Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Habits

Habits are first cobwebs and then cables.
-from The Old Farmer's Almanac

An interesting site.
http://www.almanac.com

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

History

History teaches everything including the future.
Lamartine (French Poet)

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
Hegel (Philosopher)

Elle Decor

Something I look forward to every alternate month is my new issue of Elle Decor. I have been buying it off the racks for ages and only recently subscribed to it. As a free gift with the subscription , I received two silk cushion covers with zardozi embroidery in a violent shade of green. Quite awful looking but it was free!!! Its unlikely I will ever use it in my home though.

Apart from that one incident, Elle Decor does a great job of showcasing eclectic houses from all parts of the world. The colours on its pages are marvelous and the photographs with interesting details. In the monsoon issue they had two new articles, Facelift and Makeovers. Both were very nicely done, though not exactly how I would do it but full of interesting uses of products.

Over the years I have built up a collection of photographs of rooms and houses that I like the look of. Sometimes its the furniture, paintings, overall style of the room, wall colour, lighting, coziness or something intangible.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Wal-Mart where art thou?

Setting up house in India is whole new ballgame, I realized when we moved to Bangalore. I have moved a number of times in the States and each time handled the move and the purchasing pretty smoothly. In my college days, I relied on Wal-Mart for all my household and school supplies, for toiletries, electronics, film developing, linens, assorted food products and all sorts of odds and ends. If you couldn't find something anywhere else, one could bet that Wal-Mart would have it.
After graduation, I got a job as a manager at Wal-Mart's biggest rival, Kmart. Even though I was working at the store every day, I found myself still going to Wal-Mart for something or the other. They were always closer to where I lived.....closer to each and every apt I have ever had in the States.....and I was more familiar with the store layout. I liked the fact that it made no bones about being a discount store. Kmart on the other hand was always trying to move up the retailing chain to be a department store like JCPenney or Sears and it never seemed to work. The quality of products we carried just weren't good enough and neither were the prices.
Retailing in India is very different. Space is a major constraint here. I found that aisles are cramped, configuration of stores is lopsided and parking non-existent. There are many stores here in Bangalore that market themselves as a shop for everything but I found its just not been possible for me to do all my shopping in one place. I have to go to a different shop for plastics; stainless steel stores for stainless steel; mattress stores for pillows; china, dinnerware and glassware is in a different store too and table and bed linens are another type of stores. It has been a very confusing time. I would like to go to one store and find everything that I need and have it be of good quality. I am really looking forward to having a Wal-Mart in my neighborhood just like I did in the States!

Life

Life always gives you back what you give out. Your life is not a coincidence, but a mirror of your own doings.
-Author unknown

I love the simplicity of this statement. It makes one realize how simple life is, if one chooses to make it so. As simple or as complicated as one makes it.