Heroin of life

November 26, 2018

"what was I thinking? How can I chat with a childhood friend on Facebook and meet her straightaway?"
"There is still time I guess" looking at my dead watch wrapped like some Hercules' wristband, "I had to look presentable, so what if the goddamn watch is not working it's "DKNY".

I bitchslapped the girl in me and looked around and saw people hastily walking out of the temple. God this a busy morning. What if she doesn't come? Do I look stupid standing here by myself?
Damn! why did I agree on this? Is it too late to go back? "she must be a religious person" I wondered and started fiddling my phone. Who plans on meeting for the first time in front of a temple?

You know there is no match of Indian women when it comes to corner eye staring, investigating someone's job, age, family, damn some of them are so gifted they can tell what time your entire family takes a dump. I pretended to walk around a bit so I don't look like Eiffel tower. Who wanted to be a center of attraction on a street? not me!

and there she was wearing a purple sweater and a sling bag on shoulder. Big eyes with 2 packs of kohl stuffed in them. I wonder why we girls torture our cornea like that? We waved at each other from across the temple crowd. I doubted her choice of meeting regoriously. Well at least for starters she "smiled". Oh! shit, she is a fast walker! she ran towards me with her big eyes locked on me and a big grin smile. For a second I thought she's mistaken me for someone else. I don't remember signing up a Karan Johar movie. OH, SHE'S NEAR! Should I hug her or should I shake hands with her? or should I wait for her, coz I think she looks like she's gonna hug me or run over me at this speed!

I was awestruck by her speed to stop right in front of me. I Blacked out for a second and as I opened my eyes I saw a finger pointed towards me, I stepped back remembering my fifth-grade lesson from mom 'one arm distance is a safe distance to talk'. 'hiiiiii' I long squeaked "nice to see you after 4th grade" Our eyes radiated and we casually hugged.
Looking around the torturous street ramblings and crowd, There I find assured pride moment, I so wanted to yell! "yo bitches I am just meetin a girlfriend here!!

"Let's go get a coffee?" I strolled acting if I know the entire shopping area, guiding her like a tourist guide.

And! this is how I met the 'HEROIN' of my life. The only absolute person with whom I share a hate/love relationship with. We were best friends in junior school together until 4th grade, after that, she moved with her parents to Libya and I was sent to a residential boarding school. After 12 years we found each other out of curiosity on Facebook and met.

I am going to share more bits of random musings of my life. Well! let's keep it for every now and then.

have you ever met an old friend on facebook? 

Skeptical thoughts about #40daylanguagechallenge and First week update

October 18, 2018

Image source: TAU International/Google

Have you ever wonder why did you take a certain decision about something hastily?
I am having a real moment here now about my learning Arabic language in 40 days. Whether I will be able to finish it off on time? is it going to be just about the basic introduction? Will I be able to construct proper writing words? How competent l will be after self studying a language in just 40 days juxtaposition to people learning with a trainer?
I think the real answer will reveal its course only at the end of the challenge. I am documenting an update to keep track of all my little findings and learning along the way.

Here is the list of my top 5 first week starter sources:

Udemy: I registered on Udemy a while back. My first impression was honest-to-goodness i.e. what can a 15 minute video certification about something can do any good? Well to my surprise, even after an MBA from LJMU, I required a great deal of updates into human resources, online, blogging... etc. The world is becoming bigger in context to new things flowing in everyday. On a random day I tried its app uninterested and watched a video about Advance Excel. It was unswerving and I was hooked to the details the instructor gave, including, examples, pdf to downloads and other accessible links. Still in doubt I could also contact the instructor directly. It was neat, I didn't have to run around the web to search for any other thing related to the topic and yes the certification upon completion will add an advantage of a additional skill. The catch here is the video are from 15 minutes to a couple of hours which is time saving, hundreds of free course options, one click enrollment, classes are at your convenience, accessible from a computer or your phone and I cant stop raving about the dirt-cheap prices. Here is a link to get Udemy.
Now, I have been using it to learn Arabic also, since it offers a great deal of starter and motivation short length videos. I assume it will go a long way with me. Let me know how is your experience with Udemy in the comment section below.
*You can click on the course or anywhere on Udemy here, you'll be directed to the website, If you enroll in a paid course I'll get a little bonus, all thanks to you.

YouTube: I think YouTube is the first medium where you can easily get to watch and learn anything possible. There are billions of videos out there in your preferred language, subtitles and more freedom to watch over devices. I have watched a couple of videos to check on the pronunciation from the this channel Learn arabic with Arabicpod101.com

Google: Need I say more? Billions of resources FREE FREE FREE Just a click away.

Books: 'Old habits die hard' however, this one is an exception from this proverb. Since a very young age I have an habit of keeping a good dictionary with me. Like now I have 6 besides me, It delights me sometimes to study like the 'good ol days'. I got to know about this one particular visual dictionary, which I think no one could dislike. Its compact, carefully sectioned topics, every single word in English-Arabic with a Picture. Its easier for me to remember something if I see it. I am leaving a link here for you to check this small wonder for yourself.

This the starter kit for this week. I may come across more free or exceptionally cheaper ways to learn Arabic which I will keep you abreast with along my #40daylanguagechallenge.

Until Next post
Love | Sia

Biggest update of 2018

September 30, 2018

hello people, Welcome to my side of the world, I am currently in a major move in life where I am trying to figure out designing my house, learning Arabic Language, and cooking for my family.

So said itself, this is going to be about millions of drool-worthy home style posts, Everything related to home cooking and a 40 Day language CHALLENGE! Where I will be learning Arabic. Sounds crazy! even for me hehe.  Starting on 14 September 2018.

In case if you want to be a part of this challenge, or just wanna know the places, sources where I am learning from, or anything related in context to my blog, languages. You can write to me directly in the comment section below or you can always shoot a mail at siasehrawat@gmail.com. I'll be happy to reply.
Until next post,
Love, Sia

5 habits I changed to achieve a healthier lifestyle

March 31, 2018

Health or comfort; which on would you choose?
Would you be able to achieve a goal with no exertion? Particularly the one that is a long propensity of yours. I have as of late been attempting to break my routine to accomplish a healthier way of life. The more I pushed my limits, the better I progressed towards becoming. I swear it's not as simple as it may seem... HERE IS THE LIST OF 5 THINGS I AM TRYING TO ACHIEVE SINCE PAST FEW DAYS.

COFFEE/TEA: Less Coffee and Tea: Is that even a thing? Like, come on! we are the children who are conceived in the century where hanging out with friends over Coffee or tea makes socializing possible. The propensity for just getting up each morning with a punch of espresso is unimaginable. The consistent pressure, achieving due dates and being accessible all the time requires the vitality, that is humanly unrealistic. At that point here we are depending on a short dose of coffee, tea, and beverages each successive hour. On the long run, it dries you out mentally, dehydrates your body and makes you more week and addictive. Having some moment espresso or tea each morning has been my routine for right around 12 years. I didn't see anything amiss with it as long as it worked; well, up to this point! Recently I was parched constantly. Like I could drink like a fish and go ahead with it for whatever length of time that I can. I took in my lesson the other way. and its time to rethink my eating habits as well.

Walking more while commuting for work: Getting a membership to any fitness club is out of the question for me henceforth, I endeavor to direct my wellbeing with strolling. You see when you don't have a set timetable for work you tent to lose everything, it is possible that you are sitting at a work area for a considerable length of time or you are always on the errands run. So I have packed a pair of flat heel shoes in my bag and at whatever point I need to work I leave 20 minutes early so I can get a little walk before or after I reach my usual point. If you have a car; Park it a block away so you can get at least a good few minutes walk.

Eating on time: This one is sure a tough one. It's very gloomy to me still how I have managed to survive on planet earth all this long? Like really! An egg in the morning, some coffee in the office, blundering all over and here goes every one of my suppers and craving on time. I have recently started packing my meals early morning from home. Usually, breakfast in the morning and then a fruit on the go, maybe some green tea to charge me up as I walk to reach my work and then straight on to lunchtime with protein and a little mix of everything. Evenings are for juices and another green tea as I reach home. For dinner, I have constantly adored lentil soups with some bread. Nothing too heavy or nothing to light. Ps: I have noticed if I eat my dinner before 8 I tend to rest better and feels fresher the following day (This one I will keep it this way always/fingers crossed)

Cutting out sugar: In the primary week, I actually wanted to kill myself for not permitting myself for a treat. Old propensities die hard. no biscuits, no sweet shakes nothing with the brown, white or any rainbow sugar in my body anymore!!! Regardless of what the health experts contend about Anything sweet derived from anything grown from the soil is SUGAR! I don't trust the sweet names at all anymore. ps. After a two week of no sugar diet, I have seen that the watermelon is considerably sweeter normally.

Posture people correct posture: This old mama cant sit straight!!! Still working on this one. have to remind me all the time!
What is your take on a lifestyle change for a better health?
Unitl next time...
Love, Sia

5 cameras in my 2018 wishlist

If you are a tech freak you can relate to this post, I have been to so many (all of them) everywhere. I am obsessed with anything Gadget.
I haven't purchased anything recently; at all! (like this year๐Ÿ˜‘), Coz I am saving for bigger things in life 'Bless me'. Like somebody said 'dream bigger' (at least that's free). Considering Many items I purchased last year I am a bit naive about splurging money on new things this time. Hence, I thought why not curate a list where I can remind myself that I have to save more for bigger purposes. It's something new for me but I wish on 'having a camera collection'.
For my blog and personal use, I use a Canon 6D. I am not a pro photographer, I would love to study photography in future as a hobby and create better content.
Here is a list of some of the cameras I have an eye on. Some of them are really expensive (honestly!) if I don't dream I won't try, right? I won't go on technical aspects as this is just a wishlist. I would love to know your recommendations on these cameras, please let me know in the comment section below.

You can buy all these awesome cameras BY CLICKING ON THE PICTURES. (for me! I wish soon ๐Ÿ˜‡)
I hope you liked my wishlist as much as I do, You can click on the pictures and see for the prices, and specifications.
Until next post | Love, Sia

Land of Gods

March 21, 2018

5 Places in India I want to travel this year

January 8, 2018

I do not have any resolution till now, However, I wish to travel more. I haven't traveled even half of my country yet when I see all those magnificent pictures I always drool and cry over how I have accumulated a lot of materialistic things and haven't travel. A toast to #a14pictures who introduced me to minimal living and showed me that life is more than collecting stuff. Here is my #wanderlist of 5 places I wish to travel this year (India).
kamet: a long bike trip and tracking, Can I ever stop exploring the Land of gods?
Nagaland: hornbill festival in December
©image midday
Kerala: boats, fish, sea, and coconuts (Oh yeah!)
@the independence
Goa: for the beaches and see what the fuss is all about!
@lonely Planet
Gujarat: Run of Kutch desert
©image rahulZota

Oh hey! I won't be saying much here, let's go to these scenic places and find what they have to offer. I believe what I see... Do you also have a list of places you wish to travel to? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to see destinations unknown to me
Until next post
Love, Sia

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