We’ve designed our space for ourselves. There’s no imported jellyfish aquarium at the reception. Wait, there IS no reception. Anyone and everyone is allowed. We don’t have a watchman and we like it that way. We do have a female stray ‘Shantabai’ to greet you at the door with a wagging tail and some zenful music if you happen to visit during the mornings. You will see electric fitting wires and ropes hanging on the ceiling because it makes us feel at home.
Now, haters will say we’ve taken zero effort in setting up our office, but hey! We do have something that we’ve put our heart, soul and energy into. Quite literally!
Yes, the Mandalas that adorn our office walls!
These mandalas are not just colorful pieces of artwork hung on the walls but badges of something that we deeply follow and believe in. They are sacred pieces of artwork intended to evoke a feeling of unity, harmony, healing and spiritual development amidst the chaotic work routine. It’s like looking out of a widescreen after hours of keyboard war and having someone whisper‘you got this!’
Shall we peep into some of the Mandalas that we’re super super proud of?
The Floating Lotus Mandala
The beauty of the lotus is that it remains untouched by either the water or the mud that nourishes it by suggesting our undefiled spirit. With its roots latched in mud, it submerges every night into murky water and miraculously re-blooms the next morning, sparklingly clean.
What we learnt from this Mandala?
With such refusal to accept defeat, it's almost impossible not to associate this flower with unwavering faith. No matter how bad your Monday was, you always come out stronger the next day, week, month or for as long as your life demands honestly.
FALL DOWN SEVEN TIMES, STAND UP EIGHT.
The Dove of Peace Mandala
The Dove is the most spiritual of bird symbols. In addition to its universal importance as an expression of peace and reconciliation, it conjures up the purified soul.
What we learnt from this Mandala?
Internal fights and arguments are bound to happen when a number of creative minds collide but you don’t have to hold on to that grudge for too long, do you? Talk it out over a cup of coffee and get ready for arguments to come. PEACE!!
There are more such Mandalas on our office walls and trust me we can go on for hours but we would be glad if you drop by to check them out.
BONUS: Feel free to drop a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive printable files of Mandalas you like and make your space look like ours!
You’ve landed on our first blogpost and the least we can do is offer you chai, isn’t it? Because that’s what we all do, not because you are important to us. (Oh you really thought you were important?)
If you’ve ever been a guest at anyone’s house in any part of the country, we are 100% sure of the one thing that you have been offered (read: politely accepted) – CHAI.
Before someone say “coffee is better than..” pssst quit it! Let us enlighten you, 30 cups of chai are consumed in India for every cup of coffee.
Curious, right? We were too. And instead of turning to Google for answers, we decided to find it ourselves.
We made a Menu card with every possible beverage on the list and used it to welcome our clients. And guess what? Most of them preferred masala chai (after scotch, of course. Yes, we serve scotch too.)
Fun fact: We lost most of the clients who preferred coffee. And we like to believe it was not our service, it was our (badly made) coffee.
Most of our clients say that they love the sight of kettle pouring hot piping chai in small cups. It makes them feel like they are home. Yes, we agree that coffee comes in handy on a heavy work day. But nothing like a sip of kadak adrak chai after a long day of work, right?
(If you got a dollar for every time you read ‘chai’ in this post, would we collectively be able to put Bezos out of business? The answer is no, for years to come.)
No, but seriously. We too believe in the power of chai. It is literally the ice breaker when clients arrive. The number of our boring client brief meetings that are being saved by a cup of chai is unreal. It’s the mediator when two people are having an intense discussion and it’s the vague excuse used to prolong a good moment;
Chai is not just a refreshing drink for us Indians. It is love, it is instant family. But most of all, it is the cultural symbol of ACCEPTANCE. If you offer chai or have been offered chai by someone, congratulations, you are someone they approve of.
So tell us, when are you dropping by for a cup or two? (We were kidding. You ARE important 😊)