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Day 30: My Hopes For My Blog

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Day 30: YOUR HOPES FOR YOUR BLOG 
I started this blog when I realized how powerful this platform is. True, I don't blog about things which would "trend". But this space feels so mine...absolutely mine.

I hope more and more people discover this blog. Realize there's much more to the unstrung ramblings of my musings... :)

Day 29: A Confession

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DAY 29: A CONFESSION 
2013 was one hell of a year....and I'd never want to trade it for anything in the world. The good times have just begun!!!

Day 28: Most Embarrassing Moment

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DAY 28: MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT

Well, quite a few make it to the list:


falling down the stairs in collegewhen everyone realized who I had a major crush onwhen said crush decided to annoy the hell out of me by saying very weird thingsfalling down while coming down the stairs in the Westside store...and usually I just laugh at these moments and put them behind me!!!

Day 27: What's In Your Closet

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DAY 27: WHAT'S IN YOUR CLOSET


Clothes
Jewelry
Diaries
Books
A kaleidoscope
Notebooks
Fabrics
and more clothes!!!

Singapore Diaries: The Flight & Then Exploring Villa Marina

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I had arrived on Saturday...my plane delayed by 4.5 hours to Singapore. I had actually been looking forward to this trip. Which, by the way, is a first for me. I was practically shipped off the first time in December 2010...and the next time, my head was too up in the clouds to care about being out of the country. Not to mention the jealous and snide remarks I had to endure for being lucky enough to travel out of the country 2 times in a row. But this time it was different. 
I was not being shipped off against my will. Nor was I suffering from the whole love is an open door syndrome. I wanted to do something for my 25th birthday. Celebrating it with my sister after nearly seven years seemed like a good plan.And by God, it took such a long time to execute. The saving began from last year. And lastly,the timely arrival of my arrears, helped to let me by sufficient dollars. (Although being the generous and loving brother-in-law and sister, they haven't let me spend anything yet. Exc…

Day 26: My Hidden Talent

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DAY 26: YOUR HIDDEN TALENT 
Ummm...I guess I haven't discovered that yet. But I do have a knack of picking up lots of hobbies. Maybe that's my hidden talent.

Day 25: My Biggest Regret

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DAY 25: YOUR BIGGEST REGRET 

It took me nearly twenty two years to find myself...I wish that had happened sooner. Besides that. Nothing really... :)

Day 24: What Attracts You (in Love)

DAY 24: WHAT ATTRACTS YOU (in LOVE)


Honest conversations that go on till late into the night...Someone who likes cats and would adore Pippli-Pie :DA lover of books, movies and musicSomeone who can write. Or tries to at least.Sense of humor.Caring, warmth and loving nature.

Day 23:If You Won the Lottery

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DAY 23: If You Won The Lottery...
Start my own publishing house.
Travel the world.
Build a free library.

Day 21: What Makes Me Sad

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DAY 21: WHAT MAKES YOU SAD


Backstabbers Lack of faith You choose to be sad I choose happiness over sorrow, every day :)

Day 20: What Makes Me Happy

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DAY 20:WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY 
Pippo darling <3Red roses A walk in the rain New notebooks The smell of books Learning new things Reading Pet-sittingBaking Writing and the list is endless... 

Day 19: My Favorite Movie

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DAY 19: MY FAVORITE MOVIE

I loved this movie. I loved every single minute of watching this movie....And every time I am in a foul mood, I go back and watch this again :D

Day 18: A Photograph of Myself

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DAY 18: A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOURSELF 




Day 17: My Favorite Blogs

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DAY 17: YOUR FAVORITE BLOGS 
The Vigil Idiot
Dip-tea Blogs Here
The Shameless Blogger
b00k r3vi3ws
One and half minutes
Dreams n Drama
....and all the random blogs I read!!! 



Day 16: Thoughts on Education

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DAY 16: THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION 
My mother always said that the sky is the limit when it came to learning...and I've always believed that. While I agree that bookish knowledge is important - I sincerely believe that teaching yourself all the life skills is also very important. 
I have his mad urge to be self-sufficient. Perhaps that's why I've taken up innumerable hobbies... :) 
I don't like the rote-routine ways in which we're taught in our schools and colleges. It limits creativity. And becomes at the end of the day, a memory test.
I have the highest respect for anyone who has taught herself anything...be it an instrument, a skill or simply the ability to see something no one else can.... 

Day 15: Where Will I Be in 5 Years?

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DAY 15: WHERE WILL YOU BE IN 5 YEARS?

Working my dream job, living with my family and of course, Pippo.

Maybe with a wealth of books to my name.

A couple of best sellers wouldn't hurt.

Traveling.

Weekend trips.

Being in touch with my best friends.

Being able to sew almost anything.

A much better baker and cook.

:)

Day 14: 3 Healthy Habits

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DAY 14: 3 HEALTHY HABITS


Brush my teeth every day, twice, without fail :D
I practice yoga, thrice a week.
I always wash my hands before eating...or use a hand sanitizer!!! 

Day 13: What's inside my fridge?

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DAY 13: WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR FRIDGE?

Well, I guess milk, butter, eggs....lemon, vegetables, jars of jam, peanut butter.

A stray bar of chocolate.

Chocolate chips.

A forgotten dessert.

Bottled spices.

Whipped cream.

Fish.

Chicken.

Salami.

Sausages.

Minced meat.

And...you'll have to ask my mother. This list is written from memory, recalling all the times I've opened the fridge, trying to snoop around for food! :D

Day 12: My Favorite Childhood Book

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DAY 12: YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK
Long before I found out the reality of the Grimm's brothers' stories, I loved the watered down and sugar coated versions we were read out as kids. And Disney put a whole new spin on it too....So doubtlessly, my favorite childhood book was a copy of the children's version of Grimm's Fairy Tales.
I do own a copy of the original too. But my love for the story remains as strong as ever. In fact, it has even inspired me to write Indian adaptations of these beautiful stories.



Day 11: 10 Favorite Foods

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DAY 11: 10 Favorite Foods 
I am not a foodie at all...but being friends and siblings with people who at least one favorite food has helped me pick up a few dishes that I will like - if not love. A recent conversation between my friends was one where everyone had an item of food they said they would kill for...and I kept thinking and thinking about something I would kill for. Too bad, nothing very concrete came to mind. Anyway - here's my list:
1. Phuckas/Golgappas/Pani Puris - whatever you choose to call it. This tops my list thanks to the crazy sister who insists that this was the best thing ever invented on earth.
2. Doi Maach 
3. Cupcakes (especially the ones I make for the family!) :D

4. Ice-Cream sundaes (especially if someone makes them for me!!)
5. Brownies with ice-cream (homemade version)
6. Chicken Sweet Corn Soup (and I love the version Gauri di makes for us)
7. White Mushroom Sesame Chicken 
8. Doughnuts (especially the ones found in CCD :P)
9. Chicken Rezala 
10. Cris…

Day 10: The Best Trip of My Life

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DAY 10: BEST TRIP OF YOUR LIFE 
2012 was a terrible year for me. But there was just one thing which cancelled out all the bad things, and made everything in the end, seem worth it. That was the fact it was my first trip with friends.
It was the trip to Darjeeling. Being the crazy people we are, we booked our hotel even before knowing how we were going to get there in the first place...and we were going there in December. During the time nearly everyone decides to pay the place a visit. 
So being the geniuses we are, we ended up going to Shiliguri by road. (Yes, we were such daredevils). But we enjoyed that road trip immensely....and from Shiliguri we took a car to Mirik. Where we would spend one night, before journeying on to Darjeeling. 
I loved Darjeeling. Perhaps I didn't get to do all the things normal tourists do...but I am guessing it was the company which has had me appreciate this trip like no other. In fact, I'm sharing all the pictures of the people both in front (an…

Day 9: What's In Your Bag/Wallet

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I keep switching my bag everyday..as in the one I carry around. Either to college, or to hang out with friends. Or to even random outings on my own. But there are a few essentials I always carry in my bag.



1. Pepper Spray!!! :D (I've terrified people with this knowledge on occasion too!)

2. The book I'm currently reading...and this varies from the latest John Green to some philosophical book I might have gotten my hands on. I read almost all kinds of books (except the ones with gory details on violence...that just freaks me out.)

3. My purse (and that always contains my ID, my debit card, my membership card to a certain beauty parlor, cash to travel, cash to spend on books :P, bills from usually Starkmark and places I've eaten at, a picture of The Mother and Sri Aurobindo, a picture of Bipotarini Ma....and notes that my friends have given me. I always keep those notes safely in a compartment of the purse.)

4. An umbrella (well, usually). No matter what the weather is, I b…

Day 8: 5 Current Goals

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DAY 8: 5 CURRENT GOALS 


Finish my MPhil thesis on time. I already am grappling with some ideas....but I want the academics part of my life to get over soon. I really want to start my journey in the real world. But what that is - don't ask me. I have NO idea.
Write a bestseller. Writing a good book and getting published were yesterday's goals. Now I want to write a story which touches many hearts....and ends up becoming the next National Bestseller.
Only buy books when I'm done reading the already unread pile I have. (Although I have a feeling book addicts like me, make and break this rule 50 times a day!)
Even though I have a rule about being kind to people, because I don't know what their life is all about - I think I'm going to change it a bit. The new rule is: When I am saying 'yes' to someone, I am going to make sure that it, in no ways means that I'm saying 'no' to myself. Sometimes, you need to tell people exactly what you think: because peopl…

Day 7: My 5 Favorite Songs

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DAY 7: YOUR 5 FAVORITE SONGS 

That will be a very difficult list, because my favorite songs keep changing from time to time. But if I had to choose, this would probably be my list:


Yaaron by K.K
What You Wanted by One Republic
Time After Time (Cover by Alex Goot)
Winter Lady by Leonard Cohen
Fairy tale by Sara Bareilles

DAY 6:What Am I Afraid Of...

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DAY 6: WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF

Once upon a time, I used to be so afraid of ghosts. That doesn't happen to me anymore. I think as I grew up, I realized that there are no monsters under my bed. They are in my head.

I used to be afraid of the dark. But that doesn't bother me anymore either.

I guess the only thing I'm afraid is the thought that Pippo will exit my life forever someday. But this thought makes my blood run so cold - I never allow myself to dwell in this place.

If you know me, you'd know exactly how much I love Pippo...and what even the thought of losing him would do to me.

So yeah. Day 6 challenge complete.
Bring it on, Day 7!

Day 5: My Proudest Moment

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DAY 5: YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT 
The obvious choice for this would be the day I got published. But there are so many other things I achieved...and not only getting published fits the bill anymore. It's so easy to get published these days (at least the first time for sure.) 
I was a mess by the time 2012 ended. Only my closest friends will be able to tell you the way I'd completely broken down...and the day I found myself again. I think that, was undoubtedly, a proud moment for me. I had no idea how strong and brave I was - until I being brave and strong were the only options I had left.
It's just pretty safe to say the proudest moment of my life is yet to come. I've had plenty of very proud moments - having the amazing women I have for a mother and a sister - you tend to get a lot of those moments. But no, the proudest one hasn't arrived yet.
The proudest one must be on its way.