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Bangalore – the city of million dreams

I came to Bangalore on a wintry October morning in 2015. To say that there were dreams in my eyes would be exaggeration. For the most part, I did not know if I wanted to be here. More than a thousand kilometers from home and the people who loved me, Bangalore was only a place to earn money and pay back the loan that I had taken for my education. Of course, I had lived away from home for the four years of college, but living in different cities in the same state and in different states were different things altogether. Besides, we had no friends or family in Bangalore. It was the city of clean slate, a city of beginning of my career life – a new chapter in my life.

There is a beauty in clean slate – it holds the promise of myriad wonderful things that would come. It makes you hopeful and makes you want to be a better version of yourself everyday. It is like going to the origin of a river and feeling that the water should remain thus pure even as it moves through civilization. Of course, it’s a fool’s dream, but it is a dream. It is a possibility. Maybe, if all of us had seen the beautiful origin of a river, we would think twice before dumping dirt into it.

Having lived in this city for about three years now, I look back on the day I arrived. The memories that I have are of a crowded train station, of an auto-driver telling us that he knew the destination that we wanted to go to and dragging our trolley bags out of that crowded station. A misty morning. I remember asking the driver while we passed the Phoenix mall what place it was. I remember being surprised that he charged us three hundred for a mere fifteen minutes ride – from where I came, that price was exorbitant. I remember struggling inside of ITPL tech park to search for the accommodation that my office had provided me, no one knew which building was Daffodil, and the office contact who was supposed to help me with the accommodation insisted the building was inside ITPL. It felt weird, because from first looks, it was a tech park full of office buildings. I couldn’t understand why there would be a residential building in it in the first place.

The first day of work is still fresh in my mind: my parents were to head back home, so I went to visit them at their hotel. We took a picture together, me in a pink formal shirt that I loved and had bought just before coming to Bangalore (the shirt got wasted within the first few weeks as I burned it while ironing). All three of us are smiling in that picture: my father with his booming all-toothed smile, proud that I am about to begin a new journey, my mother with her silent, peaceful smile, albeit a little tired from the train journey and her father’s death just before we boarded the train to Bangalore.

The first few days did not feel like work at all. In fact, even after so many months, it hardly feels like I go to work. Thanks for the major part to Mu Sigma, which took us all into its wings and created a safe haven for fresh college graduates like me, who were clueless about what professional life was really about. Within its meeting rooms, I learnt the meaning of accountability, the feel of working together in a team and standing up for the team. I learned to speak to clients and present the work that we had done. I learned to understand what business goals were and how we should focus on problem solving from a holistic approach, rather than looking at things in silos. Mu Sigma has added a perspective in my life. I am thankful.

Beyond the company, my tryst with Bangalore has been minimal. Bangalore for me is my home – one slice of a room in a three bedroom flat and my work. My work friends are also my outside-of-work friends in Bangalore. But I know countless people in this city now: a bunch of people who have moved on, changed companies, changed cities, and even countries. It is the city where I fell in love with the variety of people who touched my lives, learned to see the unity in diversity. This city made me trust strangers and make them friends. This city made me financially independent. This city helped me fulfill my family’s dreams.

The river has flown, meandering across villages and cities, swallowing up sins of the generation in its wake. I, too, have dealt with my demons in this city – insomnia and depression became two companions. But like the river is ever-flowing, never-stopping, this city taught me to look at every day as that new, clean slate. It made me forget a sad past and taught me to look ahead. It made me dream of a beautiful future and believe that it would become a reality. Bangalore – thank you! 🙂

Are you on IndiBlogger?

Hi Guys,

I joined IndiBlogger couple of days ago and my account was verified today. Excited to be part of this new community. Right now, I have added my YouTube channel as the primary blog, but the idea is also to add this blog there.

I think I have seen some of you being associated with IndiBlogger , but cannot quite remember who all. If you are on IndiBlogger, please comment below. I am still trying to figure out how to use the website and it would be great to have some familiar companions there.

Though I am a millennial, social media overwhelms me. I have mentioned before how I was off Facebook for sometime. I joined it back recently, primarily to let my circle know about the YouTube channel. However, I am only there on and off. I do not have the app on my phone (which I feel is the best away to stay away from addiction).

Right now, probably the most abused app on my phone is the YouTube Studio, which is a tool to track the performance of my channel. I keep refreshing it to see if there are new views and engagements on my videos.

I recently joined back Instagram (@arpitapramanick). I used to be on Instagram earlier in 2017, but my phone of that time wasn’t able to take up so many apps, so I had to get rid of it. I enjoy Instagram, I like to look at pictures. I think I am going to stick to it for a while.

Something else that I enjoy is Reddit. There’s a wonderful community for new YouTubers there, where we can discuss the issues that are facing, discuss milestones and generally, spread some positivism. It’s an amazing community. There are awesome subreddits for other things as well (for example the subreddit /aww where people keep posting cute animal pictures – it will make your heart melt).

Twitter, on the other hand, is not quite my thing. I remember using it quite a lot back in 2016 (I think), but I was not able to build a community there, so I guess, that’s that. I don’t even have it on my phone anymore

I have noticed that these days I am able to control my addiction of social media platforms a bit better than before. I am able to resist the urge of using it every moment of my life. However, I still have to a bit conscious and remind myself to resist the urge. For example, I’ll tell myself, “Do not touch the phone until you have finished this blogpost”. It is a constant war. I am trying to reach this balance where I am the one who controls my social media outlets and not vice versa.

What are the social media apps that you use? What do you find the most enjoyable? What are your social media struggles? Are you trying to get off this drug or have you mastered the art of dog-walking social media platforms? Let me know in the Comments!

Because humor is the best remedy…

Hey guys,

Been a while since I posted a nice conversational post. I was travelling during the first half of February, to home, so wasn’t using WordPress as much. But it was a great trip, I am back totally recharged and feeling fresh.

Anyways, getting back to the point: I have started watching a lot of comedy videos on YouTube recently. I have my favorites: Zakir, Kanan, Biswa. Watching these videos make my solitary life worthwhile. Seriously. I know you might think it’s sad that I have to watch YouTube videos to make my life happening, but there are some beautiful lessons in these comedies.

I have been fortunate enough to know some people who use humor to get over difficult situations in life. And these comedians reinstate the same values. It’s amazing how easily things can be solved if you can put a smile on other people’s faces.

Growing up, I feel I have been way more mature for my age. I have, if I may so say, I have always been more philosophical than anything. I was always over-analyzing and trying to use logic in every scenario. My arguments were always well thought out and planned. But what I have learned with experience is, a laughter goes a longer way in winning hearts compared to sound logic. Because, people are more emotional than logical. In fact, try it in your own lives: in case you are in a fight, pause for a while, find a meme on your phone and read it out for both of you. Even better, enact it! I know it may sound ludicrous, but it really works.

So, now, my aim in life is to spread a smile, some laughter. I tried the same with my last post and also today’s video on my YouTube channel. So if comedy is your thing, I invite you to check out both the content and share your thoughts. Also, it’s a little tough genre to crack, so critical feedback is very much appreciated, especially in case of the video. Will be waiting to hear from you guys!

Love,

Arpita

The Day of St. Valentine

The clock struck twelve a.m. and the first thing that hit my eyes was the wannabe-cute doodle that Google has put up for the day. I mean I love Google (I am in the analytics industry, do I have a choice?). But honestly, I do love Google. I think they are great! I love Google doodles even better! But why do they have to scream Valentine’s from the center of the homepage? I mean what are those birds anyway? Ducks? What’s ducks got to do with love anyway? Oh wait, let me Google it!

<goes to Google home page, screams and returns to WordPress>

God! Now I have to spend the whole day dodging the homepage. Difficulty level: 99999999999!

Anyways, while the lovers break their heads over the shade of red of rose they must get and the shopkeepers buy Mercedes with their sky-rocketed prices, let me spread some love for all the single folks out there! If you are single (like me), here’s some digital love with chocolate sauce for you. Slurppp! Dang, it’s tasty!

I know they don’t celebrate a day for us singles (says something about how the world hates freedom), but guys and gals, if you are single on 14th Feb, 2018, do not shed copious tears. Go buy some popcorn (because why not) and watch some Zakir Khan on YouTube (or Amazon Prime if you can afford it 😉 ). I assure you, you will walk away feeling prouder for your single-hood. If anything can get you over a break up in 2018, this guy has to be that person! #HaqSeSingle

Love,

Arpita

P.S: To all couples out there, don’t feel left out. I will have an awesome post for you next year (I hope, I hope, I hope!).

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, FOLKS!

The Lament of an Insomniac

Today, after so many days, I actually slept in the afternoon! I know, I know. At this point you are probably rolling your eyes and saying, “People will blog about anything these days!”

Hold your judgement right there, sirs and madams! Insomnia is a problem. In fact, for me, it is perhaps the biggest problem. I can adjust with every inconvenience ever, only if you let me sleep for eight hours straight in the night.

For at least four weeks now, I had been dealing with lack of sleep. I would lie in my bed till three, four in the morning and wonder when the sleep fairy will shower some fairy dust on me and I will slip into dreamland.

And each moment that I was awake, I kept thinking why on Earth I was not falling asleep?

Mind you, I am a very active person. For a week in this sleepless period, I had been hitting the gym every day – hoping the physical activity will tire me to sleep. Na-da! I also cook my own food, clean my own dishes, walk to and fro from office, go for afternoon walk post snacks break – I am pretty active by a corporate cog standard. Then, why is it that I cannot fall asleep?

One can be sleepless for multiple reasons: stress, being disturbed due to noise or light in the night, etc. etc. These could have definitely contributed to my sleeplessness. But I think the biggest thing that stopped me from falling asleep was THINKING!

Yes, you read that right. Thinking! I will tell you what has been on my mind lately. My YouTube channel! On a fateful Saturday afternoon in December, after waking up from a cozy nap, looking pretty with my bed hair, I got inspired to start a YouTube channel. Since that afternoon to today’s, life has literally come full circle.

Let me tell you what happened in the last one month: I produced five videos (including this week’s) – one per week. Now, video-making, as easy as YouTubers may make it look like, it is not. It is a lot of work: starting with planning the topic to breaking down how to shoot each scene to finally shooting, editing and publishing the content for the world to see. It is like a day job in itself. It’s amazing how less we think of how much time-consuming a task is, unless we have to do it ourselves. When you are a newbie and are trying to do everything yourself, guess what happens? You keep frying your brain cells and end up being an insomniac. Trust me, my brain feels the most active at 4 AM in the night when I am struggling to sleep: I can literally see the myriad thoughts floating in my head.

I have been told, kindly, by a close friend, that I should consider publishing fortnightly instead of weekly, so I think less of video-making in a week. It’s a great suggestion, and I have thought about it myself. Thing is, I do not want to do it. Not yet!

Sleep is too small a thing to stop me from doing something I love. I have to find other ways for falling asleep. I have tried meditation, considered taking sleeping pills, kept the fan on to shut out the worldly noise. Nothing worked! So guess what I did last night? I called up a bunch of folks and spoke to them as long as it took to keep myself distracted from YouTube. Some great conversation there! I was up until 1.30 AM in the morning, shouting on the phone. I also watched a bunch of comedy shows on YouTube and laughed my heart out.

I was rewarded well for it. I did fall sleep, after playing a kill-or-get-bitten game with my bed-mates aka the bed-bugs.

When I woke up this morning, I was weak in the knees, but after the longest time, I was well rested. The only thing is I woke up with a croaky voice, thanks to all the shouting I did on the phone. Guess, you can only solve one problem at a time!

Until later, keep the murky thoughts aside and enjoy the warm sleep inside your blankets. May the sleep fairy be generous with you. ❤

P.S.: If you guys want to see the awesome videos that are keeping me from falling asleep, do check out my YouTube channel and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button. As a teaser, I leave you with the latest video:

 

What did I buy recently?

Hey guys!

I am sure the title of this post will come off as slightly unusual for those of you who have been following me for a while: I do not create blog-posts on my shopping haul. There is a reason why I am writing today’s post. It has got to do with my blogging goals of 2018.

In 2018, I wanted to try out new things with this blog. So the other day, I sat down with a notebook and jotted down which things I had never written about in my blog before. Shopping haul was one of them, so was my fitness routine.

Okay, so starting off!

  1. A laptop table: This was on my to-buy list for the longest time! I stay in a flat with absolutely no furniture, except for the bed. I was tired of looking at the laptop with my neck bent down. I needed it to be at an eye level, so my neck could stay well. 

     

    IMG_20180107_175730424I bought this from a shop called Wood World in Marathalli, Bangalore for 500 bucks. I am very proud of this purchase. Not only I use this table for working on the laptop, but also to have the occasional meal, as my camera holder while filming videos as well a bedside table to keep things on in the night. It is incredibly useful! Finally, it feels like I have a work-space in my room!

  2. Next up is a shoe that I got during the Christmas sale from Hush Puppies. It’s office wear and is made of leather. I purchased it at 30% off at Rs. 2500. IMG_20180107_175819144It’s a little tight for me right now (they did not have a size five, but since I liked it so much I got the size four). However, I understand that leather stretches with time, so things should work out fine in the long run.
  3. Up next, is a thermoflask from Milton. I actually wanted to buy a good quality steel bottle, because there is so much concern regarding drinking water in plastic bottle. This too was on an offer when I bought it, at Rs. 530.IMG_20180107_181609082
  4. As some of guys know, I recently started my YouTube channel. I am constantly on the search to buy decorative pieces for the room, so that I have a good background to film against. One of those searches led to this baby here:IMG_20180107_175909434I got this for just Rs. 49 at Reliance (Clearance sale!) and absolutely love how cute it is.
  5. We had secret Santa fairly late this year (got our gifts just this Friday). My secret child had a sling bag on her wishlist, so this is what I got for her! IMG_20180104_232648612I am pretty much in love with the bag myself. I hope the person I gifted it to cherishes it as much. This was for Rs. 1,200 on Amazon, but if you use Amazon Pay Balance you can get for Rs. 150 lesser.

Now, as a bonus, I am also going to show you what I myself received for secret Santa. Drum-rolls, please!

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This is again a decorative piece for my channel, and I absolutely love it.

That concludes my recent shopping haul. I hope you guys enjoyed this newness on this platform. If you did, please let me know in the Comments!

P.S: Have you watched the latest video on my YouTube channel? It’s about giving vent to all the different things we want to do in our lives, but end up not doing because we restrict ourselves at the label that our job descriptions provide us. Here goes:

 

My fitness routine

Hello everyone,

Today, I am going to talk to you about my fitness regime!

I am not sure exactly when I started going to the gym, but I formed a proper routine about 5 weeks back. The idea was to go to the gym for four days a week, followed by two days of exercising at home and one day of complete rest. I was able to follow this religiously for three weeks straight, but then, things got messed up and I stopped going. The cold weather and the warm blanket did not help matters much.

However, now that the new year is in, I have again started hitting the gym and this time, I hope to continue this stint for a month and not put a break.

So, what exactly do I do in the gym?

  1. Twenty minutes of running+walking on the treadmill: I begin with walking and gradually start to run, occasionally slowing down to walk. I can do approx. 2.5 km within those 20 minutes, but I am still far from running for 20 minutes at a stretch
  2. Ten minutes of cycling: This makes me cover about 3 km, depending on how fast I am going
  3. About six pull-ups, need to increase this
  4. About one lap of weight training with 2.5 kg dumb bells

I am overweight by approx. 10 kg, so I have a long way to go before I am at my ideal weight. Now that I have realized this, I have some objective goal to work towards this year. The strength training part is important for me because my shoulders are quite weak (I feel tired even if I carry a small backpack for a few hours – makes me totally unsuitable for day trips or treks).

How about you guys? What are your 2018 fitness goals? Share with me in the Comments!

Here’s to a healthy 2018.

 

Happy New Year!

What’s up, blogosphere?! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

For those of you who have been regulars to this platform, welcome back to another bright new year. For my new followers, thank you for visiting me and choosing to be part of my journey! You can read a little bit about me here.

For the past three-ish years, this blog was like a online journal for me. It started off as a writer’s platform, but gradually molded to a more personal blog as my priorities changed. This year, I do not expect that to change by a lot. However, given that I started a new YouTube channel, I will be re-visiting what I want to share through this space. I have been writing for a long time and my love for that has by no means reduced. However, I do want to explore other avenues of self-expression and the vlog came out naturally out of that want.

I’ll surely talk about that in detail once I have a plan ready.

As I mentioned in the last post, I expect 2018 to be a happy, warm new year. I have my resolutions all noted down. The broad themes are:

  1. Health – Gym! Gym! Gym!
  2. Eat healthy
  3. Maintain minimalist lifestyle
  4. 10K subscribers on YouTube by 2018 end
  5. Travel to at least three places
  6. Give something back to the society
  7. Be more social

I think the last point will be my focus for 2018. I have worked a lot on my communication last year. I called up a lot of folks yesterday and caught up with their life. This year, I want to meet more people personally and share and understand their stories.

In fact, I have been toying with the idea of having a bloggers’ get-together for a while now. So, if someone of you are in Bangalore and think that such a meet might be a good idea, please let me know. I’d love to catch up.

Will be back with more posts in the coming days. Until later, take care and spread some love!

 

Last post of the year | Goodbye, 2017

I do not like odd numbers. From the beginning of this year, I knew 2017 was not going to be nice for me. You know those feelings which you feel in your gut? Well, it was one of those feelings.

However, 2017 turned out to be quite an interesting year. It was not the worst year of my life, but it did throw some difficult punches at me. There was a period when I was fighting depression and trying to find a grip in life. I am thankful to the amount of love and help that I have received from people, both in the WordPress community and outside. I am back to being my pre-depressed self and feel much better now.

2017 taught me a lot of things. One of them was to cherish the important relationships in our lives. I am thankful to each and everyone of you who has visited my site and interacted with me on this platform. You guys have given me a lot of love. Thank you and I hope to continue this in the new year.

I have created sort of a summary video of 2017 in my YouTube. I would be happy if you guys take out some time and check it out.

The vlog is my latest obsession and something that I am incredibly proud of. I am glad that I am walking towards 2018 with something that makes me happy and keeps me fulfilled.

I hope all of you have something like this to look forward to in the coming year. It could be a pet, a book that you are writing or a habit that you are trying to form. It could be your family or the new job that you worked so hard to get. I hope all of us look at 2018 with renewed hopes and energy.

Those of you who are looking at 2018 with some fear in your hearts, trust me: it is going to be an wonderful year. After all, it is an even-numbered year. It just gives me the positive vibes! 😀

I will see you guys in the new year, with some fresh blog posts. Please let me know if there is something that you would want me to write about in the new year. I would also probably collaborate for some guest posts. And I want to interview some of you as well! I remember how much fun I used to have while interviewing authors for this blog in its first year. Let’s see if we can bring some of that back.

Until later, lots of love and best wishes. Rock the new year!

How to form great habits? Part 2

Hey guys,

The other day I posted a few tips on how to form great habits. It got quite some positive feedback.

Today, I had a couple of other ideas in mind. These ideas, I feel, are very relevant to forming great habits and I did not want to miss out on capturing them and sharing with you guys. So here are the two additional tips:

  1. Pick one new habit at a time: We want to change a lot of things. The worst thing that prevents you from realizing all of them is trying them all at the same time. I think it is important to give our brains enough time to process why we are making one particular change and help it form into a habit, before trying out something else. Lately, I was writing an article (for work) on mindfulness. While researching for it, I realized I should start meditating on a regular basis. But then, I started my YouTube channel and every other new, good habit in my life went for a toss. So for now, I decided to let YouTube sink in, become part of my everyday life, before I go on and pick another great habit.
  2. While forming in a new habit, keep up with the other good things that are already part of your schedule: For example, even though the first thing I want to do after waking up in the mornings is watch videos on how to make better videos, I resist the urge and make sure I am going to the gym. I motivate myself saying, going to the gym will make me look fitter and prettier in the videos. Whatever it takes to trick the brain! Continuing with the 10 other good habits that you have is essential because it helps your mind not to get saturated with that one new habit and prevents burnout.

So, those were my two tips! Let me know in the Comments if you found them useful. I will see you in another blog post.

Until then, take care and have a blast! ❤