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My Trysts With Tea And Love For Green Tea

posted by Anupriya February 15, 2019 13 Comments

For all the first 22 years of my life, I had never ever tasted chai. Yes! As much as you may want to widen your eyes, that’s the truth of my life. Coffee sometimes, yes, but anything to do with tea sent my nose scrunching while the others around me scowled in disbelief.

Well! There’s some background to this aversion to tea. As per my mom I belong to that scarce species of kids who loved milk. Infact both us sisters would have a long standing face-off, inspecting two glasses on the table to claim the one with more milk (even though my mom made sure to give us the same amount to the best of her ability). Strangely enough, even during my teens, I never felt the need to switch to tea. I was more than happy with my milk indulgences with half a dozen flavors that my mom stocked the kitchen with. Continue Reading

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Help Renu Run A Sewing Circle #ProjectWhyDelhi #GivingTuesday

posted by Anupriya November 29, 2018 4 Comments

I often wonder that whether the donations I make to various NGO every year are being out to good use or not. I sincerely hope that these funds which come from my hard earned money are not subject to red tapism and corruption.  So when you come across people who are directly involved with some good work and have personal stories to share, it is always very heart warming.

I had a similar interaction with Damyanti Biswas last week, where she told me in good detail about #ProjectWhyDelhi and how it was making a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of children and women.

This Tuesday, some of us bloggers are joining together for a cause: supporting the Project Why Women’s Centre at Madanpur Khadar, New Delhi via the Giving Tuesday Initiative, a global giving movement.

Project Why provides after-school support to underprivileged children, and also works on women’s empowerment, so they can support themselves and their children. Since 2007, over a 1000 women have been trained at the women’s centre sewing circle, including Renu, the sewing teacher. Continue Reading

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A Non-Bong in Kolkata – Much more than a Durga Pujo Pandal

posted by Anupriya October 15, 2018 7 Comments

As a non-Bong living in Kolkata for almost 8 years now, the high point of Durga Puja for the likes of me is the prospect of 4 days of consecutive night outs hopping from one pandal to another, eating out and most importantly experiencing the largest street carnival that anyone can ever witnesses.

By tradition, every locality has a common community Durga Puja managed by the local Durga Puja managing committees who invite the local residents of that area to join them in the Durga Puja proceedings that start from the sixth day of the Navratri. These are the same people who make contribution for these puja pandals for the proceedings of the rituals and bhog during the five days of Durga Puja. But over the years, these donations have become exorbitant, especially owing to ridiculous amounts doled out by the local politicians meant to appease the residents in their territory. With huge amounts getting involved, the dynamics of Durga Puja Pandal has added multiple hues to the celebrations. I am sure you are tempted to ask – How? Here are a couple of pointers – Continue Reading

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A Non Bong in Kolkata – Durga Puja Culture (Induction)

posted by Anupriya October 9, 2018 11 Comments

What would a 27 year old woman miffed with the slow life of the City of Joy know about Durga Pujo, within 3 months of being in the city? Yes, that’s me in 2010. Until then, all that I knew about Kolkata was that it’s the city of Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge and a lazy sect of people (please no offenses meant) for whom the afternoon siesta is as important as the post meal sweets at the dinner table. And mind you all these perceptions were passed on to me from the Bong colleagues from the city itself who I worked with in my various jobs.

I hardly had any idea about half a dozen other communities who had made Kolkata their home over the generations and played a prominent role in the economy of the city by living a happy but busy life, that too within a bubble they seemed to have created around themselves. Yes, that’s what I saw when I landed in this city and tried to settle down as the new bahu of a Marwari household. I saw the kids of the household and the extended family taking polarized stands in favor of their Marwari friends with remarks such as Woh toh Bengali hai!’ Frankly speaking it confused me loads. Having grown up in the pot-pouri culture of Chandigarh cross-cultural polarization actually came to me as shock. But what could a new bahu tell people about having lived in 5 different cities across the length and breadth of the country and never having been subject to such strong (hum Marwari hai, and aamra toh Bangali) communal stance specially among the regular middle class. Continue Reading

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Karma of Finishing What You Start – Karmic Fitness #4

posted by Anupriya September 30, 2018 1 Comment

Are you wondering already, what remains to be said about  becoming successful after the third episode on Karma of Success – Karmic Fitness #3. When I sat down to think of factors other than consistency of hard work might affect my success, I couldn’t think of anything other than the factors mentioned in the episode #3.  But Episode #4 on Karmic Fitness by Neha Jain of GMCKS Lightworkers based on Master Choa Choc Sui’s teachings had me in for further introspection. Click here to watch full video.

One has to admit that our success is heavily dependent on other people who form a part of our landscape. In every situation anyone will have internal and external stakeholders, who play varied roles in taking your endeavors to the next level. Let’s take for example, if I were to create a map for attaining success in my blogging journey, I would analyse my situation as having the following stakeholders – Continue Reading

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Never Lie To Your Kids – #KarmicFitness

posted by Anupriya September 12, 2018 5 Comments

In the first post of this four post series of ‘Karmic Fitness’ theme this month, I told you about how one needs to train oneself at three levels (physical, mental and emotional) to not criticize others and appreciate them genuinely. Why it is very important to sow the seeds of appreciation and non-criticism to reap similar fruits. You can read about my endeavor to practice this aspect of karma here.

After completing the challenges of week 1 of the Karmic fitness program I was kind of prepared for any kind of task in the coming week. After all as a highly opinionated person, I have consciously begun to refrain from even mentally criticizing anyone. Any other task, I presumed, would surely be a cake walk in comparison. Or so I thought! I guess the universe is hell bent on proving me wrong. Continue Reading

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Headed For Change – #GratitudeCircle August 2018

posted by Anupriya September 7, 2018 11 Comments

The month of August saw me featured as an author on two blogs. It was like a dream come true for me. Though still an amateur, I find pride and pleasure in now introducing myself as an Author to the new people I meet.

Post AtoZ Challenge , the ebook launch, the mandatory book reviews etc. August found me a little tired and in need of a detox break. All through June and July I was over whelmed by the various blogging campaigns. So August’18 saw the least number of blog posts and least participation in various bloggers groups. Thankfully I have come out refreshed and ready to take on the DADDY of all challenges in September’18 i.e. The #MyFriendAlexa challenge. For a change I am not going prompt on this channel and have restricted myself to the premises of two themes – Karmic Fitness and Book Reviews. Read more about the themes here.

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Karmic Fitness – Do Not Criticize Others, Appreciate Them

posted by Anupriya September 4, 2018 93 Comments

The Google Dictionary Defines Karma as the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence (re-incarnations), viewed as deciding their fate in future existences

When I decided to follow the Karmic Fitness program by Neha Jain of GMCKS Lightworkers, I did not fathom the exact extent of hard work it would be. After all I am a god fearing person who lives life by certain principles and values that include – do good, never harm anyone, do not cheat and believe in hard work. How difficult would it be to fit into a Karmic test and come out unscathed. But boy! I couldn’t have been more wrong. Continue Reading

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Tough & Easy Squeezed Into A Month – Gratitude Circle July,2018

posted by Anupriya August 7, 2018 1 Comment

After the challenging and  fast paced June, I made sure that July turned out to be a leisurely month. Except for the first week when I was juggling between a blogging challenge and preparing for my exam, the rest of the month went by like a dream. Here’s how…

Blogging

I published a total of 10 blog posts last month. This is the lowest I have worked in the last six months. Though I am happy with the quality of my blogs, it took it easy on writing. My ranks and stats have obviously taken a dip, but I was so overwhelmed  with two consecutive challenges with Write-Tribe and Blog-A-Rhythm and I imposed this curfew on myself. It is only now that I feel rejuvenated enough to get back to writing. Continue Reading

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No Time to Breathe – #GratitudeCircle June’18

posted by Anupriya July 18, 2018 1 Comment

The month of June’18 was one of the most hectic months in a long time. I faced several personal challenges in the face of a minor surgery, kids’ summer vacations, time running short for preparing for an important exam I took in the first week of July and much more on the relationships front.  I have been scathed, yet come out whole but transformed. And I am grateful to the almighty for the same, because I in my heart I believe that whatever happened was for good.

With kids at home for the entire month, I faced the challenge of keeping them entertained round the clock. I did a fairly good job of engaging them in a variety of activities without too much preparation. The activities that I chose for the kids to keep themselves busy, were more like life skills that will go a long way in making them independent. Read about 50 Ways To Keep Kids Busy During Vacation to know more. Continue Reading