Sunshine and Ice-Cream: A photo blog

I’ve been lucky to spend some blissful time last week, soaking in the winter sun and enjoying ice-cream on rainy evenings. I wonder, if life could be more beautiful! Sharing some joy with my blogging family ❤ 🙂

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Uncertain Uncertainty – The Winged Keys Analogy

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In the book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone there is this scene as below:

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Colors of friendship

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Fred – the fighter, the dancer and the one who always smiles 🙂

This post is a special dedication to my dearest blogging pal, Fred 🙂 There was a short poem I had written for Fred, which I wanted to share.

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Everyone has their own path in life – An ode to Jealousy

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A few weeks back, I was being incessantly bombarded with curve-balls from my best friend (let’s call my friend ‘Jay’) – whose life motto is to test my patience and wits; to the ends of planet Pluto. And mind you! I get no prior warnings too.

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A Random Act of Kindness | World Kindness Day

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Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.

Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.

Your life will never be the same again.

–  Og Mandino

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Y.O.U.

If only you could see yourself from my eyes, would you know; what you mean to me – my world, my smile, my heartbeat – all of it, enveloped in the fragrance of your breath.

– Himali

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A big Thank You… And Happy New Year!

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Just noticed that Decoding Happyness has crossed the 50K milestone!

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Five life lessons running has taught me

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As a new found hobby, I picked up on running a few months back and it has grown to be more than just a hobby for me. It is my new found sense of self, my new love ❤ 🙂 Amongst many other health benefits of being physically active and healthy, it has taught me a few very important life lessons, I wish to carry for life.

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Diary Writing . . . Dear God . . .

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Most recent entry in my diary 🙂

I have always been a fan of writing, but there is something; which I discovered a few months back that has brought serenity and tranquility to my life. Continue reading

Nurturing and Maintenance

As much as we want things to run smoothly, sometimes we tend to forget that everything in life requires nurturing, love, care, and patience. Instead of taking things for granted, we ought to maintain them; to prevent their fragile beauty from whimpering away.

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A Best Friend

Each of us needs a friend, to laugh with, to bitch about life with, to go on adventures with. After all, happiness is real when shared 🙂

Happiness lies not in solo success,
But in victories celebrated & tears shared..

– Himali

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Disconnect… Refresh… Connect :)

Post completion of my Competent Communicator manual for Toastmasters International, I have been working closely with our club VP Education, towards the completion of my Competent Leadership track. Continue reading

Dear Moon

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Photo clicked on my most favorite vacation trip!

I’ve already looked at the empty night skies,
At least a 100 times by now…

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Beauty vs Fragrance

Connecting with my last post on delayed gratification, just a little metaphor for life 🙂 Someone once told me, people might not remember how you looked; but they will always remember how you made them feel. 

Let’s strive to be beautiful, inside out…

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Hard work does not go unnoticed, and someday the rewards will follow

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I began my weekend morning at 9 AM and immediately after I freshened up, I went to the kitchen to get done some long overdue chores and prep up our lunch. At times, I have infinite patience to do small stuff which would usually be put on the back burner when I have a busy, tiring day. Continue reading

Kaha kitne isharo me…

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Location : Day trip to Lothal, India – Sept. 2017

Sometimes, we stand at such crossroads in life, where we are helpless in front of the circumstances around us. The below lines are an attempt to capture one such moment when even though words are said, their essence is failed to be noticed by the one for whom they were meant for… After all :

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A birthday wish…

One thing I absolutely love to do is to amaze people. Sometimes, it is through a random surprise, or by remembering small things they once told me or doing something for them which makes them happy. I have always been a fan of treating people I wish to be (and also luckily I am) treated. After all, aren’t people meant to be spoilt with love and affection?

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Abundance around…

Focusing on the lack often attracts more lack, instead, when we choose to disassociate from lack, abundance flows freely. Detachment causes miracles to manifest . . . Do you have a story or experience to share? Write to me in the comments below!

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From strangers, To Best Friends

Thank you, Bhavna Sharma for these beautiful magical words ❤ Truly summarise all the beautiful friendships I’ve been lucky to have.

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Eyes speak… even to strangers

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There’s a Gujarati song I’ve been humming every morning ever since I first heard it – ‘ I love you re mari sawar ‘ which loosely translates to ‘I love you, O dear beloved mornings mine’. In the last 1 week, I had a few goosebump moments which made my mornings and day extra magical. I guess when we’re in synchronicity with the Universe, magic and miracles flow to us with ease.

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Keep me closer

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I came across this beautiful song ‘Love in a photograph’ by Ed Sheeran from the movie ‘Me before you’ (suggested as a must watch by a very dear friend) and for the first time when I heard the lyrics very closely, my heart was captivated by the below lines:

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And that’s the reason, I smile a little..

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ज़रा मुस्कुराया करते है. .

कौन समजाये उन्हे,
वो कहते है हमे,
हर बात पे मुस्कुराया करते हो तुम. .

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Take the risk or lose the chance

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A lot of times, we encounter situations that require us to move beyond our comfort zone and TRY something unusual, something which intimidates us or something whose outcome we fear. Continue reading

This too shall pass . . .

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On my recent adventure trip, I had a slight mishap. I was trying some photography at a 15th century Jain temple and while walking towards the center stage area, I could see a black square stone. My focus was on my phone and suddenly I felt the ground beneath me gone missing. Even before I could comprehend what really happened, I was tumbling down through some stairs not knowing how deep the alleged step-well was in which I lost my way.

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Happy Teachers Day

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A quote from a book which got me to tears ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom

Even before we step into school, the first teachers in our lives are our parents and the next are our siblings. They teach us to love, care and share unconditionally. For them, we are always special and the best. They believe in us much more than we do.

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Airports and Train Stations

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I will be off for a couple of days for a short and much-awaited vacation! After the early morning caffeine induced study sessions, I am so looking forward to the relaxing holidays and leisure time with family and friends.

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Let it go and let it be . . .

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A photo I clicked at sunrise 🙂

Less than 48 hours back I was having a throwback moment writing an email to myself after a meditation (I hadn’t planned what I was going to write, I just went with the flow) recalling some funny blooper moments I have had in 2013. I went to the park early in the morning to get some fresh air and exercise, but my mind was preoccupied with thoughts and the work out that I planned for 45 minutes, came to a screeching halt in just 20 minutes as I just couldn’t concentrate! I do a lot of self-talk when no one’s around (I know it sounds silly 😛 ) and I caught myself being gloomy rather than reminiscing.

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Journaling – When nothing goes right, go WRITE!

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I remember writing on the very same topic, back in 2015. A lot of times, when my mind feels clouded by thoughts, emotions, worries, and anxiety; when I just can not think straight; and when things are so overwhelming that I either want to give up or feel like I want to cry; I turn to my diary.

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God Bless You

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Some gestures, however small they might seem – are so special. To me, one such gesture is when someone tells me “God Bless You”. It makes my heart skip a beat and really pulls a string in my heart.

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Two Ingredient Vegan Icecream – Does it work?

Last weekend, I binge watched some YouTube recipe videos and came across this vegan ice-cream recipe. Just like the Pinterest DIY projects, some of which would translate to an epic wastage and kitchen blow ups, I was apprehensive if this recipe works, so I set to work on putting it to test this week.

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The Coffee Debacle

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I’ve had one epic fiasco with a coffee meeting, recalling which gives me tummy hurting laughter to date. I was supposed to meet a potential employer for an interview over coffee. It was the very first day for me in a new country and an unknown city and it was the first person I was meeting.

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My Toastmasters Journey. . .

Sharing a presentation I made after I completed my 10 speeches towards my Competent Communication manual of Toastmasters International (TMI). I got awarded my CC Pin in the last meeting.

After a long time, I won for ‘Best Evaluator’ and ‘Best Humorist‘ (for my TableTopics speech delivered on the topic ‘Have you lied to your parents about your exam grades’). The theme of the last meeting was “Through the eyes of a child” and I felt the TableTopics selection by MTM Daisy (also our club’s VP Education) was amaziiiing! She encouraged participation by offering Chocolates to each person who volunteered for the TT session. And who doesn’t like chocolates!?

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