This Saturday evening was devoted to treating myself with Watermelon 🍉 (I think it is officially summertime in Delhi💃🏻), and discussing over fruits and vegetables with my house help. I now know that potatoes are called Bilatia in some part of India, and that she doesn’t like Delhi’s Sarso ka Tel (Mustard Oil); it makes her eyes burn. “They sell adulterated oil here, unlike the one we get in our village.”, she said.Continue reading “CITY V/S VILLAGE?”
It has been a while. How are you all doing?
The last couple of months have been a little different, so I was basically trying and adjusting to that. I have been distant and away from even the closest friends (nonetheless, I am trying to mend that!) My corporate job is in its busiest period right now, so it is practically leaving me with no free time to write. 🧘🏻♀️
But the interesting part, I did go on a few trips around the end of last year and had the time of my life. I climbed a freakin mountain covered with snow- It was something🥶. I am excited to write about it and share it asap.💃🏻💃🏻
How have you all been? Something interesting happened in the past months? Any strange/ new/ unachievable new year resolutions you made?🤣 Tell me in the comments below.
Let us make this one interactive!
My tuition teacher would always wish me “GOOD LUCK” before all my exams (never said “all the best”- he thought luck can make or break a person.)
I think most of us believe in luck, and that it plays an important role in making us who we aspire to be.
What do you think, Is Luck a matter of chance?
Most psychologists doubt the concept of LUCK. They believe getting on well with our subconsciousness makes us lucky. And that keeping an open mind, being easy going helps us make better decisions in life, finally seizing better opportunities! (which we may ultimately term Luck?)
Believing in luck or not is a personal thought and choice, but what I personally believe is;
You’ll not be able to achieve what you want by just sitting, waiting for LUCK to do its thing by itself.
Lucky opportunities may present themselves to us every now and then, but these moments would amount to nothing unless we are ready– ready to face these lucky moments, ready to work hard afterwards.
Finally whatever side you are on, let us always keep a healthy mindset – A mindset that accepts bad luck as inevitable but good luck as something we create by sheer hard work, bravery and optimism.
Kiara made her way to the Jaipur railway station, loaded with two suitcases, couple of backpacks and handbags 🛍🧳💼(of which her grandma’s photo was popping out🖼), another bag full of ‘maa ke haato ka khana’ and a leash in her hand. She was shifting to Delhi for her new job (with her dog, yes🐶).Continue reading “SCENTS AND SMELLS- A SHORT STORY”
While talking about judgement, we only talk of how people around us comment on the way we dress, walk, talk and take our life decisions.
But seldom do we realise that we judge ourselves the most!
The other day, I saw a video from 4 years ago and immediately judged myself for the way I was talking, read my journal from a couple of months back and judged my own thoughts.🤪
While I realise judging ourselves may prove to be fruitful, but it isn’t always the most considerate thing to do – we are growing and evolving literally everyday!
We may not be our BEST VERSIONS now, but we are definitely trying to be a better version of our past selves. Which Is great.
Let’s start feeling proud of how far we have come!
Have a good day you all!
Would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for tuning in.
Reading time: 3 minutes Ever since I can remember, we have had a huge painting of Venice in our living room- a water canal between buildings, a bridge above and a gondola parked along the side. I always wanted to visit this part of Italy someday.🛶 I jetted to Venice right before the pandemic had… Continue reading 48 hours in Venice, Italy.
We are often in situations that need polite, ice-breaker conversations, which we popularly call “Small talk”. It is building a bridge between you and the other person- it’s about starting to talk. Some common topics may be books, weather, travel, food, sports and hobbies.
More than just the extravagant beauty, there is something humbling about the mountains. This is about my experience of climbing the Kedarkantha Summit in the December of 2021. It is a majestic peak in Uttarakhand at the elevation of 12500 feet- one of the most popular snow treks in India. When going on snow treks,… Continue reading Trek to the Kedarkantha Summit⛰
While I write this one sitting comfortably in my balcony chair, it’s raining cats and dogs outside.
Monsoon – such a pleasant weather, isn’t it?😍✨
My little house plants seem happy, swaying and bending with the wind in their lush green glory.🌱
And I kind of get it… the feeling of cool breeze in my hair, rain drizzling against my face, and not to forget, the oh-so-wonderful scent of wet mud – how could one feel anything but bliss?
It is an absolutely soothing and calming setting for the soul.🧘🏻♀️
By now you would know I am a Sindhi (if you don’t, click here to check out my last blog post on the story of the India- Pakistan Partition 1947)
Let me help you know little bit more about our culture!
~ Starting off
“India’s very name comes from the Indus River which is the English way of pronouncing the Sindhu river.
India, Indus, Sindhu are all the same!
The Persians and Mughals converted the word Sindhu to Hindu.
The Greeks converted that to Indos.
So from Sindh and Sindhis we get Hindus, Hindustan, Hindi, India and Indian.”
~ Our Surnames
As a Sindhi, can you guess what I hear most often?
“Oh! You are Kukreja and still a Sindhi?!!”
Most people spot Sindhis by inspecting whether their surnames end in “-ani”? Lol
Let me tell you why this opinion!
The route of this, is the Sanskrit word ‘Ansh‘ which means- ‘descended from‘. Ansh colloquially became -ani therefore we have our names — but not all Sindhi surnames end in -ani.
Surnames identify the family groups. Each family was allowed a Nukh (meant to be one’s caste name) and hence that is how the surnames were derived. This refers to a broad family tree.
Take for example if the head of the family was Ramchand, the family would use the surname Ramchandani.
I hope now you have the answer for your most favourite question!! HAHAHHAH
~ Our Occupation
Oh yes and we are amazing business people.
Even though Sindhis entered the country empty handed, (as we discussed in the last blog) with endurance and hardwork most re-established themselves in trades and other businesses; The Rahejas, the Hindujas, the Hiranandanis to name a few.
~ Our Language
Well we speak Sindhi.
And those who know me, definitely know how much I love it. This is the one thing that keeps me closest to my culture.
The joy is to be able speak in Sindhi at most places when not a lot of people understand it. (It is like a secret, code language, haha)
Even though it is the official language of the Pakistani province of Sindh, Sindhi is one of the scheduled languages officially recognised by the Central Government in 1967.
~ Our Music
I assume most of you have heard, Dama Dam Mast Kalandar, the song sung by Mika and Honey Singh! It is actually a Hindi remake.
Dama Dam Mast Qalandar is originally a spiritual song written in the honour of the most revered Sufi saint of Sindh, Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.
The original poem was initially written by the 13th-century Sufi poet Amir Khusrow.
To top it all, Sindh is also called the land of the Sufis.
Sufi Literature is the essence of Sindh, and hence we share a similar taste in dance 💃🏻 , music 🎶 and poetry.
~ Our food
And finally the food.
Our cuisine is filled with mouth watering dishes: Sindhi curry, Aloo Tuk, Dal Pakwaan- to name the famous few. (come over, I am sure you have never had something like that before😋)
Infact we have our own version of Macroni. 😚
It is said that a few Sindhis visited Italy and got some macaroni pasta back home and the ladies created a
Sindhi-nised version of it using tomatoes!
Well and yes Sindhis are very particular about their papad, it needs to be the right kind. We sure love having papad with all our meals.
AND we have amazing flat breads mixing jaggery, flour, and oil; for dessert – Miththo Lolo!
(in the image down below)
Well that was about it! ❤
Happy and guilt-free eating to all! 🙂
“Do you ever get a burst of motivation to clean your room, read a book or turn your life around at 2 A.M.?”
Well, I did.
On one sleepless night, (mostly to stop the endless loop of “baby shark do do do do” playing in my brain) I found myself reading a novel till the crack of dawn.
The protagonist had quit her corporate job to follow her passion of pottery and wrote short pieces about her daily life, interacting with her small and sweet audience.
Reading her story, something clicked and here I am starting something new whilst waiting for my own corporate career to kickstart.
Generally in life, I love public speaking, you will always find me regaling my priyejans with my stories. But I was never an articulate writer (though quite self sufficient for all my assignments) and still, I’m no Arundhati Roy, yet now I’m all set to gain some fresh perspective interacting with my ‘small and sweet audience’ ;p
Here’s hoping this will help me channelize my inner dog that loves to think.
P.s. I will try to post every Saturday!
I look forward to you guys tagging along in my journey, and sharing your views so we all grow together.