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MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST!

Hello everyone! This is my very first blog post. Let’s get to know a little about me!

My name is Akanksha Anand. From the very beginning, I have loved reading and writing new stuff. I think I am creative enough and have the quality to engage people with my posts( no self-boasting; people tell me this) and so I thought it was time to put my work on the Internet.

I have no particular taste when it comes to reading and writing. I write about whatever comes to my head. Any ideas, any experiences, I write them down. It’s fun!

This is my first blog so I don’t have much idea about how blogging works but I will figure it out eventually. Thanks in advance for being patient if I make any mistakes( which I will try my best not to make) and supporting this blog!

Also, thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a great day!

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Can We Truly Find Ourselves?

The day you ask yourself the reason for your existence is the day you set yourself free…

The day you stop expecting happiness is the day you’ll truly be happy…

The day you stop complaining about things is the day you’ll find a solution…

The day you start demanding is the day you’ll get everything you need…

But the day you stop questioning is the day you lose your imagination.

The only power that you have that makes you different from everyone else.

That would be the day you stop feeling content.

That would be the day you stop fighting for yourself.

That would be the day you lose yourself…

 

For questioning things gives you answers.

For questioning things gives you power.

For questioning things tells you the right from wrong.

 

QUESTIONING SOMETHING YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN IS NOT WRONG.

It only becomes wrong if it is questioned with violence.

When your pride comes in the way, is when it becomes wrong.

 

BE HUMBLE. BE GENEROUS. THERE IS SO MUCH LOVE TO BE GIVEN IN THIS WORLD.

Question yourself where you went wrong.

NEVER BE AFRAID TO KNOW THE ANSWERS.

For you might learn things about yourself.

 

NEVER BE AFRAID TO LEARN.

For it only makes you a better person.
EVERYDAY.

AND FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

 

 

QUESTION.

 

SEEK.

 

LEARN.

 

AND FIND YOURSELF.

 

The Girl With Big Dreams…

She was five,
When she was told what to do.
She was surprised,
She now knew she couldn’t do,
What she dreamed of.

She wanted to be a dancer,
A singer,
A teacher,
A magician.
But apparently they weren’t “real” jobs.

She was eleven,
When she knew what everyone wanted.
This started the depression,
She was to have the future she haunted.
She didn’t have a say.

She knew she didn’t wanna be an engineer,
But did she have a choice?
Everybody would sneer,
She didn’t have a voice.
It was her life at play,
And she couldn’t have it her way..

She was fifteen,
She had to chase those dreams.
Which weren’t hers to begin with.
It was her mom’s, her dad’s and Uncle Smith’s.
She prepared for it,
Day and night.
She wanted to quit,
But it wasn’t her fight.

She was eighteen,
Off to college.
She didn’t know where she’d been,
She had no knowledge.
She mugged up the textbook,
Made it to the top institute.
Yet where was her happiness?

She was twenty five,
Three years into a “great job”.
She was somehow alive,
Her dreams were somewhere lost.
She put her head high,
And did what she had to do.
Inside she let out a sigh,
Because she did what she had to do.

She was fifty years old,
Counting her last years of work.
She was emotionally broke.
But she knew it wouldn’t hurt.
She was soon to be free,
Of the degree,
She earned almost thirty years back.
She was happy,
She was to be out of the trap.

She was eighty seven,
Telling her grandchildren,
They could make their life heaven.
If they didn’t keep their wishes hidden.
She died at ninety,
With her died a talent,
A dancer,
A singer,
A teacher,
A magician.

 

Life is what you make of it. You can be who you want to be. It’s up to you who you want to be. A mainstream engineer, doctor (unless you really want to)? Or an artist and one in a million? Decide for yourself. 🙂

Places To Go If You’re Visiting India..

Most of you can already make a guess that I am Indian. I haven’t travelled a lot in India but there are a few amazing places that I’ve been to and some that I’ve heard about.

I have a couple of American friends who visit me every now and then and they ask me what places are worth visiting here. Quite honestly, no place in India is not worth visiting. Be it from the local supermarkets to the huge malls, we’ve got it all. Each of it has its own beauty.

If you’re a lover of art and history, you’ll enjoy these a lot.

  • THE TAJ MAHAL- Situated in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, this is one of the seven wonders of the world and is honestly, one of the best historical sites in all of India. It’s unique and has a beautiful story behind it and anyone visiting India must visit The Taj. 
  • THE RED FORT- Situated in Delhi, the capital of India, this one is another one of my favourites. The fact that it’s all red makes it so much more cooler. I’ll tell you a little bit about this fort. Shah Jahan, the same ruler who had The Taj Mahal made, had this fort made when he wanted to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi in 1638. The fort is famous for its red walls which is pretty evident.
  • THE QUTAB MINAR- Situated in Delhi, it is the second tallest architecture in India and the tallest tower and is made of red sandstone and marble. It was made to celebrate Muslim dominance after defeating the last Hindu ruler of Delhi. It was built in 1193. Earlier, you could go to the top of the tower and my parents have been in! But due to a very unfortunate tragedy in 1981, which happened to be a stampede at the 12th floor of the tower, it has been permanently shut down for everyone. But it still is wonderful to look at from outside! Do you see the iron pillar next to it? It is actually quite fascinating because it was forged around 1600 years ago and still hasn’t rusted one bit! It’s always been in the eye of various architects and clearly tells about the insane skills of our ancient architects!
  • THE HAWA MAHAL- Located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, was named so because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. It is beautiful, trust me.  
  • THE LOTUS TEMPLE- Located in New Delhi, it was completed in 1986 so it is not that old. It is a place of worship and is very beautiful. 

I could go on and on because there are so many more historical sites in India which are so beautiful but I hope these are enough to intrigue you to do your own research and pack your bags and come to India!

But if you’re more into nature and adventure, this is where you need to be!

  • GOA- This place is somewhere every Indian wants to be. Goa is famous for its beaches and is a famous tourist destination, understandably. It’s also a really beautiful place and makes you feel attached to nature! 
  • JAMMU AND KASHMIR- If you want to experience heaven on Earth, this is where you need to be. Easily one of the most beautiful places on Earth and my favourite. I don’t know what to describe about this place but I’m adding a few pictures for you to get an idea. The above lake is called the Pangong Tso lake which is both in J&K and China and I don’t know if it is but it is the bluest lake I have ever seen. The picture doesn’t do justice to it. Visit it in real life. You’ll be mesmerised.
  • SHIMLA, MANALI, OOTY AND NAINITAL- Incredibly beautiful hill stations of India and worth the visit! I’m not attaching any pictures as such but they’re beautiful, trust me.

All the above mentioned places provide adventure sports at many areas and you can’t leave without trying them. Just to give an idea, you can go for skiing in Gulmarg( J&K), Mountain Biking in Ladakh( J&K), white water rafting in almost all these places, Forest Trail in Jim Corbett National Park, scuba diving in the Andaman Islands and what not? Start your research now!

And if you’re just one of those people who want to experience the culture of India, here are some places for you!

  • AHMEDABAD- Go on a heritage night walk round the city and you’ll come across various havelis and monuments and various delicacies.
  • TAMIL NADU- This state is a hub of various temples so if you want to get a taste of the Hindu culture, head there.
  • BHUBANESWAR- A city of Odisha, it has more than 700 temples! Experience the rich culture!
  • MYSORE- If you happen to go to Mysore, don’t forget to visit the Mysore palace and the several gardens, lakes and museums.
  • KOLKATA- Visit the Victoria Memorial for sure. The city is filled with important buildings and monuments.
  • VARANASI- If there’s a place in India that truly represents the culture of India, it’s Varanasi. Filled with riverside ghats and colorful markets and saffron clad sadhus. Take a boat ride on the Ganga river and don’t forget to be a part of the Ganga aarti that takes place every evening. You may also witness the dance festivals if you feel like.
  • DELHI- What doesn’t Delhi have? Being the capital of India, it is overflowing with historical monuments. It is also famous for its street shopping. It’s an experience, honestly. There’s so much more to it which I can’t put in words but you have to come here and see it for yourself. You’ll never forget the things you’ll experience.

And if you don’t have a particular taste, just go anywhere in India! You’ll not regret it. Every place is different yet so similar. India is beautiful. Period.

If you want to know more, tell me! I’ll be glad to share. I haven’t visited the whole of India myself because there’s too many places to go to but if you have any suggestions, feel free to enlighten me. I hope you have a wonderful time in my country!

And in case you’re wondering, I don’t own any of the pictures. It’s all from Google images.

Anyway, do tell me if you liked this little peice of knowledge about my country that I shared with you and if it makes you want to visit!

Thanks for reading!

Jai Hind!

Why It’s Important To Do Something Out Of Your Comfort Zone!

We all have been in situations where someone asks us to do something we’re not so keen on doing because it’s a thing out of your “comfort zone”. And after rejecting to do that something, you feel immediate regret as you see them have fun doing it all by themselves..

What do you do when this happens to you?

  1. First of all, anytime someone asks you to do something out of your personal capacity, DON’T SAY NO IMMEDIATELY. How can you tell what you’re about to is not going to be fun and exciting?
  2. Try saying yes more. Every time someone asks you to do something you don’t really seem too keen on doing, at least consider it before you reject it. Try saying, “It couldn’t hurt to try” because of course it wouldn’t! Unless they’re asking you to do something illegal, of course.
  3. Take deep breaths. You’re gonna be fine! You’re strong and smart!
  4. If you even pretend to be happy about it in the least, trust me it’s gonna make you a little happier for real. 
  5. If you don’t feel comfortable doing things all by yourself, call a friend who might help you out with that. Who knows, some company and also a little cheering could give you a little confidence boost?

 

Now that you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone, wouldn’t you wanna explore some options you have to try out?

Let’s begin with a few smaller things which could actually help you big time.

  1. MEET NEW PEOPLE. If you have social anxiety, this is such a great way to combat that! Easier said than done though. As amazing as it is to make friends online, sometimes you can be catfished and it’s not very safe in general. My advice would be to travel more and visit new places and hence, interact with new people. I’m sure everyone out there has an amazing story which might amuse you!
  2. Try out something you’ve been holding off for quite some time. I mean there’s no reason to not do it, no? Make a bucket list and set a time for yourself to achieve those goals! Do tell me how that goes.
  3. If you’re shy and kind of introverted like me, go to parties more often. I know, it always seems better to just lie in bed with some hot coffee and a novel in your hands but hey, sometimes you gotta go wild! Let loose! And who says you need to drink to have fun? Surround yourself with friends and you’ll have the time of your life!

Now, let’s list some bigger adventurous things that you could try this summer! 

  1. SKY DIVING- It’s on my bucket list too! I am scared of heights, kind of. But I really want to do this one myself. How cool must it be to see the land from that high up? I can only imagine. Have you ever done it? Comment down below and share your experience!
  2. CAMPING- What better way to spend your summers than being amidst wildlife with a few friends?
  3. PLAY NEW SPORTS- I am not very good at sports but I love playing anyway! If you’re into soccer (or football, as they say in my country) then go try basketball maybe? I don’t know. Just saying. I hope you get the point.
  4. TEACHING- For people like me who have social anxiety, standing in front of a class full of students who are younger than you for hours can be quite challenging. But I did try teaching years ago just for fun! I gave private tuition to around 10 kids who must have been in grade 2 or 3. It was fun and it definitely made me realize that handling children is not easy.
  5. ANYTHING IN GENERAL THAT GIVES YOU AN ADRENALINE RUSH- For this one, don’t think too much. Do the first thing that comes in your head. It could be something you’ve been running away from for a long time. Maybe it scares you. Try it with the help of someone else if you feel like. But do it! You’ll get an experience for life!

Now go and start making plans with friends and family and prepare to come out of your comfort zone! Tell me what all you did which always scared you but you’re glad you at least tried. I’m all ears!

Comment down below anything you’d like to know or tell me or suggest me even. I’m always happy to take in a few suggestions!

THANKS FOR READING! 

What inspires me?

I know I have been gone a really long time but that’s purely because of studies and I apologize for that.

But hey! I’m writing again!

As you can see from the title of the blog, I felt like telling everyone what inspired me to write. But before I make this boring for you to read, I will add some bullets to make it more presentable. I hope you like it!

  • I am  a believer of doing what you like to do. You don’t have to be exceptionally good at it to pursue it; all you have to be is passionate.
  • I have always been kind of creative and really enjoy to pen down my thoughts into words.
  • My only motivation is my boredom. Just like everyone, I don’t like to kill time doing nothing. This serves as a great way for me to kill time.
  • It is very relaxing. In this fast paced life that we live in, doing something you like to do sends off positive vibes and makes you feel happier that ever! I think it releases my stress to quite an extent and I feel a lot more confident about myself.
  • And last of all, I aspire to be a writer. Honestly, I aspire to be a lot of things but this is soooo different than what most people do, right? 

Now, I hope you feel inspired enough to go out there and do something you like! Just for fun! And who knows, someday you might get a kick which might make you so popular in that field that you would be immensely satisfied.
NOW GET UP AND DO IT! NOW!