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Postcard from Uttarakhand!
Captured at the time of sunset by yours truly. 
For a moment I was instantly teleported to the English countryside. The cobbled houses weave a unique magic... They remind me of fireplace, wooden furniture and lots of warm food.
Christmas is here...🎄💫
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#mountaingirlforlife
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#nainital #uttarakhandtourism #uttarakhand #wintertravels @himalayangirls
Khachak the moment !!
#weekendvibes💕 
#throwbackthailand 
#thailandexpats
An ode to the sun! 
As we go through our rides of life, we spend so much time focusing on our projections of self to the outer world. So much so that we sometimes forget to live in the present, to count the blessings of today and to revel in the happiness of the moment.

योग to me has been the medium to find my way back to it. Not only does it improve the physical balance but helps in practicing that much needed peace with one's current state of being.
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You? Where or in what do you find your balance? Do you dedicate a part of your day to yourself only?
#studentforlife #staycurious #yog #curiousinkpot
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Captured in shot by the very talented @whiskey_trance
Because there is beauty in being different and in standing alone when the need arises...
There is beauty in being yourself and a hell lot of courage...
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#bedifferent #beyourself 
#whatnatureteaches #gyan #workoutmorning
Last year I was diagnosed with asthma. My doctor recommended that it was about time I become an outdoor person if I wanted to be in control of it and live a healthy life. Especially running. Today I see it as a blessing in disguise. Life was never any better.
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I am back in doon for few days and this is the ever majestic forest research institute at a walking distance from me. We did some sprint running before coming to stretches and this bridge pose, ending it with breathing exercises.
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And you, What is your go to fitness regime?
Gateway to....? Help me caption this.
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When you wake up early, on a chilly morning, nature rewards with such majestical view. Pawna lake, an idea place for a weekend camping trip from #Mumbai. We took a self drive car by @drivezyin. Started early at 8am, pitstopping our way through lonavala and reaching this point, right in time for a kadak chai. The night was long with great company, music and bonfire. This is the scene from early morning after. #nofilter
#staycurious #curiousinkpot #curioustraveler
Living in Chaos! That's what we do, isn't it? So to come to a place where the only sounds you can hear are of small waves brushing against the rocks, occasional bird chirping and may be a little sound of your innerself is just the pause I needed. The scene of sun slowly breaking in the sky with the cool winds penetrating the body was a moment to behold. Winter has finally arrived...
What do you do to find your pause within the chaos?
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#curioustraveler
#mumbaiweekendevents #pawna #camping #mumbaiblogger #weekendgetaways #naturelover_gr #weekendtravel #mumbaiweekend #mumbaikars #curiousinkpot
I think it was 2014. I was sitting at my workstation near the window sill. Rays of the morning sun filtering through the blinds onto my desk which was dominated by two big black screens. I must be running some simulation or working on one of those excel sheets, can't remember clearly (irony!). But what I do remember is pulling my diary out from the drawer and flipping to the very last page. There with a black pen, I wrote in the largest letters possible, "I want to be my own boss." I kept retracing the lines of those letters until they were bold enough for me. That time, I didn't know what these words really mean to me. It was a thought that came from years of mulling and probably would have stayed in my head for a couple of days until I wrote it down. So that, whenever I am flipping through my everyday diary, I will come across it from time to time. Like a reminder to myself.

Since like always, whenever a thought good or troubled would continue to repeat in my head, again and again, I would just write it down at some lost pages of a diary or some random papers. Either to let go or to hold on to that thought, that opinion or that feeling. This time I think it was more to hold on to.

More than 2 years later, I walked out of my 9-5 life with that torn page from the diary, tucked inside one of my pockets. Still unsure of what it meant but having the courage to explore what it could mean.

How often do we convince ourselves to delay, to hold and as happens to a lot of us to ultimately abandon the plan to pursue the very things that could liberate us? So when I came across these lines about 'fear' in a book I am currently reading, it just instantaneously hit the chord. Being able to overcome that fear of the unknown, to be able to cross that line is one of the biggest personal achievements to me. It has given me the courage to cross that line time and again should the need arises in my journey not towards ‘success’ but fulfilment.

But from where I stand today, the feeling of 'Been there, flunk that' or 'Been there, done that' will always be more fulfilling than the life full of 'What Ifs'!
#lifegoals
Where are you brunching today ? 
Found this amazing place @bombaysalad on our way from Bandra. @zomatoin rating was 4.6 so we barged in. Well not really. Quite a waiting time🙄. We ordered this 'hipster' salad, veggies sandwich(forgot the name) and very refreshing orange mint + etc etc juice. Who could say healthy cannot be yummy ? Plus you add a bit of feta cheese to any salad and it's just brings in the very needed smoothness to the dish. #happytastebuds and #happystomach
Must try for #mumbaikars
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I am always looking to try new places for food. What's your new curious find ?
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#mumbaibloggers #foodtrailer #pseudomumbaikar #curiousinkpot
Today I decided to 'detech' myself for a while. So I headed out with a book to nearby cafe. No laptop and mobile phone tucked inside the bag so that it's out of sight. It was just me and the book for next 2 hours or so. No impulsive action of checking whatsapp or that scrolling of instagram or news websites.
In the world of 'Netflix and Chill' where it has become a compulsive action to continue streaming, feels as if the technology is now even controlling our minds. Have you felt that dilemma where you wish to shut down the laptop but the other part of the brain says one more episode and soon it becomes 2 and somedays you find yourself compulsively binging tv series? It doesn't help that most of our work, professional and personal is now dependent on the same laptop screen. 
So today holding a book without a distraction felt like a much needed change. It's been over a month since I finished a book and this particular one has been lingering on for a while. Somehow sitting in that cafe, holding that book made me feel  more in control, fresh and rebooted. The contentment after finishing a chapter of book was way greater that an episode of a tv series.
So do you 'detech' yourself from time to time? What do you do for that change?
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#urbamdilemmas #curiousinkpot
मुझसे पहली सी मोहब्बत, मेरे महबूब, न मांग...
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# बस यूँ ही
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#faizahmedfaiz #poetryofinstagram #poetrycommunity #mumbaiblogger #indianbloggersnetwork #bohochic #firstlovepoetry #firstlove #nomakeupdays
It was summer of 2017 when I had that near-death experience. What followed was being in an out of the hospital for around a month, constant medical check-ups, blood tests and from 12 injections a day to two digits doses of medicines. Friends & work colleagues called time to time, relatives dropped by but the only people for whom the world turned upside was my family, especially my mother. The mother whose call sometimes I wouldn’t pick up or cut short because I was ‘very busy’ with work and other commitments. As I laid on the hospital bed with her sitting beside me, we had many conversations. One among them was about times when she wanted to share something with me but felt I wasn’t in a mood of a long conversation or was just busy with ‘life’. I couldn’t be more remorseful. It didn’t matter that we spoke every day. I wasn’t there for her at that moment when she has always been there for me regardless. It didn’t matter that now she might have forgotten what she wanted to speak about, maybe it was a small worry or a small joy but I wasn’t there!
We all talk about what we wish to do when we would be 40 or someday soon or when we would retire. We talk about the kind of life we wish to eventually build and how we are slogging our present for it. But after the last summer, I cannot help but wonder, what are the chances of it? 
I have this poster of Steve jobs, 'If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?'. I always found it inspiring. But it’s only now that I have felt a deeper resonance with it. It isn't just about professional goals. It’s also about all the little things that we miss out in our race towards the ‘ultimate happiness’. It’s about being able to relax over a morning cup of tea with your beloved without looking at the wall clock. To be able to take your kids to park every evening. To be there for your parents. But most importantly, to be there for yourself. To pursue that passion which is now in ‘someday’ list. To work towards that fitness which usually gets sacrificed for long working hours. Or to be able to stare at this beautiful landscape, as the sun sets, without having to think about Monday...