‘High-Light’ of the week: Sharanya Menon’s Customized Lights

customized lights created by Sharanya Menon
This one is called ‘Tree of Life’

What do you do when you are jobless? Crib and wallow in self-pity, of course! Well, that’s what I did when I completed my degree and couldn’t land up in a job.

customized lights created by Sharanya Menon
Satyam Shivam Sundaram

Now, that’s my story….Sharanya Menon, on the other hand didn’t sit and wait for a job after she completed BSc in Microbiology. Having pursued a diploma in 3D Animation after her degree, she tried her hand in creating customized lights and shared the pics online. Guess what? She didn’t have to look for a job after that – she went ahead and created her own company – High-Light. Of course, she did land up with a job as an assistant in production design in Mumbai 🙂 .

customized lights created by Sharanya Menon

Each of Sharanya Menon’s hand painted bottles tell a tale as she makes only customized bottles and lampshades. It’s interesting to read how she ventured into this business. Here’s what she had to say when I asked her about it.

customized lights created by Sharanya Menon
Dirty Dancing

“Being unemployed can have its advantages! I was between jobs and very restless. One afternoon, I found some really old 2L bottles lying in the loft at my grandmother’s house (which is where I stay). I had a couple of tubes of paint and so decided to paint them just to keep myself occupied. I posted couple of photos online and got a decent response. People asked whether I was selling them. And that’s how it started; as a hobby. Now I do only customize bottles for people, giving them a unique piece that will not be found anywhere else!”

customized lights created by Sharanya Menon
Groove Planet

She prices the bottles depending on the amount of work, courier charges and the lights used. The base price is Rs.1850 onwards. Apart from bottles, she has also worked on wall-mounted shades and toying around with other surfaces to explore her creative streak.

customized lights created by Sharanya Menon
Star Wars

She also showcased her products at ‘Sunday Soul Santhe, a flea market in Bangalore. She says ‘The response was overwhelming and I am very happy that people have accepted my little venture so well! So much so that orders have been coming in almost every single day!’

customized lights created by Sharanya Menon
Kathakali Bottles – My Fav 🙂

customized lights created by Sharanya Menon
Sharanya Menon at Soul Santhe

Wasn’t that an inspiring story? Do check out her website for more designs.



  1. wonder how mch the dirty dancing bottle costs? lovely work, sharanya~

  2. Hi Sharon..Thanks so much! The bottle was custom-made..if you have something you'd like to order, do mail me at highaboutlight@gmail.com. You can also check out my other work at High-Light on FB.

  3. Luved her collection,,,:)

  4. Lovely work… Very talented… !!

  5. fantastic Sharanya!!!! love ur work:) and thanks to key bunch for this post:)

  6. Wow! The light effect is really pretty. Nice one!

  7. loved those kathakali painted bottles, colourful and kitschy, how do I get to buy them?
    Thanks to Key bunch for showcasing them. I am your newest follower, do drop by mine….

  8. oh my!! so pretty. Im going to start collecting bottles and make my own lights.