To change or not to change

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Source: Express.co.uk

 

I remember mentioning the necessity of change and evolution in today’s time. But recently, I have been asking myself, why is it necessary? Change where and how and why and with what is required? These questions are not to be taken lightly by any brand.

 

In the race to stay relevant, there was a time where every brand wanted to have an app.  Irrespective of their category requirement or the need of audience, an app was what every brand wanted to have. The situation as not changed yet. Brands still are in the competition business. Marketing is been done not with product orientation or market orientation in mind, but with looking at what the competition doing. Look at the Heinz Beans ad, which got banned for the second time by ASA.  Why does Heinz need to place itself in healthy food category? The USP of the brand has been its heritage and emotional connect the brand had with audience. Just in order to be out there, the advertising agencies should keep in mind not to play with brand image and its values.

 

Brands should not just be all over the place. They should know how to stay relevant, what the consumers want, what do they actually stand for and find a creative approach to tell their story and stay relevant.

 

 

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Strenghts often lie in the weaknesses

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It’s a very common saying, “Focus on your strenghts”. Every brand and corporation tries to build itself on its strenghts, putting the best foot forward. Even we as human beings do the same. While meeting a person for the first time, we don’t say what we dislike or hate, rather we share what we like to do and what we love, try to find similarities, etc.

We are also brands. Even if we don’t realise it. But I belive that the brands that accept thier weaknesses and admit them out openly without being scared, are true are reliable. Each brand has an image to live upto and a personality, just like humans. But both flaws and flawless is what makes us humans, and that is exactly what makes brands more human like for us to believe in them.

Marmite, since the time it has launched has adpated itself to be the change and be in sync with the cultural trends. The campaign ‘Love it or Hate it’ was a example of how confident the brand is about itself, it’s consumers and it’s image in the market. They took the market reseach and honestly contemplated about how some people feel that the product is grim. They didn’t hide the fact that some people just do not like it. This very human touch of a brand by revealing it’s strengths is what made it dearer to it’s exisiting fans.

So dear brands, be more bold, share your strengths and your weaknesses. They are a part of you too.

 

17/07/2018 (Day 197)

Times are changing

Evolution has been the key of living since the time earth came into existence. Either you evolve or you erode. That is how the market functions in todays society. With big data and the technological realm being bombarded with AI, it is essential for all brands to take up the challenge and incorporate it in some way or the other.

The new age market that everyone is trying to focus on- millennials are very different. Millennials are the largest group of market out there which are ruling the purchase decisions of the economy at the moment. They dictate what is ‘in trend’ and what’s not.

Looking at something as finite as food industry, where consumers quite often take decisions without overthinking a lot, is trying to reinvent and crack down what really makes a difference in the way millennials eat or order food. The main insights that were shared in an article by campaign, “eating is a social trend” was found out by the team of Isobar and KFC. It’s not just what you eat, its also about how you eat it, how is it packaged for you, what is its visual appeal and even how it smells and tastes, its all recorded in digital space which can make or break a brand.

So, eventhough you might be a compay that sells bottled water and a brand that represents ‘bring freshness to life’, you still have to bring technology to add heartbeat for your exisistence.

 

14/07/2018 (Day 195)

 

Fighting

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DAY 190

9th July, 2018

 

 

Feeling unmotivated lately,

questioning everything that I do.

Every step that I take, I think twice.

Underconfident, the trails that I leave, I wipe as I walk.

Scared of what lies ahead, scared of who follows or stare,

I can’t live anymore being afraid,

I can’t make anyone happy anymore, faking smiles hiding my demons.

Who question me everytime I look at myself in the mirror?

I can see a girl, falling down a rabbit hole,

scared of drowing in the deep well of water, too deep to escape.

Who am I?

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DAY 96

6th April, 2018

 

My yellow nail polish

My unripped blue jeans

My monochrome mobile case

My red coffee mug

My green apple

My white addidas shoes

All tell my story!

A story of WHO I AM….

 

A lesson from my Taiwanese flatmate

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Day 80

22nd March, 2018

It’s Easter holiday here in the UK and mostly all my flatmates have gone back home or travelling. The most experienced flatmate who stays right in front of me, Lin happened to bump into me today in the kitchen. It is always good to see him as mostly it is hard to see him even during the term time as he is always busy in volunteering, traveling or even organizing an event somewhere.

He went to an event yesterday and was telling me about a stranger that he met and their conversation. To me, this conversation has instilled more than just confidence, it has hit me with a dash of magic spark!

“As I was leaving from the event, an Indian or maybe a Pakistani boy started a conversation with me and asked me if I liked the event or not. I had not noticed him before so I was a bit perplexed. He said he was just 18 year old and thought even I was under 20 yr (peculiar Lin laugh). While walking home, he asked what advice would give an 18 year old guy. I found this question very interesting. (wait for the answer, because trust me, it is more than just interesting…)

Never say “why?” Always say, “why not?”

At the age of 18, you should not be thinking of excuses to do things. Don’t think that it might not be fun, or no one else form your friend group is going or any other reason to not do things.

The only two things that you should remember is:

  1. Time. Use it very very carefully.
  2. Is it something illegal?

I have never left out any opportunity as without giving it a shot. Even when I am in the UK, and I see a job opening in Taiwan, I still send in my resume just in case they would have the opportunity open if when I go back or not.

When I was in my second year of my undergrad, I saw an opening in a company which required minimum 3 years of experience, I looked at its credentials and thought I could do it, and I applied. I didn’t think that it was a full time course, I didn’t think it required 3 years experience, I said “why not apply”. I had nothing to loose. ”

If you ever see Lin in the hostel, he would be working on his assignment. He is a part of so many different communities and has traveled more than I ever did in my life only in these 7 months since he has come year. Every weekend he goes to a new city for  a day trip, volunteers at so many different events every single week, writes 400 words daily and is still filled with so much energy. When I asked him about how does he manage to stay so disciplined he says;

I consider time to a be a very valuable resource. And it should be used very carefully. Use your time in not just saying that you are busy, but actually do something that is your time’s worth, be it travelling, reading, going to art galleries or anything. There might be factors that you need to count in like money or legality but other than that don;t use excuses to stop you from doing things that you should be doing.”

I guess this advice is extremely valuable irrespective of how old you are.

Check out his channel, where he teaches Chinese words(explaining them in English) at his Instagram channel mr.yam.tw and show him some love.

Innate delima of taking risks

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Day 49

18th Feb,2018

 

TAKE MORE RISKS – this is one thing that I am coming across a lot nowadays. It seems like everyone who could not dare to take risks, wants our generation to do it. However, have you noticed that despite the meaning of  risk -chance taken, people are planning and researching on how to take more risks in life.

Despite of the fact that world is better place to live in, given the fact that people can do whatever they wish to do with their lives, society still tends to dictate the right’s and wrong’s, the do’s and not to do’s.

“Enjoy your life but not too much!”
“Live everyday was the last day of your life, but do it by being most productive at work”
“Be the most creative person in a room, but earn to get a comfortable luxurious lifestyle”

Well the 9 to 5 desk job is considered a taboo and an uncool thing to do anymore. Risk taking is being planned and categorized under steps. Funny, isn’t it?

Can all these things be achieved by merely taking risks, saying yes to things more often, or listening to people who have ‘preaching’ as a day job?

You can’t do things both way, be bold and smart, living life of no regrets yet being productive, it just at times you need to do what feels right! That’s the actual risk that has to be taken. It’s your inner voice with which you should negotiate to take take risks and not other people.

Planning or Risking?
Bold or Smart?
Cliche or Unconventional?

What according to you is risk taking? Planning with a step by step action plan or just taking a plunge?

Well it is complicated,
the dilemma of risk takers,
– Exerevnitis

 

In love with lists

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Day  33

2nd February, 2018

 

Recently, I have been in love with writing lists, a lot of lists. It all started out with making  a list for groceries and it ended up being a list of places to visit in Spain.

It’s been months to be honest, since I have had this new addiction of writing lists. It wasn’t this bad at all initially, but then it all started to escalate too quickly. Targets to achieve in a month, things to do in a day, amount of things to buy every time I go out and not getting anything extra, and so on….

For the first month of 2018, I am quiet happy with how much I am following this new “my ritual”. I had a list of  mere six things in my list(trying to look at few things and taking hings slowly)

  1. Exams
  2. Job Applications
  3. Visa applications for Spain
  4. Read more
  5. Go to the library more often
  6. Start going to the Gym.

Well out of these I confess, I did only four, that to only the ones which were important and time sensitive and had a reward. Like preparing and getting done with my exams, applying to a few places which I had saved, doing my VISA application process so that I go to Spain to meet my father after months, going to the library more often to study well and of course reading more as I like doing that. But things that I didn’t feel rewarding like going to the gym was not even touched (which I am not pleased about). But with this one thing is very clear , that in order to accomplish our goals we will only work towards them if we can see a visible reward that comes after it. 

For the next month I will try to make everything in my list seem rewarding in the long run so that this time I can accomplish more that just 4/6.

Get Uncomfortable

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DAY 24

24th January, 2018

 

” I think goals should ever be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at time”

– Michael Phelps

We all tend to follow a daily routine which we have been following since years.
Wake up, Eat, Office/ College, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

It is human tendency to find comfort and stick to things or people that make us feel comfortable. But do you really think that you are going to grow with such comfortable surroundings? The answer may make you feel uncomfortable(but it’s true). The answer to this my friend is NO!

You can’t grow if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. Take a leap of faith and do something which you want to do, yet makes your feel miserable. To grow, you have to feel the discomfort, befriend it. It will feel awkward and maybe you will be very bad at things initially, but that’s how you will learn and master it, by doing it.

 

“Discomfort brings engagement and change. Discomfort means you’re doing something that others were unlikely to do, because they’re hiding out in the comfortable zone.”

-Seth Godin

Be open to opportunities.
Take more risks.
Say ‘yes’ more often
That’s how you will achieve more

You’ll get there,
– Exerevntis

Blessing in disguise

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DAY 20

20th Jan, 2018

Difficulties in our lives are just blessings in disguise.

Take it in,

accept it,

face it,

embrace it.

Building change or a habit is uncomfortable, messy and annoying but it to reach the ultimate stage of achievement.

Multi tasking is something which I am getting better at. It takes time, but the more I do it, the better I will get in it. The more multi-taking muscles I use, the more I will develop and enhance my skill of multi-tasking. This is the year to be the best you have ever been.

It’s now or never. 

 

Chasing Sun

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DAY 15

15th Jan, 2018

No one can wake up happy everyday. Everyone has a dark cloudy day in life. Today I had mine. Not feeling like myself. Feeling sad, depressed and caged in my room. I am used to the Indian sun but here, it’s been 2 days since I haven’t seen the sunlight. Blaming everything on nature is not good.  The sadness is also because of exam stress. Multi tasking is something which gives me chills sometimes because I like to do things in such a way that I do my best. And so sometimes I feel disheartened. But with doing something that scares you, you get better at facing it and so that it what I will be aiming for.

 

Choices

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DAY 13

13th Jan, 2018

 

GRADUATION!

Big deal! Yes it is. And as scary as it sounds, it is just the beginning of a wonderful life.

At the mere age of  21 or 22 yr old, we break out of our cocoon and enter a world of vast possibilities, or maybe not so vast.  The two obvious roads that diverge at this point of our life are both walked on. Either pursue higher education, or start working somewhere. A less distinct path which is not very visible can be of that of a startup. It’s confusing for everyone. You’ll meet plenty of people who would give you recommendations, even when you don’t ask for them. At times, you’ll be told same things by random people in more than appealing way. Your decision will obviously be determined and influenced by what your peers are planning to do.

But remember,

1) Right now, it’s not about the paycheck.

2) Don’t just follow what your parents instruct. I know parents are always right. They want what’s best for you. They have seen the world more than you. But this decision should be your own. Don’t let them make it for you. It’s okay to be confused, everyone is.

3) Take time.

4) Confusion is your best friend. Ya! Seriously, the more confused you are about one option, the more you will research about it and read on that topic. Confusion will enable you to rediscover about an option and gain new insights, in turn developing more clarity.

5) Don’t play safe. Would you rather play safe now and regret at 40? I don’t think so either. Be brave and dare to be bold in your decisions. You are just 22! You’ll figure it out.

Just KEEP CALM and let things work out in it’s own way.

 

First step

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DAY 10

10th Jan, 2018

 

She was wearing a long red color gown, covered from top to bottom, perfectly color coordinated. She was talking in silence with my father, her face had a child like glow and she had magic in her eyes. She was very easy to understand, but there was something about her that had kept me standing there behind the curtains,staring at her, wanted to know more. I wanted to peep into her eyes as if they had answers to unasked questions. She was not looking back at me. Suddenly my father left the room, leaving her alone in the room.  I stepped out, she finally saw me. I was walking towards her, my eyes transfixed at hers. I still could not fathom what I wanted to ask or what I wanted to know. I looked at her and she looked back.

Complete silence

I pick her and turn her first page.

She was the first book that I ever read. One that created a mystery and convinced me to read it. Harry Potter.

She was my start to;

the journey of looking for magic,

journey of being lost and found,

journey of discovering,

journey of learning.

 

 

In the age of instant gratification….

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DAY 7

7th Jan, 2018

In the day when everyone wants to cook food within 5 minutes and wants to burn calories in 7 minutes, be someone who reads an hour everyday, be someone who goes for long walks, be someone who cooks for an hour to make someone else feel special.

Today everyone wants to get a job within a month, everyone wants to start earning money when they turn 16, everyone wants to get rid of acne by night, everyone wants to loose weight 1 month before a big event.

 

 

“Consistency is the key for long term growth.”

 

 

6/2018

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DAY 6

6th Jan, 2018

  • I learned to make French onion soup today.  Struggle of not having your mother around when you are sick makes you learn a lot. I have constant running nose and cough that is giving me a pain to cough. I desperately wanted soup, but hello! I had to do it myself. With not many easy to make soup recipes that I found online, I decided to make french onion soup. And it turned out to be pretty delicious and warmth giving.

5/2018

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DAY 5

5th Jan, 2018

 

“In the whiff of time with sun and shine,

Don’t forget the pain

To rise and shine all the time,

you need to work & change.”

 

 

Don’t forget the pain you had when everyone is appreciating you on your success. Because the day you forget it, you will stop working hard and changing yourself to gain the fame. Let your work in silence be not known and people just see as a bird that was born from its ashes.

 

4/2018

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DAY 4

4th Jan, 2018

  • Take rejections as gracefully as you take an accolade. I am looking for internships and job placements here in the UK. I knew it was going to be  tough, I knew it before applying. I got a rejection letter today. First ever rejection letter. And to be honest I was disappointed, but I have to move and apply to more companies. I can’t get disheartened. One reason for me getting rejected was that I require sponsorship for my work visa. Which is a genuine reason for rejection. I am ready to get more rejections in life because they will indeed help me build up my strength. I am fortunate enough to learn these lessons now and not be shattered later on in life.

 

3/2018

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DAY 3

3rd Jan, 2018

  • Sometimes, You gotta do what you gotta do. Even though you don’t feel like doing it.
  • Learn how to write emails, seriously it is very important! Also writing cold emails. Cold emails are emails that you write to people whom you have never met in your life. I was listening to a very interesting ted talk  where this was a very interesting point and I actually attempted to do it today. It was quite strangely absurd for me honestly.

Should I be very formal? Should I be casual? What will the person think of me when I write this? Am I being to funny?

I had all these thoughts while writing the email. At a certain point I was even like, “F**k, I don’t even know how to write emails!” Therefore the above learning. Learn to write emails first and then write cold emails.

  • Time is the only thing you can’t get back or get more of, why are you giving useless activities and things your time?

This was the most moving tweet of the day that I came across by Warren Buffet. But the irony is that I was wasting my time in useless activity ( so to say )and yet, that it what leaders and influencers use to create an impact and challenge the society to become innovators. Thought provoking, isn’t it?

  • How to be the pioneer of something? Do it.

Irrespective of what others think, what you might loose or if it’s a stupid idea or not. To be a pioneer, the only one on your field you have to move against the crown to stand out of the crowd.

I was reading an interesting case study of Louis Vuitton where I read that at the time when the brand decided to opt for a controversial strategy and to establish its own subsidiary, which was not something any other luxury brand would have thought of or rather risked to do, the company turned out to be a pioneer.

 

 

2/2018

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Day 2

2nd Jan, 2018

Time and tide waits for none.

  • Learn from your mistakes, don’t cry over them.  I was making Job application today and after 3 job applications, I found out a minor glitch in my resume.I was super pissed off at myself. For me, it’s a dream to work abroad and today because of a silly mistake, I have lost 3 opportunities. Being a copywriter, and making mistake in my own CV is no doubt shameful. But should I cry over it and keep cursing myself? Well, I did so for 3 hours, but I corrected the error, and started making more applications. There is no point in just sitting and crying over what you have done, instead, correct the mess and move on. I am definitely learning from the mistakes. From now on, instead of just attaching files and sending away in a whiff, I will check things multiple times. Going back to the basics (Copywriting 101).

One step at a time,

-Exerevnitis

Day: New Year

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Let’s start it again, 365 DOL (to make it easier for me)

DAY 1

1st Jan, 2018

What  a wonderful start to my new year. I went to see the first sunrise of 2018 with my flatmates to Scarborough. The cold sand and immensely vast sky did not move us from our places. Our feet were sinking in the wet mud, we had to keep moving to stay above the ground. There were sea birds crying as the clouds were keeping the sunlight hidden for linger than expected. As the sun came up, we all soaked up the sunlight till it came up to our eyes, and we could not stare at it anymore. As week turned away, it made everything go a little less bright. That is what the sun does, doesn’t it, shines bright and makes other things look a little less bright.

 

In the other end of the town, the North bay was not as lit up.We were lucky to have gone on to the right side of the beach.

  • Embrace whatever you have. When we reached south bay of Scarborough, there were a few people running their dogs on the beach. They looked at us and were probably wondering what are these kids doing here so early, haven’t really seen them around, or I am sure someone must have thought we were drunk. But as a matter of fact no one else stood there to watch the sunrise. Not even a single one. They see it everyday and for them it was normal event, but because it was our first time there we were all stunned and out of words for the view was insanely picturesque.

With this wonderful start to the day, I am sure that this new year will be more exciting, more adventurous, more challenging and will make me grow much more.

Cheers,

-exerevnitis

 

Day 29

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Day 29

31st Dec, 2017

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Last year this day I was alone at my home in Mumbai, India. I had sent my parents on a holiday so that I can party with my friends. It was my first ever new year party with my friends. I was excited. But what I didn’t realise that time was that it was the last new year I could have celebrated with my family.

Today I am in a different country, with different set of friends-turned-family and equally excited to bring in this new year. I learned and achieved a lot in 2017 and on this last day of 2017 I want to share what I have achieved.

  • Moved to a new country
  • Graduated (undergrad)
  • Traveled a lot and alone also
  • Started writing dairy daily
  • Woke up early almost 300 days in this year
  • Started walking a lot
  • Became independent (started living alone, budgeting, cooking, cleaning….)
  • Started writing blogs on a more regular basis.
  • Experienced snowfall for the first time.
  • Learned Bachata
  • Started to go for a marathon
  • Witnessed daylight saving
  • Celebrated my 21st birthday in two timezones
  • Got a freelancing gig.

Stupendofantabulouslyfuckingcrazy year indeed!

Looking forward to bring in 2018 with a bang, boom, bad-ass music, crazy dancing, drunk dialing my friends and calling them to tell them how much I love them . I hope my learning and achieving list increases next year. A big thank you to whoever who has been the part of my journey physically or virtually. I hope you a splendid new year.

 

Love and Luck,

– Exerevnitis

 

Day 23: Merry Christmas

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS GUYS!

 I hope you get what ever you wish for.

I hope this Christmas brings love and prosperity to your life.

I hope you have fun with your family and friends.

I miss my family and friends back in Mumbai a lot today. But I am happy to be celebrating it with my new found family.

 

To believing in magic and possibilities,

-Exerevnitis

 

Day 21

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Day 21: 23rd Dec, 2017

Trip to Cardiff and back to Leeds.

Here in the UK because the places all so close by and there is hardly any traffic as compared to Mumbai, the road trips are quick, short and fun. It took us about 2 and a half hours to reach Cardiff, and we parked out cars and went towards the pier area.

Ohh the Sun! I can’t express in words what it felt like standing in the crisp brightness staring up with eyes closed, my body taking in every sun particle that touches it. woah! That bliss!

The sea, the birds chirping, the sun, the silence all mesmerizing.

  • LIVE. I remembered talking to my father and he told me to travel  lot. I remembered my friends telling me to not waste a single day and live each day. It was as if the place telling me to go wild and live.
  • Uncertainty is a part of life, embrace it.  After the wonderful day in Cardiff, I had to say goodbye to my relatives and travel back to Leeds. I hugged my cousins and Aunt and my uncle dropped me to the coach station. I hopped on the bus. After 4 hours we reached Birmingham and even though I had booked a direct bus to Leeds, we had a 1 hour stopover in Birmingham, which was not as per plan. I stayed in the waiting area and got back in the bus after and hour.
  • What is HOME?

On my way back , one of my flatmate messaged me that if I reach before 12, I should knock on his door and see him. I was happy to go back. As soon as I got of the bus in Leeds Coach station, I felt like a warm (okay, it was pretty cold, but you get it), known wind was flowing across my face. I walked down the city center, music was playing in the streets, it was 10 yet the town was not asleep. Just 2 days before Christmas and there were people outside pubs and clubs, on the streets. It was full of life. Even though I walked in cold darkness, I had a smile which you could see under the street light because I was home. As soon as I came home, I dropped my bags and knocked on my flatmates door, hugged him tight and laughed. I knocked on everyone;s door and it felt very very delightful to be back, it felt like forever, even though it was just 2 weeks. This place is not just my accommodation anymore, its my home, where my heart is.

Home is a House with people you love immensely.

 

 

 

Day 20

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Day 20 : 22nd Dec, 2017

The entire day, I read ‘Hero’ while sipping on hot coffee. Spoke to my parents back home, spent time with my cousins and relatives. My vacation is coming to an end,and I will soon be back to the grind.

  • Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.

Today I while in the evening all of us went to the city center , like usual my little sister asked for a pound to spend. My little brother, sister and I went to Poundland to get her something, but it was too crowded, and I old her that we will buy something tomorrow for 2 pounds ad she agreed and walked with us. As soon as we left, she saw a beggar and sprinted off and gave that pound to him. That was the day I realised that with kindness you can win the world. My sister, everyday wants to buy something or the other, is very moody and throws lot of tantrums, but the biggest virtue that she has at he mere age of 10 (i guess ) is kindness. And I was overwhelmed with Joy.

  • It’s not the gift , but the thought that counts.

Christmas is right around the weekend and the Christmas spirit is taking over the world. Here in UK, it sure is a big, bright, bold and bubbling with joy event. My little sister was wrapping presents for all of us. Yes, for me aswell, which was kind of suprise because I was meant to be their guest only. I asked her why was she giving presets, it was Santa Clause that gives everyone presents. To this she said that Santa Clause gives gifts only to kids, but not to parents and elders and I wanted to make mom, dad and you also happy.  So I am giving everyone a present. 

She gave me a note which says, ” something to remember us” and within a foil paper was wrapped a little piece of white tack (my present).

 

There is soo much that kids teach us daily. SO MUCH.

 

 

Day 19

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Day 19: 21st Dec, 2017

  • I learned how to remove the skin of salmon fish
  • I was reminded how unexpected life is and there is no point in planning everything in life.
  • I realised it is important to spend a little and it is okay.
  • I am proud of myself because I have started taking decisions on my own.
  • I am very very grateful to have people like my parents around who let me do things, who are open for me to go and explore places. I am a very stingy person and I wont explore places thinking that it is expensive, but my parents encouraged me to go and travel to Cardiff and not be that stingy. Not all parents do that. My father told me to collect tokens from every place I visit. I am truly blessed to have such amazing parents.

Day 2

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Day 2 : 4th Dec, 2017

  • Appreciate the little things in life : All of this happened today and I am glad that I have started noticing the small pleasures in life. Slipping while walking, lit up Christmas tree, watching movie with a decadent chocolate ice cream in your cozy bed, getting greeted by people, having friends to laugh with. I have fallen in love with the ‘British sky’. The polluted urban commercial skyline of Mumbai had a different charm, but this is something really magical. I have fallen for you Leeds. You are a treat to my eyes.
  • Saying ‘NO’: It has always been hard for me to say ‘No’ to people. I always tend to say yes to people even if I don’t want to do something. I feel some sort of obligation. But today after saying ‘NO to something and actually telling myself that what I did was right I felt good. People many a times take advantage or rather take me for granted when I selflessly say yes to do things which I don’t want to do. It is also interrelated to one more lesson which I think I will take time to learn, but I will write it down anyway because at least I noticed. You cannot make everyone happy. And you are not supposed to make everyone happy other than YOURSELF.

Last day of being 20

It’s my birthday tomorrow. I am not at all excited for some reason. For many 21 years is a new turn to their life and therefore is huge thing. But I guess for me the major event happened this year. Moving to UK for my masters.For me making a new year resolution s  not that important but making a goal on my birthday is very imortant. It has been exactly a year now since I had planned and decided that I wanted to study abroad and I am glad that I could achieve it. Now, I feel like doing more and achieving more but more than that actually living more.

 

I want to make a to-do list for my 21 year old and make it public so that I come back to it and see what all I have accomplished and what I haven’t.So here it goes:

  1. I come across as an extrovert but I want to learn to be happy and content with my own self.
  2. Travel alone (and no be scared to do so)
  3. Make my own decisions (I still need my parents guidance in making choices, I know that’s silly but I can’t resist it. I intent to change it this year.)
  4. LIVE life
  5. Gain more perspective
  6. Be Active.

I believe taking realistic actions towards things actually makes them happen. I am not a person who has a long list but I make sure that I successfully accomplish what I write down. So here is to turning 21, getting more drunk and making more of life than it is!

To Birthday’s and new years,

-Exerevnitis

 

FOMO

One of the trending acronym currently is ‘FOMO’ which stands for ‘fear of missing out’.

The power that social media holds on our heads can not be fathomed in today’s time and age. Not only has social media made us puppets of brands but also has forced us to reciprocate the feelings that the brands want to make us feel. With this has come the current trending human disorder called fear of missing out disorder where a person who is merely scrolling down his Instagram feeds and comes across his friend buying a latest tech or going away on a random holiday to a exquisite looking place feels some sort of depreciated value in terms of his social image. The person starts feeling the need to buy the same gadget or trotting around the globe on a trip , not to have fun to experience something but to just add an ego-centric caption to a cool picture and getting likes and triggering the social esteem needs of humans(or shall we call ourselves puppets now?)

 

Think about it, what is the value of a life that we live for others and not for ourselves? Are we just losing ourselves in the hands of brands or are we even finding ourselves back from the chaos and taking sometime off to see where we are heading?

Like it’s said,” Don’t be busy doing nothing.”

Just like that,

Don’ be living without living.

 

Take a step back,

– Exerevnitís

Two months….

Time flies….

It does.

It’s been 2 since I’ve met my friends, laughed my heart out with them, hugged them, danced with them……

It’s been 2 months since I’ve fought with my brother over food anything….

It’s been 2 months since I’ve gone with mom to buy vegetables from the market.

It’s been 2 months since I’ve had dinner with dad on weekends in front of the TV and fighting over what movie to watch.

Time flies.

Exactly 2 months back, I moved my entire life from Mumbai, India to Leeds, United Kingdom and I swear it has been a crazy ride……up and down, like a real roller coaster.

First hostel experience,

First time budgeting,

First time cleaning my room, utensils bathroom, clothes….

First time  realizing how much I miss my family and friends.

First time getting drunk and coming back to home and not sleeping over at some friends place.

First time shopping alone.

First Autumns, first shades.

First time actually feeling cold.

First time clear skies yet no stars.

First time, first rainbows and then rain.

After soo many ends come soo many beginnings.

Life is full of surprises indeed.

Last year I would have not believed if someone would have told me that I am going abroad alone. And now here I am.

It’s hard sometimes to put feelings into words and after soo long I have tried to do so. Feels good to write again.

 

Cheers,

To many more firsts,

– Exerevnitis

 

 

 

What if?

What if the sun didn’t come out one day?
Where will these sunflowers look?

What if the snowman came alive one day?
And ask what it feels like summer?

What if that dream catcher bought my old dad alive?
Will he forever stay?

What if our nose really did grow out when we lie?
Would everyone be Pinocchio with an ” ‘s “?

What if the rains powered down from the clouds,
but there is no one to dance with you in it?

What if the flowers boomed,
But the buds didn’t smell that good?

What if your boyfriend left,
but that tattoo of his name on your wrist remained like an ugly painful reminder forever?

How rich will you feel, if you stayed in a 5-star hotel on a Christmas eve,
with no family or friends?

What if you spent your entire life breathing,
but didn’t live?

What if behind all those sacrifice,
your dreams stayed unfulfilled?

What if you realized what you want,
but now it’s too late?

What if?
It’s Complicated,
– Exerevnitis