Wendell Rodricks on success, love, possessing an insatiable appetite for knowledge, and more.
To me, success means happiness at all levels — work, society but most importantly, emotionally.
My partner is the most unforgettable person I have met. Life changed for the best after we met. Not many are lucky to find a partner that indulges, pampers, encourages, provides solace, loves to travel and hold your hand and heart through this amazing journey called life.
It is very easy for me to find something good in most people. When I see someone give out a positive vibe, it impresses me. With that in mind, I have many role models in family, friends and strangers.
I learn from failure. There is always a lesson to learn as to why a bad phase happened.
I love what I am doing. I would not like to change a thing. I may be a dreamer in fashion, but I live in the moment in a very real way.
If I could turn back the clock, I wish I could see, by some virtual miracle, the history of the world and people’s lives in an hour. History fascinates me.
I don’t think about money. It bores me.
I wish, like everyone, to have a quick, painless death. But that is not in our hands, so better not to try to control what we have no control over. When it happens, embrace it with grace.
I believe God is the positive energy between people, and that there is an equally balanced negative force that we should avoid.
I am religious as well as spiritual. I see myself as a world citizen, an Indian and a Goan. In that mode, I accept all religions and realise that I am a product of what my ancestors went through, converting religions as time went by. I may be Catholic today, but 500 years ago I may have been Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jain, tribal, animistic…
The biggest decision I made in my life was to move from hotel management to fashion — and to move to Goa.
My biggest piece of advice to the younger generation is to be as creative as you can, to have a good quality of life, balancing technology with the appreciation of nature and all that the planet offers us.
I don’t think of myself much, and especially not about highs and lows. I enjoy the moment… now.
My field of work taught me that every woman wants to look slimmer, taller and more beautiful.
This has taught me that I have a serious job as a designer to meet those demands. I feel I am more than a doctor. I make women feel better, and also make them look better.
I have handed over my label to Schulen Fernandes, who will take it far with her creativity and wisdom. I have never regretted that decision.
I don’t have free time. I handed over my label, as there was so much left unattended. I need to do my museum, do design offers I earlier refused, put time aside for more research on Goan history, write more books, teach fashion for social causes… and yes, go to the studio and make clothes when I feel the need. Fashion will always be my first love.
I am a sponge. I learn every single day. I read a lot. In a quiet moment, you will find me with a fat book, normally on history, culture, travel, biographies, spiritual theology or cooking. I have an enormous appetite for knowledge.