Friday, August 14, 2015

Patriotism for our Tricolour flag

A National celebration is underway.School kids are gearing up for Independence day.In most societies,members take great pride in hoisting  our  Indian flag. In short, one can feel the patriotism fervor running high everywhere in the country.

At the same time, like every year, this time too I am concerned about the state of our flag once the day is over. We buy them as tokens to exhibit our love for the nation but then at the end of the day, they lie on the roads uncared for? That's an insult. Don't you feel so?

This Independence day,Clean Planet introduces a unique and contemporary pouch that embraces Indian crafts and helps you to retain your national flag even after the celebrations are over."The Indigenous India Pouch is Clean Planet's tribute to the rich cultural traditions of India,in the form of Katha Hand Embroidery on Eco Friendly cotton.A handcrafted interpretation of the tri-colour flag of India, carry this Eco Stylish pouch as a badge of patriotism. The Indigenous India pouch is hand embroidered by young women as part of a livelihood program run by Clean Planet"


Clean Planet was born of the vision to create eco-stylish products to inspire consumers across the globe to buy responsibly. The brand, headed by entrepreneur activist Savitha Rao,houses a very competent team with profound experience to carry out operations in developing a wide range of Eco-products including Eco Veggie bags, Trendy Eco Tote bags, Contemporary Eco Sleeves, Eco Home Place-mats and Eco Pouches. 

Savitha Rao is the  Founder and Director of Clean Planet. Savitha has vast knowledge of the international textile markets along with a formal degree of MBA (marketing) from Mumbai University. She worked closely with renowned brands like Polo Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss for several years. Insights that she gained during the stint led her to propel innovative ideas in Eco-friendly space as a social activist and entrepreneur. With a strong motivation to make a difference to the planet, she has been devising ways and means for creating iconic products that are stylish, sustainable and affordable.

So this Independence day, if you would like to have our National flag, join the initiative to use such products that can be  re-utilized.

Happy Independence day!
Jai Hind!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Ezebee - An Online Platform For Entrepreneurs and Shoppers!

August is the month, we celebrate our Independence day.Though, we as a country became independent long back, even now artisans and especially women artists of our country have not found the real taste of freedom. Due to various reasons, they may hold back their ambitions and dreams. But today I have bought good news for all such artists. There is a new online platform on which you can buy as well as sell. Isn't that a wonderful piece of news and this is, all for free. I spoke to the country Manager Alice Taylor of Ezebee and these are  the answers to  certain queries that I had in mind.

How can help artisans in India to start selling online

What is

There is a new online platform growing in India and it is a new way to start your business online; Created in europe and now managed in Spain, this online marketplace is growing rapidly and especially focusing in India at the moment.

Why India?

India is a huge market and also full of many talented artisans and artists who sometimes unfortunately do not have the resources, time or money to create their own websites or design and market them online. At, we established this and decided we wanted to help these people to make the most of their skills and products and do our best to get them on the platform and selling online, as they deserve! Take a look at one of our favorite showrooms from India at the moment: 

 Is it free to sell on

Yes! it is completely free to sell on We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to sell online despite your economic situation and therefore we do not charge to use the platform, nor do we take any commissions for sales. It's all free! You can even make money simply by being active in the community, using our internal currency – EZB's which can be used to buy and sell on the platform. Learn more about them here: EZB

What else?

Not only can you open your online store on, but it's also a place to meet like-minded people from all over the world! You can have your blog, events, social media, and even your etsy shop here, all in one place! At the moment the website is in 9 different languages and over 140 countries around the world, so there are plenty of people to network with. Why not give it a try now: 

 So, now give wings to your talent and soar high, high in the sky...Wishing all my readers Happy Independence! 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Travel souvenirs (part I)

Starting today, every month I plan to post an interesting souvenir you can carry back from your travel. Knowing that you are carrying a piece of history along with you, will only make it worth treasuring and you a proud owner! .These souvenirs  are handmade and  are significant in the way it is made.

Let us start with an interesting painted wooden art form -KAAVAD ART from Rajasthan. The specialty of these story box is, it conveys a story through the pictures drawn laboriously on to them They look like small temples or shrines and as each door opens it tells you a part of the story. These stories are generally mythological taken from the Ramayana, Krishna leela, life of Buddha or the Mahabharata. This art is said to be about 2000 yrs old and has existed from the time of King Vikramaditya of Ujjain. The boxes can have one to twelve doors.The type of wood used to make the kaavad art is either mango or sangwani wood.

story box 
Each door opens to reveal a story

A group of hereditary craftsmen from the Chittoragarh district in Rajasthan, both male and female artisan are still engaged in the process of making Kaavad. The storytellers or the Kaavriya Bhats are commissioned for these boxes.The storytellers open these boxes in a pattern or sequence with the events in narration. After the story is over, there is a small drawer at the bottom of such boxes where in, the audience is asked to keep a small donation.

An artist at work

This must have been an interesting form of passing  time, before the electronic era set in, as the kaavariya proceeded from one village to another narrating the stories and I can imagine an audience awestruck by the wonderful narration.

Though our kids are hooked on to the television, laptop,i-pads and the tablets, am sure, given a choice and a master storyteller they will soon give up their arms and legs to own a kaavad. After all don't we see them enjoying an animated versions of these mythological stories even now?

Now tell me isn't this an amazing gift  and souvenir item that you can treasure for a lifetime. Kids particularly, enjoy stories and what better than having a visual representation of the same...Go for it, the next time, you are in Rajasthan. It will be worth every penny paid!
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