In the French collective unconscious, the word “datcha” evokes immediately and irreparably the plays of Anton Tchekhov, the short stories of Ivan Tourguenev and, of course, the great novels of Léon Tolstoy. These works have made the datcha famous, the scenes from “La Cerisaie” have become classic. First appearing in the 18th century, the datcha was nothing but a holiday home, modestly furnished, for the upper and middle class. A century later, the datcha mania took off, achieving a cult status.
Big or small, in the nature or far from the city, the datcha created a real way of life. It gave its occupants, datchniks, not only the opportunity to escape from the well organised rhythm of the city but also to reconnect with friends. With its libertarian principles, it defied the city in becoming the symbol of idleness.
For the homo sovieticus, the status of the datcha changed. Owning a datcha in Soviet Russia used to be a sign ...
ML: Where were you born and where did you grow up?
PA: I was born in Bangkok in 1984, and I grew up around Sathorn.
ML: Please tell us about your first creative moments. When did you start realizing you had a thing for music?
PA: When I was a kid there were those pop rap Thai bands like Raptor, X3, and Super Gang. I was a fond of their sound , so they are ones that influenced me to practice music. They got popular very young, the member of X3 played guitar and drums at 13. Listening to them I had the desire to learn how to play guitar, so I went to classical guitar lessons between 6th and 7th grade for 2 years, then I switched to electric guitar.
As a teenager I was still listening to Thai pop music but also Hanson, The Moffatts , and Boyzone. Time passed, when I turned14 a friend of mine introduced me to Nirvana. His older brother had hundreds of tapes, mostly alternative music such as Green Day , Foo Fi...
My name is Narat Sumitra. I was born in Betong, Yala, in South Thailand in 1986. When I was 15, I moved to Chiang Mai. There I worked in a night club. Life there was quite but I loved it. Till now I enjoyed living in quiet, isolated places. Today I have settled down in Rangsit, far from Bangkok city center.
My father was a soldier, he was mixed English and Thai. He taught me about discipline, a quality I still respect to this day. It was my dream to become a soldier like my father. I believe that a wise man, in a time of peace, prepares for war.
When I was 27, I moved to Bangkok to work as a model. To me, fashion isn’t extremely important, but my father is my style icon. He had a minimal style, like I do. I always wear black.
In 2014, I opened a café, I am now a full time café owner and a part time model. My biggest passion is coffee, and my dream is to build up my café to put it on the map. I spend time on Insta...
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