7 Reasons to Read Inspirational Quotes

I love reading inspiring quotes. We all do! For this very reason we see these bite-sized profound thoughts on various social media platforms.

As a kid, rather a teenager, while reading books and magazines, if something struck a chord with me, I would write it down in a notebook. And now that I have greys in my hair, my love for these inspiring words continue unabated.

Why do we love reading these quotes so much? Here are 7 reasons, why we do just that…

Reason #1 : To Gain Insights and Wisdom – In a few words, motivational quotes offer profound and meaningful insights that awaken and inspire us to see the world differently. They widen our perspective and expand the mind and the awareness.

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Reason #2 : To Feel Energized and Encouraged – For me, these inspiring quotes give a dose of positivity and nudge me to get back on track when the going is rough.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.

Reason #3 : To Get That Burst of Hope – Like a beacon of light, quotes offer hope that we need so very badly in tough and trying times.

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Reason #4 : Act as Reminders – Quotes act as reminders and alarm clocks to the wisdom we have within us.

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Reason #5 : Food for Soul – Repeatedly reading the inspiring words can become a part of our thoughts, and in no time our thoughts can translate into words, which can make us take action. The quotes give us a purpose and help us make who we are.

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Reason #6 : To Bring Light and Happiness into Our Day – A motivational quote has the power to brighten our day. Often, these words stay with us and subtly make us think and bring about a change in our mood. It is amazing to see what a ‘right quote at the right time’ can do to our day.

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Reason #7 : Become Our Life Mottos – Some quotes can really influence us and can help us to make an important change in our life. They can become the guiding lights of our life. For example, these words of John Lennon, ‘Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.’ is my life mantra and helps me to stay strong when faced with challenges of life.

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Do you love reading Inspiring Quotes? Do share your favorite quote that brightens your day or inspires you.

Do you have a hard time saying No? How does it make you feel when you do?

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Day 5

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7 Reasons to Say No More Often

Remember the time when we were toddlers… I think, the word that we must have heard the most from our parents was ‘No’.
‘No, don’t play with water’
‘No, don’t throw that toy’…

And as kids, we must have used it equally as well.
‘No, I don’t want to eat’
‘No, I want to wear this dress only’…

And now that we are adults, we have difficulty in using this very word which have heard all our growing years. Yes, it’s the same word, No.

For a long, long time, I was a Yes girl. If you looked a little harder, you would have seen me wearing it as a big pendant on a chain around my neck. Anybody could ask me for ‘help’ or ‘support’ and I would do it, even if that would kill me.

I had various reasons to say Yes when I really wanted to say No. May be it was to avoid hurting other people’s feelings,  to keep the peace, to avoid appearing as rude, to not feel guilty or left out …etc etc.

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Due to this inability to say No, I have gone through prolonged periods of stress, anxiety, anger, resentment and burnout. Today, when I look back, I realize that it wasn’t really worth it to have said Yes to so many people, projects and tasks. I did that at the cost of my own happiness and peace of mind.

It has taken a long time for me to say No. But it has happened, finally. And here are my 7 reasons to say No…

Reason #1 : Gain Happiness and Inner Peace – There are no more grinding of teeth or pulling hair apart in frustration and resentment, just because I couldn’t say No. A No to things I don’t want to do leads to a less crazier and saner me. Saying No is not about being selfish, it’s about self care and setting boundaries.

Reason #2 : Saves Time and Energy – And that’s for both the parties, that is  the person coercing me into thinking and acting his/her way and myself. And that also boosts productivity for I am no longer working on things that I shouldn’t be doing.

Reason #3 : Boosts Confidence – Standing for what I believe is right, certainly is a morale booster.

Reason #4 : Gain Respect – Saying No, may annoy the person in the short term, but he would certainly stop taking me for granted and would value my time and work.

Reason #5 : Avoids Messy Situations – Failing to do what I committed can be pretty awkward. Saying No beforehand saves from this messy situation.

Reason #6 : Sets Priorities – Life is all about choices and priorities. Stephen Covey says it aptly “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smiling, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.”

Reason #7 : Gives Room for More Yesses – Yes, sometimes we need to say No so that we have more time and reasons to say Yes.

Having said that, let me add that saying No isn’t easy and not all people appreciate it, but the ones who will, at least will do so for the right reasons.

Do you have a hard time saying No? How does it make you feel when you do?

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Day 4

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Hidden Hunger: The Perils of Micronutrient Deficiency Among Urban Kids

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Hidden hunger, also known as micronutrient deficiencies, afflicts more than 2 billion individuals, or one in three people, globally. Hidden hunger is a form of under-nutrition that occurs when intake and absorption of vitamins and minerals (such as zinc, iodine, and iron) are too low to sustain good health and development. While undernourishment is clinically evident in impoverished children living in rural areas, malnutrition is the “hidden hunger” in an urban setting. We may think that infants are eating healthy but they may not be consuming the required amount of vitamins and minerals on a daily basis, which may be the primary reason for their nutritional deficiencies.

According to National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau of India, over 50% of apparently healthy-looking children have sub clinical and biochemical deficiencies of micro-nutrients (like Vit A, B2, B12, vit C, iron, trace minerals like iodine, zinc, etc). Increasing dietary diversity by providing foods with adequate amounts of micro-nutrients is one of the most effective ways to prevent hidden hunger.

Shrouded symptoms of micronutrient deficiencies at an early stage

The percent ideal body weight index does not seem to be an adequate measure of nutritional status in children. In some cases, malnutrition is very mild and does not present any symptoms. Moreover, malnutrition can develop over a long period of time, so the symptoms may not seem obvious in the beginning. Early detection of deficits in nutritional status may result in the adverse effects of malnutrition on height and weight, and possibly clinical status, being prevented.

Infants fed on daily diet lacking enough micro nutrients do not meet the requirements for overall physical and mental growth, say doctors

In India, mothers generally focus on the physical growth of a child and not overall brain development and immunity levels. Diet normally followed in Indian households are rich in macro-nutrient supporting only physical growth but lack in micro nutrients essential for overall mental and brain development.  This translates to the fact that the child with normal height and weight may be suffering from a nutritional deficiency, which parents are not aware of. Gaps in daily nutrition with unsatisfactory nutritional quality results in nutrient deficiencies to set in at an early age.

Adequate nutrition planning by parents in early years is essential to complement child development

Micro-nutrients are a group of nutrients which are required in trace amounts for normal growth and development. Micro-nutrient deficiency is often referred to as “Hidden Hunger” because it develops gradually over time, their devastating impact not seen until it leaves behind irreversible damage. Millions of children suffer from stunted growth, cognitive delays, weakened immunity and infections because of micronutrient deficiencies. Primary food, therefore, must be nutrition dense as the need for nutrients are not fulfilled by mother’s milk after 6 months, making Infants susceptible to nutritional deficiency.

Eating patterns built during childhood serve as a foundation for life. More than 1/3rd of child deaths occurring annually, around the world, are attributed to malnutrition, specifically under-nutrition, which weakens the body’s resistance to illness. If a child is malnourished during the first 1000 days of life, the child’s physical and mental growth and development is slowed. This cannot be corrected when the child is older – it affects the child for the rest of his or her life. Fulfilling the micronutrient requirements of infants should be addressed on a priority basis, with parents and caretakers sitting up to the fact that a healthy and nutritious diet for infant is a requisite, not occasionally, but daily.

With micronutrients producing significant public health benefits, nutrition plays a vital role in the holistic development of a child. Moreover, good nutrition signifies a food which is a powerhouse of micronutrients.

7 Reasons to Wake Up Early

We have grown up hearing, ‘Early bird gets the worm’ or ‘The morning hour has gold in its mouth.’  But how many of us get up at the first ring of the morning alarm? At least, I didn’t for a long period of time. And then I took this 21-Day Challenge of waking up early and read The 5 AM Revolution by Dan Luca. 5 AM

Honestly, waking up early and that too with a spring in my step was hard for me, initially. But I persisted and when I took stock of the amount of work and things I accomplished when I got out of bed early, made me a believer.

Let me share my 7 Reasons to Wake Up Early…

Reason #1 : Gives a Head Start – I have realized that the morning is a critical time that sets the tone of the rest of the day. A good beginning makes a good ending. Working on important assignments or completing a project report or writing a blog post is something that I do first thing in the morning. The idea is to prioritize high impact tasks as compared to simple easy tasks and accomplishing these gives a  mental boost.

Reason #2 : Better Planning – I find morning time to be the best time to plan and give some serious thought to issues, situations or tasks at hand. It’s a good time to get organized for the day or week too.

Reason #3 : Increases Productivity – With to-do list in place, in the quiet of the early morning and a fresh mind, a lot is accomplished and that too at a faster pace.

Reason #4 : Better Timeliness – Waking up early gives more time to prepare and be on time for work, engagements, appointments. There is no mad rush to get ready and get tired even before the start of the day. The best is skipping the peak traffic hours and reaching the destination on time.

Reason #5 : Time for Your Own Self – There’s time for your self. I love having my cup of tea while reading the newspaper in absolute peace. Sitting in the balcony and watching the early morning life and see the world wake up is something that I like about my mornings.

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Reason #6 : Less Stress : Starting the day earlier, reduces the stress as the rush of the morning chores is eliminated. And this adds an incredible amount of positivity and optimism in our day and life.

Reason #7 : Better Sleep : Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier gives me better sleep. It is believed that this way our body is more in tune with the earth’s circadian rhythms, which offers more restorative sleep.

Are you a late riser or an early riser? How do you spend your mornings?

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Day 3

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7 Reasons to Travel Solo

Although, it is exciting and rewarding to travel to newer places with family and friends, but there’s something incredible about traveling alone. And that’s also because some journeys in life can only be traveled alone.  Don’t believe this? Well here are some compelling reasons to travel solo…

Reason #1 : It IS Empowering – There was a time, when I would feel extremely uncomfortable to eat alone at a restaurant. And then, I got over it. Traveling alone pushes you to move outside your comfort zones as you come across so many unfamiliar situations. Since, there’s nobody to handle these situations for you, you overcome all your fears and inhibitions and just plunge into them. And believe me, that’s truly empowering.

Reason #2 : It Recharges You – When you are traveling with family, (for a woman especially), it is not vacation, but just a change of location. You have to look after your family’s needs just like the way you do at home. Traveling alone will give you the all that is needed to rest, relax and recharge you. You don’t have to follow timetables, if you don’t want to and can enjoy a place totally at your own pace.

Reason #3 : You Discover Yourself – Solo travel gives you an opportunity to break-free from the regular routine and spend significant time alone. And this time gives you an opportunity to reflect on your thoughts, dreams and life as well as develop self awareness and you learn to be more comfortable in your own skin. I think one travels more usefully when they travel alone, because they reflect more.” — Thomas Jefferson

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Reason #4 : It Builds Confidence : A friend who has traveled the world with her family, had to travel alone some time back. She was a nervous wreck by the time she boarded the flight. It was because, her husband took care of all things, always. And today, she is a pro. When you travel solo, independence isn’t something that you need to achieve; it comes naturally to you. You have to take care of your own luggage and find your way too. Facing all the challenges, makes you a problem solver and that makes you independent and certainly boosts your confidence.

Reason #5 :  It Makes You Richer – Solo travel is a life changing experience. It makes you rich in terms of adventures, memories, experiences, knowledge and insights. These experiences when traveling alone, tend to be more meaningful and profound.

Reason #6 : You Learn Skills – I had a poor sense of direction and believed in traveling with luggage which would last me for two trips. Some mishaps made me learn to travel light and become a better traveler.

Reason #7 : It Makes You Appreciative of Your Loved Ones –  Days and weeks away from your family would make you realize how important they are in your life. Traveling solo certainly makes you appreciate your family and friends more.

Solo Travel can appear to be intimidating initially. But it is going to be one of the best experiences of your life. Go for it at least once a year and going for it once in your lifetime is MANDATORY!

Have you traveled solo? How has been your experience. If you haven’t, will you give it a try?

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7 Reasons to Choose a Homestay

There is no place like home, they say. The mere thought of it makes the heart smile and you are cocooned in the warmth of love and comfort.

I have been traveling for decades now and have stayed in all types of hotels and resorts… from the high end ones to the basic camping sites. And then sometime back, I started exploring homestays. The fact that my sister, Sheetal runs a homestay and has great stories to share about her guests and experiences was on the back of my mind too. And today, I am a huge fan of  homestays and would prefer it over a star hotel or resort for a vacation.

Here are my 7 reasons to choose a homestay…

Reason #1 : A True ‘Home Away From Home’ – This phrase is used commonly all over the world by hotels and resorts. While these accommodations may provide a homely atmosphere, they are not really homes. A homestay is someone’s home!! Here you get all the comforts of your home but in a different locale. The host family go all out to make you feel a part of their family. The best part is that they as neat and clean as your own home!!

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Reason #2 : Home Cooked Food – During travels, food is my biggest concern. Restaurant food appeals to me max for a day and then I crave for some home-made fare. And homestays simply fulfill that need. The food served is simple and delicious with local flavors and taste. At one of the homestay, the host let KG cook in their kitchen (who is PASSIONATE about food and cooking) and then we all shared the meal over stories and laughter.

Reason #3 : Personalized Attention – Unlike hotels, homestays have fewer rooms and fewer guests. The owners of the property are the hosts and they offer the best service and personal attention. A friend needed to see a doctor and their host took him in his car despite the easy availability of cabs. Food can be prepared as per your preference and you may even get adrak-shahad (ginger-honey) for your cough in the middle of the night.

Reason #4 : Forge Bonds – Homestay hosts are usually friendly and chatty people.  I believe, people who are not comfortable with other people would not open their homes to strangers. So, conversations with them are always entertaining and interesting. Recently, when our hostess told Aaryan to visit her and have homemade food whenever he gets town visit from his boarding school, my motherly heart shed a tear of gratitude. The best is that even their pets are friendly!

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Reason #5 : Local Insights – With the information at our fingertips, we gather the details of the place we are visiting. But it cannot match with the insights of the one who has been born and raised at a particular place. Homestay hosts can share a lot of hidden and unknown ‘secrets’ of the city which are usually not known by the tourists. And you can learn local culture and customs through them too.

Reason #6 : Ideal for Solo Travellers – While travel liberates you, there are times when you can feel lonely and intimidated. A homestay gives you that comforting feeling in a faraway place. Also your safety and privacy is ensured too.

Reason #7 : Value for Money – During peak seasons, hotels can be prohibitively expensive. A homestay is certainly affordable alternative. While it might be same cost at some places, but you get a lot more in terms of personalized service and great experiences at a homestay.

Have you stayed in a homestay? How has been your experience? Would you choose a Homestay for your next holiday?

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Half Pants Full Pants

Title: Half Pants Full Pants Half Pants Full Pants
Author: Anand Suspi
Publisher: Hector Beverages India Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 978-81-932620-1-6
Number of Pages: 221
Price [INR] : 195
Genre: Non-Fiction

Half Pants Full Pants! What a treat it was to read this book. It is so refreshingly different. It makes you do the time travel and takes you down the memory lane when life was so simple and innocent.

Half Pants Full Pants is  a debut collection of short stories based on real life incidents of a boy growing up on a small sleepy town in Karnataka.

Set against a backdrop of the 70s and 80s, this childhood autobiography is divided into two parts Half Pants and Full Pants. Half Pants is about the author’s life from Class KG to Class 7 while Full Pants is from Class 8 onwards.

The book captures not only the adventures and misadventures of childhood, but also the traditions, culture, social norms and mindsets of people in a small town. 

What I liked the most about Half Pants Full Pants is that I could relate to it on so many levels. Being a child of the 70s and growing up in gadget free era, the kids then had only kids of their own age to fool around with. So when Anand shared about writing letters to pen pals or writing to celebrities or opening up a library or getting expert in banishing mosquitoes or sharing about the arrival of Sumeet Mixer and Solidaire TV at his home, I couldn’t help but nod and smile at the similarities with my own childhood. Reading about the other adventures of Anand with his friends viz having a cool name, the game of cops and robbers, practicing dolphin dives, hanging out of a running train in the middle of the night, being caught in a flood of sambar with his brother, becoming the “inventor” of capris or making magnets or eating blades, planning a borewell was fun and amusing.

What didn’t work for me in Half Pants Full Pants was that all the dialogues exchanged by the various characters were in Kannada which were translated in English. This format might work well for people proficient in Kannada, but for me it was distracting and later became an irritant.

The second dampener for me was the formatting of the book. There’s hardly any spacing between the paragraphs and the font size was a bit small for me. So, though the book held my interest from the very first chapter, I couldn’t continue reading the paperback and looked for the Kindle version on Amazon. Thankfully, it was available on Kindle Unlimited, and continued reading Anand’s childhood stories on the Kindle version.

Half Pants Full Pants is about childhood but it is for adults.  It is a fun, breezy, innocent read which will make you laugh and smile as you keep turning the pages of the book and simultaneously travel down the memory lane and re-visit your childhood. Check out Half Pants Full Pants  and go for that nostalgic trip. You will love it too.

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The Best Wedding Venues in India

You know, a wedding day is your Big Day. And it’s rightfully called so. It’s the only occasion in your life when you’ll have all the people you love all around you to show their love and affection for you. It’s once in a lifetime celebration, well, mostly. It’s an event to remember. And we Indians leave no stone unturned to add oodles of magnificence, splendor and glamor to the wedding functions of the family. For this very reason, now-a-days, there’s a growing trend of celebrating this bond of togetherness at amazing venues. The wedding venues range from quaint old traditional havelis and palaces to grand luxurious hotels and resorts. Here’s the round-up of the stunning venues for your big day and you can get a LOT more details at Zankyou Weddings.

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

Known for its extravagance, style and grandeur, Rambagh Palace is the palatial abode of the Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur. It is one of the most elegant and beautiful wedding venues in Jaipur to give you the authentic feel of traditions and royal heritage.

Vivanta by Taj, Surajkund, New Delhi

Nestled in a forested neighbourhood overlooking the 10th century heritage Surajkund Lake Complex, Vivanta by Taj is among the best wedding venues in Delhi. It is within city yet away from the city. It beautifully reflects the zesty, chic and vibrant spirit. This property is ideal for stylish and sophisticated celebrations of love.

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City Palace, Udaipur

Built atop a hill, in a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, towering over the lake Pichola is the majestic City Palace. Providing a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings, City Palace is listed as one of the most romantic wedding venues of India. The ambiance and the aesthetic beauty of the heritage building is unique and unmatched.

Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Falak-numa means “Like the Sky” or “Mirror of the Sky” in Urdu, Falaknuma Palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. More than a hundred years old, each area of the palace was planned ahead of its time and is very well executed. One of the grandest palaces in the world, Falaknuma Palace has influences from various parts of the world amalgamated with great ease in its architecture. It is indeed a dream destination and truly one of the best wedding venues in India.

Park Hyatt, Goa

If an intimate beachfront ceremony at sundown appeals to you, then Park Hyatt, Goa is where your wedding fantasies can come true. The lush lawns, enchanting landscapes, tastefully-decorated indoor venues at this star hotel exude grandeur and luxury at every turn. 

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The Palace Grounds, Bangalore

Boasting of sprawling acreage, the Palace Grounds, Bangalore, is ideal for those who wish for an extravagant and regal wedding ceremonies not far away from the main city. Owned by the Mysore royal family, the Palace Grounds is perfect to host elaborate and lavish weddings in Bangalore.

Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur

Perched high above the desert of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan palace is one of the most opulent residences in the world. With its fascinating past and an enchanting present the Umaid Bhawan Palace is apt for that upscale yet royal wedding. Replete with traditional elephant-ride welcome, an authentic Rajashthani ambience in an ancient palace, Umaid Bhavan is truly an iconic wedding venue in India.

Hyatt Regency, Mumbai

One of the Leading 5 Star Hotels in Mumbai, Hyatt Regency is known for its contemporary luxury and elegance. Fairytale weddings are brought to life by meticulous planning and thoughtful service and thus making it a luxury wedding venues in Mumbai.

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Do these wedding venues inspire you to plan your dream weddings in style and grandeur? You may check out more details at Zankyou Weddings. Do share your favorite wedding venue in India in the comment section.

Sikhs Show Solidarity After Manchester Attack #WATWB

Compassion is a spiritual quality that is unique to mankind. The ability to see the suffering of others and take actions to help alleviate that suffering is central belief of Sikhism. This noble human trait is something that’s practiced by Sikhs the world over.

Just after the Manchester attack on May 22, the Sikh community opened its doors to those caught up in the Manchester terror attack.

From taxi driver Mann Singh and volunteers from Birmingham, to local gurdwaras, members of the Sikh community were at hand to offer transport, food, water and shelter as people struggled to come to terms with the Monday terror attack in Manchester.

Members of the community with placards reading “I Love MCR” were among the most conspicuous in Tuesday evening’s vigil in Manchester, attended by thousands of people mourning the 22 killed in the Manchester Arena blast.

Names and addresses of four gurdwaras near the area which offered shelter and food to anyone in need were retweeted. Sikh drivers switched off their taxi meters on Monday night, transporting many people in panic to their homes or hospitals.

 


The Sikh community has historically been one people in need could turn to and they did just that earlier this week, as well.

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30 Odd Questions #BlogFest

Since the last couple of years, my blog is seeing a ritual of sorts. After the super hectic and exciting April AtoZ challenge, my blog goes into a deep slumber. I had a lot on my plate this month. While everything got done, this baby of mine got royally ignored, so much so that I forgot its birthday too. On May 1st, I completed 8 years of scribbling virtually at this space. 8 years! Wow!!

There’s a lot to share but nothing like a fun and light post to wake up my blog from its catnap. Debbie from The Doglady’s Den is hosting a Blogfest on her blog. It’s Getting to Know You- 30 Odd Questions. Thanks Debbie for this saviour post, my blog needed just this. So, here I go with answering these 30 Odd Questions…

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

A Doctor! I guess that was more because of limited options then and prevailing societal norms. I quit this dream after failing the first attempt and I am glad that I did that!

Which “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” character do you relate to the most? Why? 

Monica! Because of her OCD for cleanliness, her organizational skills and her being a dependable friend.

Do you like your name? Why? 

I believe almost everyone is possessive of their names and love to wear them with pride. Undoubtedly, I love my name. Doodling my name/signature is one of the things that I love doing!  I find it lame when people ask me, “You are Shilpa Shetty or Shilpa Shirodkar?”

Are you messy or neat? 

Neat. Everything has to be in its place… where it truly ‘belongs’.

How tall are you? 

Ah! Height is just a number. But for record I am 164 cms tall.

How tall were you when you were 10? 

Don’t know.

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I ♥ sweets and that’s my guilty pleasure. I can have sweets as main course and there’s nothing like warm desserts. Aah! Am craving for something sweet now!

What are you saving money for right now? 

Retirement!

How many Pringles can you eat at once? 

I don’t like them!

Tea or coffee? 

I have changed from a tea addict to tea and coffee lover. But when I am truly tired, I need my big large mug of tea and nothing else.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 

I think as a kid, I was an introvert. But now I am more of an ambivert.

What will be your Halloween costume this year?

We don’t celebrate this in our part of the world.

Sweet or salty?

Sweet, without a doubt.

Favourite social media?

Facebook. Though, I need to curtail the time I spend reading my timeline.

Who is the last person you kissed?

My 15 year old!

What is your favourite breakfast?

Masala Dosa made by KG!

When is your birthday?

20th December

When did you start your blog?

May 1st, 2009.

What is your opinion on the Kardashians?

They are overrated.

How would you describe your style?

Simple, Comfortable and Chic.

What colour is your hair?

Black with some strands of greys. I cant wait to have the salt and pepper look.

What colour socks are you wearing?

None.

What is your dream job?

Librarian.

Dogs or cats?

Dogs.

What makes you weird?

My OCD for cleanliness, hygiene and orderliness…

Celebrity crush?

Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

Opinion on cigarettes?

H.A.T.E them and one should NEVER smoke them.

Do you want/have children? How many?

Just one!

Three favourite boy names?

Had done a lot of research when naming our son. After filling reams of papers with boy names I really liked, I went in for Aaryan which I had thought of before the research. yes, you may roll your eyes  I like Kshitij as a name too (Yes, I am biased. LOL) and Rahul is another name I like, though it’s pretty common.

Three favourite girl names

Haven’t really thought about this. There are a lot of lovely names these days. (Of course, there are equally bizarre ones too.) I like Kiara, Maya and Myra.

If you’d like to participate in this blogfest, head over to Debbie’s blog…

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