoy your time here as much as I enjoy discovering and sharing the various creative work by such talented folks. Thank you for coming by and I hope to see you more often as Of Indian Origin continues to grow.

  74 comments for “A little about me…

  1. John Philipose
    July 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Hi Nisha, excellent work. The u Tube presentation’s too slow. Maybe you could edit it & make it faster. Carry on! Are you in touch with them??

    • July 20, 2010 at 9:58 am

      Thank you Daddy. Your words of encouragement really means a lot. The speed of the presentation is dependant on your internet speed, unfortunately there is nothing I can do to speed that up and yes, I am lucky enough to be in touch with these absolutely talented people.

  2. Safwan
    July 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Great job Nish, keep up the good work. 🙂

  3. Ashish
    July 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Cool Stuff!

  4. July 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Hey Nisha, Its great! Keep it coming…

  5. July 29, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Hello Nisha Ji.
    Very interesting blog – and the picture on this page too is very beautiful. My compliments to the little master and his father.
    Gorakh Nath.

  6. July 29, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Thank you Gorakh Nath Ji for coming by. It must have been a very long journey to London, but then again I guess spirits can appear anywhere with just a blink of an eye.

    Glad you found the blog interesting.Hope you will keep visiting.It is always nice to have positive spirits around!

  7. Sunayana
    July 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    This is just too good Nish… keep up the good work…Interesting stuff…

  8. July 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    hey Nisha..

    you started it recently !!!..
    i got an update frm linkin abt ur change in status “Active Blogger” & got to see your blog.. Really nice effort.. wld u like to do anything for the crafters frm india ?


    • July 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you Rajat….will chat with you for more information!

  9. John Philipose
    August 3, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Hi Nisha that’s fast work!

  10. Philip Pradeep
    August 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Hey !!! Fantastic job!!!! Im sure it took long hours of research and hard work to obtain such magnificence!!!! These artists are truly talented and deserve to be recognized globally!! Keep up the good work!! God bless!!

  11. Capt NS Rawat
    August 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Hello Nisha,
    Wonderful to be on your blog. I could have recogonised you as Gigi’s daughter anywhere in the world. You look just like your mother looked in 1993.
    Take care. All the best.

    • August 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

      Hello Uncle,

      Thank you very much: 1. for visiting my blog and 2. for the lovely compliment about me looking like my mum. It is very kind of you. Hope you enjoyed browsing the blog. Please do keep visiting.

      Love & regards,

  12. Gouri
    August 10, 2010 at 8:51 am


    this is awesome!!! congratulations!!!

  13. sushma pradeep
    August 11, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Nisha,
    Excellent work! Way to go girl! Keep it up!!!

  14. August 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Hey Nisha,
    nice to see the blog growing. Its a good resource for students also. Try to parallely tweet also. More ppl will join thn.

    • August 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you Saurabh for the suggestion… I have now logged ‘OfIndianOrigin’ on twitter. Not very sure how it works…so may take some time to figure it out.Thanks once again.

      Best regards,

  15. August 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I’m so glad you’ve started on this. Good work! Cheers! Anju

  16. Shy
    August 20, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Fultoo rocking che!!!

  17. Dollz Dhankher
    August 25, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Hey Nisha, Absolutely thrilling! Congrtulations, grt job!What an idea to focus on d Indian creative streak.Brilliant!Your bolg makes an intresting read!
    Good Luck

  18. Nitish
    August 26, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Always wonderful to see a creative person in my family tree…keep it up Nisha!! 🙂

  19. sonia
    September 9, 2010 at 5:49 am

    hey nish ,congrats excellent work,it makes good reading

  20. September 20, 2010 at 3:34 am

    A creative idea blossoming. Nice to read your thoughts

  21. Sherin Kuruvilla
    September 23, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Great blog Nisha!!!
    Its great to have a one stop for all these creative people with their talents and I’m glad that you’ve provided them a common platform.
    Also a good exposure to common people like us about the rich diversity of Indian culture and the fine artist and art India’s given to the world.
    Keep up the good work.

  22. Asif
    October 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Hey Nish..

    Absolutely Super!!
    Carry on the great work.. will be following this spot closely..

    All the best


  23. Jon
    October 15, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I happened to find a link from FB …loved your blog\!!!
    Will keep following

  24. GB
    October 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Hello Nisha, just came across your blog! LOVE it. I’ve already added you to my blog roll!!


  25. October 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Hi Nisha ji, you have really nice blog, I never thought that someone can create special blog for our Indian artists, really amazing! Keep it up! My best wishes are with you. 🙂

  26. Deepak Balasubramaniand
    October 26, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Hi Nisha, What can I say….the very thought is beautiful. Hope this website goes on to become a top class platform for artists to feature their work in !…like the ‘who’s who’ types. Impressed. Best wishes. Keep the beautiful content going. Revenue is bound to follow 😉

  27. Harsihta
    October 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Fabulous blog Nisha! Will be visiting very often. 🙂

  28. October 30, 2010 at 4:23 am


    I found this website., by sheer chance of luck! 🙂 i love what you do. It’s really nice to see such great talent coming up. Me being one of the upcoming illustrator/designer It’s really nice to see what my fellow country people are upto! 🙂

    Thank you, again!

  29. November 7, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Hi Nisha,

    Really wonderful site. Love the stuff you got out here. Keep it going!



  30. November 10, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Great thing u r doin !…i got to c many awesome works in here vch wud otherwise be unheard of ..
    Thanks !

  31. November 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I really loved your concept… I got to know about a lot many people from here… Your blog is sure an interesting read…

  32. Ambrish
    November 17, 2010 at 6:59 am

    May it grow from strength to strength. In the beginning some were out of bounds of my understanding but now i am enjoying it thoroughly. Good going Nish…

  33. November 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Absolutely brilliant site.
    Love it .
    Keep it going Nish .

  34. Atiya Amjad
    December 1, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Hey Nisha!
    Your bolg is a visual pleasure. Loved your pick. Will certainly keep in touch. warm regards atiya

  35. December 3, 2010 at 10:51 am


    excellent work . great website.
    do you remember calling me and talking?
    that time you were working on this website.
    great to see hw great it has turned out.
    very nice.


  36. December 9, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Nisha,
    Amazing work! I think it is a beautiful platform for many of us. I wish you all the best.. Keep up the hard work. cheers 🙂

  37. December 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Hi, really a nice initiative, came here via Abhishek Malsuni’s link…Really loved the site will be a regular visitor now on…



  38. January 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Awesome work Nish!! Guess it’s time to bring it home!! to India!
    Lemme know if u need any help………the quality of stuff is great, keep it going!

    • January 27, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Hi Karthik,

      Thanks for the kind words…. the products on the Shop Of Indian Origin is available worldwide…including India!!!…. and I might just take your word seriously on your offer to help (I definitely will require it for my upcoming projects) :))

  39. February 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

    hi nisha,

    great!!!!!!u r really wonderful…your website is fantastic, means under one roof so much to see and to know so many talented people around me…all of whose works are so different so new…I really love ‘something different’ type of style…

    hope to meet u some day…
    savita goyal

  40. March 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

    grt job nish…prd f ya:) this whole site’s gotta class abt it….keep it up:)

  41. April 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Nice collection of Indian talent …..very informative…thanks for the share..
    Best wishes..

    • May 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

      Glad you like it Naresh. Do keep visiting.


  42. Amritha
    May 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Nisha,

    This is absolutely fantastic. Its a wonder how i missed this earlier. Lovely work and very inspiring, I must say. Looks like you have a regular visitor now 🙂


    • May 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Hi Amritha,

      Thank you for your kind words. Glad you like the site. Keep visiting.


  43. aliasgar
    September 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    very nice

    • Nisha
      August 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Thank you Ali…sorry I seemed to have missed this comment before….do keep visiting x

  44. February 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    felt really nice to see a collection of mostly Indian art form. Beautiful
    India is a tremendously rich country in Arts…

    keep growing…

    • February 7, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Thanks Nimish…. do keep visiting 🙂

  45. Pradeep C A
    May 22, 2012 at 7:16 am


    Hearty congrats 1!! for creating an online store .. I am really very impressed with the presentation & the galaxy of products what you are offering.. Good luck to you

    • May 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Thank you Pradeep…. it is encouraging friends like you that spur me on… keep visiting x

  46. March 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Hi, Its a very nice concept. How is one featured on ofindianorigin?

    • Nisha John
      March 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      Hi Priyanka,

      Thank you for visiting. Please send in a mail with your work at nishjohn@gmail.com.


  47. April 2, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Dear Nisha,
    I came across this wonderful space of yours while searching for some art pictures. I am totally in love with the presentation, elegance and cleanliness of the page. I wish you all the very best while running up this beautiful blog, and request you to keep alive the art and traditions of India.

    • Nisha John
      April 3, 2013 at 5:00 am

      Hi Preeti,

      Thank you very much for the wonderful words. I try my best to expose the wonderful artists and designers linked to India. The blog is beautiful because of their work and encouraging words from readers like you.

      Please do keep visiting.


  48. Jimmy George
    May 8, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Great place Nisha..This is something I always wanted to see – arts, design, film at one place. Wish you all the best and applauses..



    • Nisha John
      May 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Hi Jimmy,

      Thanks very much for your wishes. Keep visiting.


  49. June 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Love your blog!

    • Nisha John
      October 15, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Thanks much …do keep visiting x

  50. April 4, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Love the site Nisha. Looking forward to reading more x

    • Nisha John
      July 4, 2014 at 6:06 am

      Thanks for visiting Tandy…. your site is lovely too.

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