Wednesday, November 30, 2011

And the winner is.....

.... Ratzzz!! Please find her comment below,

I was down with Viral fever and hospitalized. Came back home, opened Google reader and found this. What more can i ask for the Guy in my life who spent all his waking hours with me in the hospital, forsaking his office and friends.. :)

Cause I love the way he looks in Kurtas -

Oh he is a big time Party guy, hence this -->


Congratulations Ratzzz! Krithika and I are glad it was  Ratzzz, her husband definitely deserves a gift for having taken such good care of her when she was hospitalized. Congrats 'Hubby Ratzzz!'

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Maheshwari Janarthanan: Little One's Doodles

I know hitting the refresh button means no longer dedicating a whole post to just one feature, but I do have a few old promises keep. So you will see the odd feature popping up in your Google Reader or FB feed over the next weeks.
Here's a story of yet another lovely creative soul who quit her full time job to pursue her passion. 

Maheshwari Janarthanan- erstwhile graphic designer, currently a full time illustrator.

Sources of Inspiration- books, songs, movies, under water, colours, people

 For those who are trying hard to read what's written, the lovely words are,

when the spirits are low, 
when the day appears dark,
when work becomes monotonous,
when hope hardly seems worth having,
just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road,
without thought on anything but the ride you are taking
When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help the person to realize his dream

The path to fame and fortune, you ask? Facebook! Maheshwari uploaded some of her doodles on Facebook and the tremendous response (mostly from people she didn't even know) motivated her to launch Little One's Doodles

She designs and sells beautiful...

Tea towels



and Coasters

To see more of Maheshwari's work, please visit her blog or her Facebook page.

Don't forget to drop by and participate in Shopo's giveaway

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shopo Giveaway

Shopo is back on SHP, this time for a giveaway. Yep, you heard right! 

Win a Rs. 1000 voucher to buy gifts for the special man in your life.

The rules? Simple!

Pick any gift(s) for the man in your life (boyfriend? dad? brother? husband? son?) in the budget of Rs.1000 and give us a fun reason for having chosen that gift by writing to us on SHP's Facebook wall! If you don't have a Facebook account, go ahead and leave us a comment here below this blog post.

If Krithika and I find your reason the most fun, we will give you all you have ordered for AND this lovely pair of Pachi Jade and Ruby Jumkas from Accede Fashionz worth Rs. 2999.

If you've chosen products that are worth more than 1000 bucks, you can go ahead with the order and get an immediate refund of Rs.1000. So you only have to pay the balance over Rs. 1000. I know we read all your doubts the moment they cross your mind ;)

All the lovely things you can buy for Rs. 1000 and under....

The giveaway is open from Monday, November 14th and closes at midnight on Friday, November 25th. Delivery is free within India.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The New SHP Says Hello

 ~ A Love Story of a Blogger and Her Blog ~

Love at Second Sight: When blogging first burst into the Indian scene, I stayed away. Everybody I knew seemed to write a blog. Meh. Fast forward a few years- A move to New York City. The tiny world of 'The Arts' as I had known it, exploded in my face after what Manhattan had to offer.  A year or two later, an annoyance set in on how a large part of the new Indian creative talent was relatively unknown here. 

SHP was born. I fell head over heels in love with the design blog community. It has been a wonderful year long journey of meeting several creative folks, online and offline. 

Growing Apart: I slowly realized that I had dived right into the deep end of the pool. I loved what I was doing, but simply didn't have the time to handle the amount of correspondence and requests for features that landed in my SHP inbox. It was starting to weigh me down.

Denial: I furiously typed responses, coordinated feature dates, coaxed out an artist's story; all on the tiny screen of my iPhone on my commute. I wrote up posts offline and hit publish as soon as I surfaced from Manhattan's underground subway system. All this multitasking eventually (and predictably) resulted in a complete 'blog burnout'. 

So-Not-Over-You: I sporadically resurfaced, but the 500 unread mails in my inbox kept blinging at me with the ominous red labels I place on unread emails. When I mulled over my reasons for starting the blog, I felt immensely guilty about not replying to all those creative folks that needed a shout out.

Re-Kindling the Romance: I don't give up on relationships in real life, I decided I shouldn't here. I hit the refresh button. I disappeared to teach myself the basics of photoshop, CSS, HTML; I gave SHP a cosmetic change. Like it? Love it? Hate it? I wait with bated breath. I'm blowing bubbles to kill my stress, while I wait to hear from you.

Voila! A solution to everything that was bogging me down! Notice new tabs/ pages right on top? 

A curated list of 'Favorite Indian Designers': A  growing list of all the young creative Indian talent India has to offer. Writing in to SHP? I promise to add you to the list. The word 'curated' here means that promises  can at times be bent on discretion ;) I hope to do bi-weekly profiles of all the new artists that are added to the page. Keeping my fingers crossed that this should ease my 'blogload' and also give me the leeway to blog on all the other stores, topics and pretty things that I want to have excited animated conversations with you, my lovely readers.

The 'Shop Indian' page: I get a large number of emails asking me if I can dole out information on places to buy desi stuff online, the stores to visit on trips home or where the people I blog about retail. It's is now all on SHP's landing page. Need a quick reference list? Hit Shop Indian!

Verdict please? Like SHP's new avataar?