Want your thoughts!

You are too volatile. You are such an over thinker. You are unstable. You get angry so quickly.

Well, absolutely not saying that being any of that is any good. However, if you are so calm, stable, always balanced, super rational, then does that make you less passionate compared to the likes of me?

True, you will not hate unabashedly, you will not unleash anger all of  a sudden (and beyond repair, of course!), but would you love as fiercely as the likes of me either?

Would appreciate your thoughts on this, all of you reading it. 🙂

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The opposite of writer’s block

Every now and then, I have a strong itch to write here but I think I have reached that point of getting-into-the-rut-of-your-day-job that I absolutely do not want to even move a finger once I am back from office and done with my essential chores (aren’t chores essential always? Anyway, you get the point).

Not that I have still managed to break that rut, but let me tell you how I landed here today (totally useless post by the way just in case you were doing something important). You know how some people have a habit of browsing news websites in their offices when they want to take a moment off from their busy schedules. For me, that’s WordPress. When I want to have a few minutes of ‘me time’ in office, I go to WordPress reader. Good coffee on the side makes those few minutes a WHOLE LOT better. So, yesterday, I did the same and I had to attend to something just when I had started, hence, couldn’t really read any posts but I went through few of the notifications. And that reminded me how much I enjoy some people’s posts! How much they make my day better! How I had never imagined that you can meet people virtually with whom you might connect on so many things! And, most importantly, how much I love writing here myself.

So, I wanted to write this post yesterday itself but not wanting to move my finger thing came into picture. But today here it is. This is what I call the opposite of writer’s block. A state of mind where you are so enamoured by the idea of writing even though you don’t really have something to write about in mind and, of course, your writing needs a hell lot of improvement anyway!

On a slightly different note, I would love to know what people reading this space might want to read next. I do have some drafts but so not ready to work on them mentally. Please comment/email if you have any suggestions, I’ll try if I can motivate myself a bit. 🙂

Remembering Lake Bled

You know what I dislike the most about places? When they are underrated as hell. Sure, it helps a great deal to keep them tidy, untouched, beautiful and, most importantly, unpolluted. I know this is a great thing in the bigger picture that less people know about a special place. However, I get this huge itch when people are planning their holiday in a really popular place, say, the Swiss Alps and they don’t even know about its close neighbour – Slovenia. This really tiny country nestled between Austria, Italy, Croatia & Hungary is culturally a sister to Croatia. It’s actually pretty surprising that for such a small country, they have beaches, mountains, gorges & what not. One such beauty is Lake Bled in Slovenia.

I was working in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, for 6 months. That’s when I got to know about the lake Bled in Slovenia, a spot this country is really proud of. These days, every now & then, I keep coming across Instagram posts by travellers going to this beautiful place, however, I had never heard of it until then. Heck, I got to know about Slovenia only when I interviewed for that internship, so, well.

To say that the lake Bled in Slovenia is straight from a fairy tale would be an understatement. If there ever was a run up for the most beautiful & enthralling fairy tale, lake Bled in Slovenia can be an easy top contender.

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With its 16th century Church on an island right in the middle of the lake, where a bell rings every now & then, this place is hauntingly beautiful and, of course, straight out of your whimsical dreams. Not to mention, the beautiful, little markets in this tiny town selling all sorts of whimsies.

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If you ever see yourself at the lake Bled in Slovenia, one thing you cannot miss is the famous cream cake of Bled or Kremna Rezina or ‘Kremsnita’. It is a dessert worth its salt & I have had a good share of it, not just at lake Bled, but also when my colleague’s mother used to make & send it for the whole office. What a wonderful thing to be recalled of while writing this post! ❤ So, where was I? Yes, Kremsnita. Do not miss it at any cost. Just now while I was Google-ing the cake’s Slovene name as I had forgotten, I got to know that the most famous one in Bled is from the Park Hotel. So, take your pick.

Only regret – my pictures do not do justice to the beauty this place is.

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I am also currently doing a 30 day series of the pictures I took in Slovenia on my Instagram.

Together is my favourite place to be

Together is my favourite place to be,

In your arms, getting squished in your hugs,

dealing in between whenever life bugs.

Together is my favourite place to be,

Waking up next to you,

followed by a soulful breakfast for two.

Together is my favourite place to be,

because all I want is few more lives,

to do this all over again with you.

 

Letter to my Scared Soul

When I first got to know what periods are, I didn’t understand why I am being told to be secretive about it. I let it pass thinking that this is my first time, maybe as I get more familiar with this ‘thing’, I’ll know why people talk in hush-hush tones about periods. Almost 15 years later, I still do not know why. But, more importantly, it does not bother me that I am different from people around me regarding this ‘thing’. There are many things like this about which I am certain that my thinking is very different from people I grew up with despite having the similar kind of environment, but it doesn’t bother me that how come my thinking turned out to be different than them.

Then, why it bothers me when my feelings to certain scenarios are not the same as the general opinion? Let me explain what I mean with an example. I despise fake talk. And I despise those people even more who continuously get into the loop of being extra sweet to you when they genuinely do not possess that much sweetness towards you. Now, what a ‘normal’ person would do if they meet such people – acknowledge the aforementioned extra sweet person’s extra sweetness in their own head but do not show any signs of being affected. Be totally neutral. I, on the other hand, get very, very repelled by such behavior and it totally shows in my own behaviour/body language/facial distortions etc. Okay, this is a problem but still the only thing I should do to improve myself is become more calm & more accepting towards others. It shouldn’t make me question if there’s anything wrong with me. Then, why I question myself?

That is because when someone important to you feels something’s wrong about you, you start self-doubting too. I need to remind myself – its completely okay to not feel the same way as others do. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you. Someone’s idea of ‘correct thing’ doesn’t have to be your idea. The one who cares for you is worried for you, that’s why they are trying to figure why you are not like them. Its okay if they question you, because they are also growing just like you in their journey. They may have some perspectives similar to the ones you don’t relate to, but do not force yourself to feel as per those perspectives too. You don’t do that unless your heart says so. Listen to your heart & do not get scared if the voice is different from the norm. More importantly, do not get scared if the voice is different from that person’s whom you love. Just like you never got scared when you couldn’t understand the deal with people & periods.

Scared soul, chill & peace out. Love is not supposed to make you have the exact same feelings about everything as your loved one’s. Truly, it hurts a lot when your loved one thinks that you are not being ‘normal’. But that’s okay. Be proud of your uniqueness, of being the joker in the pack, of being the one who stood out. Nothing to worry, its okay to feel differently as long as you know you are being true to yourself. Just calm down & try being a better version of you (& only you).

Bhujodi | Simple is what it takes to Happy

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Have you ever been to a place, looked at the innocence of the people there, and thought to yourself that how effortless it is for them to stay content & happy? I am sure many of you who trek a lot or have closely stayed with locals in mountains can relate to this – they have a hard but simple life, they want too less & always have a contagious smile on their faces. Something similar I experienced in Bhujodi, even though by all means this place is becoming a tourist haunt as we speak.

Bhujodi is a really tiny village, some 10 kms from Bhuj in the Kutch region of Gujarat. If you are from a big city, you can totally count it as another neighbourhood in the Bhuj city itself. So, why exactly it is famous? Well, it is not as well-known as it should be but what its known for is its handicrafts. This tiny village has a small number of homes, which you can count on your hand actually and almost all of them work on creating traditional crafts. They have that weaving equipment installed inside their houses (don’t know what it’s called) & they create clothes and other handicrafts throughout the year, while most of their sale happens in the tourist season of Kutch region (Nov-Feb). The locals have other income sources in the form of dairy etc.

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If you compare the handicrafts here to other parts of Kutch which cater to tourists on a larger scale, you will notice that the prices of things are similar, however you get much better quality products in Bhujodi & in so much variety! Most importantly, what else can replace the joy of buying something handmade & supporting small businesses? In fact, I was a bit surprised to see almost all the local houses keeping equipment for making clothes. Precisely why I am writing this post.

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I didn’t click a lot of pictures because I was too busy looking around at everything available with wide open eyes. Shawls, suits, purses, bags, kurtas for both men & women, saris, leather products, home decor & furnishings, every thing was there. In today’s time, it’s not difficult to find these Kutch handicrafts elsewhere also, however once you are there, you will understand the abundance of choices & the amazingly good quality!

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Other than the products themselves, I was very mesmerized by how well these people maintain their houses. Not only were they clean & well-kept, they even had beautiful traditional decorations, probably to make their house (which also houses their business) stand out more since almost every house sells similar things! The locals are so nice, no matter how much you bargain, they will indulge you with their charming smiles & continue the bargaining game. Many of them will even force you to have tea before you leave. 🙂

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On that note, I want to say that Bhujodi has been an unexpected but a very fulfilling experience for me. I am always interested in seeing handicrafts getting made, it kind of consoles me that these things are not dying. However, I was not expecting this when we set out for Bhujodi. I just thought it will be like a handicrafts exhibition. Once there, I felt like I am in a village, but instead of people chilling in a village, it’s just outsiders shopping in the village. 😀 If you love handicrafts as much as I do, you should definitely not miss Bhujodi.

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