the end of a really big fight.

10 Jul

well, its been almost 2 weeks since i took a break from india  prompted by the fact that the entire country (yes, entire) was acting like a bitch towards me. so i started talking about other important things, like my sister, minxeses (minkseses?) and my handicapped dog. as you do.

but now that’s all over. i am pleased to announce that after some heavy drinking, new earphones to listen to marvin gaye and an empathetic email from my friend josh – i am ready to end my really big fight with india.

i’m a little sad actually, because it was kind of fun being angry at 1.2 billion people for a while. sigh.

no, but realistically, i guess now is a good time to start an upswing because i had a good week. minus the fact that i caught the flu during the first half, i had a stellar few days visiting clients and their businesses in the field.

since my interest is primarily in financial services small businesses, it was wonderful to finally meet some truly amazing entrepreneurs who have literally pulled their family out of poverty.

at the risk of losing your easily-distracted interest (you’re basically cats, people), i will only tell you one story.

i met a  guy who takes old pants, pulls them apart and recycles them to make kicky shorts. he uses scraps of cloth from other garment vendors to add design detail to the new shorts and even resells the zippers from the original pants to make additional profit.

so not only is the guy running a highly environmentally-friendly social business, but he’s making a killing while doing it. he has been able to transform his family’s lifestyle.

it’s so f*&king badass!

on top of my field visits, work in general has been going suspiciously well.  i feel like i might be earning a smidge of respect from my colleagues and that my projects have a small hope of being successful.  don’t get me wrong, i’m still my perpetually cynical self – but at least there is a glimmer of hope now.

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so in celebration of the end of the big fight and my better-than-most week – i am currently drinking around 2 L of homemade sangria for which i trekked across the city this morning to procure the fixins.

now, i plan on getting completely belligerent and dancing around my apartment for the next 3 hours to 60’s rock and roll.

wish you were here yet?

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19 Responses to “the end of a really big fight.”

  1. barnet July 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    While you boogie to this, just imagine it’s India singing to you.

    • heyitsmeal July 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

      i love this song! i very much did boogie to it!!! plus their suits are so amazing.

  2. strawberrycreekgardens July 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    Alison – love reading your blog and your great stories! Keep it up:)
    Meghan Dear

    • heyitsmeal July 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      awww meg – i am so glad you’re reading! i hope that you are well – would love an update when you get a moment.

  3. Brenna July 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Yes, I very much do! Glad the fight is over!

    • heyitsmeal July 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

      thanks b-town. i totes know you want to be here…but just for the fancy drinks.

  4. Hannah July 10, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    I want a sari. That is all.

  5. ica July 11, 2011 at 12:51 am #

    Me too!! They are beautiful!! I’m with you hannah.

  6. Josh Vanwyck July 11, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    What incredible fabric! Do you think some of those shorts would be appropriate for me? You are after all my best fashion consultant… How can I support your clients?

    PS keep on rockin’ I love your stories and the bravery you bring to every situation (even if that means running away and being brave enough to tell people that).

    • heyitsmeal July 11, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

      no the shorts would not be appropriate for you – they have flourescent colors on them. and while im sre thats stylish in india (land of bright colors and all) – you are never allowed to wear flourescents joshie.

      haha, youre so fun. you keep on rockin’ too my friend.

  7. A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) July 11, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    Um no. Sorry to be a droplet of rain but it’s hot enough here thank you very much but happy you happy. Or happier… :-)

    • heyitsmeal July 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

      i’m ok with this – just keep loving me from afar and we’ll call it even. :)

      • A.A.B. (auntie angie baby) July 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

        Oh ya baby. xo

  8. Lidia July 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    wow, the craftsmanship on those sari’s is incredible!! truly talented artisans!! can i put an order in as well?!

    btw, i love how everyone sits on the floor during these meetings, and how they are all smiley and laidback!

    • heyitsmeal July 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

      they are seriously incredible – i sat and watched the guys embroider for a good 15 minutes like a total creep. you can definitely put in an order – i will be bringing several back.

      it’s all about respect here, so we show them respect and they do the same for us. it’s nice. i’m glad you noticed how happy the clients are – it’s a wonderful thing.

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