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Thursday, September 20, 2018

I FEEL PRETTY



A while ago I stumbled upon the hype over the movie 'I Feel Pretty' which stars Amy Schumer in the lead. I am all about chick flicks. I love a totally girls girls movie, but to be honest I wasn't a huge Amy Schumer fan for reasons unknown to me! Saying that, I did give into the hype and decided to Netflix the movie. I am so so glad I watched it. Really did not expect the sudden burst of confidence it injected into me. In true Hollywood fashion it does have a very over the top climax. If I were to ever take such a step in my career, there would probably be no company that would ever hire me again!



So why have I decided to dedicate a whole blog post to this movie? It's because this movie really hit home for me. *SPOILER ALERT* The basic theme for the movie revolves around this girl who dreams of working at the head office of the company she currently working at, but never has enough confidence to actually go and interview for the position. Then one day she meets with an accident and somehow gets the confidence of the world! (I know right!). Everything in her life just goes so right that it all has to go wrong one day, and it does. And then at the end we all learn that if we really do consider ourselves good enough than the world will too.



I agree. Some of the best decisions of my life have come from my belief in my own self. Whether it resulted into something or not, is secondary. Confidence is tricky. We have been told to 'fake it till you make it' when it comes to being confident. But I think it would drop you as quick as it took you high. How I feel it works is that to gain confidence in something you just have to keep doing it consistently. When you do it as often, you keep getting better at it and then one day you won't have to think twice to just go for it! If you love something enough, you will know what to do. You don't need someone else to push you towards it! So light a fire within your passion and just go for it! I promise one day you will get there!



Ending this article on a suggestion: Go watch 'I Feel Pretty'. I am sure you won't regret it!
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

UDAIPUR


Udaipur has always been on the top of my travel bucket list. There's just something about a place with so much historical evidence that pulls me towards it. It just feels like I am living in some pre historic era with of course the facilities of Wifi and Cabs. To me, visiting a new place has a lot to do with its architecture, the places we can eat and how affordable it can be.

Here's how we spent the weekend in Udaipur. I've included everything we did, everything we did not do, everything we did that you may skip, where we ate and where we stayed. To see how all the places were and what were our reactions to them you can watch the vlog about the trip on my YouTube channel here:


HOW TO GET THERE

So we contemplated on a couple of options before settling on flying to Udaipur. I'm sure you can find out options with which you're more comfortable with if flying isn't what you are looking for. Also, if you are looking to fly, I suggest comparing prices on a couple of different websites. I always check MakeMyTrip, Akbar Travels and the Airlines own websites. When you're working with a budget even a difference of about 1K is worth it. We were flying a low cost airline and they didn't provide us with an option for the inclusive meals so it is good to carry a little bit of food with you.


WHERE TO STAY

Since Udaipur has a place with a lot of tourist attractions, we had decided that it just makes sense to book a really nice place that was inexpensive at the same time. Also, because it was two of us, all the expenses were going to get divided by two and hence we set our budget a little higher than we usually would. We scrolled through a lot of options and finally managed to find one that fit well within our budget and booked Hotel Raj Kuber for the stay. We were really pleased with the way our room turned out. We had a fantastic view overlooking the beautiful city from both the windows. So the places we saw our options were from Trivago and directly from the hotel's website. And because we found out that Booking.com was offering the best deal through Trivago, inclusive of breakfast, we went ahead with that option. The stay was excellent, however the breakfast options could be a bit better.


WHERE TO EAT

Me and Tanisha are both huge foodies. So finding places that satisfy our taste buds is very important to us. We spent endless hours on Zomato trying to find places that offer a variety of cuisines. Sounds really fancy right? Well, truth be told, we ended up going to not such different places. Although the food that we had was really good. Some of the places we ate were: Royal Cuisine at Hotel Chunda Palace, 1559 AD, Vantage by Panna Villas, Darikhanna Restaurant at Jag Mandir, Jhumar Restaurant, Oladar Village Cafe and had fantastic rajasthani dessert at JBMB (a local point). The food menu for the restaurant at Jag Mandir were surprisingly limited and expensive. So you might want to just grab a drink there and eat somewhere else maybe. There's a variety of Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian options at all of these places. There are various other options for a proper fine dining experience where you would have to book a table well in advance.



WHAT TO SEE

There is a whole lot to see in and around Udaipur. You can make a day trip to either KumbalGagh or ChittorGadh which are about a couple of hours away from the city of Udaipur. We on the other hand didn't pre plan our trip and so we decided to skip both the places for this trip. Saying that we did manage to see a lot in Udaipur. The things we saw were: Rajiv Gandhi Garden, Sahelion Ki Bari, Fateh Sagar Lake Front, City Palace, Jag Mandir, Monsoon Palace, and Lake Pichola. We were actually going to skip the Monsoon Palace but that was actually one of the best parts of the trip.

*You definitely want to try and reach to all the places you're going to go a little bit earlier just to avoid all the tourists blocking the Instagram worthy shots.
*Plan your day a bit in advance so that you don't end up feeling lost in the morning as we did twice while on the trip.
*Try and inquire about the places from a couple of different sources.
*Book your transport depending on your needs. If you don't need a car for the whole day don't book one. The easiest way to get around Udaipur is by either Ola or Uber.
*Also if you're a blogger like me, have a very boho and earthy vibe to your outfits. It translates excellently with the medieval background in the photos.
*If you are flying to any destination ever, try and check in online 24 hours before to get the best available seats.






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Monday, March 26, 2018

24 Things I've Learnt at 24



Fun Fact: I have always been a super observant person. Whenever I come across a learning in life, I tend to write it down in my little notebook. So I thought what better way to share these things then  my birthday. I'm sure you'd relate to at least half of these things. And if you haven't already come across them then you will soon.

1. It is okay to not have your life figured out. You just have to keep working towards something everyday and if you work hard enough you will get there.

2. Always decide on a goal for the next day before you sleep. So you have a vision to wake up with every morning.

3. Meet people outside your social circle. This would help you get a whole new perspective on life and would definitely broaden your mind.

4. Anything and Everything will take time. Learn to be patient.

5. Learn to let things go. You cant have control over anything other than your reactions towards them.



6. Know your worth. It's really important to realize ones own caliber.

7. But at the same time be open to learn new things. You can't always be right.

8. Spend as much time with your family as you possibly can.

9. Learn to say Yes! You don't know what opportunities may come your way!

10. But at the same time know where you should draw the line. Say No when necessary. Don't ever let people take advantage of you.

11. You are a sum total of the 5 people with whom who spend the most time with. Choose them wisely.

12. Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Have a Why Not? attitude towards your aspirations. 

13. Read as many books as you can. Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.

14. Also, make sure you go and see different places. Experience different cultures, eat food that you've never had before. This will not only help you learn but it will help you grow as a person too! 

15. Try and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I don't mean a healthy body but a healthy mind.



16. Once in a while do something on your own. Go watch a movie or have dinner by yourself. It's more liberating than lonely.

17. Never give into pressures. Do what makes you happy, when it makes you happy.

18. But make sure that in the process you don't end up hurting the ones who've always been by your side.

19. Don't settle with just anybody just because you think it's the right time. Give love a chance.

20. Have a hobby. Do something which you do only because you love doing it. It's so important to have a happy place in this age of constant competition.

21. Try and move away from your parents house at least once in your life. Be it for study or for work. This will not only make your a better person, but it will also bring you closer to your parents and maybe even help you understand them better.

22. Know how to live on your own. Cook for yourself, do your own laundry, handle your own money matters. It is such an essential part of being able to grow as a person.

23. Know that everything happens for a reason. There is always a bigger picture in sight.

24. And lastly practice gratitude. This is something I've taken up recently and trust me when I tell you, it has changed my life. Never have I felt this good about myself and been more appreciative towards my blessings! 


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