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Rishikesh - Holiness that Attracts Everything!

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Spirituality is eternal. Something that no one can force on you comes from within, It is not just a way to connect to God, but to connect you with you.  I was recently reading the book "All Roads Lead to Ganga" by Ruskin Bond. And I was quite intimidated by it to open my blog draft and pen down my thoughts in the draft. The draft which was apparently got lost in the web of work that leads to materialistic satisfaction. Rather than satisfying the thirst of the soul.  The book talks about the Himalayas so vividly. And if you are an OG reader, you know my love for mountains is uncanny. The giant, lofty, and humungous rock so beautifully personifies strength and patience. So, the book is all about describing how most Ganga was originated - the myths, the fables that go on about it. The confluences at the various " Prayags" in Uttarakhand (Prayags - confluence of two or more rivers) When anyone speaks about mountains - I picture Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Take Time To Relax! You Deserve It

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Travel is never a tiresome activity. We do not get tired when you are doing something you love from the core of your heart. I am not a full-time traveler. I work at a corporate organization, so for me traveling is an entirely different experience. However, I have never seen traveling as an escape from my work. It has always been a dream for me. I love traveling that's it. I can never explain what traveling means to me. It is the calmness of the sea, the strength of the rocky mountains, the movement of the roads, the serendipity of the snow-clad mountains, the satisfaction of a chatterbox when she communicates a local, the list can never end. The enthusiasm travel fills in me cannot be defined, however, post lockdown a lot of things have changed in me. I have seen my perspective toward life-changing. I am a hell of a judgmental person, that's changing, you never know I might become a full-time traveler - just saying, maybe a hint. There are a lot of times I have been ske

Here's How I Am Making The Best Use Of Lockdown

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Covid-19 popularly known as the coronavirus entered our lives so casually and changed it drastically. The lockdown has brought our lives to a halt, a stop. For me, it has already been a month of lockdown. My office inculcated the work from home practice much before the official lockdown in India. In the initial time of the days, I was happy, moving around my flat, and doing my stuff. Little did I know that this was going to be a huge issue all around the world. The world is infected with the coronavirus. I had my tickets already booked for my home in the first week of April since my friend was getting engaged. Coronavirus canceled that too. Well, I am not sorry about it, since that was a much-needed step to be taken. What actually shook me was how all of a sudden our life has come to a halt? What has our life come to? So, below is a very personal note/write-up/understanding and observations. "Slow Down! You are running too fast in your life!" "He has grown too

How Uttarakhand Changed My Connect To Mountains

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In the lower Himalayas of Uttarakhand, I have covered a lot of things. I have done my part of hiking, camping, a road trip, and a blogger meet as well. However, it was earlier before my blogging days began, I tagged Uttarakhand mountains as “chote pahad”, which means small mountains. I have no freaking reason why? During my conversations with fellow mates, I would be often heard saying, “Mujhe chote pahad nahi jaana, let’s either go to Himachal or Kashmir now, enough of Uttarakhand!” Quiet guts, I must say. Today after traveling on my own in the last 4 years, gaining ample experiences, it comes as a shame for me when I remember saying this.  (Request you to take no offense, since this was said out of no knowledge and 10 years back!) Uttarakhand In A Gist Uttarakhand And Serendipity So, I had this opportunity to visit Uttarakhand yet again. This time it was after 2 years. I had travel planned from Delhi to Dehradun, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, Rishikesh, and Haridwa

10 Travel Movies To Watch During Lockdown!

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Lockdown has made all of us a couch potato…. quiet literally! Honestly, things have drastically changed. Now, complaining about the scenarios and the pertaining issues would bring us to no solution. This will even more lead to mental stress and might also make you irksome even about the petty issues. And I am sure this is the last thing you would want to happen to you. So, coming to the main point, what are we discussing today? Well, speaking about being a couch potato, I have been off-lately binge-watching content on several OTT Platforms. These include basic Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Disney+Hotstar. Since, this is one time where we all just stay home and stay safe – watching content is one of the productive things we can do, right? Believe it or not, we all want to be productive but there is surely no pressure. A wise person once advised me, “Aanya, Read, Watch, Write!” Well, I have not ever got much time to sit down and watch movies or series. So, this

Chikankari: From Persian Art to A Lucknowi Delight

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Lucknow , the city of Nawabs and Nawabi architecture has transcended into modern-day infrastructure. Nazakat and tehzeeb may not have remained the cornerstone of the city, it has in its core essence the art of its own. Unlike many ancient arts, Lucknow has preserved its identity in Chikankari . What is Chikan?  The art of Chikankari is exquisite and acuminous needlework. The aesthetic and gorgeous artwork of detailed embroidery of a white motif on transparent fabric has left people awestruck and captivated with its charm. Chikankari has witnessed many cultural crusades, be its commercialization of the artwork or a threat of getting extinct in the crowd of glitz and glam. However, the elegance and glamor that it has, made it survive every perilous phase.  The Lucknow Collection  This survival phase of Chikankari has its heart in the artisans of Lucknow. Had it been part of another culture, it may have met its fate, but faith in the tradition, love for the ar

The Lesser Known Tribes of Mizoram

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Quarantining has got me nowhere to travel or explore - not even to explore Mumbai. So, I have been reading a lot about the places about their culture. Something, I have love doing anyways. But #SelfIsolation and due to COVID-19 , I have got some more time to read and learn about the different places.  I have been to North-East India , but there are still places left to be explored. During coronavirus lockdown I got sometime to talk to some of my long lost friends and we were discussing about our plans, where somehow the conversation about Mizoram popped up. This was then attracted me towards them and below is my study and some travel information that might also inspire you to visit Mizoram. Mizoram is a landlocked state in North East India .It is a land of rolling hills, valleys, rivers and lakes. It is majorly a hill state with plains scattered here and there. Its southern part shares long international borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, and northern part share domest

Goodbye 2019 - The Decade of Mistakes and Learnings

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It’s the rewind season going on. Most of the entertainment platform has come up with their user-personalized rewind. The list goes on from Spotify to TikTok and then there was the year’s most awaited – YouTube Rewind 2019. New Year marks a new beginning. However related or similar the previous year be, we have that set in our mind. Also, I think that’s psychological. And the thing is I personally set a benchmark for myself every year. I may or may not follow it throughout the year, but I have one and that’s definite. To be honest the year 2019 has been a creative year. Definitely learning and a beginner one. There were mistakes that I committed, and the list is huge by the way! Looking back, I feel those were more of learnings for me. So, I too have a blogger rewind in my own storytelling way. I genuinely do not want to exaggerate things. I, like any other human being, has been through my own high and lows. Did my part of mistakes, took the shittiest decisions, made most random