Photo Diary : Coorg ’18

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Weekend Playlist

Hi guys!

Won’t be posting anything thoughtful or special today ’cause I am currently caught up in an overwhelming state of work, job applications and interviews, uni internships and say what not! But… on the counterpart, I stopped and thought, we must absolutely keep that bond we share, alive and going. As I promised. 🙂

Soooooo.. I am just gonna leave my weekend playlist here for you to enjoy, over the weekend, till I get back.

Hope you like it!

(P.S. Click on the image below to be redirected to my playlist on Youtube) 👇🏻

 

Have a great weekend. See ya!

XO

DIY : Handmade Cross-Stitch Throw Pillow Case

I have never ever really shied away or felt slightly disinterested in making an attempt at learning new little art and craft activities. It really doesn’t matter if I stay busy around the clock, I would still make up some time for my hobbies, every now and then. It so feels like a sort of therapy and escape. And talking of any thing handmade, I have always been obsessed.

Well, this time, I made a cute little throw pillowcase with cross-stitch floral pattern work on it. In case you didn’t know, Cross-stitch’ is a form of sewing and a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches in a tiled, raster-like pattern are used to form a picture. I think, I learnt it long back for my work experience class, during my schooling. It’s pretty easy.. you just follow the reference picture, count the number of crosses for a particular pattern and stitch it accordingly. There you go! Begin of with simple ones.

I also have been meaning to learn hand embroidery for quite sometime, specially for those embroidery on denim. They are so pretttyyyyy! Then again, crocheting, pottery, perhaps knitting as well. And….. the list shall go on and on.

I am never ever letting my hobbies die and I think you shouldn’t too!

“There’s something about this little handmade things that I have always loved.”

See you next week

With love

Recipe : Homemade Macaroni Bowl

Hellllloooo there! It’s been really really long but I am back with a little recipe that quite a couple of you insisted on me to share, post my instagram story. So here you go, presenting my lovely version of super yummy macaroni bowl which is totally irresistible and pretty simple to make. Few ingredients, a couple of minutes to spare and most important of all, a steadfast foodie soul. Right!

Homemade Macaroni Bowl : Serves 1 (Vegetarian)

Cooking time : 20 minutes

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Ingredients :

A packet of macaroni

1 medium sized onion (chopped)

Cooking oil

Red paprika or Chilli Powder

1/2 cup of diced capsicum

Red pasta sauce (I used Weikfield)

Chili flakes

Oregano

Freshly crushed pepper

Cheese cubes for garnishing

Salt to taste

Step 1 : Cooking the pasta.

  1. Take a small saucepan with water and put it over the stove.
  2. Add the required pasta, 1/2 tsp of oil (so the pasta does not stick to each other) and 1/2 tsp of salt to the pan.
  3. Let it boil for about 5 mins. Stir occasionally.
  4. Rinse with cold water and keep aside.

Note : Avoid over-cooking the pasta. The drill here is to keeping the shape of the pasta solid and intact and cook it only till it comes off easily when cutting a piece with a fork.

Step 2 : Preparing the pasta.

  1. Heat some cooking oil in a pan.
  2. Add the chopped onion and capsicum. And fry them for a minute or two.
  3. Now add the red paprika or chili powder, stir and let it sit for another minute.
  4. Next, pour in a 2-3 tbsp of the red pasta sauce and stir again (You can use more as I don’t like it too saucy and tangy) and mix it well.
  5. Let the sauce cook for a minute or two and add the boiled pasta to it.
  6. Gently stir and mix the pasta with the sauce thoroughly. Let it simmer for 2 minutes and put off the flame.
  7. Serve it in a bowl.
  8. Season with freshly crushed pepper, oregano and chili flakes or any herbs of your choice.
  9. Garnish with cheese by grating it using a grater.

Tasty hot pasta is all ready to be relished.

I hope you like it!

See you next week until then have a good time!

Love

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Up-cycled Tassel Scarf Tunic

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Despite the chills, I am currently crushing on this pretty top wear that I bought from a de-clutter sale that was organised in Bangalore, a couple of months back. It’s an up-cycled printed tassel scarf turned into a lovely flowy kimono styled tunic. I just simply love the feel of it.. the material and the free spirit vibe it sends, with all those pretty tassels on it’s edges. It would make a PERFECT spring-summer time wear, paired with an ankle length denim to create a casual day-wear boheme look. Fab!

P.S. Look out for de-clutter/clearance sales in your city, the next time. They house some really good stuffs at great prices.

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Picture courtesy: Nandita Saikia

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Stepping into 2017 (My New Year Goals)

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It is the end of another majestic year and I am still in awe as to how quick and swiftly all of the time flies by. Honestly speaking, this post was meant to be published last year, that is at the beginning of 2016, but I had saved it as a draft for later, and look it’s 2017 already. Such shame to me. It’s been past a year and I’ve finally put it live now. I seriously want my life to get methodical and organized. No more of mess.

While it’s pretty common and easy for everybody to make a list of new year resolutions, it is equally hard to stick to the same and follow it sincerely. And I know what’s on your mind right now. You got it right.. I am such a kind of person who puts off everything until late. I make promises every previous night before the first day of the week to myself to start with simple little productive habits, but sheesh, it never happens.

Sooooo.. this new year, as a good head start, without impending, I thought of considering a few changes that I want to bring into my life. Changes for the good.. For this beginning, I want to grow and revamp myself all in all and be a better version.

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Believe it when they say- you cannot love others when you do not love yourself. You just cannot. How is a person supposed to see the goodness, positivity and beauty in other things when he/she doesn’t see it in their self? It makes sense, right? Self-love is the term that beautifully defines what loving yourself is. It’s not about being narcissistic or self-indulged but giving yourself the love and care and living a life that truly shines from within.

Shooing off- negative talk about oneself, burdening oneself with all of the stress, blaming oneself, zero time and always thinking about others, feelings of inferiority, negative emotions and all others that are depriving me of a true happy life, this new year. Letting it all go.

I LOVE MY SELF. ❤

“Treat yourself how you would treat your beloved’s. You are special and one of a kind”. Check.

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dad5ccad4538774c3aef79dcd14fdfcdI had been procrastinating this for so long now and it’s terrible. Tbh, I do not want to be a fitness freak. Neither am I into any hardcore workouts- for personal reasons of course- and nor am I gonna follow any strict diet plans ever. But I think, in these times, it is necessary to attain a few habits of a healthier lifestyle that would help in keeping our body elements in balance.

Meditation/Mindfulness practice and Yoga has helped millions heal, both bodily and psychologically, and I am also looking ahead to carry out simple exercises and meditations at least for 15 minutes daily.

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Isn’t five in the morning TOO early? I know I know, this sounds nearly impossible for us fellas but I’ll not shy away from trying. At least by 6. And you should not as well. Getting up early is absolutely good for mental and physical well-being. Also, morning time is known to be the best productive time. Did you know? All successful and famous people are early birds. It’s not about fate-destiny all the time, guys. Sometimes, it takes true dedicated spirit and tough efforts. Take cue from Tim Cook, CEO of Apple or our own great Bolly superstar, the Akshay Kumar.

Also, ever wondered how can some Grandma’s (even mine, it seems she hasn’t aged a bit since 2006) and Grandpa’s can be so fit and active even in their 70’s/80’s?  Anyone? It’s because they follow the age-old system and not lazy like us. They get out of bed early and tend to be more active. Well, rising early is not that tough when you put a simple formula to it.

Going to bead early= Rising early.

Simple.

I am gonna sleep early tonight. And be like Akki. Zzzzzzzzzz. 😛

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“You are what you eat”. Check.

Bye bye junkies.

Hello fruits, fresh juices, nuts and green vegetables.

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Learning and education never ever ends, you know. Never. We always think or might assume that our studies end then and there once we step out of our colleges or universities. We do right? It’s because the academic institutions has always limited us to bookish knowledge. I believe, knowledge and learning never ends there.

There’s so much more. From learning a new language, about a new culture to a new hobby or skill, there are plenty of things I can learn and perhaps turn out to be good at. In short, this is some next level coolness where you can impress people with your new skills and knowledge on endless things. Pa ra pa pa pa!

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I am an AMBIVERT. Have you come across this word? It’s a term for a person who has a balance the of both an introvert and extrovert in their personality. I am one. I am not sure about what you think about me or perceive me as, but guys, let me tell you.. I love mingling. I love talking to people and making new friends. I am a pretty fun person to hang out with. We can get drunk and talk shit. Anytime. 😉 Well, it’s being amidst the people that you can learn so many amazing things and I believe in it.

Looking forward to meeting and befriending new souls.

Learn, talk, laugh, share and spend time together.

Let’s be friends? 🙂

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Life is waaaaaaaay too short to just sit back home leisurely, watch tv and repeat that on loop every single day. I say, get out there, get some sun and chase little butterflies. I love being out. I’ve always loved to. And this year, I hope I go out more, explore and see new places and put on my adventure pants.

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I am sure this would be on everybody’s list. Aren’t we all sucker for BOOKS?

‘Reasons to stay alive’ by Matt Haig is up on my list next.

What is yours?

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It’s good and fun to chat and laugh with friends, read about something on the internet, watch videos, insta’s and fb’s etc.. but more than that it’s actually GREAT to get some space off that big virtual world we are living in. Trust me! I won’t say I am addicted to my phone when I compare myself to others, but to a certain extent I am. And I realize too much of digitization is bad. It cuts off us from the real world and also messes up with the sleep cycle. That is it. I am putting up a media curfew for myself where I’ll use my digital gadgets less and be present in the real more.

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I seriously didn’t had the habit of writing diaries until my  best friend suggested it. Once I started.. I was so lazy in keeping up with it, with like zero commitment and usually returned every 2-3 days to write. That way, I lost all the interest, patience, zest & everything else in between. Now, if you ask me, I don’t even know as to when was my last entry  nor do I remember where I placed it. End of story. My life can’t get any crazier. This is it.

Sooooo.. lastly but not the least, I’ll be sitting down to journal with a fresh start, this year. I came across a fun new concept of keeping a journal lately, termed as ‘bullet journal’ which is basically a quick and easy to follow methods of journaling to keep your day to day activities in track. If not writing a diary, I can absolutely maintain a journal to make up my plans smooth with accordance for the upcoming year. Yaaasssss!!

Follow this link to a YouTube video if you’d like to keep one too:

Bullet Journal

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HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS.

I hope this year has something good and welcoming in store for each on of us.

Good luck!

XO