Life’s more than picture perfect!

IMG-20170328-WA0020I will never forget that day when I was told for the first time that” Hey I follow you, and I love your pictures! “That’s when it finally hit me that, Oh God! All that I have been posting all this while is indeed reaching out to so many more people than I can actually imagine and the craziest fact is that once you post it , its forever there! Sometimes I wouldn’t even know which social media has been picked up by the viewer coz I was using all so many. This all went to a point that my personal life was public and everything that I was doing could probably be a part of discussion. I had no intentions of that kind of publicity, but then why was I doing it? Why was I turning a slave to this whole social media platform! I wasn’t even earning money by my popularity coz I aint no celeb and the ones which I was getting were compliments which felt like taunts that dint seem to come from a very good intent.

Also at this point a dear aunt told me that these days you guys are posting all your pix on Social media but do you realize ki posting all the best ones could attract negativity? She used the word “Najar lag ti hai beta”, and let me tell you I’m very much educated and not superstitious but that day I really took her suggestion into consideration and thought over and over again. Yes, it was making sense to me in a prospective that I was indeed attracting unwanted attention more than appreciation and that was something that had begun bothering me. People remember visuals these days more than “kaha suni kahanni” and then gossip. Yes we are always interested in others lives more than ours, wonder why? And then when I took a break to an undisclosed location altogether where I was forcibly cut off from the Net that’s when things became a bit too tough for maybe my so called followers but effortless for me in reality!

I guess our self-worth these days is directly proportional to our likes, follows and no. of friends and without this all we seem to be a failure in our own eyes. I don’t know who is responsible for this but slowly and gradually we have forgotten who we are coz we are constantly busy trying to put up a certain image and making things seem perfect even though they aren’t. We have lost our innocence and every single moment that we should be catching glimpses of each other’s real expressions and guessing what runs on their mind ,instead we are more amazed by  the reaction implicated by random emojis!

I think the “stay connected” attitude has given people the door to open a conversation at any time and any hour without thinking twice whether it’s appropriate or not. Everybody is using the messaging app that used to be earlier only for social purpose has become a networking tool and also a supreme stalking source. Let’s give this a thought and become not superstitious but atleast sensitive and a little empathy would definitely be appreciated!

Travel Diaries: A Swiss Affair 

Ever since I have known about Snow I have always wanted to visit Switzerland! And as I say Swiss, Snow, Chocolates, Cheese and Swiss Knife pop on top of my wishlist. I knew I couldn’t take Snow back home but the rest and offcourse the Bell has kept me fascinated for years after watching DDLJ! 

As we crossed over the border of Italy and entered I would be lying if I don’t tell you that the writter just awakened from within. We touched swiss after a long Tunnel and what a contrast of weather, from winter chills we went to snowfall Hills. I have seen snow in my native country but catching glimpses of the first snowfall of winter in Switzerland was a moment which just fulfilled my trip. The snow flakes slowly and steadily settled on the coniferous trees along the montain slopes, the houses along the road’s rooftops got a coating, also the cars and pathways weren’t spared from turning into white beauties. It was a matter of worry before, as to how was I going to survive the winter but now it turned into a treat. My camera just couldn’t get enough of the snow scenes so did my eyes, and the eyes won over as I kept down the camera to fill my personal memory storage,aka brain! As we halted for lunchtime, the restaurant to my surprise had tables lined by the window panes overlooking the mountains. It was hot indian food and the icy cold view. The food was excellent, my favourite rajasthani sweet pickle which is hard to find even back home and an apple sheera for dessert, couldn’t ask for more. 

We then left for Mt.Titlis. Here after buying a ticket and you also get a sticker pass to be put on. Then you first have to get into the “Gondola”, which is a six seater cable car that takes you to the point where there is a station for “Rotair”, that is a big cable car with a capacity of 60 people and revolves on its axis as it carries to Mt.Titlis. Surrounded by snow it was completely white except for the colourful specks which were people climbing down the mountain. 

The Mt Titlis has 5 storey building, with open snow area on 5th floor, the place I was most looking forward to.

 It also has a restaurant and bar on 2nd floor but we chose to go to the Move n Pick Ice cream parlour on level 3. I had the swiss chocolate ice cream since I wanted to try things local, it was the most creamy chocolate I ever had. It cost us a little less than four euros but it was definitely all part of the frozen memories that I was going to carry back home. 

We also visited Lucerne, which was again a very scenic place by the Coblebruck. It had a row of cafés by the lake which had beautiful Christmas decor already. It was a day well spent. 

#TREK#KALSUBAI the tale with a twist!

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The trek was a bit steep and quite slippery at times but the real adrenaline rush was getting a grip through it all. It was a long one but that feeling when we finally made it to the top after crossing over scary ladders and streams was mind blowing, to the extent that the winds were blowing so fast that we thought we could fly! I felt so full of life at that moment, it was as if I was stepping in heaven and was floating on the clouds,Yes! It was so insane! It was peaceful and just so beautiful that I’m falling short of words. We were literally on top of the mountain if not the world, at 5400 Ft above sea level!

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As we began to head down, we saw a stall selling hot bhajjiyas and chai. We celebrated our victory over the most amazing plate of bhajjiyas which we polished off in minutes. I could have eaten some more but the way down was a challenging one, so I resisted the craving and we continued down. As I was marking my way down and putting each foot in a planned manner so as to not slip, there were many instances when I thought would stumble maybe but I kept going. I think this holds true even in life, we can take precautions, plan and then act but sometimes the fall is the place where the rise begins.

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After hours of the steep way down, as we reached base site I was at my hungriest best! I have never had such a huge appetite, maybe it was the simplicity and freshness of the hot food served or the hard work that we put in, but I haven’t eaten so much even at the grandest of buffets! The typical Maharashtrian fare with Matki ussal, a subji, hot chapatti, varan bhaat the comfort food of all maharashtrains and the yummy Shrikhand, which took away all my fatigue. I was at my messiest best self, in my most rugged avatar and now it was time to get ready for heading back home! With zero network, and nil social media, it was a delight to see people interact face to face. I made some new friends and the journey was one to remember!

No that isn’t the end of it all! There is more awaiting you as we head back. Had we gone home comfortably by the private bus, we wouldn’t have remembered this day much. It was a rainy day and the bus got stuck in the mud. All tactics like raising the engine, giving it a push and also getting a tractor to pull out the bus was employed but to no avail. It was getting chilly as the sun dropped down. I was getting worried for I had to head to work the next morning. But there was clearly no sign of a way home. Fortunately my friend’s service provider came to our aid, for she found coverage to make a round of calls home. Everyone was anxious, worried and upset about the mishap. To top it all it was raining heavily and continuously back home. At one point I really thought we would have to stay back in the village. And then a ray of hope shone! A taxi was arranged to head to Kasara station from where we were to catch the local train. Now we had a challenge ahead of us, for we had to get into the last local to Kasara or we would be stuck up and it was already late evening. My friend who had got injured was given priority and we quickly got into the packed vehicle for station. I really don’t know how we reached there, because the roads were very scary, it was dark, raining and all foggy. There was literally zero visibility to my vision. I was petrified but I had to show a strong front to my friend who was already in pain as she had an injury. I’m sure our driver had some super powers that he took us safely. We thanked our stars for we reached in time for the train. Although we had never travelled on that route all we knew that we had to head back home anyhow. This was the time when I befriended the crushes friend. Soon we realized that we were heading home to the same suburb! There was major bonding that helped to ease the nerves. Now for a matter of fact we knew we were safe and then we finally managed to reach home!

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Yes, I went straight to work the next day! I do take my job very seriously but breaks like this fuel the person I am! Cant wait for another shot of madness!

P.s. Thank You AJ for making this happen! This couldnt have been a better break and especially to embark our Friendship of 13 years,& still counting…

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It’s been long, since I was dreaming about this day, it was harder to believe when I was finally living it away. It had been planned long in advance and I was typically excited a lot, for it was a day with my chosen one with whom I grew up all along. My school bestie was accompanying me! The girl I share all my wild madness with, my moments of pain and equal joy! With whom I have experienced my first streak of solid adventure as a Kid when we did River Rafting and now we were all grown up, so have our endeavors!  Taking out time from our busy schedules when we meet, our greets and farewell are no less then long lost lovers. Time and the distance have only strengthened our bond because in days of Skype and whatsapp we never seemed to have lost our track.

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The day arrived and we finally got set with our rucksack for the super adventure! We were equipped with every small necessity and a bumper pack of energy. As we assembled at the meeting point we saw so many new faces that were a part of our trekking group. I could feel the vibes as they were an equally excited lot. And guess what?!  I had already found myself a crush after a bit of scanning and I could obviously not hide the hint of blush.  After school days I had probably not got that silly feeling but I guess now I had gone back to being the same girl I was in secondary. It felt just like school when she used to tell me what to do and what not to. It was certainly a walk down the memory lane. We got into the bus and headed for the overnight journey to the base camp. It was continuous giggles and chatter, for we had to catch up on life and off course the Gossip! We fell asleep when the energy zonked over and a sigh of relief was probably given by trespassers. It was drizzling as we reached the base site. We got ready for the intensive trek to the highest peak of Maharashtra.

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There is something so addictive about the rains, that I never really get enough of this season. Especially when in nature the effect is all the more drawing. I was mesmerized by the view of the mountains engulfed by clouds. It was foggy, chilly and lush green. I had to start clicking! So I did, and caught up on the before dawn glory. It was so peaceful and unlike the daily grind of life that I couldn’t help but feel the gush of the Mother Nature. That’s when I exactly remembered that,”We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same but something inside our minds has changed and that makes all the difference”.

there’s more coming… next part on its way! Wait for it… Until then let me know if you have a similar story, please comment and share it if you like it.Truly grateful and keep that soul alive!

‘Sleeping beauty, where’s you?’

“I am a night person! “ I’m sure there’s a whole group of people nodding in agreement.  Now isn’t this like just the perfect tagline to escape from the fact that we don’t find enough time or energy during the day and turns out the night with its sense of tranquil inspires us in different ways, but have you really thought what kind of havoc is that causing to your body? We love ourselves, don’t we?  We live life on our terms but, hey! do you really think those terms are going to be your loyalist when it comes to your health and wellbeing. I’m sorry to tell but you are causing self harm! You probably don’t drink, you probably don’t smoke, you probably don’t pile up on junk and you probably are trying to do all things right in your own little ways but are still wondering what is it that’s going so wrong? Why am I not reaping good health? Ever thought if your lifestyle is right?

A Lifestyle isn’t really about all the things fancy but a life which suits you just right. Ayurveda is the science of Life and you would be amused to know that although its an ancient science its laws still hold true. In the fast life we have somewhere forgotten our basic needs, in which “Nidra” or Sleep holds a lot of importance. It’s the least spoken aspect in our regime but in the Ayurvedic  refrences it has been mentioned that its lack can cause great peril. If you think that you catch sleep over the weekends, then that extra sleep holds no value because it isn’t going to fill up for all those days of the week when the harm is already done. It ain’t  just the number of hours that you sleep but also the time and place that makes a whole lot of difference.

Ideally the sleep should be completed during the night, so as to wake up early before the sunrise and answer nature’s call. This practice in itself cures and prevents a lot of diseases. Sleeping during the day should be avoided and if need arises then the individual must sleep before lunchtime for a period exactly half of which he missed previous night. Sleeping during the day is discouraged in all seasons except for “Grishma” or summer and in those individuals who do strenuous physical work are an exception. Also it is very normal to feel sleepy after  consuming food, but try catching sleep while in sitting position, maybe on a rocking chair or head on desk .This way you get the benefits of sleep without causing a disturbance in the tridoshas which could be compared as the cause for obesity and also disturbance in the levels of hormones due to erratic sleep hours. So instead of making excuses, sleep on time and sufficiently to experience a healthy you!

TIP: Make the most of your lunch hour and take that short power nap on your desk. It will definitely recharge you on a hectic day.

‘OIL-the-TOIL’

My grandmother always ran behind me for oiling my hair and as a kid I always wondered why was it so important. At school where oil in hair was compulsory, was such a curse that I am sure all of us looked forward to getting rid of rules. Once in college the oiling became a rare sight, for fashion and looking good took centre stage. Such is the situation with most of us, until some survey or a person of great expertise enlightens us with the truth.

There’s always been a controversy about whether to oil or not but if you ask me then Ayurvedic texts have mentioned the importance of Oil and massage. Application of oil to body,foot and external orifices like nose,ear,eye each have different effects. Our body is a machine that we literally use everyday, sometimes overused,sometimes underused or sometimes abused. Don’t you think we should take care of it so that it supports us well for the longest time?

The “shir abhyanga” or head massage is beneficial in improving our reflexes by directly stimulating the sense organs. It makes the hair indeed stronger, longer and thicker. “Karna puran” or oiling the ear is therapeutic in relieving neck and jaw stiffness, done after sunset. “Pad Abhyanga” or foot massage done with oil releases the build up tension in the body, enhances vision, lubricates and strengthens them.

A very fine example of watering the tree to keep it nurturing has been compared with oil for the body. It’s effects are noteworthy if continued in the long run. Sesame oil is preferred option as it is easily available and also has the properties to enhance health. Now you know why should always listen to your elders😉

TIP: Forget expensive pedicures, Massage feet with oil before you retire for the day starting from today and make it a daily practise.

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‘Mommy n me day’

Had a supertime today! It is mother’s day & I was bound to make it special, so would you have, I m sure. We all want to make that day memorable, in a small way or big doesn’t matter,after all its the thought that counts. Our mothers take care of all our needs,they pamper us, spoil us yet manage to instill trust and the right amount of discipline.
Tea is a ritual in Indian households because its the start of a new day and with the family together its more of a bonding session, no matter how much it is incorrect to drink tea first thing in the morning, but more about that may be when the health freak awakens! So just making that cup of tea for her, or helping her with chores or making a meal will surprise her and give her the greatest joy.
In my case I had booked her to myself on this day in advance. I know sounds crazy but that’s my way of just being possessive about my time with my people. I am glad I have realised that no amount of gifts can make up for the precious moments in life and although little gifts add up, its those memories that stay with you forever. The best part is that nobody can take them away.

I spent my day with my family with those beings that love you unconditionally. Yes, I m talking about the Dog festival, “Keep that tail wagging”. Was delighted to see dogs participate in big numbers. Especially when they walked the ramp towards the end of the event, it was heart warming to see the bond between the family & pets. Adoptions were going on in full swing, there were grooming booths, play area and snacks for dogs. My dreams of adopting a dog have become more strong and I just can’t make up my mind on which one, but until then I m going to attend more of these events and play with all those pets my eye catches.
TIP: Adopt a pet if you can or experience the joy a pet gives you, if you haven’t yet, you don’t know what you are missing.

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