“A good picture is one that inspires change in the viewer, however small or big.”
Rhyma, often referred to as Ramesh(a well-established alias that is liberally used across the office!) is the in-house photographer and happy-pill of Repos. She could turn up wearing one of her signature shirts inside out, but she wouldn’t be caught dead without headphones in her ears! There’s a Spotify list on her phone for every mood imaginable, but what she exudes unfailingly is a mixed sense of chaos and calmness.
Rhyma told me how she started her photography journey at Repos.
“I wasn’t supposed to be doing this! I joined as a Creative Visual Designer which means that I was hired to work in graphics. I’m glad I was transferred to Audio Visuals!” Her face lights up with relief and contentment.
It is easy to see that her true passion is in photography. She tells me how she came to be transferred.
“There was this one day a couple of months after I had joined Repos when I skipped lunch and stayed at my table editing pictures. Later that day, I excitedly brought a pendrive of my work to show Aditi Ma’am. Perhaps she saw something in my work that I wasn’t quite ready to see! She showcased my work to the team and told me that I was going to be a part of the Audio Visuals team effective immediately!”
As someone whose ultimate dream in life is to be a documentary photographer, Rhyma wants to freeze moments in time that inspire positive change.
“I want to set a benchmark when it comes to photography that goes out of Repos. If and when my Repos journey ends, I want that benchmark to be breached because I want to see the company prosper the same way it allowed me to flourish and get ahead in my field.”
Every journey is paved with valuable lessons. Rhyma shares the biggest lesson that she learnt from the founders, Chetan and Aditi:
“I have come to believe in the policy of no complaints! The company and the founders provide a backbone for you to dream. While we do it, we have to be willing to fix our own flaws instead of complaining about them.”
Rhyma tells me that she sees the team at Repos as her family as she has been away from her actual family for years. “I am used to independence but it is nice to have someone to fall back on at all times. Repos provides me with a sense of security.”
Somedays, Rhyma Hussain single-handedly lifts the moods of her colleagues by capturing pictures that make them see themselves in a new light. As I take her leave, I am left with a feeling of appreciation for her resilience and willingness to go forth in life without complaints.
When life gets blurry, adjust your focus…