My experience at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2017

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an open air festival on a street in the heart of Mumbai’s business district with free access to programming ranging from classical music to contemporary dance, theatre to ground-breaking literature.

It was held in South Mumbai from February 4-12, the lineup included craft workshops, children’s art, dance, comedy, literature festival, music showcase and cinema screenings, etc

Like each year, My mother and I would spend hours browsing through the art work on display and trying to make sense of the installations that were put up on the street.

From what i read, it was to be the ninth edition of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival which aimed to preserve and refurbish the heritage arts district of Mumbai, and promote awareness about traditional and emerging cultural forms.

Its always an awesome and colourful experience, each time i visit the festival. You end up meeting people from all caste, creed, strata with liking towards art, culture, music, architecture, photography, etc.

In the few hours that i spent at the festival i managed to clicked a few photographs which i will share with you.

With love towards art, music, meeting new people and getting to see amazing pieces of art work, I will surely be waiting for the next edition of Kala Ghoda Art festival next year.

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13 Things about Freelancing and Me

Freelancing for me isn’t just about looking for short-term work. There’s a whole lot of adventure down the freelancing road, a journey that only a true freelancer can endure and understand: battles against distraction, the hunt for unpaid invoices,etc

For me the freelance lifestyle is built on the idea of having more time to do what I love. It is about freedom to work from home, be your own boss or to have the flexibility to travel when I want.

As a freelancer I try to create a work life reality that fits my own expectations and unique circumstances.

1. My new office attire

The temptation to not get dressed can be huge when there’s no dress code to adhere to and no one to get dressed for. As a freelancer , I burnt My suit, briefcase and even my shoes, all I need now is a laptop, an endless supply of coffee and the same pajamas I slept in last night.

But I like to be causally dressed while working as the clothes I am wearing has a huge impact on the way our brains perceive the role that we’re filling. So I like to wear colourful clothes which I am comfortable in. During client meetings I am formally dressed. For all the other times I like to be casually dressed.

2. Work on the go…

The best part about my freelancing is that i have combined multiple businesses together. I try my level best to interweave them into each other. I take care that none of them get affected because of other.

My laptop and other gadgets are always with me when I travel, thus I can manage having a right balance of work and pleasure.

3. Salary increases and everything is taken care of…

I had to build up on my experience, my networks and my client base before I could even think about being a freelancer.

It’s hard work, and in the beginning it used all my energy but I had to stay afloat and keep the work coming in while I got my name out there.

I didn’t start making money from the very beginning, so one has to ensure that they have savings to cover at least a few months or more as a precautionary measure.

4. It’s less stressful than working for someone else

As a freelancer I am running my own small business. This means I am my company’s accountant, sales person, project manager and CEO.

5. I am the BOSS….

I am a freelancer – I am my own boss now, right?

I may not have one single boss anymore, but I have soon noticed that instead I have a handful of mini-bosses – my new clients – each with a very specific idea of how that project should be carried out.

The only privilege that I have is that  if I have a particularly unreasonable client then I have the absolute right to turn that project down. This is a definite privilege of freelancing that can never be enjoyed when working as a regular employee

6. My time is my own

Working for myself can mean that I am never going to be able to fully switch off from work, which could mean my work eats a lot more of my personal time than an office job might without me even noticing it.

I have realised that there is no going home at the end of the day and I can’t just work ‘normal hours’ but it’s 24-7 at times.

Just because I work from home doesn’t mean I am open 24 hours a day. I try and set up reasonable expectations that I can live up to all the time with my clients.

7. More time for my friends

I am a freelancer but my friends are still in their office jobs and the only time that I can catch up with them is holidays or after work. But due to uncertainty of work, I cannot actually know before hand about the work that I may get.

I end up spending a lot of time with freelancers or my pet as they are the only people who are available.

8. Charge less to win over clients

As a freelancer I am competing against other freelancers for jobs. Over a period of time I have realised that customers pay for and look for quality.

Another good method which I followed was during my corporate job – I worked on small projects for my friends and relatives so they had an idea about my work.

9. My movable office

I had the option of renting an office but then I thought otherwise. I made a promise to myself that I will not get myself trapped in between office walls for the rest of my life. With this in my mind, I started finding my own space where I was comfortable working. I started meeting clients in cafeterias, restaurants and added a new outlook to the meetings. In return got to visit new places and travel a lot.

You will see that my office can be anywhere possible where I feel comfortable and can get my work done.

10. Automation, a MUST

Being in the field of web development, it’s no surprise that I have to be highly automated to keep track of my work, schedule, deadlines, projects, communication, etc. You will always find me with my laptop and other technology gadgets which keep me connected to my work.

I like to detach from them from time to time so that I do not become a slave to technology and work.

11. More time to cook

I love to cook and try new dishes every now and then. Freelancing has greatly helped me develop as a better cook than before.

From making salads, starters, main course dishes and lot more. I love spending some extra time in the kitchen.

12. More time with family

The biggest advantage of freelancing is that you get to spend a lot of time with your family. I love being pampered by my family as I end up spending lot of time with them.

13. Stress-free travelling

I love travelling but traveling to work during peak hours was my worst nightmare. But now, I have got the flexibility of travelling to places which are less crowded for a meeting and arrange the timings of the meetings so that I don’t end up being stuck in the traffic.

Being in Mumbai and having the choice at most of the times to avoid getting stuck in traffic during peak hours is one of the greatest boons.

After a while, if you’re good, the work will find you – but in the early days I had some horrible gaps during which I felt the cold breath of unemployment at my neck.

A freelance programmer’s life can be a hell and a heaven, it depends on how well you manage it.

So, now you know the truth about freelancing which I am personally undergoing! Think you need some more advice on getting that career off the ground? You can drop me an email at diptik@diptik.in for any inputs and suggestions.

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13 reasons why I love Goa…

Goa is perhaps India’s most popular destination. It is known for its massive beaches and a unique culture that’s a mix of Indian and Portuguese.

Have you ever fallen instantly in love with the feeling that this place gives you – something intangible, you can’t really see it or touch it or explain it, all you can do is feel it and fall in love with the vibe, the energy and everything about it.

I can’t quite explain how much I love this place, every day that passes here I find myself almost overcome with joy, I feel so lucky to be here and it’s gonna break my heart to leave!

I take huge pleasure in the simple things in life, I love to feel the wind in my hair and the total freedom to explore on my bike, zipping between villages and beaches without having any real destination – just going where the wind takes me.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Goa is ‘fresh’. A perfect holiday destination to relax and rejuvenate, Goa is a different world all together. The moment you land on Dabolim Airport, there is a feeling of happiness and joy that engulfs you. Maybe this is one reason that many tourists both domestic and international visit this paradise each year.

Well there are two facets of the city – North Goa and South Goa. While North Goa is full of activity and lots of things happening, South Goa is a little quant and dainty. This is not all, you’ll find more about these myriad aspects of Goa, so get ready for an awesome journey.

I have lost count of the number of times I have visited this glorious state – but I do know that number is in double digits by now. Many ask me why I love Goa and keep revisiting it instead of exploring new places – well, here’s my answer:

  1. Spectacular Beaches

    Goa has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world that are perfectly crescent shaped, fringed with palm trees and are dotted with beach huts. Most of these beaches have reddish sand, some have soft white sand, many have strange rocks formations, some have hills all around and a few of them have lagoons too! With 300 KMs of coastline, Goa offers something for everyone. If you’re visiting Goa, I would suggest you to stay away from the overly crowded Calangute – Baga – Candolim stretch.

  2. Goa’s Hidden Spots

    You think Goa is full? Well, maybe you’re visiting the wrong area! No matter how touristy Goa gets, there are always some hidden spots that can be found if you try hard enough. There are a few secret lakes, lagoons, waterfalls and secluded beaches that no one will tell you about. There’s ALWAYS something new to discover because Goa is massive.

  3. Goan Food……

    Goa was once a Portuguese colony and the influences can be found in their food. With a mix of tamarind, coconut, curry leaves, mustard and magic, Goans definitely know how to ROCK their curries.

    Moreover, Goa has some amazing places for European food. Seriously, I have never had a bad meal in Goa!

  4. The Shacks of Goa

    Most of the beaches in Goa are dotted with sea facing shacks that are typically run by local Goan families. It’s easy to spend almost an entire day sitting on beach beds of these shacks gazing at the sea. Almost all of these shacks have a beach bar where you can order from a range of International drinks to Goa’s local brews. Many of these shacks offer affordable accommodation. In my opinion, Goa has some of the best beach bars and shacks in the world.

  5. Cheap booze

    This is one of the places where the juice and milkshake bill is higher than the booze. I am not a fan of hard drinks but i can see lots of traveler’s having a blast since its easy on their pockets.

    After all, one drink once in a while won’t cause any harm.

  6. The Best Parties… Ever

    When it comes to parties, nothing can beat the old school psychedelic trance gatherings of Goa.

    In Goa, some of the best parties are underground and invitations are only by word of mouth for the “insiders”. If you’re lucky enough to find one, you will remember the experience for the rest of your life!

  7. Safe and Peaceful

    While India is famous for its many scams, things are completely different in Goa.

    Goa is one of those rare places in India where I feel safe walking alone on the street at night wearing shorts.

  8. Stunning Architecture – Old Churches, Abandoned Forts and Portuguese Houses

    I love admiring architectural wonders and Goa is a treat for my eyes with its many Churches, Forts and old school Portuguese houses.

    Some of my favorite forts are Chapora Fort, Fort Aguada and Cabo de Rama – they all are fun to explore and overlook beaches.

  9. Goa is awesome for Shopping

    I have many things in my room that are more than a decade old and some of them are from Goa. It’s difficult to resist the urge to buy colorful clothes, lamps, tribal jewelry, UV bedsheets, elf dresses from Goa’s street shops

  10. Happiness all around:

    Taking a break from the maddening routine and the concrete mesh, Goa is a refreshing change. The swaying palms and the splashing waves take away all the worries. And you are left with eternal bliss. Together with your special someone or spending some quality time with your parents, Goa will never disappoint you. You have to be here to experience what I am talking about. The entire feel is so positive that you are filled with new energy!

  11. Casino:

    When in Goa, try your luck at the array of casinos. It is a great experience! Even if you don’t know how to play, just be there once to get that feel. Trust me it is different and enjoyable.

  12. Pretty Sunsets at the beach:

    Taking about love and not talking about sunsets, how is this possible? Goa witnesses some of the most beautiful sunsets ever which are majorly viewed by honeymoon couples. Maybe it is there that we actually get the time to notice such things and admire the beauty of nature. By the beach when the sky turns orange and shades of crimson, it is a sight that you cannot miss. Don’t believe me, be there and see it for yourself!

  13. Tattoos

    My love for tattoos and Goa go hand in hand. Almost all of my tattoos are done in Goa. So each time I am here, I relive those moments

    Most of the beaches in Goa are dotted with sea facing shacks that are typically run by local Goan families. It’s easy to spend almost an entire day sitting on beach beds of these shacks gazing at the sea. Almost all of these shacks have a beach bar where you can order from a range of International drinks to Goa’s local brews. Many of these shacks offer affordable accommodation. In my opinion, Goa has some of the best beach bars and shacks in the world.

    Nature conspires to provide the perfect backdrop of serene beaches and starlit skies while human beings design the rest. Serenading bands, romantic restaurants, charming architecture and a growing list of other entertainment options contribute to making Goa a timeless classic on the amorous traveler’s itinerary

    In the end I still can’t really explain why I love this place, it’s just a feeling, but then maybe that’s all I need to know, why over complicate things.

 

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15 reasons why One should Travel

I love to travel and explore. It’s a generic claim that comes up at least once in every get-to-know-you conversation.

Relaxing weekends are a great stress reliever. Exploration is what happens when you throw yourself into a trip and a culture. It’s what you do when you get a little lost in a new city, eat something you can’t pronounce, or experience something that makes you change the way you think.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. Yew!” – Mark Twainish

If there was one piece of advice I have for people today to experience more joy in life, it is to travel more. I don’t mean taking vacations or going on pre-planning trips, I mean making the journey out to somewhere you’ve never gone before with an open schedule, to let life show you what opportunities were waiting for you that you couldn’t have even imaged before.

Traveling is wonderful in many ways. It captures us with a sense of wanderlust and has us longing for more destinations to visit, cultures to experience, food to eat, and people to meet.

   1. Finding a new purpose

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” – Danny Kaye

Traveling is an amazingly underrated investment in yourself. As you travel you’re exposed to more new people, cultures, and lifestyles than you are living in your homeland all the time. With all the newness in your life, you’re also opened to new insights, ways of seeing the world and living, which often gives people a new purpose for their lives. If you’re feeling stuck on what your purpose is, what you want to do with your life, the career or educational path you want to pursue, go travel…you might just be surprised about what you discover as a new sense of life purpose and direction.

2. Helps you appreciate your home more

When we spend time away from home, especially in a place where we don’t have the same luxuries readily available to us…like a village in Fiji that runs without electricity…we become more aware and appreciative for the luxuries we have back at home.

 

 3. Makes you realise that your home is more than just where you grew up

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

 

4. You’ll realise how little you actually knew about the world

 

6. Experience serendipity and synchronicity

“Traveling is one of the easiest ways to become aware of the magic that weaves all of creation together through serendipity and synchronicity with perfect timing.” – Adam Siddiq

 

14. Teaches To Be More Patient

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    Travel can involve a lot of waiting. You’ll wait in lines, for flights or at restaurants. Learning how to cope with those waits, how to make conversation with those you’re waiting with and how to stay calm in frustratingly slow situations will teach you how to remain patient and calm in all situations.

    15.  You end up meeting celebrities

 

While traveling you might get lucky and end up meeting your favourite celebrities.

If you are lucky you might get a chance to take a photography with them too. I got lucky on this part.

In the end I still can’t really explain why I love traveling, it’s just a feeling, but then maybe that’s all I need to know, why over complicate things.

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Mood swings

Do you go through this? I do. I guess many people do. What do you wanna do at such a time? I don’t wanna talk to people, maybe I wanna watch a movie or maybe not. But one thing I surely wanna do is, put on my earphones and listen to music.

Yes, Music lifts me up and brings me back to life. I feel fresh after listening to music. And if I get to listen to live music, by a group of people, nothing like it. It also makes me wanna dance. When at home, tune on your favourite songs, make some yummy food and there you are.

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Sip it up

Since I started with my fitness, I was looking for something healthy to drink and eat. Since it is winters, I thought why not try a soup. I remember having soup at my uncle’s place and immediately asked him for a recipe. I want to share the recipe with you. Let’s start.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Regular Onion (finely chopped), optional ingredient
  • 2 tomatoes (finely chopped)
  • 1 beetroot (grated)
  • 2 carrots (grated)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper powder (a pinch)
  • Ghee (1 tspn)
  • 5 Garlic cloves

How to prepare:

  • Mix all the vegetables and pressure cook
  • Once cooked, strain the mixture

Do not throw the pulp. It can be used to make another dish – patties

  • Add salt and black pepper powder to the soup
  • Temper (tadka) smashed garlic cloves in ghee
  • Add the tempered mixture in the soup
  • Heat it up, stir well and serve hot before meal

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All you need to give is – PRIORITY

How many times has your answer been – “I want to, but I don’t have time.”

Each one of us is living in a world full of competition, busy life, people running the rat race, trying to balance professional and personal lives. And also, cribbing about things which are not fine as per you.

But have we ever done something instead of complaining about it. No.

Why? Because we do not give priority to it. There are things that you do willingly, prioritizing them. But for things, which fall in the last bullet, are always pushed behind.

Let’s try and spend a couple of hours towards doing something for someone who is need – need of our TIME. Yes, let’s spend time doing some social work, helping someone. We love to do that, but it just doesn’t happen because we are tied up with ourselves and our responsibilities all the time. Make this one as one of your responsibilities and push it up in the list.

Give Priority.

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Breaking the monotony…

How many times have you thought of looking different each time there is a function you have to attend? And what is the definition of different for you – is it wearing a different color Lehenga or a different color saree or maybe a churidar with a different pattern?

Let’s change the definition of different. For me ‘different’ means wearing something which defines me and that in which I am comfortable. Just because everyone is wearing a saree or a lehenga, it is not necessary for me to wear the same. Because I am not comfortable in those. By the end of the day, I don’t wanna feel exhausted.

Here is what I do:

  • Look for pants which are comfortable as well as traditional
  • Pair it up with a full sleeves or 3/4th sleeves plain t-shirt
  • Carry an ethnic dupatta over it and pin it up in a way that you don’t have to fidget with it
  • Jewellery: Either big earrings or a big neckpiece that stands out
  • Hair: Leave it open or tie it, whatever you are comfortable in
  • Make-up: Again, whatever you can breath in (not very heavy make-up)
  • Footwear: Pencil heels would look the best with this attire but if you are not comfortable with heels, go for ethnic ones, flats are fine (mojri, wedges)

This is something which turns all the eyes at you & there you are, all comfortable.

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Avoid the elevator

Have you ever tried doing this? When I did this for the first time, I felt short of breath (phewwwww)

And since then I felt the need to start doing it on a regular basis. I stay in a 7 storey building and use the stairs till the 4th floor as of now.

I am also going to follow this when I go to Shopping malls or any other place where I can avoid the Elevator.

Do try this and make it a habit 🙂

All the best 😉

 

 

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Better late than never

It was not too late when I realised I had to stop thinking and start doing something about my fitness.

So here’s my story..

I have left my corporate job since a couple of months now. Over these months, I have been involved into things which I always wanted to do. And during this course, I ended up eating junk food, not JUST junk food, but a LOT of it. On top of that, public transport changed to private; so neither reaching late to work nor running to catch a bus, rik or a train worried me anymore.

And just then, I went shopping for a dress I had to wear to my best friend’s wedding and I realized, I was not fitting into dresses of my regular size.

I gave a thought over it and started feeling the need to get back in shape.

Here is what I started doing since the last 3 days to be precise:

1) Walking at least 10,000 steps

2) Tea/Coffee are OFF the List (I was never a big fan of these, but I used to end up eating 8-10 biscuits at one go with my tea)

3) Replaced Milk Tea with Green Tea

4) Sweet Cravings 🙁 (Stopped eating sweets, chocolates, cakes and pastries)

 

This is it so far. Well it’s been only 3 days and today was the 4th day.

My only goal as of now is to get back to the size I was <3

I have made a few changes in my eating habits as well. I am going to talk about it in my next post.

This post is for myself as well as all those people out there who feel the need to be fit.

Better late than never.

 

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