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10 Happy Moments by Aakriti Kochhar Sachdeva

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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

5 Things I Learned in my 20s

I was young, wild and carefree in my 20s and had one motto in life – experience everything at least once in my life with no regret and irrespective of its consequences and repercussions. As I inch closer to turning 30 next year in February, the world went into a lockdown and it gave me ample amount of time for self-reflection, soul-searching and making lifestyle changes to condition my mind as to how I want to shape the next 50yrs of my future life. The following is a list of 5 things/lessons that I learned in my 20s from life:- 1. Restrict your Social Circle You can have a hundred fair-weather friends but once you identify your core set of five to ten people whom I refer to as “permanents”, that’s enough to sustain a happy and fulfilled life. Of course! Lesser the friends, lesser is the drama. Oh! I’m a lucky man, To count on both hands, The ones I love, Some folks just have one, Yeah, others they got none, Stay with me, Let’s just breathe 2. It is okay to FAIL!

First Time Mother by Karen Braganza Pereira

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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

Guest Post by Drashti Shah

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  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

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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

Living in a Hostel

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The email stated, "Congratulations! You're admitted to IMT Ghaziabad Executive MBA programme for the academic year 2018-19".  I experienced mixed emotions of happiness because I was finally going to do my Masters and sadness because I had to leave my friends and family behind and move to another city. I packed my bags, enjoyed a glass of beer with my best friends at home and headed to the airport for my flight to Delhi. During my transit, I had flashes of the movies Rockford and 3 Idiots about how hostel life would be for me for next 365 days. I entered college and was mind blown by the campus infrastructure.  Well, if you've lived in Bombay your whole life, you don't expect to see an 11 v/s 11 football field in the college campus. We are used to tall buildings and no space.  I got the keys to my hostel room and while enjoying a cigarette with my hostel roommate, I was flabbergasted with the amenities in the room -

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

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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

Losing and Gaining a Best Friend

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I feel unhappy, I feel so sad, I’ve lost a best friend that I ever had. We met in the 7 th grade and were inseparable ever since. I have so many fond memories of him from studying math together to being introduced to football and classic rock music, from crushing on the most popular girl in school to bonding with each other’s siblings, from our first drink together to going for underground poker tournaments, from always standing up for each other to the eventual fallout. My father once told me, “Don’t ever let girls, money or business come in the way of friendship” and yet I did. I made the mistake of falling in love with my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. I got romantically involved with her and my best friend from school cut all ties with me. 10 years later, I bumped into him at the movies and there was a plethora of emotions that just came back to the surface, we welcomed each other like two brothers who had been at war for so long. We knew our friendship was restor

I'm a Recovering Alcoholic

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My doctor exclaimed, “You should consider going to rehab”. While I took the long walk back home, I realized that alcohol had taken over my life. I was not consuming it anymore but instead it was consuming me. What did I do next? I bought a bottle of the finest scotch, went to my room, played heavy metal music and poured myself a drink. Then another one and another one and another one till everything faded to black and I passed out on the bed. Next morning, I obviously had a terrible hangover but I started googling rehabilitation centres in Bombay. Did I really have an alcohol addiction? Was I a raging alcoholic? Did I need medication and psychiatric help? The questions kept bothering me for the subsequent days and weeks. I’ve been drinking frequently for almost 10 years but 2014 was when it all began to go south. I used to drink 4 pegs after office on weekdays and binge drink on weekends with friends. My debit card statement for months had transactions of onl

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

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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