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I am taking part in the #themindfulbreak by @moderngypsy.in that runs through 15th to 31st October.

Earlier this year I came across the concept of choosing a word of the year and the word that came instantaneously to me was 'mindfulness'. So, when I came to know about this challenge I knew I had to do it. It gives me an opportunity to reassess, look back and realign.

As we are into the last quarter of the year, I look back upon my journey this year so far, I realise I have fumbled and fallen a number of times but I have not given up yet.

Mindfulness is a habit and it needs to be cultivated slowly. I am doing it and I know I will make it there eventually.

There are a number of things I have done to be more mindful and there is a lot more that need to be done. I will dwell on all of them in the posts that are going to be up in the coming days.

This #mindfulness #quote is very close to my heart. It is the little things of life that matters. So the little things are not really little.

This #picture is an old one from a short vacation in #goa. I love sunrises and sunsets. They give me #hope. Hope that all is not over and that there will be a new beginning.

#varca
#india
#sunsets
#nvedi
#nofilter
#nikon
#d5100
#lonelyplanet
#sky 
#sights
#saying 
#quotes #quotestoliveby #quotestagram #quotesoftheday #lifeinism  #quotesdaily #quotesforyou  #quotesgram #quotesoflife #quoteofday #quotefortheday
#blogger
#hyderabadblogger
The mister had been pestering me to bake a cake. So I did.

Almond and Cherry Cake

Note: No healthy ingredients were added in the making of this cake, except for a few almonds.

This cake is loaded with maida, butter, condensed milk & sweet glace cherries. It's DH's philosophy that if you want to eat healthy, don't eat a cake. And if you want a cake, don't make it healthy.

#indulgence #sweet #sohyderabad
#fresh
#recipeontheblog
 #almond
 #cherries
 #cake
#homemade
#f52grams
#eeeeeats
#betterbutter
#feedfeed
#foodtalkindia
 #hautecuisines
 #vscofood
 #foodstagram
 #theurbanspice  #foodphotography
 #nofilter 
#notiphone  #hyderabadblogger 
#foodblogger  #foodfiles
 #instagram
 #instagood
 #instafood  #recipeoftheday

@_betterbutter_ @plattershare @recipebookapp @donnahaymagazine @goodfoodindia @goodhomesmagazine
I was a little under the weather when I woke up today morning. I even contemplated on skipping my morning walk but then thought better of it and went for a leisurely 30 mins walk.

Not surprisingly I came back feeling better and fresher. I think the gorgeous sun made me feel better. 
Hope you all are having a great Monday. Wishing you all a great week ahead.

#sun
 #morning
#100daysofwalking
#100daysoffitness
#morningsights
#lakebreeze 
#sohyderabad
#hyderabadblogger 
#hyderabaddairies 
#blogger
#justlikethat
#nature
#beauty
#telangana 
#mi
#shotonmi 
#mobilephotography
#pictures 
#photooftheday
#instapic
#instagram
#instagood
#mood
#jyotispages
#lonelyplanet 
#myclicks
“Books so special and rare and your that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

I am quite happy with my choices of books this year. And this one remains among the best reads so far. 
Reading ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green was an emotional rollercoaster ride for me. A book that has the backdrop of cancer certainly cannot really be an easy read, but was it fulfilling? Yes, it was and it was well worth my time and tears. As the story unfolds before you – the characters will seep into you and so will their emotions – their tales of love and loss, their triumphs and defeats and their laughter and tears. While reading the book the hopelessness of the fragility of life got me often, but it also gave me the sense that life is what you make of it. The author has done a great job in taking the readers on a journey that is filled with despair and yet is hopefully beautiful.

Full review is up on the blog. Go to www.jyotibabel.com to check out.

#bookstagram #books #quote #favouriteqoutes #bookblogger #booklover #hyderabad #hyderabadblogger #johngreen #thefaultinourstars #awesomebook #lovestories #writersmelon #bookshelf #hazelgrace #augustuswaters #augustus 
#instabook #instareads #igreads #epicreads #read  #reader #booklove  #ilovebooks #bookaholic  #bookaddict #bookgeek #bookworm #totalbooknerd
There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. - Bernard Williams

Sunrises and sunsets are the most cliched topics in photography. But, you see what is there to not love it. 
Whenever I see a sunrise, I am filled with hope and a sunset fills me with dreams. We need both to keep moving in life. Isn't it?

That is some cliched Gyaan😃. But, if you follow it, you will be at ease no matter what the situation.

Have an awesome October folks.

#sky #morning #bright #sun #sights #lakebreeze #saying #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotestagram #quotesoftheday #tagsforhearts #lifeinism #sayings #quotesforlife #quotesdaily #quotesforyou #quotesofinstagram #quotesgram #hyderabad #photography #photographersofindia #lonelyplanet #womeninphotography #natgeo #sohyderabad #nikon
There is only now. And look! How rich we are in it.

Life is slowly getting back to routine now in the new city #hyderabad. Mornings are busier than they used to be in #Pune. Still I make it a point to begin my day with self. A quick brisk morning walk for me sets the tone right for rest of the day. 
On day 6 of my #100daysofwalking the sun was hiding behind the clouds. It was kind of overcast in the morning and slightly chilly autumn breeze was refreshing. I loved the way the sky appeared. Some sights are so pleasant to look at.

Hope you all had a great start to your day. Have a great one!

#sky #morning #fresh #clouds #sights #lakebreeze #saying #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotestagram #quotesoftheday #tagsforhearts #lifeinism #sayings #quotesforlife #quotesdaily #quotesforyou #quotesofinstagram #quotesgram #quotesoflife #quoteofday #quotefortheday#quotetoliveby #quoted #day6 #100daysoffitness
Sunsets are proof that endings can be beautiful too.

This picture happens to be one of my favourite sunset pic from the balcony of our Pune home. The dramatic sky and the contrast of colours made the scene breathtakingly beautiful. 
My daily ritual to watch sunset from the balcony has ended as we have moved to a new city. An ending and a new beginning.

While I am kind of sad to leave behind a city that was home close to 6 years, I am looking for forward to the life in this new city - new beginnings, new horizons and new experiences.

#pune #wagholi #mh12 #puneblogger #sunset #nature #colours #life #moveon 
#india #indiapictures #storiesofindia #india_gram #indianphotography #igramming_india #mypixeldiary #indiaclicks #ig_india #lonelyplanetindia #indiatravelgram  #mytravelplans  #photographers_of_india #nikon
When Gratitude is Hard to Find, Look For it a Little Harder.

So, finally, here I am with the much-delayed gratitude post for last month on the blog. Looking at the title you can make out last month wasn’t a greatgood one. I will correct myself further here – I just managed to get through it. The reason why I am dwelling on it here is that I think writing about it will make me accept the things as they happened and yes, writing always makes me feel better. 
Do stop by. Link to blog on profile.

#say #said #ontheblog #saying #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotestagram #quotesoftheday #quotesaboutlife #quotesandsayings #quotesforgirls #quotesaboutlove #tagsforhearts #lifeinism #sayings #quotesforlife #quotesdaily #quotesforyou #quotesofinstagram #quotesaboutlifequotesandsayings #quotesgram #quotesoflife #quoteofday #quotefortheday #quoteme #quote #quotetoliveby #quoted #tagsforlikes #tflers
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato.

This quote aptly captures the essence of music. 
I don't hv any personal talent when it comes to music. But, I am a lover and listener of music. Not a single day goes without it. Whether I am out for a walk or going about everyday chores, some musical score in the background is mostly on.

Life without music would not be the same. Don't you think so?

I am joining @simplytadka in a series of themed Insta posts @delicious_exposures for the month of June. This post is for the prompt - Music.

#music #delicious_exposures #de_june2018 #plato #saying #quotes #quotestoliveby #quotestagram #quotesoftheday #quotesaboutlife #quotesandsayings #quotesformusic #tagsforhearts #lifeinism #sayings #quotesforlife #quotesdaily #quotesforyou #quotesofinstagram #quotesgram #quotesoflife #quoteofday #quotefortheday #quoteme #quote #quotetoliveby #quoted
Chocolate is one of my biggest weaknesses. Yes, it is. And most of the times I just cannot have enough of it.

I satiated my chocolate cravings in the form of this chocolate sandwich sometimes back. I had some leftover chocolate ganache that was lying around to be used.

This chocolate sandwich is inspired by a very popular roadside sandwich joint in F.C.Road, Pune. You should see the crowd that throngs there in the evening to indulge in sandwiches and needless to say their chocolate sandwich is the most popular among the crowd.

I am joining @simplytadka in a series of themed Insta posts @delicious_exposures for the month of June. This post is for the prompt CHOCOLATE.

#de_june2018 #delicious_exposures
#chocolate
#ganache
#homemade
#f52grams
#eeeeeats
#betterbutter
#feedfeed
#foodtalkindia #hautecuisines #vscofood #foodstagram #theurbanspice #foodcoma #foodphotography #nofilter #notiphone #puneigers #puneinstagramers #punebloggers  #sopune #punekar #foodoftheday #foodfiles #instagram #instagood #instafood 
#feedfeed #shotonmi4
Green. Green. Green.

This picture is from 2009. Almost 9 years back, we had a short vacation in Munnar, Kerala.

I have been through the process of organizing our pictures from 10 years lately and looking at all the pictures made me visualize all the places I have been to in these years. Such a blessed feeling to have been able to travel places.

Such is the power of photographs - they are memory keepers. 
Munnar is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in India. I think its time now for us to give it a second visit soon.

I am joining @simplytadka in a series of themed Insta posts @delicious_exposures for the month of June. This post is for the prompt GO GREEN

#puneigers #punebloggers  #instagood  #feedfeed #de_june2018 #delicious_exposures #green #teagarden #teaestates #munnar #keralatourism #incredibleindia #kerala #godsowncountry #india #indiapictures #storiesofindia #india_gram #indianphotography #igramming_india #mypixeldiary #indiaclicks #ig_india #lonelyplanetindia #indiatravelgram  #mytravelplans  #photographers_of_india #nikon #coolpix
Homemade Mango Chocolate Streaked Icecream. Two of my favourite flavours in one.

A great way to beat the heat before monsoon hits us formally.

#mango #icecream #chocolate #kingoffruits #f52grams #thekitchn #foodtalkindia #hautecuisines #betterbutter #foodstagram #theurbanspice #foodcoma  #foodporn #foodphotography #puneigers #puneinstagramers #punebloggers  #punekar #foodoftheday #foodfiles #instagram #instagood #instafood  #feedfeed #delicious_exposures #recipeoftheday #betterbutter #DE_June2018 
I am joining @simplytadka in a series of themed Insta posts @delicious_exposures for the month of June. This post is for the prompt MANGO

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