Cooking is Love made Edible

The main reason why I started to learn cooking was because when You Cook Your Own Food, You Know Exactly What Youโ€™re Eating. Being the only daughter in the family I was expected to know cooking and so my mother used to teach me different delicacies.

As it is rightly said, โ€œEating is a necessity but cooking is an artโ€.

The more I started learning and enjoying the process of making food, I realised that no matter how hard and precise I got with my measurements and ingredients, I still couldn’t be as good as my Mom. Over a period of time I just realised that it is not about competing with her but to learn as much as possible from her.

As time passed by, I was able to make a wide variety of dishes without much effort. Thus being consistent with your cooking helps drastically improve the taste of the food that you prepare.

To me, itโ€™s not whether or not you can cook; itโ€™s whether or not you have the desire, the confidence and the inspiration to do so.

If you have those traits, learning to cook, or improving the cooking skills you already have, can be a very tasty experience.

Soon I started to learn cooking from my friends, relatives and even youtube. Over a period of time, I got to know that each one has a speciality which he/she can cook without much efforts and the taste is heavenly.

This gave me a boost to learn different types of dishes from different people to add variety to the food I was cooking. During this journey of mine I realised that one doesn’t have to be a renowned chef to showcase this art of theirs.

As I started to learn new recipes from different individuals, I got to know that, โ€œA recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipeโ€.

To showcase the art of cooking from different individuals who need not be renowned chefs but have their own special way of cooking delicious food, I started this blog and youtube channel.

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Essential leggings for your wardrobe

These pants might pinch your pocket but they are worth the splurge. These are soft, fit like a dream, and make you look classy.

Additionally, these are multipurpose and can be worn to the gym or beyond. Paired with a formal shirt, they make great work wear too.

These are not only flattering but they are extremely comfortable thanks to the Dri-Fit fabric that they are made of. These will keep you cool through your sweaty workouts but also on a hot summer outing.

I use them in multiple ways and thus they are a must have in your wardrobe.

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Muramba Marathi Movie June 2017

As a Freelancer I got an opportunity to promote the Marathi movie MURAMBA, which will be releasing on June 2nd, 2017.

Some of the photographs I used on Instagram to promote the movie are given below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was invited for the Premiere show and here are some photographs and videos during the show.

 

I also organised for a Muramba movie outing for 40 Old Age home individuals from Mahalaxmi in association with My NGO named Upasana Society NGO. Some of the photographs and videos of the event are as follows:

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I also organised for a Muramba movie outing for 50 individuals from Ishaprem Niketan NGO, Pune in association with My NGO named Upasana Society NGO. Some of the photographs and videos of the event are as follows:

All and all an amazing movie and got the chance to spread a lot of smiles while doing the same. I am sure I will get many such opportunities to promote a movie and spread smiles in our society too.

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Plank it up

Being a freelancer, I just realized that I need to take some time out for my health. Health being totally neglected was also one of the reasons for me diving into being a freelancer. Working in the corporates for 7 years, I realized that my core muscles had completely gone for a toss. I started walking and jogging to start off with but soon understood that my core muscles were giving up even though my stamina increased.

I did some research online to find out that plank is one of the best exercises one can do for your core as it builds strength to help sculpt your waistline and improve your posture. The reason why I got more inclined towards it was because the form is very straightforward. I also realized that it works for your hamstrings, supports proper posture, and improves balance.

Even though the form is straightforward, holding the position for long takes strength and endurance in your abs, back, and core. I understood in my first few tries that I will have to do it regularly to stay in the position for more than a minute. With the little experience I have got while doing it, your goal should be to hold it for two minutes.

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Menstrual Hygiene & Awareness

Upasana NGO along with it’s volunteers regularly organises Awareness Campaigns for Menstrual Hygiene to the underprivileged. During these campaigns, we also distribute Free Sanitary napkins to them.

If you wish to be a part of this initiative and make a donation, please order the napkins from the link given below. You can choose the number of packets that you wish to donate.
The Delivery Address for the napkins is:
Upasana NGO, G-402, Pranay Nagar, Vazira Naka, Borivali West, Mumbai-400091, Maharashtra, India.

Making a difference one step at a time!

Sofy Body Fit Anti Bacteria Sanitary Napkins

 

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Netbooks of my choice

Netbook is basically a small laptop computer designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications. It can be used to use simple office applications on the move. The main advantage of the netbook is the ease to carry it as its considerably light. Other advantage is that it is considerably cheap as compared to the other laptops.

One who has to work on the go should invest in such a laptop as it is easier to carry out your basic work and stay connected with work while on the move. Since its comparatively bigger than your mobile phone, it is easy on your eyes and replying to emails and other research becomes a bit easy. The battery life of such laptop also is considerably good.

One who works on heavy applications should not be investing in such a laptop as the processor cannot handle heavy applications.

Few Netbooks that I would suggest are as follows:

[Intel Celeron(2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)]
2GB, 1600MHz, DDR3L
32GB eMMC Storage
11.6-inch HD Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Windows 10 Home operating system
10 hours battery life, 1.22kg laptop
Graphic card: Intel HD Graphics
No Optical Device
McAfee Security Center 15 month subscription
1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor
2GB DDR3L RAM
32GB flash storage
10.1-inch screen, Intel HD Graphics
Windows 10 Home operating system
12 hours battery life, 1.2kg laptop
Versatile shape-shifter
Eye-catching trendsetter
Powerful producer
1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor
2GB DDR3L RAM
32GB storage
10.1-inch screen, Integrated Graphics
Windows 10 operating system
12 hours battery life, 1.2kg laptop
Intel Celeron(2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)
2GB, 1600MHz, DDR3L
32GB eMMC Storage
11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display [HDLCD]
Windows 10 Home operating system
10 hours battery life, 1.22kg laptop

 

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13 Things about Freelancing and Me

Freelancing for me isnโ€™t just about looking for short-term work. Thereโ€™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 thereโ€™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 weโ€™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 goโ€ฆ

The best part about my freelancing is that i have combined multiple businesses together. I try my level best toย 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 ofโ€ฆ

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

Itโ€™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. Itโ€™s less stressful than working for someone else

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

5. I am the BOSSโ€ฆ.

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 thatย  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 canโ€™t just work ‘normal hours’ but itโ€™s 24-7 at times.

Just because I work from home doesnโ€™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 programmerโ€™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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15 reasons why One should Travel

I love to travel and explore. Itโ€™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. Itโ€™s what you do when you get a little lost in a new city, eat something you canโ€™t pronounce, or experience something that makes you change the way you think.

โ€œTwenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didnโ€™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!โ€ โ€“ 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 donโ€™t mean taking vacations or going on pre-planning trips, I mean making the journey out to somewhere youโ€™ve never gone before with an open schedule, to let life show you what opportunities were waiting for you that you couldnโ€™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.

ย  ย 1. Finding a new purpose

โ€œTo travel is to take a journey into yourself.โ€ โ€“ Danny Kaye

Traveling is an amazingly underrated investment in yourself. As you travel youโ€™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, youโ€™re also opened to new insights, ways of seeing the world and living, which often gives people a new purpose for their lives. If youโ€™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 travelโ€ฆyou 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 donโ€™t have the same luxuries readily available to usโ€ฆlike a village in Fiji that runs without electricityโ€ฆwe become more aware and appreciative for the luxuries we have back at home.

 

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

โ€œNo one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.โ€ โ€“ Lin Yutang

 

4. Youโ€™ll realise how little you actually knew about the world

 

6. Experience serendipity and synchronicity

โ€œTraveling 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.โ€ โ€“ 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. ย 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 canโ€™t really explain why I love traveling, itโ€™s just a feeling, but then maybe thatโ€™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 donโ€™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 can you get rid of herpes 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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I wish…

I meet a lot of people belonging to different places, working in different domains. And I always end up asking all of them the same question:

If given a choice, what is that ONE THING you wanna do in YOUR LIFE?

And out of 10 at least 8 of them reply this:

I would wanna TRAVEL the WHOLE WORLD, meet new people, explore places, etc.

My next question is – What are you doing about it?

And in response, all I get is SILENCE.

I guess we have involved ourselves so much into the RAT RACE that we almost forget to think over what is it that we are running towards? Not that I am not a part of it. I was a part of it for almost 5-6 years, but as soon as I came out of it, I felt quite relieved. My stress levels almost went to zero. I started doing things I always wanted to do.

Why am I writing about this all of a sudden?? Yesterday I was watching TV and I came across this show where they were talking about the work life balance of the Country – France. The French law does not allow employees to work more than 35 hours a week. And I was so happy to see the families sitting together and having meals. People catching up with friends, going for picnics, playing badminton, cricket, tennis and what not.

I just wanted to share this with you people and see if you feel what I feel too.

If you cannot leave the Race, please make sure you balance your personal and professional lives. And yes, do sit and think about where is it taking you 10-15 years down the line – towards fulfilling your dreams or towards a complex Race?

Have an amazing day wherever you are ๐Ÿ™‚

And do spread smiles ๐Ÿ™‚

Those who wish to share their stories about how they strike a balance with their daily life can mail it to me on diptik@diptik.in

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