Saturday, 21 July 2012

Every Tshirt has a story...

# TIME : 5 AM
   PLACE : Balcony of a resort @ Dharamshala.

Sitting in the balcony, Shradha sees this beautiful scenery in front and just pens it down to come up with another masterpiece.
We are all well versed with the beauty of the Dhauladhar range and the holiness of the Tibetian Shelter- McLeodganj.

What many of us might not know (atleast we did not) is the Tibetian Art School- NORBULINGKA. 30 km from Dharamshala, its replica of the Norbulingka palace in Lhasa which protects the Tibetian art, creativity, sulptures and woodwork by teaching and training tibetan students. A very small area but beautifully kept, the greenery, running water, the tibetian architecture, even the smallest of things like sign boards, have a creative touch which cannot be missed.
Teaching area

It harbours a Buddha temple- very colourful, typical tibetian style, the teaching area, rest house, workshops (which is open for tourists, make sure its not a sunday), art gallery where, their products are for exibition cum sale. Every single product, be it, a painting, pencil sketch, cards, diaries, tshirts, wooden handicraft, shows their immense hardwork and creativity. No doubt such an institute was born to protect this to-be-extinct art form. (Do read more on this and add it to your itinerary, whenever visiting this region-The Land of Gods.)


Wooden dolls 

# Next on list is our special way of wishing Anniversaries :
(..had to be parcelled in a day)
** Design Courtsey:           (had to catch a train in a few hours)

... and birthdays (finished as the clock struck 12 midnight):
Entropy designed Khadi Kurtas for a Gandhiwaadi by heart! 

who loves the colour PURPLE...

# Somebody wanted tshirt for her school sport's day...and of course she loved it!

# One thing is for sure, with time constrains Shradha makes the best of designs.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Lessons learnt

Discussing this idea of creating our own webstore with my friend Arpita, seemed such an soon-to-be-done,easy job. Arpita was hoping to be a part of our site launch, before flying off to Cleveland (which was just a month and a half away), I was already feeling proud of our wonderful idea, we had discussed almost everything from the name to the advertsing to freebies and shipment. Now after half a year, we are finally ready for the big bang.
*Lesson # 1: Its not Hogwarts School of magic, you are in the real non-magical world!!!

It just seemed to be easy but believe me, standing in the railway luggage area in front of that huge macchi smelling parcle of ours, we understood, there are no shortcuts to success. And yes, how could we forget that trains are home to the biggest of rats who'll also love our t-shirts!!!! But thankfully we retrieved our stuff well on time and in good condition.
*Lesson # 2: Keep a very good packing and parcel in train at your own risk.

All these months, apart from working on the website (we just had to do the designing), we've been trying to bring Entropy to the public through social-sites, exibitions, friends, and their friends, family, and also through those people who are indirectly related to Entropy, Our t-shirt manufacturer-Ashfaq, the cashier at ICICI, the box maker, printer, ofcourse our site makers,our postcrossing friends and strangers in train. Facebook and twitter have been our platform to bring up our designs and helped us to reach a great number of people. (Me a fool used to not like this facebook at all......)
*Lesson # 3: Keep yourself alive.

Online shopping was never my choice. My first experience was with Flipkart (for some book in a discounted price), about 3 years back.Today, the situation is that the courier guy (through flipkart) had to say, "madam, mujhe lagta hai ki mai har teesre din aapke ghar aata hun!!!".Thats the result of the wonderful service it provides, be it their user friendly site, cart, billing, shipping, courier service, complaints,on-time delivery, everything goes as you want. At every step of shopping,  it creates 10 new customers. Learning from this, and many more such webstores (we've experienced pathetic services too), Entropy will try its best to make our valued customers FOREVER.
*Lesson # 4 : Grahak bhagwaan ka roop hota hai.

Its just the beginning....and a very long way to go, a new experience, a new teaching at every step and each step is more frolic than the other.
*Lesson # 5 : Work, not for working, but for yourself, as your favouite pursuit. I bet you'll love it.