Sunday, April 25, 2010
India has one of the most overt religious cultures in the world. Sacred cows roam the street, women are adorned with bindis between their eyes, at the beginning of every spring each street is littered with color to mark the holiday Holi, incredible mosques make up some of India's most spiritual places. All of these things are commonplace here; religion is expressed and tolerated openly despite what people may view as a troubled history. Every evening I hear the call to prayer and am transfixed by the way it wanes sadly among busy streets. Understanding is paramount in India and regardless of outside perceptions there is unity and togetherness in this identity. There is much wisdom in this old culture and I am humbled by its everyday lessons.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
Please don't be alarmed by the burning mound of trash, at least 50% seems to be contained by the dumpster. Much like when the pioneers went West it is impossible to know what you will see around the next Delhi street corner. What a model of controlled chaos.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
What a good time, what a holiday, what an experience! I may now be nursing the better part of my consumption for this ruckus festival of color, but damn was it worth it! Bringing in the summer with water balloons, friends and strangers, music, and the famous bags of powdered dyes should be a global must. So grateful to have had such a great Indian experience for this day and so appreciative to be spending it with good friends and good people. Looking for plans next March 1st? Holi in India. I just hope I'm invited back!
Monday, March 1, 2010
Holi, marks the first day of spring...celebrated by bright colors, music and dancing. Below is a link to the full photo album...Don't miss these!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The above photo, New Delhi Metro under construction. Everyday we pass under the Metro line, fascinating to see the progress on a daily basis. We are hoping that before too long it might be possible to take the train from New Friends(home) to the center of Delhi. On our route to work alone, there are a number of significant building projects underway. Much in preparation for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi next year, the city is in a state of evolution. Having only been here for just over a month and seen so much development seems to be a sign of things to come. What will look like in 10 years? One can only imagine…
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Did the little engine who could realize that it was getting close to the top of the hill? Did it only know after the crest, when its own momentum carried it, that it was in the clear? As far as I know there are pretty few places where there is just one hill to get over, did the engine accomplish the hill only to find a mountain range looming in the distance? Maybe the point seems arbitrary to some, but I like to think about the analogies of this poor little train. I like to think this train had some grit, an old paint job maybe, in need of some repairs probably, and most definitely some serious toughness. Just a thought that was spinning around...There are certainly ongoing challenges facing all of us, will you be the badass little engine or something else?Hhmm...keep the wheels turning...
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
To be respected is a privilege, it must be earned, it has to be appreciated, and mostly it must be reciprocated. Humility is a quality of respect that often goes underlooked. On Saturday when one of the participants touched my shoe in a show of respect I was confused. Being unsure about the meaning of the gesture was part of the source of my confusion, but moreover I was bewildered as to why someone would admire another who has done relatively little. The real triumph, in my opinion, are the success stories that come from these kids who, as adolescents, have already seen the despair of crime, poverty, and most likely death. From my uncertainty I have come to believe that as someone fortunate enough to be in India it is an obligation to perform in the community as an advocate for better standards and better lives. Be an ambassador in your own neighborhood and instigate the change for dreams to be achieved.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
On a personal note the time spent with the kids from Sia Kripa and Navjyoti India Foundation was both inspirational and humbling. These children many of whom are first generation learners possess the quality of innocence, which with out encouragement could easily be mislead down a destructive path. In a perfect world we could reach every kid who is in need of positive reinforcement. Truly not being possible, we should focus on creating a culture of hope. Teach others that positively impacting one child’s life will hopefully translate to them doing the same for the next child. As I begin my life long pursuit in helping the disadvantaged this Sports Day will not be forgotten.
To see the full set of photo's, http://www.flickr.com/photos/choicevisuals/sets/72157623240141963/ They are AMAZING.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
When you pick something up in a store its hard to grasp how much work may go into that individual piece, in our case from a clothing perspective. But being here and involving ourselves in the production process has given me some pretty great insight into how it takes an entire village (in the same way it takes a village to raise a child) to produce a perfect good. The goods come in as grey goods not dyed, not cut, not stitched, and not fabricated in any way. This is where quality begins; people checking for fabric defects, thread counts on a per inch basis, texture, and all the other elements that make goods high quality goods. The textiles then begin to chug through the production process, starting at printing, passing through fabrication and finishing, and finally ending in the packing department. We'll work toward documenting each phase, but here today we're looking at grey goods. So enjoy the start of the journey of one product! Next phase coming soon...
Saturday, January 30, 2010
This was a really authentic experience, we were given tea, talked about the processes in garment production, talked about Kashmir, and most importantly planted the seed for a relationship. These carpets are silk and done on a hand loom, some carpets taking as long as 3 or 4 years to make! I'm not an expert but I will say that I would take any one of these pieces over any mass produced good coming out of China. It is their family business, their livelihood, their craft, simply their heart and soul. I like the idea of being a customer of the heart, it lends itself to the human side of business.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Right around New Year's Gabe and I told ourselves this would be the year of saying YES. Twelve months ago I said yes to living in New York, six months ago I said yes to working on Wall Street 2, and finally three months ago Gabe and I said yes to living and working in India. All these experiences have helped beget the next step; so say YES, leap before you look and allow the world to consume you with its infinite opportunities and beauty. Much, much, love. Say YES.
With the understanding we know nothing, taking a hands on approach is crucial to our education. Perfecting the art of garment production is a long shot, however we feel that participation is a vital part of our ability to effect the overall process.