Posted in Random Beautiful thoughts, Vacations

Top 10 tips to make the most of your summer break

 

It’s summer, the glorious days of sunny mornings, clear skies and fun times. Schools all around the world are shut during summers giving students much needed break from classes, studies and monotony.

Summer vacation is a great time to unwind and explore your interests. Since there is no hanging pressure of school and projects, it is the best time available to kids for doing something purely for themselves. Something productive and fun. Because as time passes you realize how precious those ticking toks are, and every one of us wants to make the most of this time gifted to us.

While the idea of an ideal summer break may differ for every individual, here are some of the interesting things that you can do in your summer holidays

1. Travel to a new place: Travelling is great to get away and de-stress yourself during the summer. Instead of being cooped up in your house, you could go on a trip alone or with your friends and family. Exploring a new place will open up your mind to so many new ideas and experiences. Seeing beautiful sights, trying new cuisines and understanding diverse cultures shall help you create wonderful memories.

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2. Spend time with family: Family time is always special and in this chaotic life we often ignore our families. Vacations are the best time to do develop the bonds with your family. Do things together with your family, be it shopping or cooking or going on a picnic

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3. Learn some skills: Vacations are the best time to hone some skills, learn new things and foster your hobbies. The icky tight school schedule leave little time for many to pursue their passions and interests. Want to learn dance or digital marketing? Join a summer class, pick up a skill and learn it this summer.

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4. Learn a Language: Learning a foreign language is on many people’s bucket list, but somehow many people are too intimidated just by the thought of it. Fear no more. There are many free sites, apps and videos to help you learn basics of any language. (Checkout Duo Lingo, Fluent or Babble). Once you get comfortable and start enjoying the language, you can enroll for advanced classes.

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5. Get fit: Getting fit is the first step in having a productive life. Exercise and energize your body and your mind to have a fruitful life. Exercise is a great form of stress buster. Exercises help release endorphins and make you feel happy and healthy.

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6. Get cooking or cleaning or gardening: Cooking, cleaning and gardening are three activities that are truly therapeutic. These simple activities can help you declutter your mind and your life. Sometimes all you need is a clean room, some fresh flowers and hot baked cookies to make you feel good.

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7. Get a job or internship: Best way to learn something is on the job. This is the way in which most people find out where their passions are. Even though we might be interested in something we might not essentially have the aptitude for it. Doing an internship really lets you know where your strengths truly lie. An early exposure into the career shall really help you advance in future. No matter how little the pay is, or even if you work for free you should take it up just for the mere experience of it.

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8. Volunteer for a cause: There is no dearth of volunteering opportunities in the world. Find out a cause that you strongly believe in and volunteer for that cause. Your little support can make world a little better than today.

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9. Read books: There’s nothing like a good book! All of the book lovers would agree that a good book in solitude is one of the best dates ever. Reading is very calming and relaxing activity. And during summers, you get ample of time to read the books that are non academic

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10. DIY activities: Creating something on your own always feels special. And DIY activities are super cheap and super fun. Checkout cool DIY videos on YouTube or DIY boards on Pinterest. Make something beautiful, creative and fun this summer.

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While you can do all or any of these activities in summer, don’t forget the ground rules of summer vacation, i.e to laze around, get long beauty sleep, binge watch TV, play games and eat lots of ice creams. Because summer time is meant to be the best time 🙂

 

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Posted in Vacations

My summer vacations

As the Sun comes up earlier than usual
And the birds chirp and sing greeting us good morning
We laze in the bed, got no schedule no test
It’s our summer vacation, the time that’s the best

May is here and  I can see the little kids in my vicinity playing around all day this time of the year. I cannot help but feel  dramatically nostalgic about my summer vacations back in the school days. After the final term exams in April, we got a two month long vacation before we are advanced to next class.

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How lovely those days were, when we spent the time playing, and goofing around.
During my summer holidays, I would wake up after 10, drink milkshakes every morning and watch classic Disney movies. Aladdin and Dalmatians were my go to buddies. In afternoon we would play board games in our home, or play dress up, or build a fort or play DJ war, or even play our own version of Singing superstar or Dance battle. The evenings were reserved for more outdoorsy and physically exhausting games. Cycling in the park, playing badminton or dodge ball or the classic hide and seek, we played and played till our mothers called us home for dinner.

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Sometimes if we were lucky, our parents would allow sleepover at friend’s place, which meant staying awake all night watching horror movies and freaking out each other, or sleeping in the terrace gazing at stars and listening to our favorite radio.
Summer vacations also meant visiting my grandma. Oh, I loved going to her place. It was at her place that reading books became my favorite hobby. She had a big bookstore near her apartment which would sell second hand books at cheaper prices. She would pamper us so much, bringing us ice-cream and taking us to our favorite restaurant. It was with her that I visited my first MC Donald’s.

 

Vacations also meant playing video games with my Dad on Sundays, it started with Mario and Contra but was replaced by Road rash and NFS. Here, schools are very rigorous leaving little time for kids to discover and pursue their hobby. So summer vacation also meant joining summer camps to explore our hidden potentials and do what we love to do. I too had joined summer camp where I learnt dance and volley ball. While I loved  and excelled at dance, I barely managed to play volley ball.

Many of us went for long trips with our family during this vacations. It was that one time of the year when we would be going to chilly places to beat the heat of Mumbai.
Summer vacations also meant eating ice candies, watermelon and having mangoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We enjoyed our summer vacations to the fullest, I wonder if kids these days enjoy their time as much. We were innocent curious souls, we made our own rules and the most important rule was there is no dull time, only fun time.
Let me know in the comments below how you spent your vacations.

Posted in Travel stories, Vacations

48 hours in Delhi

Populous, loud, buzzing, bashing, political, historic, gastronomic, fashionable and fun, Delhi adorns many hats, playing multiple personalities with proper panache.  The capital city of India, Delhi, is one of the top most tourist destinations on people’s checklist. After all it is the heart of India, located at the center of the country and has plenty to offer for anyone seeking for new experiences or sights. Delhi is a heady mix of tradition and modernity, significant as both a religious center and India’s international gateway.

I remember my time in this city with my friends, when we had taken up the challenge to see all the major tourist destinations  of Delhi in 2 days. Now I know slow travel is the best way to truly immerse yourself in the culture and the beauty that the new place has to offer, but unfortunately we are not always so luxurious and liberal with our time and money, right? So we girls embarked on our Delhi sightseeing journey which was insane, overwhelming, and amazing. Delhi can be difficult yet endearing at the same time. Here is my curated list of things to do when you are in capital city for 48 hours

1. Get a Glimpse of India Gate: A doppelganger/ twin sibling of the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris, India Gate is a magnificent stone arch built as a memorial to Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in WWI. An eternal flame burns beneath the enormous structure and its walls are inscribed with the names of more than 100,000 soldiers who fought for the battle.nearest-metro-station-to-india-gateTime required: 1 hour max

Pro Tip: For a real déjà vu, try to see the India Gate at night when the monument is luminously lit up and the beautiful fountains around it give the place a truly magical look

2. Appreciate the of the Architectural Wonders of Old city: 

Red Fort: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort was once a home to the emperors of the Mughal dynasty. This historic complex is built by Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame. Its tall red sandstone walls, dramatic arches, romantic balconies and ornate tile work are sights to behold.red-fort-lal-kila-delhi-india-tourism-photo-gallery.jpgTime required – 3 hrs max

Pro tips: Aim to visit as early as possible in the morning before the crowds arrive. If you’re not staying late, it’s recommended that you leave by 4 p.m. to avoid the insane rush hour traffic.  a discount is provided on cashless payment

Jama Masjid: Again built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of India’s largest mosques in India. Built at a cost of 1 million rupees, this mosque offers you a panoramic view of Old Delhi from the top of its minarets. For less than £1 it’s undoubtedly the best way to soak up the city.24DEMASJIDTime required: 1 hr max

Pro Tips: Plan your visit as the mosque is shut to visitors from noon until 1.30 p.m. when prayers are held. Also note that it gets particularly busy on Fridays, when devotees gather for the communal prayer.

3. Relish the taste of India at Haldirams: With branches across the country, Haldirams is perhaps one of the oldest and most popular vegetarian restaurants in the city. You can try variety of Indian sweets, savories and street food items here in a hygienic, visitor-friendly environment. Their cloud-like fluffy dhoklas, crispy tangy pani puri and delectable Bengali sweets are like food made in heaven.haldiramTime required: 2 hrs

Pro Tip: Don’t just settle with one sweet. Try them all

4. Explore history at Qutub Minar: This 240 feet tall building is also a renowned UNESCO world heritage site. This minaret was built by the first ruler of Delhi and is named after its creator Qutb-ud-din Aibak. It’s the tallest brick minaret in the world, made of red sandstone and marble, and inscribed with verses from the Quran. 

Time required: 2 hrs max

Pro Tip: This place is one of the tourist place that’s nearest to Delhi International Airport, so if you got some layover time, you can flock to this place.

5. Tour the Humayun’s Tomb:  The monument that is regarded as a prototype of Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb is another UNESCO World Heritage site, built in 1569 after Emperor Humayun’s death. Set in a large square garden, Humayun’s Tomb is a first distinct example of proper Mughal style architecture, inspired by Persian architecture.humayun-tomb1Time required: 1 hr max

 

Pro Tip: To best appreciate Humayun’s Tomb, visit it first before you see its superior cousin, Taj Mahal.

6. Seek splendor and solace at Taj Mahal: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Wonders of the World, no picture can encapsulate the true grandeur of this monument. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz. Set against a soft blue sky, Taj Mahal is an epitome of beauty with its picture perfect symmetry, immaculate white marbles and the rhythmic union with changing huesIMG-20160104-WA0041

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Pro Tip: Sunrise, sunsets and full moon night is the best time to see this beauty.

7. Find Peace at Lotus Temple: Open to all castes and creeds, the temple is an ideal place for anyone who wishes to meditate and pray. The universal symbol of peace, a lotus flower, gives the temple not only its name but shape as well. The temple is a place of Baha’i faith and interestingly, this temple has no idols, religious pictures, or outward symbols of religion. The lotus design was chosen because of its symbolic importance to many world religions, including Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.Lotus-Tmple-Photo-by-Arpan-Das-980x614Time required: 1 hr max

Pro tip: Don’t go for the view, go for the tranquility

8. Go café hopping at Hauz Khaas Village: The Hauz Khas Complex is a enthralling urban village a little south of New Delhi. The entire village is dotted with numerous ancient stone monuments, a scenic lake, and a dozen of cafes, bookstores, art galleries and boutiques attracting the hip and happening crowd of the city.

Pro tip: Visit one of these cafes to experience the social life therefeature-image-hkvKunzum Travel Cafe: For travelers, who like to meet, exchange stories, read up travel books in the library and write about their journeys over a cup of coffee.                         TLR Cafe: Get a drink and enjoy the live gigs, karaoke sessions, pub quizzes and comic nights here
Gunpowder: Enjoy dining with a view of the deer park that hangs right below your table at this South Indian restaurant
Social Offline: From quirky glassware to exquisite drinks and appetizing food, Social offline makes for one of the most buzzing and cool places in Delhi.
Elma’s Bakery: A quaint vintage looking bakery apt for high-tea, authentic scones, and delicious slices of cakes.

9. Visit Magnificent Temple of Akshardham: Considered to be among some of the largest Hindu temples in the world, Akshardham is an archetype of remarkable architecture that can leave you mesmerized. It is a Hindu place of worship, complete with exhibits, boat rides, light water shows and verdant gardens. Inaugurated in 2007, the temple looks like it could be centuries old. Adorned with intricate and detailed carvings, this magnificent building attracts countless visitors for its grandiose beauty.1473668058_maxresdefault.jpg

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Pro Tip: Do not miss the light water show

10. Experience the street food at Parathe Wali gali: Nestled in Chandni Chowk, the narrow lanes of Parathe Wali Gali is home to some of the most lip-smacking paranthas (fried bread). The alleys are packed with customers at most times of the day. The recipes offered by some of the stalls are said to be generations old. The paranthas or the breads are stuffed with varieties of scrumptious vegetarian fillings and served with curd, salad and chutneys.

Pro Tip: Try Classic Aloo and Paneer Parathas

11. Pay your respects to the Father of the Nation at Raj Ghat: This is a memorial dedicated to one of the most famous freedom fighters in the world, Mahatma Gandhi. There is an “eternal flame” at one end of the memorial that signifies the endless struggle our ancestors went through for getting freedom. Every Friday, a prayer is conducted at the memorial, and the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi are narrated here.img_8566trTime required: 1 hr max

 

Pro Tip: Hit the museum if you want to know more about Gandhiji’s life

12. Strike a pose with celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s: Experience your very own star-struck moment with the opening of Madame Tussaud’s in the capitol of India. Sprawling over 2 floors, the attraction had five themed areas including history and Leaders, Sports, Music, Film & TV, and Hollywood Party. The museum specializes in immortalizing our favorite stars in the form of spectacular wax figures that are sure to make you think you’re meeting your idol in person.1173Time required: 2hrs max

Pro Tip: Go crazy with paparazzi

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Posted in Blogging

Sunshine Blogger Award

I am so happy and deeply honored to be nominated for Sunshine Blogger Award by Tilly, author of the blog https://wethehumankind.com. Tilly is a compassionate and loving girl from London who writes about sustainable living and high thinking. Her blogs are so genuine are refreshing just like her approach to life and respect for mother earth. Checkout her blogs at https://wethehumankind.com

Sunshine Blogger award is peer recognition award for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy, bringing a bit of sunshine into your life.

Rules for Award are:

  • Thanks the blogger and provide link to their blog.
  • Put the award logo.
  • Answer the Question.
  • Nominate other bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees

Answers to 11 questions asked by Tilly

1. Why did you start writing?

Since I was 11, I found joy in writing things, Poems, essays, articles, I even dreamed of becoming a journalist once upon a time. I think the idea of expressing myself and inspiring a few through my words has always fascinated me. Somehow during my graduation years, I dropped writing until very recently I took up blogging to tell my stories, my thoughts and connect with people around the world.

2. What’s your spirit animal and why?

This is a tough one. I am not sure, may be a swan, a gentle, serene and graceful bird with rare moments of aggression, only when threatened or provoked.

3. Who in your life do you consider to be a hero/heroine and why?

I think my parents are the heroes of my life. They worked hard to set up their own business and supported each other and the family in the tough times. They dreamt of something better and bigger and were brave & determined to pursue that dream. I am really grateful to them for raising me so well, giving us all the love and comfort and luxuries of life.

4. If you could live in a fictional universe, where would you choose?

Definitely Hogwarts and the mystical, magical world of Harry Potter.

5. What’s your favorite adverb?

Blissfully

6. What’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t yet? Why haven’t you done it?

Wow, there are so many things that I want to do in life. On the top of my mind is learning to bake fresh cakes and breads and pies. Honestly I have limited time and money at my disposal right now since I am studying. But maybe once when I finish my college and take up a job, I will take up a baking course.

7. What are 3 qualities that you appreciate in yourself?

Creativity, Passion and Tactfulness

8. Of all the films you’ve seen, which made you cry the most?

Oh my God, I am a cry baby when it comes to emotional scenes in the movies. My eyes can well up even in an animated movie. But two movies that can always make me cry are “Taare Zameen Par” & “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.

Taare Zameen Par is a Bollywood movie about a dyslexic kid being sent to boarding school, where he meets his mentor who realizes his true potential.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is about a mute little Pakistani girl who mistakenly reaches India and has to be sent back to her home country by the lead protagonist, amidst rising tensions between both the nations.

9. Forest, mountain, ocean or desert?’

Oceans. I am a beach baby.

10. What nugget of advice would you give your 13-year-old self?

You are awesome just the way you are, stop worrying and beating up yourself

11. Which piece of music describes who you are right now?

Paradise by Cold play

 

Here are my nominations for the Sunshine Blogger Awards:

https://thoughtstreets.wordpress.com

https://theeatingspree.com/

https://therealchiclife.com

https://www.juliaelizabethblog.com

https://katespage23.wordpress.com/

https://imaginationbreathing.com

https://seekingwonderful.wordpress.com/

https://megalaskitchen.com/

https://whattodothismonth.wordpress.com/

https://akhilaramanujam.wordpress.com/

And my 11 questions for the nominees are:

  1. When did you start blogging and why?
  2. Which is your best blog according to you?
  3. Which of my blogs do you like the most and why?
  4. Books or movies?
  5. If money was never a problem, what would your profession be?
  6. What super power do you wish you had?
  7. What is your all time favorite food?
  8. The song that describes your current mood
  9. What is your dream destination?
  10. What/ Who inspires you?
  11. Quote yourself or your life
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Versatile Blogger Award

It has been 6 months since I first started blogging. And few days back I received my first vote of appreciation. I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Huguette Antoun and I am so grateful for it. Thank Huguette for your love and support.

Huguette is a simple person who loves to express different feelings and thoughts in her writings. She is from beautiful country of Lebanon and believes strongly in mutual respect and gratitude. She is very passionate, honest and talented blogger who writes about various interesting topics. Her posts and pictures are always beautiful.

Check out her blog at https://huguetteantoun.com.

The Versatile Blogger Award was created to celebrate blogs who have unique content, strong writing, and beautiful images or photographs. I feel special to receive such a nomination. Here are the rules for this award

In order to receive the award, each nominee will have to:

  • Thank the person who nominated him/her.
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated him/her.
  • State 7 facts about himself/herself.
  • Nominate other bloggers who bring joy into their daily life (Note: There’s a different rule which asks nominees to nominate 15 more bloggers.)

Now here are 7 facts about me

  1. I am a vegetarian: Just a fact. Nothing to brag about. My family is pure vegetarian so never got any taste for non veg food. I recently read about the economic and the health benefits of becoming vegetarian ;less carbon foot prints, healthier body, healthier mind and food safety, I am glad to be vegetarian.

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2. Dancing and cycling is my therapy: I first performed on stage when I was six. Since then I never stopped dancing. I am trained in Bollywood and Hip Hop dance. I also love outdoor cycling. The feeling of freedom as you start pedaling and the gentle wind that blows your hair, it is one of the simple happiness of life.41ghVqXEsYL._AC_SY400_

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  1. I am curious and kind person: As a child, museum was my playground, books my toys and questions my weapons. Curiosity runs deep in my blood. Also, I am generally kind and peace loving person. Unless someone pisses me so badly to unleash my Hulk. That’s rare though.

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  1. I hate bullies and ass kissers: Bullying others for your amusement is evil. A light banter is fine but you should know where to draw the line. About ass kissing, I think it is an unwanted art by insincere people and my eyes hurt on seeing this art or artist.

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  1. France is my dream destination: Je veux visiter La France. I want to experience the French culture, their cuisine and their beautiful monuments. I am learning French by my own and very soon I wish to make my dream a reality.

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  1. I love fantasy and fiction: Harry Potter, Twilight, Game of Thrones, Avengers, Percy Jackson, I love them all. The world of magic and powers and complex stories

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  1. I believe in goodness and wish to contribute for a positive cause: I wish to make a positive impact on the society. Many people in this world are deprived of food, education and employment. I wish to empower at least a few of them.

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Here are my nominations for Versatile Blogger Award

  1. http://popsiclesociety.com
  2. https://rebeccagoesrendezvous.wordpress.com
  3. http://huguetteantoun.com
  4. https://gcdiaries.wordpress.com
  5. https://absolutelylucy.com
  6. http://lifewithlane.net
  7. http://the1itinerary.com
  8. https://ultimatetidbits.wordpress.com

Thank you for your time and love. Enjoy Reading ☺️❤️

 

 

 

Posted in Random Beautiful thoughts

Boring Affair

Sitting in the classroom, barely bearing the boring lecture, my mind slowly drifts away to the La La Land and I don’t realize but my hand starts dancing to its own tunes, making doodles on the paper.

Later, while returning from college, I was travelling in local train and my cell battery drains out. Suddenly there is this big vacuum of what should I do for next one hour and I make a feeble attempt to entertain myself by peeping out of the window. However soon I get bored of seeing familiar view and my mind once again wanders to its La La Land. I start thinking about how can I throw bachelorette party for my friend who is getting married next month. And my brilliant little brain swiftly starts baking a perfect plan for the party. It is funny how great ideas come to me when I am bored. When I gave it a further thought, I realized most of my creativity was born during boredom, while studying, while attending lectures or while travelling. Off course there would be some hidden inspiration or idea out there which I try to translate into my own words, but the development of those ideas is mostly when I am jaded.

To further confirm my theory, I decided to dive into this vast pool of knowledge as I type on Google “If boredom leads to creativity”. To my surprise, it says yes, it is scientifically proven that Boredom can cause brilliant ideas.

There is a study published in the Harvard Business Review where they made people perform some boring tasks, like reading and copying numbers from a phone book. Then they asked these people to give some sort of creative test. They found out that subjects who were bored came up with more creative ideas than the group that was entertained.

The science have studied that neural networks expand and diversify during bouts of boredom. These people adopt lateral thinking styles. This causes the mind to seek for more creative solution to the problem at hand because obvious one is not very interesting. A bored mind is fidgety and disgruntled, wrestling with the clutches of the mundane.download

After all, boredom is caused due to unfulfilled yearning for stimulation by an unengaged mind. Bored people are more likely to scout for activities that satiate their pleasure hungry brains.

They yearn for things that are interesting and engage the brain’s reward center. Thus, boredom may cause people to spark associative thought by approaching rewards. Since we humans detest feeling bored for too long, the feeling encourages us to seek out new experiences and pursue new goals that we might otherwise not think of.

So, it can be beneficial to let brain go for a stroll as we perform mundane chores like chopping the vegetables or folding the clothes. It is recommended to have some downtime and let the mind wander for creative thinking.

This downtime for brain can help humans to create, design, imagine, invent, and develop new thoughts, ideas, stories, music, and arts. Off course this can work when we refrain from falling prey to the conventional distractions like chatting, surfing, or binge-watching TV shows. Most of us do have some idle time in our day, but we fill them with social media and email. And in this urge to get temporary solace from boredom, we end up spending a lot more time on social media then intended and lose the opportunity to indulge in self reflection or develop divergent thinking.

 For igniting innovative thoughts, one need to disconnect from the internet, remove all other tempting distractions, and allow the mind to daydream. Our mind should able to wander without electronic distractions. The aim is to replace boredom with curiosity, interest, and finally absorption.

However it is important to note that not all boredom can be useful. Being bored and not having enough stimulation is one thing. When you could have lots to do, but it lacks sense and purpose, you might be dealing with chronic boredom. It’s that lethargic feeling which can be dreadful for physical and mental health.

Moral of the story: If anything bores you (including this article), you must be grateful; it kind of helped you to become creative and interesting. May be we should start embracing little boredom rather than trying so hard to get rid of it. Who knows it can lead us to our Eureka moment.

Posted in Random Beautiful thoughts

Dream..

Such an inspiring and insightful post by Akhila.

Musings of a grateful heart...❤

Oh my little girl..

I wish I could dream for you…

When I sleep on my cozy bed,

You sleep without bread ,

Beneath open sky ,

Dreaming to fly high,

Carefree like a butterfly….

As I grumble over my food ,

There you are unfed ,

Pondering over daily bread…

I drag myself to school,

And you dream of school,

Wanting to learn,

But forced to earn.

Dear little girl,

With a mousy curl,

I wish I could dream for you..

I wish God gave you the wings,

To write your own story,

And fly to glory .

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