What’s up? Figuring out life. Unsure,Confused, I DON’T KNOW

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Hi5 ! You feel me? I am you and you are me. The age of 20s was supposedly to be so sorted. Lucky are those, who exactly know what they want to and it is even viable to do that.

But some of us here have a degree 📜

1. and maybe don’t want to do that

2. and maybe our hobby isn’t feasible for a living

3. and sometimes we want to do that but don’t find that job

4. And maybe we just don’t want to anything but the guilt of wasting time and seeing people around makes us feels useless or unaccomplished or back at the rat race

5. and maybe sometimes we want to do what our parents don’t want us to do

6. and maybe we want to do something but just DON’T KNOW “WHAT” is that something.

7. And everything seems to be not working and you are just so lost.

How crazily do you feel me?

Well, I am with you and one of you.

It is the exact moment when even the Uber driver cancels on you and ever kali peeli cab rejects you and even the dresses don’t fit you or are unavailable in your size.

It is that moment when everything suddenly just seems to not work.

The market is down. There are very few jobs and those jobs don’t please you yet you apply and still don’t get call backs or you are rejected 🙅‍♀️ And more than ANYTHING, you are questioning yourself every now and then, “Why am I even applying here or why am I even doing this or am I even doing the right thing or what should I do”

The struggle is REAL.

So let me tell you what I discovered.

1. Every human being has their phases and it doesn’t mean if others have it sorted, you have to.

2. Do NOT LET the rat race dictate you what you have to be.

3. It is OKAY TO TAKE A BREAK. The recruiters will question you and the best come back was I just had to be sure to nail this job instead of just taking it up for the sake of it.

4. Do not be depressed by Instagram feed of others doing so well or the endless LinkedIn notifications. Tell yourself “Everyone has their own path.”

5. Freaking do what you have been wanting to do. Join that gym membership. Join the dance class. Do what you love

6. Do not FEEL GUILTY of wasting time. It’s fine, you deserve a break.

7. Write down the pros and cons, read reviews of people doing something in that field, connect with them on LinkedIn. It will help you develop a clearer picture

8. And if you feel your vacation is beyond vacation, and you still haven’t figured where exactly you want to work or what you want to do, look up onto coursera (there are lot of certificate courses and could define your break) or Harvard business school online.

9. DO NOT DO HERD MENTALITY. Look at the books before getting into a course.

10. Do the Goal – Action way. First set your goal, then think what you need to do to get there, then build the blocks, then set a time frame, then start working. First research then work.

11. And lastly, it is okay to feel what you are feeling and have break downs and feel angry, useless specially when you talk to people who are doing so amazing and especially when you see your phone screen time upto 10 hours and have no idea what you have been doing. IT IS OKAY.

12. Write down your confusion. Sometimes on writing down it just makes it less complicated. Then look up solutions online to build your skills up so that you can get the job or understand

13.Own up to it like a boss! Yes I am taking a break and doing nothing and I am fine with it. I have been just hustling and buzzing.

14. Take a vacation. It solves everything hahaha ! Change of environment

15. Shut the damn phone so you STOP COMPARING . Your graph isn’t determined by others. You are WHAT you are and love yourself, praise yourself and work on yourself but remember,

“it’s okay to be confused and lost now and to do nothing now as maybe 5 years down the line you will be in a way better place and probably miss the little break that you had.” It is okay.

Adios ! Let’s connect on Instagram : TheGlocalJournal

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Your Guide to Valentine’s – Where to go & What to gift?

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Hola!

Valentine’s is right round the corner & if you are like me, struggling to do something and trying to get a reservation. Here is your hack.

1. Pocket Friendly :
First just check out Dineout / eatigo / Zomato gold places and then you can pick. It will reduce your cost and how.

2. List of romantic places :
A. Sobo :
Koyla – open air, veg & no alcohol
Candy & Green – pure veg, rooftop & really beautiful vibes
Harbour View – Open air, sea view & some great chocolate brownie.
Canto has zomato gold and is pretty cute.
Mockingbird Cafe – They have board games too.

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Luxury : Dome, Bayview at Marina, Taj, Oberoi

B. Lower Parel :
1. The Tasting Room – All things elegant
2. Gallops – Mahalaxmi Racecourse – Indian & Continental
3. Keiba – Little place by the racecourse – Asian Food – Has Dineout offers – Check out.
4. Aqaba – it has offers on Dineout too.

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C. Bandra :
1. Birdsong cafe – if you like healthy
2. Verandah (Zomato gold) / Cafe terra
3. LPQ – bkc has candle light
4. Su Casa – Candle light on point. There are offers on Dineout I suppose
5. Taj Mahal Tea House
6. Carter Road social during sunset

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D. Andheri / Juhu :
1. Fable – It has a very cozy effect to it
2. One BHK – Again a cute cafe which is simply cute
3. Bora Bora – Sea View
4. Lagoon – Sea Princess
I find Gada Da Vida Hyped.

Skky is also great but is expensive.

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Fun things to do :
Not the romantic kinds,
We have something for you too.
Or just friends chilling.

1. Go bowling 🎳 to Atria.
2. Cook together at Food Hall Mumbai sessions
3. Movie night🎬 sounds fun too.
4. Play treasure hunt, it doesn’t need a lot of planning.
Just make some clues to your favourite places and take him/ her there.
You could have fun! Your little food trails.

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5. Want to be a kid again?
Go play in the jumping jack and boat at Nariman Point from 8pm or go to those fun places like Smaash.

6. Just maybe chill at home. We are all working. I wouldn’t mind binge watching all day.

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Things to make it special : Your quick hacks :
I am like you who is so bored to make something.

1. Call for a spa from urban clap it is absolutely FABULOUS. Book it today plus paytm has some ₹300 off on first booking.
2. Just buy sticky notes and stick them onto the door or the table and write something

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3. Find cute photos and hang them in a string with clips- it is a five minutes job
4. Roses, flowers & as cliche it sounds, girls like it.
Get black roses / buy white rose and soak in black ink.
5. Just make a basket of their favorite food items, go to a grocery store and done.
6. Too bored to go,
Keep calling from Swiggy/ Uber eats / zomato and get it delivered to their place every 3 hours.

7. Book a yacht – leisurekart.com
8. Ab Celestial – it is expensive but cute. Not great to be honest.
9. Just go play board games.
10. Go old school – go camping ⛺

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11. You could even take a walk by band stand.
12. Also, making a hamper of daily essentials works amazingly well and write a sticky note with it like : Fevicol : thanks for sticking by.

And to the singles,
You can do all of this TOO!

My Not so Diet Plan

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We are a part of this mad world where we are either sitting and studying or sitting and working.

I have got so many questions time and time again about how do I eat outside almost every second day and yet remain fit.

So to be honest I just intake ingredients which increase my metabolism to balance out all that junk.

1. Start your day with a glass of hot water , half lemon 🍋 & honey 🍯.
2. Then I usually take my coffee after sometime. Also a tip would be to reduce sugar. Initially you might hate it, but later on you fall in love with the taste of your less sweet coffee ☕
3. My mornings are power packed with food at every 2 hours interval including fruits, salads.
4. I walk every day morning 20 minutes and at night 15 minutes even if I am bored, tired or have too much to do. Overtime you will realise it is a very refreshing and calming process.
5. I have a wholesome meal which is chapati, vegetables 🌽 & dal. I avoid rice as it makes me feel very sleepy. I do eat a sweet also.
My funda or rather mindset has been if I stop it, then my body won’t be used to sugar & whenever I indulge I will put on double my weight.
6. I only fill myself upto 3/4th.
7. I eat every two hours and things which are high in energy like nuts
8. Evenings are usually majorly cheat ones. I binge eat and say yes to cravings.
However I never stuff myself. It is a practice but then it becomes habit.
I only eat 2/4 of that
9. My dinner is usually over by 8pm.
I have buttermilk later on when I feel hungry or yoghurt or even cheat you know.
10. Lastly, I have hot water with lemon before sleeping.

11. Exercise for 30 minutes daily, may it be a walk or anything.
12. Keep having water throughout the day (I have hot water)
13. Eat light dinners
14. Eat everything in moderation & balance
15. Choose your mind over your eyes & heart while watching the food. It is tough but then you feel so good about it
So summary would be eat, but don’t stuff yourself.
Eat in small portions.
Balance.

Disclaimer : it has worked for me. It cannot work for many as it is a dependant factor of metabolism & others.
Kindly note 📝 that this is just my experience.

3 Years

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3 YEARS TODAY! 💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 A timid me who absolutely loved going out & writing, posted the first picture right here. Not knowing a thing about how blogging works, exploring every restaurant by my self for 9 months straight day in day out, saving & spending & then finally getting a call for an event.
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It is much easier now when I hear people doing dms or stuff. I come from the school of thought “let your work speak” , rest will follow. I didn’t even know how it worked. I had a samsung phone back. I didn’t know C of the camera 📷. I didn’t know anybody. & once it started out, it wasn’t easy.
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It was SO HARD. Every picture you see, had efforts. Every picture came from a girl who was juggling education, her hobby & work. & TO TOP IT ALL, The choice to remain authentic. The acceptance when you know probably buying things would make you five times the success. The choice to say NO TO BRANDS as you don’t believe in it no matter if they pay a great deal to you. The choice to remain true to your LOVE & exercise this relation with all your heart. It is going to get tough.
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Sustainability is difficult. You will have melt downs. But darling when you get a message saying how you inspire them or how a brand has loved your content or when a PR says that you have been one of the most authentic amazing people to work for, it is these moments that make you realise that you are on the right path. Even after so much clutter here, I have a crazy community out here & somewhere it feels home 🏠
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I just want to tell you, it’s alright. Take the courage & START. What will happen? You might fail but darling you tried. But start what you love and what you really want to & not because it sounds fancy or looks appealing. Start. & START NOW. & THEN HUSTLE. Don’t STOP.
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& lastly THANK YOU for being there through 3 years! 3 years is long to stick by to anyone, & I couldn’t be here WITHOUT YOU. To everyone- bloggers, PRs & my dearest readers, THANK YOU ♥We exist because you love us.
& to my critiques & haters, thank you. I wouldn’t have grown.

Things to do in Leh Ladakh

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Leh Ladakh, the land of everything beautiful has to be on your bucket list. From foreigners to locals to bike riders, everyone flock around to see this destination. Come on, who would not?
From landscapes straight out of a wallpaper to the sweetest locals greeting you to cute cafes to natural detox, everything is a paradise.

Please refer to the blog “Tips for Ladakh” so you know all of it, things to taken care of, things to carry.
Travelling to Leh:
1. We took a direct flight from Mumbai to Leh and then headed by cab to the hotel.
2. You could also take the road journey from Manali to Leh which is very scenic, however the roads can be rocky and steep.
3. You can take a bike ride like many do.
4. You could also take the road journey from Leh.
Time to Visit:
June – August

Accommodation:

Kindly research well before freezing onto one. The wifi is a problem everywhere. Dragon Hotel is supposedly the best hotel, Also check the proximity from various locations like market, etc. We stayed at the Snow Lion which was a very basic hotel. The staff is sweet but the food is beyond average. Even the rooms are very okayish. I would recommend other hotels.

Budget: (Solo traveler will be expensive as your travelling cost will increase).
1. You can easily get a hotel for Rs2000-2500 a night, one of the basic ones.
2. If you are four people, travelling also becomes cheaper with the cost being shared. Travelling will account for your maximum cost. Please bargain / crosscheck before freezing onto your vehicle. The local market has many cab centers.
3. Food is reasonable.
4. I cannot really mention the exact cost as it depends on how many kms, where you all stay, what deals you all get.

Day 1:
Please rest and acclimatize well, do not stress yourself. Keep checking your oxygen levels often and drink fluids and keep eating nuts.

Duration for the trip:
So as you all know I did a pretty short trip of 5 days (excluding the day of rest) but people say you can easily do a 10-14 days trip depending on your interests.
My visit to Ladakh was a more of a cultural one this time than the scenic one. I would highly recommend the later. I visited almost 5-7 monasteries. However if you are like me, I would say visiting 2-3 are more than good. I am not much inclined towards the same. However if you love culture and history then you definitely should.

 

Day 2:
We attended the Naropa Festival (a cultural festival) and then headed to Stakna Monastery. It is beautiful for the view that it has to offer.

Day 3:
We visited the Hemis Museum. It had lot of artefacts. If you are a fan of culture then go for it. There is a nice café besides Hemis museum serving good hot food.


Then we headed to the Live to Love animal rescue but I found it very depressing to see animals in that state as many of them were ill.

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We visited the famous Rancho school, whose name was changed after the movie of 3 idiots. (You can absolutely give it a miss).

We headed to Shey Palace. The view the place has to offer is a lot like Switzerland. It is so beautiful.


Day 4:
We headed to Pangong Tso , It is a beautiful lake which has shades of blue.
Please note it is rough 5 hour drive from Leh, we left early morning. We also stopped at Changla where we shivered to death as it was so cold.
We did a day trip to Pangong as it gets really cold in the night and acclimatization often gets an issue since we were travelling in September end.

But many people stay for one night at Pangong and then head to Nubra Valley as they come on the way and you can save onto the cost as well.
Pangong has tents to stay. Also one to two hotels are present. Kindly book in advance for the same. Secondly, if you are going on a day trip, there are local shacks where you can get maggi, thukpa, water,etc.

So you can do a 3 day trip of this. I missed Nubra Valley but it is a scintillating sand dessert. The oyo room hotel here is apparently great to stay.
#TGJTIPS : you do need a permit for pangong which will be for around Rs600. 24 hours are needed for the same, so plan accordingly.

Day 5:
We covered the local stuff.
Gurudwara Pathar Sahib – It is a very peaceful feeling going here as the same is maintained by the Army regime. Also the Chai is really nice. Have the langar if you reach on time.


Sangam Point – We headed to Sangam where the Zanskar river and Indus meet, both having different colors.
Alchi Village – It is a little village having some artefacts. It shuts by 3.30pm so please reach on time. It is again more on the cultural side.


Bazgoo – It is yet another monastery but the most beautiful part is the view that this place has to offer. I didn’t go much inside the monastery but just sat by the steps and breadth amidst the gorgeous view of the trees and mountain. The sunset is spectacular from here.

Day 6:
Please avoid this. I am only mentioning this as you also know what not do. We drove for five hours and headed to Aryan Village where pregnancy tourism was once promoted. It was a disappointment as there were barely any locals. Also I did not found them something different. You should go only if you are really inclined towards the history or knowing the cultural aspect.

Next we headed to the Lama Yuru Monastery. There is a basic restaurant outside but I found the food very ok. Also the Monastery is beautiful but to be really honest, I had seen many and did not wish to see more.
So it really depends on your interest.

Other things to do in Leh (I did not do them due to short of time but you could, I have curated the same after research so it is all for you at one place itself)
1. Shanti Stupa – The sunset is spectacular from here. Also the night lighting is quiet a scene.
2. Leh Palace – I had enough history for the visit
3. Tso Moriri – It is again a beautiful lake but extremely cold. So kindly check before you get there
4. Khardungla Pass
5. Kargil – This one is a bit far but absolutely a thrill in itself. Also sometimes, you do need permission so kindly enquire before you go.
6. Camping in Ladakh –
7. Zanskar Valley – It is sandwiched between the Himalayan ranges and zanskar valley and is beautifully isolated.
8. Hemis National Park – It is not much known as barely you get to spot anything.
9. Tso Kar Lake – It is a great White lake
10. Trekking – You can either do the Chhadar trek or even trek to Markha valley. Kindly note your health and agility before doing this.
11. Backpacking – Go minimal and go adventurous!
12. Cycling – You can rent a cycle at the shop in markets (just ask locals around) and go riding.

Hall of fame can be absolutely given a miss. There are many monasteries as well. Also the snow leopard safari can be given a miss

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Places to Eat:
1. The German Bakery Gazebo is absolutely fabulous with the choice of yalk pizza .


2. Brazil Café offers a stunning view of the local Leh market as a whole and has great coffees and vegan cakes.


3. Metta Café – Another little café in the lanes of Leh market, the pancakes here with apricot sauce is so good.


4. Himalayan Café is a fine dining to say considering the Leh market, it has a lot of Asian cuisine. It is on the expensive side to say around 1200Rs for two.5. Sorriso – If you are craving for pizzas then you should definitely stop here to have a bite. Pretty good pizzas for Leh.
6. Wanderers Terrace – This place is so beautiful in its way and has a view of the Leh palace.


7. Rajus Dhabha , Khaltsi – If you are on the way to Lama Yuru, then you can definitely head here at Khatski. It is so good with some amazing parathas and chole samosa.


8. Alchi Village has some fabulous restaurants. We stopped at Zimshkhang restaurant. The crepe what they call pancake was also so delicious.

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9. There are many local hidden gems which you can just walk in and explore like their traditional roti in the lanes of market.
Food as a whole is pretty reasonable when it comes to comparison with Bombay.
Alcohol : The local Alcohol Chhand is pretty well known.

#TGJTIPS: Usually places to see shut by 6pm. Kindly check the same before visiting. Also due to occasions, they might be shut. Also some monasteries and places do have entry fee for around Rs30-100 depending. The same is higher for foreign tourists.

#TGJTIPS: Please carry water while you are travelling. Many monasteries have steps to climb and being on a high altitude will leave you breathless. Carry something to munch on too as many off beat locations would not have anything to eat

I am just happy I ticked off Ladakh from my bucket list. Hopefully will be heading back soon. Afterall who doesn’t want to head back in the lap of lature?

Also do read the tips for Ladakh blog so it becomes extremely easy. More than anything, do let us know how you all find the blog by likes, comments