Friday, February 21, 2014

Humble Beginnings

Sometimes, it takes a close encounter with death to make us start living our dreams.

Since late 2008, I have dreamt of having my own business... not the virtual online kind that so many of us are venturing into these days, but a real tangible place, where I sell goods/services to customers in person and not just to email IDs or Facebook profiles or mobile numbers!

My Dad wouldn't let me do this though, citing several reasons, the most important ones being:
1) the risk involved with the capital invested in the business, and
2) the future of the business in the event of my marriage.

My illness in August last year, however, led to some serious medical complications. "Serious" as in "life-&-death" type serious. (I didn't mention this here earlier, or to anyone in touch with me on a one-to-one basis back then, 'coz I was afraid that talking about it would make the worst come true somehow!)

Anyway, that entire phase of my life is enshrouded by a thick layer of fog now (as is customary of nature -- it blocks out the most stressful parts of our life in order to protect us from pain). So I don't remember exactly how this happened, but Dad finally realized that he didn't care for any of those reasons anymore; he just cared for my happiness. So he agreed to let me have my own shop/office/whatever-I-wanted-to-call-it, if only we could find a suitable location that we could afford.

Fortunately, with the help of a lot of Reiki, we found just the right place! In fact, the previous tenant of this shop vacated the place just about a week after Dad started inquiring in the neighborhood, for a shop on rent! There were a few obstacles, yes, but I guess even Reiki knew that my life depended on this shop now. So it diligently kept removing those obstacles. And on December 13th, 2013... the very same day that Vasundhara Raje took oath as the new CM here... I officially opened my new "neighborhood shop"!

I know you all would have a lot of questions about it - "What do you sell there?", "What does it look like?", and so on! So I am sharing a few recent pics with you here.

It's called Kopy 'n' Kitab, by the way, continuing the 'K' series... Kadzilla's eStudio and KraftyFingers (both of which have ended up as sort of unofficial subsidiaries of Kopy 'n' Kitab!)... and this is what it looks like at the moment...



That's the front of my shop, with a boutique opposite it, hence the female models in the display!



And that's Dad, manning the cash counter. I tend to return extra change to the customers, so this place is reserved for Dad, in order to ensure financial viability of the venture!



The stock! Office stationery, school stationery, colors (one entire shelf dedicated to the hobby range!), pens (loads of them!), even kiddies' slates and chalks!



More stock! Notebooks, coloring & activity books, board books for toddlers, stickers, different kinds of papers, even tattoos!



My workstation! This is where I run Kadzilla's eStudio Kasin Websoft from... unofficially, of course! And KraftyFingers has its space reserved at the back, behind those curtains. That's where I'll start hobby classes for kids, in their summer vacations.

This is it then... a cross between a shop and an office... and, in future, a hobby school as well! It's a small start, but I figured I should first learn the "ABC" of running a business, and the "book" would write itself automatically when the time is right! Right? :)

As for my health, it is still not fully okay... but I'm getting there... slowly... one day at a time! :)


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24 comments:

Psych Babbler said...

Oh wow...that's scary about your health! Hope everything turns out ok. Keeping fingers crossed for you!
In the mean time though, this looks like an exciting venture! Love the name and love stationary...if I was around there, I would definitely be visiting you regularly.
Take care and good luck with everything! :)

Bhavya said...

I did wonder where you had vanished off to! Hopefully you will be back in shape real soon.
All the best for the new venture and I'm sure the book will boast of a huge success with all the ABCs you are learning now :)

Mina Menon said...

Glad to know thoings falling in palce.. do take care!

simple girl..... said...

wow!!!.. all the very best for the new venture ..

Reema Sahay said...

I was wondering too where you have gone! Hope your health gets back to normal super-fast so that you can give your all to your lovely venture. It is a privilege to be able to do what one want's to do. All the Best :-)

Vanessa Rowe said...

Hay Kads!! here after a long time... hope you're much much better now! It's great to see your stationery shop, and yeah, I lurrrvvveee stationery so... if I come visiting don't be surprised to find your shelves khaali :P

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Main toh aaunga :) :)

hibiscuschica said...

Wooooohooooo!!!!! Good for you!! So happy to hear that you are doing ok and living your dream. I wish you all the best and lots of customers! Big hug from Spain

Mamta said...

Kaddu,

Do all what it takes to improve your health.
I know you might be already doing that, let me know if I can help in any way.

I have been missing posts from you, do keep writing more regularly if possible.

Congrats on the office. You are right , we should always try to pursue our dreams.
I liked the idea of "kopy and Kitab".
You could even do a small library kind of thing where kids stop by to read and rent out the books for the books you really want them to read. You know convenience matters.
I like the pictures. The shop looks well arranged and clean.
Best wishes for all your new endeavors.

Anant said...

All the best Kads! May God grant you success in all that u do :) _/\_

Shilpa Garg said...

That's a super cool venture, Kads!! Wishing you the very best and take care of yourself too. Stay healthy and stay blessed. I am sure Reiki will guide and help you in everything! Cheers :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thank you, PB :)
Wish you were here!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahaha! Thank you so much, Bhavya! :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Yupp Mina. You switched to 'Mina' from 'Meena'?

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thank you, 'simple girl' :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

True, Reema... it sure is a privilege, although it should have been our right! Thank you for the best wishes! :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Vanessa! Good to see you girl! Where did you disappear to?
And you say you'd have emptied my shelves if you were here? Arre fir to jaldi se aa jao ekdam! :D ;-) :P

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

OB... (sighhhhh!) I know! :(

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks hibiscuschica! :D
How have you been?

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hi Mamta! Thank you for dropping by and commenting here. I got your email too!
Thanks for all the lovely wishes yaar! It really feels good to hear from you :) Will reply more on your email! :) See you...

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thank you, Anant :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Shilpa!
Ya... I couldn't have done this without Reiki! And so quickly too!
We should meet up soon... let's work something out...

Avada Kedavra said...

Congrats Kaddu and glad to see you back blogging. Your shop looks fabulous. I will definitely visit it if I ever get to visit Jaipur. I looove stationery. Good luck for the new venture.
Hope you are feeling okay now. Take care!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Thanks Avada! :)
Ya you must come over if you're in Jaipur... would be great to meet you in real!

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