As mentioned in my last post, the grand Indian Diwali festival is here, and people are setting the tone to welcome the festival in full swing. With the extraordinary situation that we are in, most of are trying to avoid stepping out of the houses to stay safe. With Diwali being a big cultural moment in India, a majority of us plan to celebrate the season virtually with our loved ones – which is prudent in such times.
While social distancing continues to be a priority, we look forward to reaching out to our loved ones through virtual platforms including social media. Talking about social media, we all know how the role it plays in helping us connect and reach out – a significant need during festivals.
Looking for Diwali decor ideas that are trending on social media? Exploring gift ideas and handmade options for friends and family to enhance the celebrations? A big trend this year is also towards online shopping as people look to stay home and celebrate the festival with loved ones. While Indians look forward to indulging in Diwali sweets, there is also a focus on shopping for local made products to give a boost to the local businesses in these unprecedented times.
I’m sure after reading all this, you may be curious to know the ongoing trends around the festival. Take a sneak peek into the 10 of the most popular hashtags on Social Media related to Diwali in India. Don’t just read them, use them in your posts to up your reach.
Do let me know, what’s your favourite trend this Diwali?
Hey my lovely readers. How are you all? Well, I know I haven’t been active on WP for the past few days, but I was a bit busy exploring other facets of blogging. But I did miss being on WP too!
With Diwali almost upon us, I’m prepping up for some fun festive posts around the season. This is especially for my audience belonging to places other than India, to give them interesting insights into the festivities. I’m sure all of you have read or heard about this yearly festival being celebrated with great pomp in India (although this year the celebration will be on a low-key owing to Covid!)
For me, Diwali is my favourite time of the year. I connect it with an air of celebration, happiness, decorative lights, sound of firecrackers, seasonal greetings, blessings from elders, festive clothes and, of course, gorging on mouthfuls of sweets and savouries. I still recall when I was a kid my dad would pamper me with a bagful of firecrackers, and we’d burst them all within minutes and enjoy the celebration with family. Although this year I say NO to firecrackers in the wake of being environment friendly and to protect the planet. But it is these little memories around the season that are deeply etched in my mind.
A festival that has as many stories associated with it as the number of different traditions and religions that celebrate it. To give a glimpse into it, here I share some interesting and lesser-known facts around the festival.
Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is India’s most important festive season celebrated in the honour of King Ramachandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the Lord Vishnu).
It symbolises the victory of morality and goodness and the lifting of spiritual darkness. Hence Indians also worship Goddess Lakshmi, the harbinger of wealth, happiness, and prosperity.
The direct translation of the word Diwali in English means ‘row of lights (or lamps).’ This is why households in India decorate their homes with lights and earthen diyas. It is a celebration of light, that culminates in bursting crackers.
Diwali is the time when people purchase gold as a symbol of prosperity. Research says that Indian housewives hold 11% of the world’s gold! And each year the ratio rises!
Diwali is one of the few festivals in India that does not have a regional root and is celebrated across the country with equal aplomb.
Diwali marks the end of the harvest season and the onset of winter. Hence on this day, farmers thank the deities for the harvests they had and pray for a prosperous harvesting season in the upcoming year.
Interestingly, gambling during Diwali is allowed as there is a belief that it brings good luck and prosperity in the year ahead.
Apart from India, in the city of Leicester, in the United Kingdom, largest Diwali celebrations are held. Thousands of people gather on the streets to enjoy shows of light, music, and dancing.
The festival is also celebrated in the Caribbean, especially in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Given the level of enthusiasm for this festival, it is a public holiday in these countries!
Hey my lovely readers! How are you all? I know I am a bit late, but I wish you all a happy new month that’s filled with love and happiness.
Anyways, moving on with the post, today I am going to be doing this exciting tag “The Face Behind The Blog”. I want to thank my friends Jan and Olivia from for nominating me. I am so grateful for both of them and that blogging brought us together from different parts of the world. I love their blog a lot and I’m sure you’ll do to. So, don’t forget to like, follow, and subscribe to their blog.
Well I think it’s pretty obvious what my name is so I will miss that part out! I’m a 20-year-old media student trying to learn the nuances of new age media.
Where am I from?
I am from India – better known for its varied culture, incredible architecture and most importantly the delicious Indian food.
What’s a perfect day?
My perfect day would be waking up really late in the morning, having my breakfast while watching T.V. Then after lunch, I would go out for shopping with my family, spend some lovely time with them, maybe watch a movie and return home back in the evening. And finally, after that long tiring day, I would just lay down on my bed and binge-watch Netflix while having dinner. Last but not the least, I will go to sleep.
What do I do?
I am currently in my Second Year of University and I’m doing a course in (BAFTNMP) – Bachelor of Arts in Films, Tv and New Media Production.
Why do I blog?
I blog because I love to express myself in the form of writing rather than speaking and blogging is a platform where I can express my views, thoughts, and opinions well. I love connecting with people online and it makes me really happy when people comment on my blog and tell me about their likes, dislikes and much more. I just want to say that blogging is something that makes me feel alive.
Hey my lovely readers. What’s up? Well, I know that at the end of every month I post my monthly favourites but this time, I thought of breaking the pattern and posting something different.
Everyone, it’s officially Halloween. But how do we celebrate it when our normal life is already so scary? The lockdown has certainly put limits on the Halloween activities we love — trick-or-treating, costume parties and giant haunted houses — but we can still celebrate in socially distant, safe ways by having a Halloween movie night in. So, grab the popcorn, a pumpkin spice latte, and snuggle up because I bring you the top movies that you can watch on a spooky night in.
A Quiet Place
That’s it. Have a Happy Halloween and enjoy your movie night in.
Hey my lovely readers. How are you all? Well I am so excited to inform you that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. Well, getting nominated for any award is an incredible honor for me. But this time I am on cloud nine because I have been nominated for this wonderful award 5 times. I want to you all from the bottom of my heart for always uplifting me. I am profoundly grateful for each and every one who reads my blog Chasing The Maximum Life. This wouldn’t have been possible without you all.
So, the first nomination was from Jojo-al Waealy. He is an amazing blogger as well as a friend. I love reading all his poems and I’m sure that you will love it too. So, please don’t forget to follow, like, and subscribe to his blog here.
The second nomination came from Namrata. Her blog Pen of Hearts is lovely place to learn and grow as an individual. She is a full-time blogger who writes such inspiring and lovely posts. So, go and check her blog now and don’t forget to follow and subscribe to it.
My third nomination was from by Beatrice from The Beahive. She is a fantastic blogger who shares her artwork, OC’s, and also writes about other characters from books and Tv shows. So be sure to visit her blog here and don’t forget to like, follow, and subscribe to it.
The fourth nomination was from Honest Reviews. Her blog features honest reviews of my own journey and experiences with places, movies, books, and products. Do check her blog here and be sure to like, follow and subcribe to it.
And finally, the fifth nomination was from Annmary0723. She blogs about books, films, short stories, seasonal posts and much more. I find her blog pretty interesting and I’m sure you will too. So, without wasting any more time, head to her blog and don’t forget to like, follow and subcribe to it.
About the Award
The Liebster Award is a sweet little badge of recognition, given to aspiring bloggers by their blogging peers.
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
Share 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
List the rules and display a Liebster Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.
Facts About Me
My first international trip was to Thailand.
I don’t have a favourite food. I eat pretty much anything.
I love music. I always am humming or singing a tune to myself, even if I don’t realize it. And I always have a song stuck in my head.
The last movie I watched on Netflix was Holidate.
A movie I can watch over an over is Jab We Met.
Waffles are my guilty pleasure.
Being outside makes my heart happy.
Once I lose interest in something then it’s hard to get that spark back.
I am a great listener.
The hobby I can never give up is Dance.
Taylor Swift is my favourite artist.
Questions by Jojo-Al Waealy
What is more important for you: Love or money?
Uggh that’s a tough question because for me both are equally important.
Would you rather play life safe or live life at the fullest?
I would rather live life at the fullest than playing it safe.
Your favourite color? (why always serious questions LOL)
I actually love pastel colours. (Haha true)
What are you most afraid of in life?
Umm. Well I am afraid of being left alone the most in life.
What is your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement so far has been being able to start a blog and not only that reaching amazing milestones, being recognized my fellow bloggers, and also getting so many blogging awards.
Do you have short/long terms goals?
Yeah, I do have short term goals related to blogging as well as other things.
What is your favourite food?
I don’t have a favourite food. I pretty much eat anything.
What is your favourite place to write?
My favourite place to write is actually my bedroom.
Do you have hobbies besides writing and reading?
Besides writing and reading, I do have some hobbies and they are dance, listening to music and binge watching.
Do you like my moustache?
Haha yeah, I do like it.
If yes, what name should I give her? My moustache of course.
Aww. That’s so cute. Idk maybe you can call her Jojo’s Stache.
Questions by Pen of Hearts
Your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is interacting with my lovely blogger friends.
One thing lockdown taught you.
One thing that lockdown taught me is that life is full of surprises and everything in life doesn’t happen according to what we have planned.
Your biggest life achievement?
Umm, I don’t know there were many but one of them was when I crossed the mark of 500 followers on my blog.
What you dislike about blogging?
The thing that I disklike about blogging is the consistency but don’t get me in a wrong. I love to stay consistent on my blog but sometimes if I am unable to catch up and post according to my schedule then I really get disappointed.
Your blogging goals and your plans to achieve them.
Some of my blogging goals and are as follows:
Writing at least 3 to 4 blog posts in a week.
2. Consistently share Instagram stories.
3. Figure out SEO.
4. Read a greater number of blogs a day.
5. Interact with my fellow bloggers more.
6. Attract more audience.
7. Last but not the least, to keep on writing good content and influence others by my writing.
My plan to achieve them all:
I would pour more effort to achieve these goals and keep writing passionately. I’ll work hard on it and I think if you really want to achieve something and you put your heart and soul to it, then nothing can stop you from achieving it.
Your favourite memory in the history of blogging?
There are so many beautiful memories but let me tell you a recent one. Just a few days ago, a fellow blogger commented on my blog post saying that I want to be like you when I grow up. And that me so proud of myself.
Describe your blog in three words.
Fun, Unique and Interactive.
Describe yourself in three words.
Fun- Loving, Optimistic and Determined.
Have you ever thought about quitting blogging?
Umm no I don’t think I have ever thought about this.
What does blogging do to you?
Blogging helps me express myself and my passions, develops my writing skills, makes me experiment a lot and also creates more confidence in me. It is something that genuinely makes me happy.
Questions by The Beahive
If you had the ability to save a friend or relative from dying, by means of travel, would you?
Yes, if I had the ability to do so then I would definitely save a friend or relative from dying.
What is your favourite colour for a bicycle?
My favourite colour for a bicycle is black or purple.
What food could you eat for dinner for a month if you had to?
If I had to, I would eat Chicken for dinner for a month.
Who/What do you think the man in, The Scream by Edward Munch, was screaming at?
I think the man in, The Scream by Edward Munch isn’t screaming at all, he is actually hearing the nature around him. But the scene is designed in such a way that we feel as if he is screaming at something.
Do you like climbing trees?
Umm. No, I haven’t ever actually climbed trees and I don’t like it much.
It changes according to time or my mood. My favourite song currently is a Punjabi Folk Song “Baage Vich” by Suryaveer.
Do you like dumplings?
Yeah, I love them.
Do you believe in ghosts?
No, I don’t.
On a scale of 1/10, how much do you love this mug?
On a scale of I/10, I love this mug around 7.
What is your primary hobby?
My primary hobby is dance.
Questions by Honest Reviews
Which song always gets you on the dance floor?
Honestly, I just love to dance so as far as it’s a known song, then it’s not much difficult to convince me get on the dance floor.
Have you ever disliked something and then changed your mind?
Yes, definitely I have.
Love or Money? What would you choose given the chance and why?
Well, as I said earlier that both are equally important to me, but I am given the chance then I’ll choose love because it’s endless and money can’t buy love.
What’s the product that you can’t live without?
I can’ t live without my Ginger Shampoo from The Body Shop.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
The best advice I’ve ever heard is that you never know what the future will bring so make the best use of your present.
Who or what has had the biggest impact on your life?
Umm. It’s difficult to describe actually because there have been many people who has had the biggest impact in my life. However, I feel the people I am closest to such as my family or friends have had a big impact in my life.
Do you believe in second chances?
Yes, I believe in second chances.
Are you active on social media or do you prefer to be more private?
Yes, I am highly active on social media. No actually I don’t prefer it to keep private.
Who would play you in a movie on your life?
If my life was made into a movie, then I think maybe Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt would play me.
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
Nah, I don’t think I need to change anything about myself because I feel I’m perfect the way I am.
What’s the app that you use the most?
The app that I use the most is Instagram.
Questions by Annmary0723
What is the reason behind your blogging career?
Umm I don’t think there’s a big reason as such but it’s just that I love writing a lot and blogging is a platform that helps me express my views and thoughts well.
What is the biggest motivation of your life?
My best friend (Madhura) is my biggest motivation in my life.
One of the best moments in my life?
One of the best moments in my life was when I received the first comment on my blog.
One habit I want to change.
Actually, I am quite lazy. I want to change that a little.
Do you believe in religion or myth?
I believe in religion.
Are you a tea or coffee person?
I am more of a tea person.
Any advice you can give me?
Umm just be yourself and even if someone tries to let you down, keep your head up and always shine.
The best part about myself.
The best part about myself is that I is that I don’t care about anything and enjoy being in my own company.
A place you want to visit and why.
A place I want to visit is Paris because I want to see the Eiffel Tower once. It’s in my bucket list.
How do you judge people?
It depends on the way they act.
What is the change you want to bring to society?
Well I don’t I would like to bring any change to the society.
Hoping that you guys have read my previous post on the virtual launch of Lakme Fashion Week 2020 Digital Season First-Fluid Edition. I must say that I’ve had a fabulous time witnessing the digital launch of the biggest fashion event of the year – in the capacity of a guest blogger. In continuation of my previous post, today I present the highlights of the remaining shows of my favourite designers straight from the fashion runway. Take a look and enjoy the larger-than-life show!
After the lovely collections showcased in the first two days of LFW 2020, Day 3 started with a Podcast by Nonita Kalra – the renowned writer, journalist, and former Editor in Chief of popular magazines like Bazaar India and Elle, to discuss on topics like Sustainable Fashion, Biodiversity and Humanity. The other panelists present for the podcast were: Dia Mirza, Bollywood actress, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador and Advocate-UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Development Goals; Indian Lawyer Afroz Shah, best known for organising the world’s largest beach clean-up project; and last but not the least, UN Resident Co-ordinator in India Renata Lok-Dassallien. Listening to the podcast was great fun.
Moving ahead with Day 3, Designer Amit Aggarwal gave an ode to the glowing star and the never-ending light that illuminates in each of us with his Tresemme presented collection First Light inspired by traditional basket weave. The collection showcased a blend of organic Indian Chanderi and Matka silk. It was an ideal look that balances fashion and styles on the crowing glory from top to toe. Check it out here.
Day of LFW 2020 comprised some of the best designers and their shows were worth viewing (on the laptop screen!). The first in the line comes Designer Disha Patil who in her collection The Labyrinth not only created a sensational fashion offering for brides but allowed her personal style statement to shine though.
Star attraction: Bollywood Actress Diana Penty was the showstopper for this collection.
Then came designer Masumi Mewawala with her collection The Adorn, which brought luxurious looks that are ideal for high fashion ensembles. The collection recreated the romance and vintage appeal of the Elizabeth Era with lavish splashes of contemporary twists. To complete the glamorous theme of the collection, the designer also created hair ties and buns. This bridal collection will thrill the bride-to-be as she takes her Saat Pheras. Here’s a sneak peek into the collection.
The next collection Neo Phulkari by designer-duo Sukriti and Aakriti originated from Punjab, was inspired by phulkari or flower-work with delicate embroidery details, which makes the perfect contemporary Indian wear silhouette.
Check out Bollywood actors Radhika Madan and Aparshakti Khurana gracing the lovely collection here.
Moving a little ahead with Day 4, another amazing collection that left a mark was Anushree Reddy’s bridal collection Nazira, which was full of 3D handcrafted crystal embroidery, zardozi, katdana and delicate thread work. Her demi couture collection consisted of everything that the trousseau shoppers can dreamt of. Take a preview of the collection here.
The last show of Day 4 was Designer Kunal Rawal’s Uber Cool collection presented by NEXA. Inspired by the colours of NEXA, the collection was spread over a military shade card of black, off white, and grey. A definite stylish fashion statement that not only offered interesting shapes and silhouettes but also brought together a line of versatile formal separates that had distinct mix and match possibilities.
Star attraction: Bollywood’s favourite ‘suitable boy’ Ishaan Khattar along with the spirited Sonakshi Sinha walked the ramp as showstoppers.
The last day of Lakme Fashion Week 2020 had the stunning and out-of-the-world grand finale show by Designers Rimzim Dadu and Saaksha & Kinni. Inspired by Lakme’s beauty theme Spotlight Ready, the ramp witnessed Lakme ambassador and beautiful actress Mrunal Thakur flaunting their collections. Following her tradition of using the ramp as her artistic canvas, Rimzim Dadu immersed in the concept of kinetic art with tech for a live virtual experience. The ultra-glam look for her collection was all about kohl-rimmed eyes in the boldest shades from the Lakme Absolute Spotlight Collection. Have a look here!
The final showcase of the day by Saaksha & Kinni presented an impeccable display of vibrant colours, prints and textures with every single piece designed to celebrate the Banjara tribe and resilience of women. The look that was fresh with slight sheer on the lips and bright hues on the eyes came straight from the Lakme Absolute Spotlight Collection. Take a sneak peek.
The Lakme Fashion Week-Fluid Edition has started with a bang! Interestingly, the biggest fashion week event of India has turned digital this year due to the ongoing pandemic. And I’m thrilled to have been a witness to the gigantic show live as a guest blogger!
Being the first virtual launch, the experience is different but unique, and the show is surely keeping the energy and spirits of the audience high with live streaming, BTS videos and some webinars. To give you a sneak peek into the show, I bring you the highlights of my favourite designer collections here.
The opening premier show for the digital edition of LFW 2020 was Designer Manish Malhotra’s Ruhaaniyat Collection in collaboration with the Mijwan Foundation. For the unawares: he supports the women chikankari artists from the Mijwan Welfare Society. His collection paid tribute to the diverse heritage of Indian craftsmen and depicted the story of people, their beliefs, and sentiments with a celebration of the occasion called ‘Life’. Adding more opulence to the collection was the designer’s jewellery line, which reflected the art and designs of Punjab and Awadh. A very impressive old-world charm was visible in the collection. An exclusive glimpse of the collection:
Star attraction: Bollywood’s favourite Kartik Aaryan featured as a muse for the couture film. The highlight of show was the beautiful Punjabi Folk song “Baage Vich”. Highly recommended!
After the inaugural show, the first day of LFW2020 began with the theme Sustainable Fashion Day. There were a number of stunning designers that portrayed their amazing work. It started with the artfully curated INIFD Corporate that presented #GenNext, a blend of designers who made conscious fashion choices by choosing the art of sustainable fashion, followed by the Moomal collection by Raw Mango, a perfect blend of traditional folk aesthetics with textiles, silhouettes and bold colours.
Some creations of INIFD that blew my mind from were #GenNext Mishe The Label’s designs by mother-daughter duo Bhumika and Minakshi Ahluwalia, aimed at the contemporary fashion forward women. The collection Shuwa (meaning sign language in Japanese) was classic and intriguing. Here’s a sneak peak into it.
Another show by INIFD Corporate was The Loom Art’s collection Between the Lines by designer Aarushi Khilawat. It represented a creative depiction of a world surrounded by uncertainties. It presented a mélange of fabrics, embellishments, and designs.
The highlight: Aarashi Shibori Techinque which was enhanced with Soojni and Kantha work was seen on the base of all fabrics.
Then comes my favourite designer Gaurang Shah who with his magical collection Taramati paid an ode to Taramati, the legendary courtesan during the era of Golconda. From the traditional weaves of India, an imaginative blend of fabrics with intricate crafts on anarkalis, a rainbow of hues, his collection moved to pastel tonal saris with embellishments in rich shades. For the lovers of heritage weaves and timeless possessions, this collection by Gaurang Shah will always be treasured. Here’s an exclusive glimpse of the wonderful collection.
The final last show of Day 1 was the About India Showcase where several designers came forward to depict their work. Suket Dhir paid homage to the glorious brocades and gorgeous weaves with a fashion dimension to festive wear in vibrant hues and motifs. Celebrating the Nature Within concept, Suket introduced a mélange of varied animal prints. Here’s a preview of the collection.
The next in line is designer Anavila Mishra’s Dhanak Collection – a joyous offering in signature linen and jewel tones – that seemed like a coveted choice for the festive season. Take a sneak peak.
Moving on to Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week and carrying on with Sustainable Fashion theme, designer Hemant Agarwal presented Tattva collection. It represented the harmony between 12 elements of the universe, displaying rich brocades made in Benaras, and using bemberg yarns. The designer’s glamourous, glittering festive wear for men and women was a breathtaking addition to fashionable dressing in the form of garments and innovative textiles. Check it out here.
The last but not the least, the Locked in Love collection by designer Aneeth Arora was inspired by the Kawai Japanese Street culture of Harajuku fashion. This adorable collection brought in fun touches with bows, ribbons, flowers and was a representation of our lives in confined spaces when we were all locked in. This lovely range takes us down the memory lane. Sharing a preview here. Take a look and enjoy.
Hello lovely readers! How are you all? So today I have some fun stuff in store for you! The Co-Ord. When it comes to clothes, I prefer opting for outfits that can be slipped on in the morning without much ado or giving too much thought. The last thing I would ever want to do is to sit around looking for shirts/tops to team up with bottoms. Many a time, we hate wearing matching tops and bottoms, unless we are lounging in our pjs. Very often, we don’t even have the luxury of time to do this.
Looks like someone in the fashion world sensed the trouble and came up with a perfect solution. Coordinates or popularly called as co-ord sets add a give a fun millennial spin to our fashion mood. Co-ord sets are colour and style coordinated clothing sets that don’t need to be matched with other individual clothes to make the outfit look perfect – they are already the perfect outfit.
So, no more wasting time trying on dozens of combinations to find a good look. All you have to do is – buy ready co-ords off the fashion shelves. A lot of fashion brands have introduced quirky co-ords to amp up your style statement and make it a cool ensemble.
I present an artistic take on fashion brand Gulabo Jaipur’s conventional and fuss-free co-ords:
Beating #WorkFromHome Blues
Working-from-home does mean you’re your own boss, but it also means losing track of days which is not always the best! But it can be – when you play dress up in block printed, languid co-ord sets! Modern, comfortable silhouettes with a stroke of Indian block-printed aesthetics which transform your look from casual to meeting-ready in just a few seconds.
Photo Courtesy : Gulabo Jaipur
Lounging in Lockdown
Whether you’re working-from-home or spending your time indulging in self-care, these lounge sets are super comfy and can take you from day to night. They even help to uplift your mood. Spin your own distinct style around the conventional matched set with cool co-ord sets. Modern with the touch of Indian aesthetics, ditsy block-printed floral motifs and relaxed comfy silhouettes are perfect for all your moods through the day.
Photo Courtesy: Gulabo Jaipur
And finally, with the onset of festive season, we all have those moments when we feel extra traditional and dressing up in ethnic wear suddenly becomes the need of the hour. Why not try this quirky co-ord set! Add a much-needed touch of conventional embroidery with a dainty chiffon dupatta or style your look with a leheriya, bandhani dupatta to give you the festive feels you need this season.
A warm welcome to my readers. Looking at the lovely and overwhelming response from you all and understanding the need to cater to a diverse audience, I’ve decided to gradually keep adding some categories to my blog content.
This month, I introduce a special category called ‘Candid Talks’. Under this section, I will be bringing you real-life interviews / stories of people who have been motivators or inspiration to others in our daily lives.
Meet my first guest Shikha Dhar, Assistant Manager at Digital Strategy & Content, Sony Music, India. Having studied her MBA in marketing, she joined ICICI Bank and then moved to Sony Music, and is now handling complete music marketing, Influencer relations and third-party applications for the Sony Music India repertoires and products. At 26, she is a true motivator, what with her professional attitude, time management skills and her great love for fitness. Even in the hustle-bustle of a busy day, she perfectly balances her work and family life and also finds time for her diet and fitness routine. Her evergreen mantra for relaxation is – Green Tea!
Over to Shikha Dhar:
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Self-motivated, disciplined & a keen learner.
2. How do you strike a balance between your personal and professional life?
2020 has made us all realise the importance of striking a balance between the personal and professional life. With this work-from-home atmosphere, I consciously make an effort to separate my work life by trying to mentally shut down post working hours, spend some quality time with my books and my family. Trying to bring back the old routine by chatting with friends over a zoom/video call session over the weekends, welcoming the culture of celebrating and partying from home, and most importantly, trying to control the urge of checking the emails and work mails after a certain time in the evening. I believe, it is important to give yourself a break post the working hours and especially allow some non-screen time to your eyes.
3. So what keeps you charged and motivated at work and athome?
There are multiple things we can do to keep ourselves motivated. For me, it is my physical exercise, yoga and meditation. It does give me the motivation to welcome the day ahead. Also, journaling down my thoughts, sometimes, when feeling low and lethargic helps me gain some motivation and perspective. Creating a routine for myself through the day, especially during the WFH situation, has been extremely helpful in keeping me charged up. Also, I maintain a dedicated workspace (not my bed!) and make sure to try and move away from that space during evenings after I am done with work.
4. What’s your diet and fitness routine like?
I do not follow a very rigorous diet and fitness plan. I believe in consistency and ensure that I do some kind of physical exercise (usually switch between yoga and functional training) everyday, even if it is just for 15-20 minutes. Once your body is used to being burned out, it shall start motivating itself. In terms of diet, I stay slightly away from sugar (at least I try to: p) but otherwise, I stick to home cooked meals and avoid eating after 8.00 pm. Green tea is definitely my go-to, I consume about 2-3 cups of green tea every day.
5. How do you handle work stress?
Managing a stressful job, during this WFH period can be quite tricky for a lot of people. I try to stick to my routine as much as I can, even during the most stressful days. It helps me break down my stress levels and relax a bit. Also, there may be times when situations may get slightly heated and stressful at work, I try to move away from the work space, get involved with a small cheerful chat with a family member. Venting out is a good solution, it can be to a friend, kin or even a colleague. At such times, journaling can be quite helpful too, it’s very known to bring stress levels down. Another good break could be watching some cheerful / quirky content or just heading for a walk before bouncing back to work. Since people have been more antsy than ever during this pandemic, stress levels have definitely been higher. But it is important to leave your work stress and not carry it on your mind, especially now, that there are no physical boundaries between office and home.
6. Do you have any special relaxation techniques to fall back on?
Meditation has always been my relaxation technique. I meditate for about 8-10 minutes a day, but even that has been super helpful. Apart from that, I do try to relax over the weekends. Reading a book or two over a week has also been quite relaxing for me. I shuffle between some good content and a good book as my weekend plan.
7. Who do you look upto in life?
I look up to my mother first, she has been one of the most inspirational superwomen, managing her super rigorous work life along with her family and home life. She has been a great mother, friend, and well-wisher for me, along with being my mentor and teacher. That apart , I do look up to a few people, who have certain qualities that I would like to develop in myself over the years. They are: Michelle Obama, an excellent orator; Kusha Kapila, one of the most creative people I have met; and Mindy Kaling who has self-confidence to die for. Last but not the least, my father has been a great source of inspiration for me. His relationship building and maintaining skills is something I would love to adapt and do try to learn from him every single day.
8. Do you ever read blogs?
Yes, I do.
9. What kind of blogs do you follow?
I usually follow lifestyle, health and fitness and travel blogs.
10. Your message for my readers.
My only message for your readers would be that, we know this year has been slightly heavy on everybody in some way or the other but let’s try to motivate ourselves and look at the positive side of things. This year has taught so many of us digitisation, especially in a country like ours, it has helped us think out of the box and survive in situations that we never thought we would. Let’s all look forward to a better, pandemic-free world and keep our spirits high till then.
That was Shikha for you, the young and energetic self motivator.
Do you have any such motivating and inspiring stories of people around you! Bring it on, share with me.
Hello! A shout out to all my lovely readers and fellow bloggers. I am glad to inform you that my blog Chasing the Maximum Life has touched the 500 followers’ mark. A small step towards success but worth a million to me! I really appreciate your constant support to my blog. Gratitude! To keep you engaged with more interesting and interactive posts, there are some surprises waiting for you. Stay tuned for more!
Now back to the post, I am happy to have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award for the second time by my fellow blogger Sakshi Shreya. She is a wonderful blogger who shares everything related to art. Her posts are worth reading, so don’t forget to follow and subscribe her blog here.
“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.“
Display the award logo on your blog.
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
Answer 5 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 10-20 bloggers.
Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
Share the link to your best post.
3 Things About Me:
I’m a film fanatic…yes you read that right…I love watching different genres of movies.
The hobby that I could never give up is dance.
I’m more of a listener than a talker.
My Best Post:
Honestly, all my posts are equally close to my heart but if I must choose one then it would be, “How to Overcome the Fear of Rejection” as I feel that it something that almost every individual can relate to.
My Answers to the Questions asked by Art Enthusiastics:
What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
Uggh! That’s a tough one because there are so many crazy things that I have done and I feel describing just one won’t be fair.
What is more important to you: family or success? Why?
Well, for me family is more important because I believe that it’s the most valuable gift that god has given us. I also believe that if we have the constant support of our family behind us then we are already successful.
List two qualities you have developed during lockdown.
The two qualities that I have developed during lockdown is writing and communicating.
What is your inspiration behind starting your blog?
Umm, it was my passion to explore newer avenues that channelize my inner creativity.
Name the driving force which motivates you during your low phases and why?
The driving force that motivates me during my low phases is my passion towards my work because I believe that if we are passionate about something then no matter how many obstacles we face in our life, the passion helps us believe in ourselves and helps us move forward in life.