Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Eat Pray Love and Decorate with Tilonia Social Enterprise

Although I don't believe in fortune telling, I am gleefully waiting for the release of Eat Pray Love.

In Singapore, I will just have to wait a little longer to watch it but knowing my obsession for all things Indian, I will surely love the protagonist, Elizabeth Gilbert's journey there. Here's a sneak peek into the burst of colours of the movie set.

photos from Elle Decor

Bring your gaze onto the bottom picture, and the top left and right corners. See those dangly colourful curtains? (Trust me to zoom in on details that are out of focus!) A few strands of those will add a romantic bohemian feel to any room. I found a social enterprise, Friends of Tilonia that stocks something similar with bells for extra cheer.

Friends of Tilonia supports the work of Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, India. Barefoot College is an NGO that helps the rural poor to achieve self-sustainability and has been such a successful model that it's now adapted around the world. The communities work towards solutions through rural handicrafts, solar energy, water, education, health care, people’s action, communication, women’s empowerment and wasteland development. Its founder, Bunker Roy is in TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World 2010. By expanding sales of Tilonia crafts, Friends of Tilonia helps to increase the income of rural artisans and build economic opportunities in these communities.

If you have 5 minutes to spare, check out this video on Barefoot College.

What a run-around from Eat Pray Love, to a snippet of home decorating, to a social enterprise and then to the impressive passion of Bunker Roy. I guess this goes to show eating, praying, loving and even home decorating can lead to a better tomorrow if we keep our "appetite for life" not just for ourselves.

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