Beauty in Simplicity

When life has so much to deal with complexities and juggle between it’s choices that are like codes that needs to be de-coded and at every stage there is so much to manage & it’s ever so unseen consequences. There comes a stage where we all seek pleasure in things that are more simple and pure in it’s form be it feelings, people we deal with or just any other prospect.

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Of all the blessings and pleasure of life, the most natural and unadulterated forms are always cherished by all. That is the essence of simplicity- something that feels pure like smile of a child, bond between child and parents, having a few but reliable friends instead of a big gang, the way we connect with GOD- all of it feels so divine.

Most of the times, it is us who unconsciously built this vicious web around ourselves that makes us feels so claustrophobic(over-thinking) and we lose track of our vision, our happiness and our choices- ultimately we are not able to catch up on all of it and it erodes of effectiveness. The best way to organise our life, our thoughts & most importantly our actions is to make wise choices (SIMPLE CHOICES). Whether it is our choice for profession, hobby, dressing, peers, partner or any other decision making, just don’t fall for the trap of doing something extra ordinary which turns out to be complicated and out of control, BE MINIMALIST. Trust me when you don’t have to carry the extra baggage of out performing- you actually set yourself a realistic goal and be a achiever there by. There is nothing wrong with being ambitious or a big time dreamer but you have to learn to draw boundaries this will give you a sense of control, life doesn’t offer you everything under one platter- have a simple approach towards life…..

Simplicity in life is being peaceful, happy, sophisticated and being attached to the core of truth.

“Complexity creates confusion, simplicity focus.”  – Edward De Bono (Author and Psychologist)

The best of all expression forms is to Keep It Simple!!!

 

 

 

 

Get To Know Me Tag- Part II

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Hi All 🙂

I have been tagged for this “Get To Know Me” by fellow blogger Penfila, thanks a lot buddy.

Do follow her blog, I’m sure you are gonna like her posts as much as I do. Link to blog –HelpBreakTheSilence

Now this tag is basically to get along with everyone, know a little more about each other so that it connects us in a better way. If in case you have missed out on the first series for this tag, follow link Get To Know Me Tag to find out more about me.

Lets get started!!!

Questions & Answers(Me,Myself&I):

  1. What does your Name Mean?
    Well that’s from Arabic origin, meaning ‘happy’.
  2. Are you scared of Heights?
    Yes, a lot!!!
  3. What is your best Physical Feature?
    My Eyes ( That’s what they say & I say -Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder )
  4. What is your favourite Music Genre?
    Depends -Sufi Music, Rock Music etc…
  5. Are you a Good Cook?
    YEAH… finally 😂 -I can say that
  6. What is your favourite Ice-cream Flavour?
    Pistachio,Vanilla & Tutti-Frutti
  7. Do you have any Allergies?
    Thankfully, NO
  8. What is your favourite Festival?
    Eid & entire month of Ramadan is festive in itself, I enjoy mostly all festivals.
  9. Which of your Parents do you Look Like?
    Dad
  10. Who is your favourite Musician?
    Kailash Kher, A.R. Rahman

Rules :

  1. Thank the Person Who Nominated You
  2. Provide a Link to their Website
  3. Answer the “Get To Know Me” Questions
  4. Nominate 10-15 Bloggers.
  5. Pass on the Same Questions ( With additional of yours, if you wish )

Let me be informed as soon as you do them. I do not want to fail reading them.

Nominations :

Please feel free to connect with me and share about yourself, you can answer the same set of questions through comment section. Anyone & everyone -most welcome 🙂

Stay Happy and lets be connected. Eagerly awaiting your response !!!

BEWARE: Stop Manipulation

We all have been around it and probably faced the consequences from such malice- MANIPULATION. Manipulative people are those who disguise to be our well-wisher & make us trust that our interest is their interest and when we rely on this bond, have faith and pour our feelings/opinions they mostly fabricate what has been said by you and turn it around in their interest, distorting the facts as stated by you or often lying. This sometimes leaves us in splits, thinking how foolish we can be and it gets on to our nerves leaving us reckless. Such crisis can be faced at both- professional and personal front.

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Photo by arvin febry on Unsplash

 

We mostly read news headlines which cause a stir, then there are further discussions over it that all of it is a false piece of news or has been shown in a different light which causes repulsion from people. Making the intentions of the stated fact weigh as negative and there is so much hype about it- YES, that’s one of the examples of manipulation….

 

Manipulative people make us believe that we are the cause of problem and can successfully shift the focus from their misdeed to you, leaving the burden on prey to clarify his say. Initially they seem to be our confidante but once their intentions are succeeded they leave you off-guard. So, safe-guard you self from such people around, try to identify them and maintain that required distance to avoid bumps ahead. Distinguish healthy influence from manipulation before it’s too late as prevention is better than cure.

  1. Manipulative people are great controllers, it is their opinions that matter to them. In a problematic situation they are the first ones to blame others and never take accountability of failure faced.
  2. They lack the sense of respect for other’s personal space (psychologically or physically), they just don’t understand the concept of boundary & are real intruders because they want to benefit from others whatever be the extent.
  3. A psychological/ human behaviour  pattern that will help you to differentiate between a genuine and manipulative person- Be watchful how the person talks about others to you (is it more about jealousy, disharmony& negativity), it is most likely they will project you the same way in front of others.

 

You reserve the right to protect yourself from such people and avoid being at the receiving end of such flak. Ones you have identified the situation, take control –

  • Be guilt-free, learn to say- NO. Don’t feel forced to do something out of obligation when you are actually not willing to.
  • Stand-up for your choices & opinions also be ready to face the consequences (success or failure) take it in your stride, remember you could be different from your group.
  • Learn to prioritize- identify the urgency and set tasks accordingly, to be clear in vision and avoid confusions from others.
  • Be confident- Make your own decisions, believe in yourself. Stay Happy!
  • Seek opportunities -Be flexible and adaptable in behaviour and have a drive within you to keep moving ahead.

 

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words”.  -Philip K. Dick

 

 

 

 

Philosophy through Photography

“Photography is a love affair with life”. -Burk Uzzle

It’s wonderful how strongly a picture conveys message to us even without pouring words itself. It is up-to an individual to express a million of thoughts that passes by through our mind just by a sight of it. Sharing a few pics that brought about such thoughts!!!

Thanks to nature and things around us, each of these adds value to our life philosophy….

 

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“All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow”  -Leo Tolstoy

 

NETWORK
“Life did not take over the world by combat, but by networking”  -Lynn Margulis
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“Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite”   -Anais Nin
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“Time spent in self-reflection is never wasted- it is an intimate date with yourself”  -Paul TP Wong

 

May your day be filled with happiness, have a good day!!!

 

***Image Copyright- Fariha Baig***

Embrace Changes

Embracing changes is vital to growth, being a better version of yourself. Many a time, changes are not accepted comfortably because we fear getting out of the cocoon- that we have been familiar with over a time & we have a natural tendency to stick to it and not try something that’s new to us. But, we should remember- One thing constant about life is that it keeps changing.

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Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

It is better to sense the need of change and initiate that yourself  before it is imposed upon us due to time or situations. The benefit when we make a lead is that we don’t feel forced and can actually visualise possibilities/opportunities that are essential for growthdevelopment(the pivot to life). The moment we understand that allowing changes works for our benefit, we can make our life easier- so avoid being a repel as that is not a solution.

Make a conscious effort to look out for possibilities, it is much easier that being dragged through circumstances-BE PROACTIVE & SET THE RIGHT ATTITUDE . There are lots of new things and people out their in the world who await to enhance your life; you just need to take a little step ahead to grab these. A little initiative from your end will reap you a happy harvest. Doubts and uncertainties are inevitable but stay calm/relaxed and accept it as a learning. Stay focused and eventually all the events in life will make way for it and guide you towards you goals, everybody has a different journey so where ever you are, whatever you have just value them.

Value your journey of life and remember keep adapting for survival.

  • Take small steps at a time- set milestones, it’s easier to access course of action required so that proper utilisation of efforts can be achieved.
  • Remember there could be a few failed attempts and you would need to re-start from the basics but that should not hold you back, keep improvising. Learn to face risks to gain something big in life, make your mark.
  • Have realistic expectations- Outcome of any situation can be different as per our thinking but learn to be patient. Let things unfold at their pace & diligently manage and make it favourable for yourself to be successful.

 

“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change” -Jim Rohn

 

Have A good day & lead a happy life!!!

 

 

The Global Aussie’s Liebster Award Version 2018

Woo-hoo!!! My 2nd Liebster Award, I feel overwhelmed. Would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you who reads my blog and encourages me, that’s my motivation to write better posts each time.

I thank Kranti (Sparkkling Thoughts), for nominating me. You are doing a wonderful job through you blog, posts are so inspiring. It’s so good to read them- wish you lots of luck. Guys do stop by her blog, you are surely gonna agree with me.

 

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Words from the Global Aussie :

“2018 is upon us and it’s time to start the new year-round of the official rules of the Liebster Award 2018 to give other blogs exposure to the internet. If you are returning, I’ve updated this article to include new questions and images for you to use in your own blog posts. Each year I read every single entry and pick the blog with the most unique and creative questions. The winning blog wins a prize. Each blog gets one entry.

To enter you must:

•Link the Global Aussie’s blog post in your Liebster Award blog post ( Here’s their link: https://theglobalaussie.com/liebster-award-2018/ )
•Answer the questions given to you (if nominated, if you were not nominated you can use the Global Aussie’s questions)

•Create more questions for your nominees to answer (They’re looking for unique and creative ones)
•Comment on the blog post from the Global Aussie with a link DIRECTLY to your Liebster award. To make it easy to be read.

Entries start 1st Jan 2018 and ends on 25th Dec 2018. The winner will be picked on the 31st of December.”

There are some additional rules, here:
• Thank the person who nominated you
• Display the award on your post.
• Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging.
• Provide 10 random facts about yourself.
• Nominate 5-11 other blogs for this award.

 

What makes you passionate about blogging ?

Expressing myself through thoughts, being able to put my creativity across people who share the same interest. For me blogging is like canvas where I create my art and once I started of my journey at Word Press and connected with more and more wonderful bloggers, it felt all the more good. It drives me to improve upon myself, my posts and give my best shot. I’m thoroughly enjoying it, learning and growing along this journey and wish to continue with this passion.

10 Random facts about Me :

  1. I’m a huge Salman Khan fan.
  2. Like any other girl, I have complete obsession for the show – Band Baaja Bride with Sabyasachi(NDTV Good Times).
  3. I like family drama & movies – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Hum Saath Saath Hain & so many other.
  4. My favourite chick flicks are – Monte Carlo, 13 Going on 30, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 27 Dresses.
  5. I’m learning to cook and that makes me so happy and is a stress buster- it is truly an art.
  6. I’m not animal friendly, pets (dogs & cats) scare me.
  7. I like the sound of wind chime, it’s pleasing.
  8. I like to read books on Personality Development.
  9. Going back home on vacations is simply one of the best thing for me -lazing around, MAA ke haath ka khana(even the thought makes me happy).
  10. I have interest in psychology- human behavior, although that has never been my subject.

 

Now, Kranti’s questions and my take on them :

  1. One dream you are chasing to fulfil?

I feel as I am growing younger & wiser(hehe), I just want that no matter whatever be the circumstance – I want to be contented and live that moment, enjoy the day with no worries for future or regrets of pasts.

2. Beach or Mountain?

Beach

3. What is the inspiration behind your blogging?

My thoughts -I wish to articulate them through words, stories. It helps me be a better thinker & writer, I receive feedback that’s so encouraging- it adds to my scope of learning. Blogging has been a constructive utilisation of my time and thoughts.

4. What is your biggest fear?

I fear losing loved ones, I can’t bear the thought of it.

5. One thing you admire in yourself ?

I am always true to myself- I accept my flaws as gracefully as my strengths.

6. One thing you wish you can change in yourself regarding your behavior ?

Delay in decision making especially when I am afraid to tackle the after-effect.

7.What would you love to watch night sky or waves in the ocean?

Can I wish for both 🙂

8. Which Kind of movie would you prefer to watch horror, romantic, action or comedy?

Rom-Com

9. Anything which makes you happy when you are sad and nervous?

Just a good conversation with someone close, who trusts me and backs me at the moment, A hot cuppa coffee and music maybe.

10. Your favorite month and color?

  • Month(s)- I like Oct-Nov and Feb-Mar, I just feel there is some magic in the air -the festivity, season, everything about it, I know the same can be horrific in student life.
  • Color(s)- Red, Black, Yellow, Turquoise.

11. What would you prefer street food or fine dining?

Street Food, always yes & Fine Dining- sometimes, rare occasion.

 

My Nominees:

I would like to keep the nominations open, feel free to connect with me and many others. In the comment section tell us about yourself and bio of your blog (what’s it all about, how you started it and much more). You can answer the same set of questions if you wish….

I eagerly await your response!!!

 

HAPPY BLOGGING TO ALL 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Achari Murgh- Riot of flavors!!!

Hi Everyone…

For those who love pickle & need a portion of it to complete their meal and satiate the taste buds, this version of chicken curry will be a delight.

Wonderful harmony of flavors, its a treat for any and every foodie. The spices /condiments makes for irresistible texture of the curry, leaving you longing for more 😋

Lets get started!

Ingredients:-

  1. Chicken 500 gms(boneless); serves around 3-4 adults
  2. Onion 1(medium size into paste)
  3. Ginger& Garlic paste 2 tbsp
  4. Tomato puree (2 medium size)
  5. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  6. All spice powder 1&1/2 tsp
  7. Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Cooking Oil 3 tbsp
  10. All spices -Fennel seeds(1&1/2 tsp), Coriander seeds(1 tsp), Cumin seeds(1 tsp), Carrom seeds(1/2 tsp), Nigella seeds(1/2 tsp), Mustard seeds(1/2 tsp) & Fenugreek seeds(1/2 tsp)
  11. Thick Chillies 3 to 4 (Red and Green) -qty. depends on your choice
  12. Lemon juice 1 whole

Method:-

  1. In a pan heat oil on high flame until light in density. Add onion paste and fry till it changes color, add ginger- garlic paste and saute.
  2. Once rawness of ginger and garlic paste disappears, add chicken, salt to taste and turmeric now cook on medium flame.
  3. Meanwhile, slit the chillies vertically and in another pan dry roast all spices until aroma releases. Allow to cool and coarsely crush- (leaving a portion of it for curry: added directly at later stage). To the rest of the powder, add little salt to taste and pinch of all spice powder and mix. Stuff this mix in the chillies and keep aside.
  4. Keep frying the chicken until it changes color, now add red chilli powder, all spice powder& tomato puree and stir. Cover the pan and let it cook.
  5. When chicken starts to tenderise and oil surfaces – add coarsely grinded spices (kept aside earlier) and mix. Now add in pan the stuffed chilles and on simmer allow to cook for another 10-12 minutes.
  6. Squeeze lemon for added zing.

 

“The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilised living…” – Dione Lucas

RIGHTLY SAID, GOOD FOOD IS GOOD MOOD!!!