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September 22nd, 2012

To IKEA or not to IKEA ?

Although I am far from wildly enthusiastic at the thought of the world’s mega-stores beating a path to India, and am on record as saying as much, both here and in my weekly column, this article from a couple of months ago caught my eye, as I rummaged through the piles of dust-trap-y papers and clippings on my desk :

Now here’s the thing.

We have 4 out of these 5 products and have had them for years, as in many many years, and they are still going strong.

So…

Yes, Ikea’s stuff is iconic-ally amazing and […]

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June 6th, 2012

Donning a haircut that represents a luxury house

A couple of years ago, on our first ever visit to a luxury mall called Emporio here in south Delhi, my friend Christina Mishra and I got obviously snubbed by the shop assistant in Louis Vuitton. Faced with the 2 of us versus a portly Punjabi couple, (there is no other, kinder word to decribe them), the shop-assistant made a judgement call.

And her call was that the 2 English women were clearly not there to buy, and so gave us the brush off. (I have inserted a link to my January 2010 post, above).

Fast forward to summer 2012, […]

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February 21st, 2011

Fair Trade, not Fair and Lovely

I found this article interesting and containing welcome news, i.e. that the concept of Fair Trade has come to India.

Although it would appear that there is a long, long way to go until the concept is out there and accepted, any step in the right direction is to be welcomed.

However…yet again, I am sorry but I have to carp at such indifferent reporting. Didn’t the intrepid reporter think it would be just a teeny-weeny bit useful to tell us where we can buy this Shop for Change merchandise ?

And I love the idea that people think […]

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February 10th, 2011

Shopping for a good cause

At Surakjund Mela yesterday, there was a stall selling products made by the prisoners of Tihar Jail.

We bought some namkeens (salty snacky things) and the prices seem very reasonable.

And as they tell you on the packet, you are helping rehabilitate prisoners, so that’s all good.

I asked for a business card, so I could find their other outlets – and I suppose – given that it is a prison iniative – the location of these outlests does make complete sense !

Nicely squaring the circle, don’t you agree ?

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