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Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooo #dolls


OK… so family situation calm, mancubs 21st all booked and sorted sort of.. (there is a plan and I’ve remembered to invite people…).

I’ve almost sorted broken website (not mine, long story ) and there are dolls in Mumbai and two young ladies waiting to get started..

Beyond that I’m not really sure what I’m doing… what I do know is that I need to sell the last of the dolls so we can get moving on making more, develop things in Mumbai a little more..

yes, I know they should be in Etsy… but we’re not quite there yet… still refining our skills..and organisation…and rules…and the whole ‘how is this going to work’ thing…

BUT we do have Shifa and Hina eager to make more in Mumbai..Anita (Anita Waghela, Nail Lounge Franchise Manager)

 

WE NEED MORE DOLLS BY THE WAY… if you;re reading this and you’re in UK, North West…and you can donate dolls..  pls comment and will email you xx

and FINALLY….

these are the dolls I have left from last run to Mumbai… the Gopi doll is £20 the rest are £10…they come with a birth certificate… and a few Bindis 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Back in July…Mumbai ..Dolls…the project


I ‘wrote’ this using speech to text… apologies for any bizarre sentences..too.tired to.check xxx
When I went out to Mumbai it was to do all the groundwork I hadn’t done in November and see what needed to be done to get the project moving again…it wasn’t looking good.. took 50 DLS with me on the off chance but had only managed to contact one of the girls ….then on my last weekend shifaa got in touch… And all the sudden we had jumped into an apprentice style mission

Me and Anita nail lounge had two girls Hina and Shifa. We decided to split into two teams Apprentice style and gave each girl 20 dolls to rejuvenate. That is to restyle do the hair give them a completely new outfit and possibly make up. Anita’s team was Hina and my team was Shifa…both girls got lots of Help from their mums and aunties.

They were each given 2500 Rupees to spend on materials they might need

And 7 Days to complete the task.

On the Friday Hina produce 220 well tailored beautifully made dolls mostly we did have to reject one for having no eyes (failed makeup experiment) … 

Shifaa turned up with 20 dolls… Dramatic and glamorous but not quite so beautifully tailored as Hina… Later examination revealed that quite a few of Shifas dolls weren’t really fit for sale. She seems to have sacrificed quantity for quality..and some have been headswapped… Don’t ask… apparently her little brother thought he’d do some rearranging..

Hina and Shifa we’re both paid for the dolls . 

The winner of the task would be the team that made the most from their dolls…

Everything made from dolls is being ploughed back into the next round..

No-one gets fired…. 

SO

July 29th I flew back from Mumbai with a suitcase full of dolls…

Since then it’s been a busy time,jet lag, catching up with family… and the realisation that we now need packaging and birth certificates. Have gone for cellophane and Bows …or boxes and birth certificates are now made

Any day now I’ll be putting them on sale.. For around £20 .. have sold 6 already to Facebook friends… 3 of Hinas 3 of Shifaa’s so its neck and neck so far 
Packaging

Shifaa Doll — Noor

Hina Dolls .. 

ffs…..


I’ve been watching tv for pretty much 48hrs straight now…Mostly ‘Say Yes To The Dress’, large dose of ‘Honey Boo’…. still reeling from Sugar Bear and mama June getting ‘romantic’ …watched Midnights Children, twice…and now resorung to TCm channels, watching B movies

I’ve got flu… i feel like shit 🙂 .. Had a great time at Creamfields Saturday, but paying the price for strolling around all night in vest top and dungarees …. loved it so much though..being out side at night in the open air with pretty lights and music and fireworks and coffee 🙂 ..and vodka and redbull… took me three days just to get over the caffeine overdose..

 

 

And the girls are afloat in Mumbai… This below is Shifaa’s road… she lives yards from here. and yes she was flooded …floodsvakola2017

 

Have had contact from Shifaa, Hina,Angela..all the girls are ok, true Mumbaikers

 

there is some hug family drama going on that I’m not at liberty to discuss but which is making me wish I didn’t have any..family.(not really) BUT.. there’s a lot to be said for peace and quiet

I’ve got 40 dolls, 100 cushions …waiting for sales page, website,

speaking of which still doing battle , sort of, with madam web developer…

BBB response, cultural appropriation has reared its ugly head..

Every time I read it I get so angry I can’t speak…

‘During that second 2-hour call, she was requesting that I use photos and verbiage that would not make any sense at all to someone who was unfamiliar with this culture.’ ??

followed by ‘

in my opinion, put us back into the gray area of appropriating this culture. I’m morally opposed to anything that feels like cultural appropriation. ‘

 

From a woman who knows nothing at all about desi culture, and doesn’t know her Bhangra  from her Bollywood…

Anyway… we have floating Desisisters in Mumbai, and I have their dolls that I need to sell so they can get moving with their little micro-businesses..

will keep u posted

 

xx

UFFT!!! Web developers and their egos


 

Should have been launching Desisisters website today…. or at least by weekend.

Everything was looking good, or so I thought.. I paid $335 last month, part of a 12 month payment plan ..overall structure of site looking good but didn’t like content. Had been agreed all along that this was obviously my area of expertise.. Got second draft of homepage…overall good but didn’t like text or pics but was assured they were only placeholders..sent off final list of revisions late Aug 9th..wed ?

August 10th get a lovely email advising me that she’s bailed and she’s keeping the money she’s been paid.. nice… apparently this is her ‘professional’ opinion.. suppose nobody told her about ‘professional etiquette’…i,e, discussion with client , discuss, resolve..nope…just this arrigant high-handed snotty email

asked if I could maybe have files for website, load on Hostgator and finish myself.. apparently that’s a no-no too..

what becomes abundantly obvious is that this is about her ego, not my website.. I know how the DesiSisters website needs to feel and look …She knows nothing, absolutely nothing about what the term ‘desi’ means and even less about Bollywood,Bhangra etc. Arrogant, rude, unprofessional… absolutely furious 🙂

. its the ‘Oh jenny’ that gets me…  #patronising #arrogance

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Excuse me while I barf ..

I have filed a complaint with BBB and FTC.. which is about as much as I can do right now.. I did try talking to her but it just got worse..excuse the terrible highlighting..have removed her details … her attitude is absolutely unbelievable….stunningly rude and arrogant

larahagain

 

here’s an example of where we crossed swords..

My version : #desi’fication  – transformation of Mind, Body and Spirit through the correct application of Bollywood,Bhangra and Bling’

her version: Desification – The Act of Learning to claim the strength of Positivity through the liberal application of Bollywood Bhangra and Bling,A cross-cultural invitation to free yourself from western stress in the desi tradition of finding happiness in uninhibited silliness’  <<< ??> SILLINESS ???????????????????

Apart from being terrible grammatcially, and dull as fuck, its also highly offensive.. desi=uninhibted silliness..  ??

BUT in her professional opinion this is a better piece of text.. excuse me whilst I rage

This isn’t about design, its arrogance. In her opinion my words, my vision won’t work…

note the bit about ‘you just want someone to push pixels around’ .. and what is so wrong with that ?

What I really love is the sudden announcement that she has a riight to keep my cash for her work…

I could rage about this forever but…I need to pull myself back from this and get on with Doll videos and sales. two young ladies in Mumbai who are desperately waiting for next phase… sales from dolls = funding for next phase. Minus the cash we just lost on our website, although I’ll cover that personally for now …

Also, building my own goddamn website… needs to be done somehow ..

Love an peace

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oh….biting my tongue HARD :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

ok..finally..still in India


 

Its 3am…I’m in a gorgeous hotel…1939s Art Deco Marine Drive…trying hard not to think what its cost me and trying desperately to remember how much I’ve spent on room service since I got here two days ago…

Turns out not planning your itinerary before departure isn’t a ticket to freedom…I’ve spent more time on this holiday scanning budget hotel sites than I have planning the project, sorting the website,sightseeing and hardly a sniff of sunbathing…although the latter I’ve decided is best left for Europe where removing your clothing doesn’t cause shockwaves across the entire coastline..

I’ve stayed in 4 hotels and one apartment, been on three flights,one epic train journey,and move again tomorrow.. Last leg, final 9 days at Hotel Stay Land ,.. Sweet little hotel in not so sweet surroundings .. But convenient.. And most importantly close to Barista SV Road…where I can smoke,drink coffee as I think…something I need to do a lot of
I planned this originally as a get away … 7 weeks in isolation to think about Desisisterjen..my own dangerous obsession/cunning plan to change the world …then I invited my sonson…middle son…for a variety of reasons…and one of my friends…

Spent last 4 weeks pulled in different directions…torn between holiday mode, trying to ‘work’ and panicking…a lot..

Just to make things easier I decided to get desisisters website built whilst I was here…

Add to the above a backdrop of chargers that don’t charge, intermittent WiFi, power cuts and now a mobile phone that refuses to switch on…and as its a lenovo…finding it hard to get it fixed herd 🙂

Then again … I am sat in an absolutely lovely hotel on marine drive…possibly the most under marketed hotel ever…not a hint of its true character on booking.com.. Got here to find a 1930’s art deco masterpiece lovingly preserved and maintained…huge room…huge bed… Corridors full of art… Its really an experience…with staff to match…what the Directors PA referred to as The Real India’ …and she’s right

Have found that the fastest way to gain weight is to combine fast food, cappuccinos, but brittle. Samoisas and chain…put on so much weight I look like a ships prow

And its monsoon season…where you get wet ..to the skin if you don’t move fast enough when the rain starts…and puddkes everywhere….feet constantly wet

And I fell down a hole…I’ll explain more about that later…battery on tablet flaking by the second..

Big plans for my last 9 days…ready to slap the next person who tells me relax and enjoy my Holiday 🙂

Not quite so bleak as it sounds.. iIT Mumbai are interested in developing/collaboration in MissionMumbai…

Off to bedski..almost 4am ..and Mr frantic check out clerk will be on my case first thing… He’s already tried to check me out days early

Oh..forgot to mention have become estranged from my clean clothes..went to Goa with light packing..beachwear..left half a suitcase here in Mumbai..currently in someone’s boot…thanks to phone crashing have been unable to sort…forced to wander around The Ambassador..5 star hotel..in grubby salwar and floaty tops..

Talk soon xxxx going before battery goes and I lose the post

Coming soon : mandovi express, cows of candolim..Ambassador gorgeousness,MarinevDrive..and a new website
Love an peace
Jen xx

Mubarakan [Title Track] – Juggy D, Yash Narvekar, Badshah, Sukriti Kakar, Rishi Rich & Yash Anand


I used Shazam to discover Mubarakan [Title Track] by Juggy D, Yash Narvekar, Badshah, Sukriti Kakar, Rishi Rich & Yash Anand. https://shz.am/t361480779

Friday Night in Goa anyone


I’d blog but….. 

Its Friday

I’m in Goa.. 

Better still am in Baga..North Goa..

The music is good… The monsoon is beautiful…and its Friday night and I can feel the club’s ready to start bouncing…

Lots to tell… Train journeys… More flights..lots of rain…four dolls done..and IIT Mumbai stuff to share

Later…  Maybe later tonight..or tomorrow #itsFriday 

6am from a balcony somewhere in Candolim..goa


After a somewhat discordant dawn chorus…dogs howling at 4.30am…followed by cocks crowing and cows mooing…all of which stopped the minute I came out on the balcony with my coffee

Sat here looking at coconut trees and wondering just what I’m doing here..in India that is…

I had a plan..I know I did..but hot..and hot and hotter…and rain…and what seemed plausible in UK now seems laughable..

Have ordered a new website for Desisisters..mapped out a launch plan and a social media strategy but all I can think about is where my next paratha is coming from…and how much this is all costing 

I swear to god I will never launch myself halfway across the world without planning and budgeting ever again.. way way over what I thought it would.cost

Had a bit of a disastrous trip to mapusa yesterday… Moral of the story..never jump on a bus in ridiculously hot weather without some prep..or idea of where you’re going and why…bus journey was lovely..cool…great trip down lanes…all went downhill after we got off the bus…didn’t get further than three Laps round the market before I abandoned ship and went home..

Back to Mumbai at weekend for a few days and then back to Goa…check in with the girls see how they’re getting on with the dolls..

Just for you…video of palm trees from my balcony this morning

erm.yeah..about that last post ‘Keep Mum Alive’


Popped onto wordpress tonight to write a post and spotted my last published post…a set of notes hastily banged out just before we left for Goa.. I think…days ago anyway… no idea how that got published : )

So here you are, last post explained..

Keep mum alive 

keepmumalivejosh

One job, just one job, KEEP MUM ALIVE !

“Josh gave me one job, just one job to do on this holiday and that was ‘KEEP MUM ALIVE’ !!! ”

Sorry, had me crying with laughter…..

Josh is my youngest son, who treats me like his child…aged 20 at present..(pictured above) and Charlie is my older son,31 (?ish?) middle child.pictured below..and who, for for various reasons is out here in India with me…

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#MumbaiSelfie

Cause :  Both ,my sons being more than aware of my erratic behaviour patterns and willingness to get into cars with complete strangers (Amsterdam, thought it was  a taxi, no glasses on , didnt see bulletholes or missing windows…had to be rescued by my now ex-husband… but not before a journey to the outskirts of the city , return at knifepoint..)

walk into roads oblivious to oncoming traffic … wander off with complete strangers…never come to any harm but still…

Josh apparently gave Charlie this instruction the night before we left.. which he shared with me as he yanked me out of the path of an oncoming big white car with very big headlights which were awfully close by the time I noticed.. sorry, I still think its really funny, being lectured on road safety by my son…  sons even…

oh…and my total lack of respect for my own health , came back with a stomach parasite last time, due to the devouring of everything anyone put in front of me, street food, and brushing my teeth with tap water..

Decapitation by fan

Charlie failed to notice this particular hazard but I did moments before I almost got scalped. For the first week in India, we stayed in a little hotel in Santa Cruz Mumbai… my room had a fan immediately above the bed.

getting ready for a meeting the other day I jumped on the bed to check my reflection in the mirror the mirror and jumped off twice as fast just in time to prevent myself beng scalped by said fan :)))

Went to tell Charlie and he;d just barrowly escaped losimg a hand as he put his hands up to remove his t-shirt, which became entangled in fan in his room…obviousy

sorry, I don’t know if it was a ‘you had to be there’ moment, but I’m crying with laughing again just thinking about it…

Swift resume…story so far…

Well, at time of leaving those notes had just finished a week in Mumbai, now ten days later in Goa…there’s been a train journey, massive jet lag, a lot of rain, stunning heat, a lot of time cooped up in the apartment .. too hot, too tired… did i mention a LOT of rain..and a momentous train ride that nearly killed me…and a few to many anti-histamines…

so yeah.. I’m in Candolim, Goa.. just catching up with videos I’ve taken and pics..  business project type stuff that needs sorting, have engaged the lovely Larah to help me put Desisisters website together…finally

Video blogs here – 

so meanwhile, entertain yourself with the first edition of #CowsOfCandolim

Couple of pucs of dolls with captions

pucs? really ? … sorry way too fried to hunt down pics..AND add captions..you’ll have to be content with the cows… 🙂

keep mum alive


Keep mum alive 

Decapitation by fan

Charlie fan

Swift resume…story so far…

Video blogs here
Couple of pucs of dolls with captions