Saturday, June 22, 2013

A New Desi Dream

So after years of contemplating on starting my own small little venture online for Indian apparel, my dream finally materialized nearly a week back. Being Desi is finally online. Whether the business would be a success or a failure is not known to me, but I just had to get it out of my system. That want to get out of my comfort zone, where everything is known and familiar, and strive for something even if I have no idea what the outcome would be. My family and I joined hands to make this dream come true and needless to say I am pretty excited, anxious, happy all at the same time. 

A special thanks goes to ALL my friends who liked my page and supported me in this venture, especially Abhinav Bhatt for helping me out with the logo. The response to the page has been overwhelming. A lot of likes are from young boys who I assume are more interested in the mannequin. Sigh. Anyway, she has been named Kalyani by yours truly because I just can't call her a 'dummy' or a 'mannequin'. I feel calling her as such would hurt her non existent feelings. 

Getting back to my dream, it would mean a lot to me if you guys could support my venture or suggest the page to your girl friends who are into online shopping.. or guy friends who are just interested at staring a cool looking mannequin (she IS pretty). This is the page: https://www.facebook.com/beingdesionline and here are some of the products:

Black and Pink Anarkali
Blue Anarkali
Color Block Saree

White and Blue Shimmer Chiffon Saree

Looking forward to interacting with you all there :) 

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Finally

I have been thinking about this for a long time now. A really long time. I have been inspired by women I know who have gone ahead with this and around this time last year I decided that I too would follow their footsteps soon. I wanted to sponsor a child. How soon? I wasn't sure. Why? Yes, I wanted to make a difference in some way or the other in a kid's life. Or it might be for selfish reasons too. For that happiness it brings me when I help someone - the feeling's priceless. I always had a soft corner for kids and last year too I involved myself in philanthropy keeping kids in mind. So I guess it was only natural that I would choose this path.

I was looking at World Vision's website recently and I just had this strong feeling that now it's the time to go ahead and do something that I wanted to for a long time. I contacted them and I was given prompt answers to all of my questions. I finally took the plunge and now I am sponsoring a sweet little Indian girl with the warmest smile ever. I hope to write letters to her. But since she cannot read or write English as of now, I am hoping that those employed at the organization would translate it to Telugu for her. Sponsorship is a long term commitment. There are no agreements as such and you can stop whenever you want to but I intend to sponsor her till she's educated properly and can fend for herself. 

The whole point of writing this post is not to boast about what I did. I am hoping someone or the other would find some inspiration from this post and take steps to ensure a better future for kids in India. You can go to World Vision India and do your bit today. 

I would also like to dedicate this post to a wonderful group of people I met online on FB - the IndiBlogeshwaris. Akanksha introduced me to this group of women bloggers and I can't help gush about how enthusiastic and fun they are. These ladies are always ready to share their everyday life experiences (making you admire them - the things they do and how they deal with problems), applaud you when you have done something credible, wipe away your tears when you are down in the dumps and crack the most insane jokes which make you smile even if you are all cranky or depressed. They have inspired me in so many ways. I don't get to comment on posts as much as I want to but I do tend to read them all ardently. They are turning one today and what more can I do than dedicate such a post to an inspiring group of zealous people. Happy 1st anniversary IndiBlogeshwaris! You people are truly the ultimate rockstars.