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03.05.2017

dayDream is a sliver of a shop, sidling up to Kala Ghoda Café and under Nicobar, fitting right into the block’s aesthetic with its pewter grey color and hipster lettering, but reader, we are rudely awoken as soon as we enter the grilled gate.

A step up from Archie’s Gallery (but not by much), dayDream is offers a huge variety of calendar-arty prints from renowned fashion photographer Prasad Naik and his merry band of cohorts, including a portrait of a zebra that was drawn by an 11-year-old.

Even more juvenile are posters exhorting you to “Own Who You Are!” and “Look Here!” and “Enjoy Your Li(f)e,” interspersed by moody, clichéd street shots taken in Prague and Paris, Tokyo and Greece.

The portraits are better, a more fitting tribute to Prasad Naik’s skill as a major photographer: see for instance a spectacularly languid shot of sunbathers on a faraway beach, dotted in primary colours and poured over with light; and a menacing, grainy photo strewn with static-y TV sets and a skinny model standing with her head in a lamp.

At Rs 2,500 a pop (without frame), these would make a good gift for your nephew who’s going off to college, or as a housewarming present for a colleague. We just wish there weren’t so many that made us want to hit the snooze button.  

Getting there: dayDream, Ropewalk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort. 

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