How to plan your weekends in advance

Are you sometimes left with the feeling that you don’t know what happened between Friday evening and Sunday evening? You remember you finished work on Friday and you were super excited about the weekend. But before you know it, it’s already Sunday evening and you’re gearing up for another week of work. If someone asks you…

Why the “minars” of Delhi still amaze

I live in Delhi and I want to see the Acropolis or the Stonehenge. In fact, I’m constantly making a list of the places I want to visit. However, I have never ventured out to see the Qutab Minar which is situated very close to my house. It’s human nature to want things which are more…

When you go to bed early but still can’t sleep

The other day I was talking to my mom, and she told me she was having sleeping problems lately. In fact, she occasionally suffers from sleep issues. I remember I had lately written an article about this, so I started telling her, “You should sleep on time, you shouldn’t be on your phone, and you…

When I tell you to peel potatoes, just peel potatoes!

“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” How many of you read the above quote and went “What?” Some of you would have even thought “What an obvious thing to say!” Or you might think it’s such a silly thing to…

Life Is Elsewhere – Milan Kundera

“Is a novel anything but a trap set for a hero?”  As you read “Life Is Elsewhere”, you’re likely to feel the same for the book’s protagonist, Jaromil, who is a young aspiring poet. Born of a somewhat forced marriage, Jaromil is the apple of his mother’s eye. Having lost the love of her husband,…

How to see New York in just a day!

We made it to the tube station just in time to make it on the next train which would be taking us to our next destination. I was going to finally have the amazing Bubble Tea I had heard so much about! Guess what our next stop was? Chinatown of course.  Chinatown I’ve never actually…

What is the “Uberman” sleeping schedule, you may ask…

When I started researching on sleep, my end goal was only to inculcate some good habits so that I sleep early and better. And I’ll talk about what has been working for me towards the end of this article. However, my research also introduced me to some strange sleeping schedules that I had no idea…

Who throws boxes away?

As the title suggests, I definitely don’t throw old containers away, but I don’t do much to beautify them either. So, you’ll find me re-using an old box of chocolates or a glass jar as-is. This weekend, I thought I should try to get down to some “DIY” and see how tough it is to…

Why was inertia bad again?

Remember inertia? If you remember anything from the Physics lessons in school, you’ll remember that the concept of inertia was related to Sir Isaac Newton’s first two laws of physics: 1. An object at rest tends to stay at rest. 2. An object in motion tends to stay in motion. Nowadays, we use the term loosely…

Traveling to the US for work? Don’t stress!

However much I love traveling, there’s always some apprehension associated with travelling to a new place. If you don’t have all your documents in place, it can be a very painful experience. Hence, you need to take care of the mundane stuff before you can really have some fun. A lot of us travel to…

Why can’t I sleep on time” Series: Post 2

1:30 AM… No worries, I can still get 6 hours of sleep. 2:00 AM… Ok, no need to panic. Just don’t look at the time again! 2:30 AM… Hmm, 5 hours is still enough. 3 AM… Maybe, I should have slept a little earlier. This is frustrating. My day’s going to be so bad tomorrow….

The Problem with Instant Gratification

I’ve always been a relatively inactive member on Facebook, and updates from me are quite rare. So much so, that even if I post a picture, or if I post an entire album, most of my friends are first awed that I managed to accomplish this task, and then they are able to appreciate/dislike the picture/album. A…

10 things I miss about train journeys!

Most of you are probably familiar with Paper Boat’s latest campaign on the “Great Indian Train Journey”. The first time I saw it on social media, I ignored it. After a few days, it popped up once more and I ignored it again. Today, I finally saw the entire video. It immediately brought back memories of…

‘Why can’t I sleep on time’ Series: Post 1

Today, I thought about everything I’ve blogged about lately and realized that while it’s good to focus on the things which are going well, there are a number of things I need to change in my life. The whole point of the blog is to improve my life over a period of time, and hope…

Are you being compassionate?

The other day, I was stuck in traffic on the way to work. So, what? This happens every day. And, every day I complain about it. This day was no better, either. I took the opportunity to complain about it to my mother and my grandfather and my friends. However, as I neared Gurgaon, I…

How I Learnt to Love the Snow

Anyone who knows me well enough knows how terrified I am of the cold. During the winter months, I google “Delhi temperature” the moment I wake up. So, it’s unlikely that a person like me would travel to Shimla when there’s a chance of snow. So, how did I end up traveling to Shimla this…

Are you complaining about your job all the time?

Do you hate your job, but you don’t know where to go? Do you complain about it everyday but still can’t leave. Well, in such a situation, it’s important to first ask yourself why you want to leave. If you’re confused about what you want, then the new job’s not going to be any better either….

Call your friends

You probably text your friends all the time, or you’re connected to them via WatsApp. Just because you’re a part of multiple WatsApp groups, does that mean you’re staying in touch with all your friends? When was the last time you had a proper conversation with a close friend of yours who lives in another city? Last…

Give away some clothes

The first step in sorting out your clothes cupboard is to give away the items of clothing you don’t wear. Now, I know some items have a sentimental value attached to them.  There are also some which have an aspirational value attached to them – you don’t fit into them but one day you will. Let…

Setting up a home gym

When I used to stay in Gurgaon, I happened to stay in an apartment complex which had a gym inside it. That was the perfect setup for me. Even if I got late from office, I would just head downstairs for a quick workout. I shifted to Delhi once I got married, and realized that most houses in Delhi don’t have a similar setup.

Safety in the Kitchen

Lately, I’ve taken up cooking. I thought it was time to move beyond boiling eggs, toasting bread and making tea and listing these as cooking achievements when asked about what I can cook. Cooking is fun, but it needs your full concentration. One of the things I’ve learnt is that multi-tasking while cooking can be really…

The best guide to Bali for a first-timer!

My first trip of the year was to Bali in January (it was also my honeymoon trip). Though I love beach destinations, I also felt like I had seen a fair number of beaches and had a misconception that Bali was going to be just another typical beach. But, I was so wrong! Bali was…