Sevenraj always wanted to be different, and was determined to be a “unique person in the world”. So, when he was 18 he swore he would only wear white and red clothes until the day he dies – and the obsession is grown. As well as dressing in the colors, Sevenraj, 58, from Bengaluru in Karnataka, only owns red and white things and drives a red and white car.
His whole house follows the color-scheme, filled with red and white tables, armchairs, home appliances, bowls and plates, and even a colorful toilet seat. And the estate agent’s family is also involved, and his wife Puspha accepted her husband’s drill when she married him 25 years ago.
The couple’s two children, son Bharatraj and daughter Maneesha, also wear red and white colors.
He said: “I always wanted to be unique and living with these colors make me a unique person in the world. I was 18 and a big fan of Gandhi—his loincloth and glasses was his identity. Just like him, I wanted to be a unique person in the world.
“At first, people laughed at me and thought I am a fool but I swore I will red and white clothes till my death. I have more than 30 ties, 15 coats, 30 shirts, 25 pairs of trousers all in red and white color. I wear a new shirt every day but people think I am wearing the same clothes. Today, the world is talking about me, and I am proud of that.”
Sevenraj, who was named after the number Seven by his artist father for being the seventh child, also has an obsession with that digit. His car’s number plate has the number seven. He has embroidered a crown symbol and number seven on all his suits and shirts and his blazers have seven buttons and seven pockets. The number seven is stitched into the headrest on his car and proudly displayed on the lapels of his red and white blazer.
I believe this number is lucky for me,” Severraj said.
He even speaks seven languages, including Kannada, English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi and his own mother tongue Malayalam. Sevenraj comes from a family that believed in wearing plain white clothes but at the age of 18, he added a red tie to his attire.
Enjoying the attention, he started getting, he bought a red and white car, then red shoes, a pair of red-framed sunglasses… slowly the red and white combination began to seep into all areas of his life.
He said: “Now wherever we go, people recognize us. They know us the red and white family. I enjoy all the attention. People follow me and request selfies at traffic signals. Some people send red and white gifts to my house…shoes or decorative items
“Earlier I was only known in the town but now, everyone knows me and my family in the country and even abroad. I feel like a celebrity.