One of the only perks of having a long extended family in the depts of Rajasthan, India, is that you get to attend a ton of weddings! Marwari weddings are unlike any other ever – there are a million small and tiny pujas, there are innumerable functions and the shaadi itself happens at super odd hours (my mama (“uncle”) had his wedding ceremony at 4:00 AM in the morning!)
Inspite the hectic-ness of the whole thing, attending wedding functions at home is a lot of fun. Its almost like a mini reunion of a long list of relatives that you havent seen in a long time.
It had been a while since I took a whole week off for a wedding and thats why when my grandfather told me that my mama’s shaadi had been finalised – I was really excited (Plus, the dates fell bang in the middle of my semester break!)
I ended up inviting a few of my friends as well and since the wedding was in my home town, we did a ton of sightseeing and ate a LOT of local fried food and clicked a trillion pictures (obviously).
All in all, my mama got married and I had a much needed mini vacation!
After 21 years of being here, I have throughly concluded that Diwali is my favourite festival!
Diwali is essentially a Hindu festival celebrating the coming home of God King Rama after defeating the Demon King Ravana and successfully getting his wife back. More importantly, it is a festival of lights and colours (also of one week holidays when I can come home!)
Diwali is categorised by houses flooded with diyas and lights, and verandas coloured with rangolis. There is nothing to not love about Diwali.
Its been a while since I celebrated Diwali properly, and to ensure that I make the most out of the festival this time – I’m diving head first into the festivities;
Here’s my attempt at a rangoli (colours used to make beautiful patterns)
Happy Diwali Guys❤️
Back in April of this year, I decided to go on a social media break. It wasn’t really a complete break because I was still using Facebook (for memes, obviously), and still replying heavily on WhatsApp because how else will I continously send random gif’s to my brother? Nevertheless, I did and honestly, it helped me.
I stayed away from my phone, I didn’t spend hours stalking my best friend on instagram, and I didn’t obsessively take selfies on snapchat. Since it clearly helped me tons, I decided to do one again.
This time I went off facebook as well and kept only WhatsApp around. The first thing you notice is that you spend like 75% less time looking at your phone’s screen. Also, you spend none of your time looking at people’s pictures and wondering about their fancy vacations, or fancy jobs or fancy boyfriends.
During this time however, I’ve started using twitter more. I tell myself its only because I still need to be updated about whats happening in the news world. Its been little over a month of my social media cleanse and I plan on continuing it for another month – mainly because I really want to come back on instagram during mama’s wedding and use boomerang and flaunt my outfits.
This whole time has left me thinking, do I really need this social media break, or am I better off just being updated with everyone’s lives? Over all, I’m a much happier person when I’m not switching on my phone everyday with the purpose of checking the latest facebook update by my ex-best friend; on the other hand, it feels like I’m missing out on whats happening in my classmates’ lives because I’m not watching anything at all.
Look what I woke up to today!
I cannot believe that its been 8 years since I started writing here! Its been a roller coaster ride with so many different emotions and I strongly feel that more than anything, my writing has grown and there are times when once in while I end up writing really awesome things.
Happy Anniversary to Me!
Summer vacation is by far the happiest part of college life. You actually get a full month long break from hectic college life and seeing how this is the last time in my life that I’m actually going to get a proper summer vacation, my really adorable parents decided to take us out on a family vacation!
India, if you really go properly exploring, is a beautiful place with a ton of great places to visit – and so you can never really get tired of vacationing in India. This time, we vacationed to Jammu and Kashmir. Fun fact about the northernmost state of our country: 95% of Indian laws do NOT apply to J&K; in fact, the state has its own penal code as well!
Jammu and Kashmir is a fascinating state and is divided into three major regions. The one we visited is called the Ladakh region and its biggest city is Leh. We spent eight days in total on vacation (and most of it without internet because J&K is quite sensitive about you using your phone when you’re on vacation!), and believe me when I say, I did not want to come back. I fell in love with the place, the people, the weather, the religion and I couldn’t imagine coming back to routine and seeing the same people every single day.
Instead of getting into the full itinerary of my much need vacation, here’s a picture that cannot capture the complete beauty of this magical place!
SO, the first notification that loaded on my phone once I was back home and connected to my faithful wifi was this – that I’d crossed 500 followers and my tally now sits at 501!
Lets take a moment to take this whole thing in: There are currently 500 different, real, actual people sitting and sometimes reading all this random shit that I write and come up with.
FIVE FUCKING HUNDRED
I’M SO EXCITED AND HAPPY AND JUST GLEEFUL BECAUSE I HAVE TONS OF NEW CONTENT FOR ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE GIVING EVEN 3 SECONDS FOR ME.
I’m in love with you guys.
Every single time I go visit my hair stylist, he tells me the exact same thing he tells me every other time – “You need a hair cut! Atleast a trim; just remove your split ends.”
To be quite honest, I’m always really confused when I get this advice – Does this man who’s spent his money learning to cut other people’s hair really care about my hair? Or is he just looking to make more money? Obviously, everyone wants their business to flourish but would you give me terrible advice and risk spoiling my only USP? What would you get out of it hair stylist? Though on the flip side, if you do give me terrible advice and my hair does get messed up, I will come back to you – so there’s your reason!
I’m still left wondering because every time you go to a hair stylist they invest so much of their time and expensive products into making your hair look beautiful and then ask you to get a hair cut? Do you really want me to get a hair cut because I’m incapable of taking care of my hair, or do you want money?
The last time I got a hair cut was back in September, and my hair hasn’t grown a lot over these months. Inspite of that I’m actually quite happy with how my hair looks currently; and still my genius hair stylist tells me: Its been quite a few months, you should cut it! Excuse you, let my hair grow atleast you crazy man!
At the end of the day, I’m still so confused – Do hair stylists really care about the well being or my hair, or the well being of their business?