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10 Happy Moments by Aakriti Kochhar Sachdeva

10 Happy Moments of My Life 1. The first time I held my baby sister in my arms.  I was happy I had someone I could bully! 2. The first time I saw the Eiffel Tour twinkle.  There is nothing about Paris that didn’t fascinate me: the wine, the fashion, the culture, the gastronomy and the people (especially the men!) Then first time I saw the Eiffel tour was like a long awaited dream come true! The better part, I sponsored my own trip! 3. When I brought my first puppy home and my life has never been the same! My dogs have taught me to love selflessly and to always look where I put my foot (if I don’t, its usually in dog poo) 4. When I entered Disneyland! The first thing on my bucket list was going to Disneyland since I could probably spell ‘Disneyland’! I was longing to go to the happiest and most magical place on Earth! Going there with the love of my life made this experience even better. 5. When I met my childhood friend after many years over drinks and realized distance didn’t ch

Expectations by Kriti Sharma

How would your life be if you weren't expected to be an obedient child? Would you be determined? or would it be confusing? Would you be able to find your own path? Or would you be stuck questioning your every move? Would it be exciting to rebel? or would the choices bore you? As a child my parents never expected anything from me except being a good human. I was never forced to do anything, and if they ever forbid some action, I would try to understand why. Partly because I liked keeping an "average child" image. I would always see my younger brother (who was super smart) burdened by the expectations because of his AWESOMENESS! I realised that the better you are at something, the more under scrutiny you are. So, to avoid the Cons , I liked to avoid living up to my potential. Sounds Crazy right? Coming from a highly educated family, I am the least educated with a Bcom, Mcom, LLB and IPCC. Had I not put up that front, I would have come under tremendous pressure and may have

First Time Mother by Karen Braganza Pereira

I always knew I wanted to be a mother. Also I was the only one who avoided the topic of babies because the idea scared me. Becoming a mother was a melodramatic shift in my life. May 2019, I first found out I was pregnant. I freaked out! All I did was ran to my husband who was fast asleep and broke the news to him. The joy and happiness on his face was priceless. That’s when I knew that it was time to step into the next chapter of our lives - being a first time mother. 9 months were full of drama (which I created), food, care and don't forget the unsolicited advices. Seriously, I sort of thought I would have a magic infusion of motherly wisdom when I gave birth to my 8 month old daughter “Chloe”. Instead becoming a parent was like a tragic movie at first. My heart really sank when my baby was losing her mind, she would cry for everything be it hunger, diaper change and somethings which I am still unaware of. All the unwanted advices had already confused me and I didn’t know wh

Food Blog by Garima Jain

CHAI FLAVOURED PARLE - G MUFFINS   The largest selling biscuits in the world, older than India’s independence, the OG Parle- G biscuits. Every second and somewhere in some part of the world, 4551 people are eating Parle-G right now. What better way to eat the OG biscuits, other than in the form of muffins. Almost every person who’s eaten the biscuits has tried the nostalgic flavour of Parle dipped in chai. Hence, decided to modify Parle-G cake’s recipe to Chai flavoured Parle-G muffins. I know you are already drooling, get started with baking.  Ingredients * 300 grams biscuits * 1⁄2 cup sugar * 1⁄2 tsp baking powder * 1 tsp vanilla essence  * 2 cup milk  * 2 tsp black tea  * 1/2 tsp tea masala  Method  * Make the chai first. Heat the milk. Once, the milk starts boiling add the black tea and the tea masala. Heat, till the chai is reduced to half. Let it cool!  * Roughly crush the Parle-g biscuits with your hand, add to the food processor along with the sugar. Process till it forms a fin

Guest Post by Drashti Shah

  0 ‘ my beloved city,  Aamchi Mumbai A city of dreams and a city that never sleeps, What has happened to you? A wave of virus has swept over you but it surely cannot compress you, The cases are rising and the heartbeats are pumping with stress, O’ virus, why don’t you disappear ? Early mornings where school kids hopping on a bus is a common phenomenon; today the buses lie deserted on the roads The honking horns and the race among the Uber, Olas and autorickshaws on the roads; the utter chaos and noise vibrates in the city like a windchime, The beautiful smile of my maid each time I open the door; it amazes me inspite of having so little how she manages to be full of love, The echo of sound Bhelpuriwala that signals arrival of the vendor who makes amazing chaat in the locality, The market or bazaar where vendors shout at the top of their voice to sell a few extra veggies or fruits and where bargaining is a norm, Today I miss these little things! People jogging over Nariman Point or fri

Teacher's Day Post by Mohini Choudhari

At the age of 10, my family went through an emotional, financial downfall. This resulted in many changes in our lives and one of which was a change of school for me. I was 14, my mother had me enrolled in a new school (for me), my elder sisters were already studying in this school so there was a level for trust and safety that my mother had with the school. I was excited, shy, nervous and all sorts that a normal teenager is.. I did manage to make new friends. Some who are now family, some whom I cherish meeting. However, this school opened an entirely new world for me. In the world where we now believe in equality, a strange bias (we called it favouritism then) existed. The pets (please read top talents) by default would take part in all the competitions, school functions, interschool activities, sports, etc. Oh yeah, they possessed some super powers I wondered. The teachers did not put any effort in encouraging new talent. This was a very well oiled machine, the process was smooth and

VLOG by Rajvir Karamchandani

  Original poem written for a 4 yr old's poem competition at school which won the 1st prize. Go Corona Go! Go Corona Go Where did you come from?  and when will you go? Go Corona Go  Narendra Modi said India is in a lock lock down Even my school is shut shut down Children can't play outside or go up or down Else Mumma and Papa will frown frown frown Parents are working so I play in my room room room I also clean the house with a broom broom broom  I attend online classes on zoom zoom zoom And then go for a drive vroom vroom vroom  Go Corona Go Where did you come from?  and when will you go? Go Corona Go

Guest Post by Rahul Bandiwadekar (Pause… Live! Don’t just Exist!!)

Year 2015. I was just done with my MBA and was placed in a French Multinational Company. All of 24 years old and eager to win at everything there is. One of the blessings(read: curses) of getting out of an MBA for me at least was it molded me into another potential rat race candidate if I wasn’t one already. I kept telling myself, “alright, let me just grind it out and set myself up for the next few years and then I'm gonna chill.” Close to 4 years later… one evening, I was enjoying a round of drinks with Dad when he popped the question while glancing through his Facebook app, “hey I see your friends did a trip to Dubai, and another group is doing a Euro Trip. What happened? Didn’t get your leaves approved?” To which I responded, “No, to be honest I didn’t even ask for leaves. I lied to my friends about it however so please keep that in mind if it ever pops up in any future conversation… Maybe later… I've still got a lot to do. A lot to achieve. Maybe once that’s

Guest Post by Sarthak Dhanwantri (Barcelona Diaries)

The Idea When I started binge watching How I Met Your Mother, almost a decade back, I became an instant fan of Barney. (Well, I watched HIMYM before Friends, so Chandler is second in the list). Our Neil Patrick Harris aka ‘Suit-up’ guy always gave mantra to make life legend-wait-for-it-dary and his love for Laser tag and strip club, made an entry into my to-do list. Thanks to Play Arena, Bangalore, played laser tag back in year 2015.   What’s left was strip club and I had to wait for 4 years for that. While pursuing my masters, I got an opportunity to go to France for an exchange term and that’s when I planned to tick the long pending item. I wasn’t as excited for Eiffel as I was for strip club. And what better place to full-fill the wish other than Barcelona, home of Camp-Nou, mecca for Messi fans. Although I’m a Ronaldo fan, but one simply can’t miss the talisman in action. Morning in the city As Barney said that nothing is Legendary unless your friends

Guest Post by Sufiyan Bhoira

The Final Sermon and Stories to inspire delivered 1400 years back and why it's still remembered even today. Right at the end of his life and in his very final moments The Prophet may the mercy and blessing of God be upon him (Pbuh) said "The prayer, the prayer! And fear your lord with regard to those whom your right hands possess.”  That defined him, even in his final moments he is caring for those who are with him and those to come after, for indeed he wasn't only send to Muslims but for the whole of human kind and he knew if we prayed 5times a day it would remind us of whom we ought to return and why we were living in the first place. In his final farewell speech he (pbuh) reminded the Muslims who were with him on hajj by saying "Regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners" Remember the prophet wasn't the prophet for the first 40 years of his life, he lived a nor

Guest Post by Michelle Dsouza (Life of a Girl Living Alone)

I often come across many interesting yet strange questions when I speak about living independently. So, here am I answering all those questions and sharing my experience of this independent life. I've been living in Mumbai for about 4 years now. It's been a nightmare, to be honest, but this journey has been tremendous. From an immature, irresponsible, dependent, and nervous human, I've grown up into a self-dependent, matured, confident, and ethical human being. Many people tend to ask me how I manage to live alone. To be honest, this was what I wanted growing up. Not that I dislike my family but because I had my own plans. When I grew up, unexpectedly I got this opportunity and I never had a second thought about it. I knew it wouldn't be simple but I was ready to take a chance. Initially, everything went messy which of course was meant to happen but eventually, everything fell in place. With regards to managing my schedule, I think I was pretty much organ

Guest Post by Monika Karamchandani (30 Things to do to Feel Happy)

No one is happy all the time but there are several moments where you experience true happiness!!! And it is these little moments that string together to give you an overall sense of being happy in life. Try these – they have really worked for me and since childhood I've always been told that you are so positive, fun and happy despite facing similar shit in life like anyone else (acne, job loss, death of a loved one, shifting countries, childbirth pain, period pain, lockdown, stress, pollution, traffic, maid on leave etc.) 30 Things to do to Feel Happy Dance like no one's watching Call a friend Play hide and seek with your kid Watch an episode of any show from your childhood (I recently watched Tom and Jerry, Small Wonder, I dream of Jeannie, Different Strokes and F.R.I.E.N.D.S is the final resort) Send a Whatsapp message to 10 contacts paying them genuine compliments. Trust me you'll receive a few compliments back Wear a sheet mask and pamper y