Friday, March 20, 2015

Our very first airBnB experience…

One of our very good friends travels a lot for business; and after a while he lost the charm of staying in crisp and professionally managed hotel rooms and longed for the feel of a home. So he decided to explore staying in accommodations listed in airBnB, the lived in homes, neighborhood coffee shop, smell of breakfast and brewing coffee. He shared his good and bad experiences with us over dinner one day and convinced us to give it a shot.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

2015 Word of the year... Forge

Forge, Forge, Forge ahead... is my inspiration word for the year 2015.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Do I have a business plan?

I get that question a lot and my answer? Well, no. Not really!

Long time ago when I posed my idea about bringing artisans closer to their patrons and helping them find a sustainable livelihood, many of my friends loved the idea, encouraged me and then asked me to put together a business plan so they can fund it and my ‘business’ can take off…
As much as I loved the idea it was difficult for me to communicate it to my friends that it is not a business in the traditional sense and yet it’s not charity either.
Side story: I think charity is not sustainable and unless someone has a skin in the game and there is sweat involved, it’s very hard for people to value it. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Do God sponsor vacations?

There is a saying or should I say belief in indian culture that once each day, the goddess of wisdom 'saraswati' blesses your tongue and whatever you happen to be saying at that moment comes true.
I grew up listening to this quote and knew that all it is doing is encouraging us to speak good all the time because you never know when she is gonna come and bless you and then whatever negative or positive you might be saying at the time would come true. And the fear of something negative manifesting in real life keeps you thinking happy thoughts at least for the time that we are aware of them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Connections!

This post has been in the making for quite sometime. I started, stopped, restarted and all through it the story kept evolving and now it looks nothing like how I had intended it to start.
But before I begin my story, here is a beautiful article about the connections within… 

'Connect' was my word for 2014 and looking back I think the word manifested itself on several levels.  Around the end of 2013, when I was trying to come up with the 2014 word, I struggled with the thought that the word is not complex enough but continued with it without understanding the full impact of its presence in my life.  And now as I look back at 2014, it is coming to me that the intention I chose was so appropriate for the way things have shaped around me.


Sunday, February 01, 2015

Let's start again...

Can I reboot life’s computer and restart the beginning of 2015.

As much as I acknowledge the need for hardships and stress required for an individual’s growth, I am too much of a milestone person, and once in a while, say like every 365 days I’d like to see myself as making a fresh and clean start. And well, to put it mildly, 2015 didn’t give me a clean start and I’d like to start afresh…
So, let's start again and usher in good times in the new year:
'Happy New Year' February is the new January... 

Friday, January 02, 2015

Happy New Year!

Ganesh, acrylic on canvas 16x20, image edited with A Beautiful Mess App
Ganesh, the God with elephant head, is believed to remove all obstacles from you path. In this new year my wish for all is to find your goal and lord show you the path to get to it...