2022! Bring it on

Dear readers! How’re you doing?

We’re already three days down in the New Year, and I am pretty excited to learn what 2022 has in store for us. To me, stepping into the new year is a chance to reflect on the year that’s gone by and to think what I hope to achieve in the coming year. Other than this, it’s all about celebrations. Like we all know, the past year has been a difficult one owing to the pandemic and celebrations continued to be on a low key this year too. To add to this misery, the Omicron variant led to a rise in Covid-19 cases and therefore there was a ban on new year festivities and gatherings all over. People opted to celebrate new year’s eve at home with family and friends rather than going out. Leave the celebration aside, I’m sure people are hopeful that the year 2022 will put an end to the virus and bring normalcy in people’s lives.

I look at 2022 as a year of positivity and optimism. Along with this, I also look forward to see myself turning a graduate and entering into the professional world. Here’s hoping that 2022 is filled with lots of exciting opportunities and new adventures in my own space and with friends and family. So 2022, bring it on, I’m ready!

Last but not the least, I pray that the new year brings you all peace, prosperity, and happiness. Wishing you a joyous 2022!

That’s all for today! Stay safe.

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5 Must-Watch Christmas Movies

Hello merry readers! Christmas Eve 2021 has finally arrived. A time filled with cheer, merriment and joy. Also, a perfect time to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa and binge watch a good Christmas movie. However, when there are multiple options available, it gets tough to make a choice for the perfect film for a perfect evening.

Well, fret not, as I have got you covered. Below are some of the most delightful Christmas titles on Netflix that you can binge watch this Christmas season.

Love Hard (2021)

Happiest Season (2020)

Last Christmas (2019)

Holidate (2020)

The Holiday (2006)

Before I bid goodbye, here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas. That’s all for today. Stay safe!

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Say “I Do” …in Bollywood Style!

Hey my lovely readers. Hope you all are doing fine and staying in good spirits. Before I move on to writing further, I want to wish you – my blogger friends – an incredibly Happy Valentine’s Day.

Valentine season is the most romantic time of the year. Love is in the air and all those struck by the Cupid’s arrow are waiting to say ‘I Do’ to their special someone. However, it’s not just about proposing to your partner, and I’m sure you too agree with it. Love is not just about going on the knees one fine day and expressing your feelings towards your partner. It isn’t momentary! Love goes way beyond that, it goes a long, long way with a whole lot of caring, sharing and making major couple goals with your special one.

With Valentine’s Day right here and you wish to express your love to that special one but are at your wit’s end, don’t worry. I bring you the quirkiest and most romantic Bollywood ideas to help you pop the ‘question’ at the right time. I’m sure these lovable Bollywood flicks will inspire you to plan a perfect proposal.

Bollywood Movie: Anjaana Anjaani

This film teaches you how you shouldn’t let heartbreaks stop you from falling in love again and find affection in the most surprising ways. Akash (Ranbir Kapoor) and Kiara (Priyanka Chopra) are two heartbroken individuals who go one night to end their lives but meet over a bridge and decide against that. They then go to fulfil their last wishes, and eventually fall in love with each other during this journey. The last scene of the movie where they both propose to each other in the middle of the ocean will definitely melt your heart! Aww!

Bollywood movie: 2 States

Take inspiration from Krish (Arjun Kapoor) from the popular film 2 States. He meets Ananya (Alia Bhat) in college and falls in love. But it doesn’t end there. Despite the two of them agreeing to the relationship, both have to struggle really hard to convince their families for marriage as they both come from different cultural backgrounds. But our lover boy is persistent enough to move to another state where Ananya lives and manages to get their approval for marriage. I think, it was the sweetest way to have family’s love and blessings too.

Bollywood movie: Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na

A film that proved that “every love story begins with friendship”. Set major couple goals like Jai (Imran Khan) his best friend Aditi (Genelia D’Souza). Jai broke all airport rules by coming on a horse to propose to Aditi at the airport, sang a beautiful song “Tera Mujhse Hai Pehle Ka Nata Koi” for her and almost arrested by the officers! I’m sure, his will make you fall in love with the idea of love.

Bollywood Movie: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge

My list of best romantic movies can never be complete without the iconic love story of Raj (Shahrukh Khan) and Simran (Kajol). The story revolves around two youngsters who first meet on an inter-rail holiday in Europe. No, it isn’t love at first sight for them. Indeed, after the holiday Simran is forced to travel to India for a marriage arranged by her father. But our hero Raj doesn’t give in to destiny. He follows her all the way to India to woo his lady love and win over her father’s blessings too. Try this for your special one and I promise you a great happy ending.

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9 Lesser Known Facts of 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!

That’s it!

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Top 5 Halloween Movies to Watch For a Spooky Night in

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.

  • Scream
  • Fantasy Island
  • The Roommate
  • Crawl
  • A Quiet Place

That’s it. Have a Happy Halloween and enjoy your movie night in.

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My September Favourites

Hey, my lovely readers. What’s up?

I’m back again with my list of favourites for the month. Honestly, this whole month has kept me on my toes with online classes, back to back college assignments, and so much more. A hectic and tiring month indeed. But I must say that the pros never stop surprising me. Like always, this month too had its share of sweet surprises and special moments that brought big grins to my face. Sharing three of my favourite moments of the month with my blogging community.

Love you Savage Love

Savage Love… Did Somebody, Did Somebody, Break Your Heart… Ooohh! I cannot stop humming these line all day. The darling of all songs. This one tops my current playlist. How did I learn about this song? Well, my cousin sister sent it to me. I listened to it and fell totally in love with everything about it – the tune, lyrics, and the voice of the artists Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo. It’s mesmerizing and takes you on a road to catharsis. The musical notes and beats are also so familiar. No wonder this recent 2020 release that has taken all music lovers by storm has become a global pop smash.

Savage Love you rock. Heading for a long trip? Play it on repeat!

Surprise Birthday Party

Another special moment of the month was my lovely mom’s birthday fun. So, my mom shares her birthday with her twin sister on 25 Sept. Being the lockdown time, celebrating at her favourite restaurant was out of question. But both the families were eager to make it special for the twin ladies. Shhh… a surprise birthday party was naturally in the offing. Everyone pitched in, a two-tier cake was ordered, the room was decorated, celebratory dinner was arranged, and the families got together to raise a toast to them. To top it all, we also compiled a loooong video with virtual birthday wishes pouring in from the entire family and their circle of friends and colleagues. I’m sure the twins got emotional with this sweet surprise, as one couldn’t miss the sparkle in their eyes.

For a Greener Cause

I’m always into supporting causes that are close to my heart. And saving mother earth / nature or going green is definitely one of them. I try my best to prevent tree cutting, if it’s happening in my vicinity. Also, I do not miss a single reason to plant new trees. This month, I planted a sweet holy basil to support some cause (not mentioning the cause for personal reasons). It gives me immense happiness if I’m able to do my bit for nature in my own trivial way. My plant is slowly growing with daily watering and nurturing, making me understand the importance of loving those who matter to us. Loving and nurturing gives an entirely different meaning to our lives. Right?

On that note, I extend my deepest gratitude to all of you my loving blogging family for constantly supporting me at every single step of my journey.

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10 Playlists, 10 Moods

Hey my dear readers. How are you guys?

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

The best thing about music is that it is spirited, soulful and therapeutic. Yes, be it any feeling or frame of mind, you have song for it. Let’s face it, sad times call for sad playlists. Parties call for an upbeat playlist.

Not feeling great? Hear your fav number and turn that feeling around. Feeling low? Switch on the gadget and rise above the way you’re feeling. Excited about something? Tune in to that special song and sink into the rhythm. Music is like magic; it changes you from within. For me, music is happiness, music is therapy, music is life. I can immerse myself in my selective and preferred numbers for hours at stretch. Most of the time, I listen to music depending on my mood.

Having said that, I have managed to create a playlist based on different moods specially for you. Take a dive right in when you’re in that mood and add life to your moments.

#Mood: Happy

Song: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” — Justin Timberlake

#Mood: Sad

Song: “The Heart Wants What It Wants” — Selena Gomez

#Mood: Angry

Song: “IDGAF” — Dua Lipa

#Mood: In Love

Song: “Love Story” — Taylor Swift

#Mood: Heartbroken

Song: “We Don’t Talk Anymore” — Charlie Puth

#Mood: Motivation

Song: “Shake it off” — Taylor Swift

#Mood: Work Out

Song: “Sit Still, Look Pretty” — Daya

#Mood: Nostalgic

Song: “It Ain’t me” — Kygo, Selena Gomez

#Mood: Inspiration

Song: “What Makes You Beautiful” — One Direction

#Mood: Gloomy

Song: “Life is Worth Living” — Justin Bieber

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My August Favourites

Hey my dear readers. How are you guys doing?

I’m back with my list of Monthly Favourites! Actually, I got a great response on my last monthly favourites post and that motivated me to keep this going. For those who’re new on my blog, this is one last post of the month where I pen down a few things that grabbed my attention or gave me enormous joy during that month.

Honestly speaking, this month has kept me busy with my early morning online lectures, researching and planning my blog posts, and much more. Yet I found time to do things that give me happiness, and all of that combined to make it a super amazing month. So, here’s my list of August favourites.

Watching the Horror Fiction Ruins

I watched this movie Ruins a few days back on Netflix and it really blew my mind. Directed by Carter Smith, it’s a story of four young American friends who set on a trip to Mexico. The holiday that seems fun in the beginning takes a twist. The gang embarks on a journey to a ruined archaeological dig in the middle of a jungle along with a fellow tourist where they get trapped as it is haunted by evil creepers that reside in the ruins. The question is – Will they survive or no? Watch it to find it, as I wouldn’t spoil your mystery. The best thing I loved about it was the story-line and direction. Much recommended for everyone.

Venturing on a Quarantine Trip

With the pandemic situation putting a stop to travel, it had been almost five months since the ‘large Indian family’ had stepped out of the city! But with the relaxing of rules in the unlocking phase, a little outing wasn’t a bad idea, right?  Yes, we went on a short fam trip (even in these quarantine times!!). Of course, with proper sanitisation measures and complete precautions in place.

In the wee hours of August 15, the family left for a road trip to Lonavala, a nearby hill station. It was one of the best and most scenic road trips I’ve had in recent times – with heavy downpour and the gushing waterfalls on the hills. We put up in a two-storeyed villa – Villa Montana Vue.

Although we spent the whole weekend indoors as lot of scenic attractions were shut down due to covid. But overall, it was amazing and unforgettable trip. The best memory of the trip was playing UNO game with my cousins (I also won once, haha!!

Having a good Haircare Plan in place

My mom being the editor of a popular HAIR magazine, she keeps advocating some care tips for my hair and skin. Recently, she handed me this cute box of Multi-Vitamin Power Gummies insisting that I should try these for my hair fall issues. These are hair vitamins with the goodness of biotin, zinc and folic acid and are good for hair health. I’ve started having it twice a day as recommended. And I must say these chewable hair gummies are not just yummy to taste but slowly improving my hair condition. So I’m loving it. (PS: Do consult your hair expert if you plan to try it too!)

So these were my favourites. Do let me know what were your favourites of this month and comment them down.

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