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Yay!! :) I have awesome news.
and by awesome I mean happy joyful stargazing news.
The fates are speaking :) 

So a while ago I heard about Levi's Shape what's to Come Community 
A community of young women being formed around the globe as people most likely
to pioneer their way into the future. 
I told myself I'd apply. But went out of town, got distracted by a hundred other shiny objects.
and missed the application date.

A few weeks later- a beautiful stranger called me as I walked around the streets in Bombay
and told me I had 15 minutes to apply on the phone! 
two days later I found out I was one of the 17 women chosen from across India to create the community! and I was amongst some fantastic women, some singers, some fashion designers, photographers, activists and more! 
The first assignment of sorts was to create a visual diary of one's journey into our respective fields.
This made me feel like it was even more fated. I've been keeping  visual diaries all my life!! :) 
the whole journal can be viewed HERE





some pages from the visual journal. :)

 
 my mother and me

but but but!! the story doesnt end there. :) So in much of a hurry I sent off the journal too them with prayers and love. And as the fates had it, I sent it by the wrong courier service. 
that (and get this) went on strike the day after I sent it!
And with tight deadlines and all- this caused many phonecalls between Bangalore and Bombay.
Half an hour before all the journals were being taken to the US (except mine because mine was lost)
it was found with the apartment's watchman (who ironically had the same name of someone very significant in my life) where it had been forgotten!! There we go again with divine intervention and the fates.! :) 

And then and then and then (yes the story still isnt done with)
a few weeks later I got a call from Levi's saying I was 1 of the 4 women
chosen to be a creative ambassador of India
at TED GLOBAL in edinburgh.
Say what? Could this be troooooh? Yes it is infact!! :) YAYY
*bounces around the house*
this is the mothership of TED conferences and I am sooooofer excited :))
and so soon tooo.
*bounce bounce bounce *

Thank you blog for all the love.
It's strange thanking a blog...But boy do I owe this blog LOTS.
I started this blog in June 2006. When a young keyboard playing man I was charming at the time suggested I do so. I started by thinking I'd be a writer, realized I couldn't really write and started putting up my photographs. and then art too. This blog has within it 5 years of growth, of love, of visions, of tears, of joy and of gratitude. From when I was 17 to now. :) 
(incidentally the man I was charming is the one drawn above.5 years later and we are still charmed)
and thank you blog readers for love too.
and thank you world for all the love. :D
omgorz. so much love. hee.
*BOUNCES *
THANK YOU.


19 comments:

niyati. said...

:) what an awesome journey! full of love and peace and more magic! :) thanks for sharing all of it shilee. lovee and soo proud of you.

Taaneyasinterlude said...

So happy for you Shilo :) Your work is absolutely beautiful in a millions different ways and so are you :) Have a great time in edinburgh

Michel said...

What was the name of the watchman?


"'The Other'; According to Derrida, It is an absent presence. That which IS (as in that is present, that is current, that is now) depends upon a peculiar structure of presence and absence that makes it strategically dependent upon that which is 'Not'. Also known as 'The Other". That which was not knowable, not calculable and not something one can have a relation with and yet we are always already in relation somehow to it.
An example: The extinction of the tyrannosaurus and his dinosaur buddies allows us to enjoy watching movies at the cinema without being disturbed or eaten."

vineeta said...

I am soooo not surprised by any of this. Nothing travels like talent :) And I am so proud of you & i am s happy you will represent our country with your art and with your beauty, in every way, by what you are and by what you create. GO SHINE!!! and blind them with your being :) :)

Pal said...

This is a fantastic news :)And I am so proud of you..TED sounds like Magic..meeting other souls with creativity and the n,number of conversations...brilliance...Have fun Shilo!!!Your work is like being in Trance :) Have fun in Edinburgh!

Shilo Shiv Suleman said...

thankoo much much much :)

La Cabra Con Franela said...

No, thank YOU for your awesomeness!

Palash said...

well done indeed! so proud of this new milestone... there'll be many many more for you, my super-talented friend :)

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Chamki said...

arre big kiss!

enjoy the lottery that is your life, someone said to me the other day and i send it to you with a kiss.

likhte rehna, aur tel ka kam khaana!

:P

JUGGLESHWARI said...

We don't know each other, but i know you through this blog. I feel the love you post with every other week. Good luck with it all. good god, what a journey!

Love and more love...

Shilo Shiv Suleman said...

@niyu- arreh you only must be a love and peace. Heehee.
@taaneya- long time no see.
@Michel- Jitu was the name of the watchman.
@Vineeta- Right right back at you!! :)
@Chamko! You're my only notebook buddy.
@Juggleshwari- What a NAME! :D I now know you through your name and nice blog also :) Thank you muchos.
La Cabra- no thank YOU for awesomeness. :D
@world- lalalala. I am now going to be a sociable commenter. HI WORLD!

Billo Rani said...

HI <3 :) B-)

GarlicPickle said...

I have been following your blog only forever.
And the magic of it always stupefies me.
And I vaguely suspect it possesses a gravity of its own which I readily succumb to.
Congrats on being selected!
Here is a pair of SuperSleuth goggles in case you decide to look for the Lochness monster.

Michel said...

I understand that you are having a little bit of trouble with your UK visa.
Do check out http://tinyurl.com/3v3rq7g

I'm sure it will help.

Shilo Shiv Suleman said...

HAHAHA @Michel. That's the best help I've gotten and was a good bounce too :D Thanks :D

Shilo Shiv Suleman said...

Also I see you're a dead psychologist. Good on you :D

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