A Dream, of a Friend

It was coffee time that weekend, late night, chilling out with friends. If you too have coffee with your friends during the weekends, you can relate what discussions would have been going on. Nevertheless, one of my friends appeared to be upset about something. After endless questioning, overlooking his unwillingness to share, he finally revealed that he had a bizarre dream early morning. He started describing his dream. He was driving his car to a hill station on curved roads, with music on – FULL VOLUME. He was off to a vacation with his family enjoying the cool weather. It was midwinter and as he advanced up the hill, the weather gradually became foggy. He slowed down his car as he could not even see 50mtrs ahead on the road. Suddenly he heard a loud thumping sound which broke his dream and he woke up in panic.

Next thing I asked him, what you think would have happened. And he stated that it might be that the car met with an accident and they all would have died. I thought for a while, why people have to be so negative about dreams? Why this is the first thing that comes to their mind and not anything positive? I told him, just think for a while, if your dream could have ended on a happy note. Think that your car’s tyre would have busted and you parked your car on the side. When you come out of your car, you look down the valley and mountains, fog all over, cool breeze with bit of sun rays peeping out from the sky. Best location to take a family photo. You take few pictures, change the car tyre and start uphill with happy memories.

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I have seen many people who dream and when they wake up in middle of the dream, they always thing that something most terrible would have happened. I too have dreams where I wake up in fear but what I think later is that it would have concluded happily and that brings up a smile on my face. The more you think negative, the more your fear takes control over you. I told him:

Your success lies on the other side of your fears. Kill your fears or Kill your success. The decision is all yours..!!!

Be Happy, Be Positive..!!!

You never know where life is going to take you tomorrow..!!!

An Evening to remember

Everyone has that one thing planned to kick start their New Year which will keep them inspired and motivated for coming days & months. For me it was the same with #WINxpress event planned in Ahmedabad by BlogAdda on 07-Jan-2017 and I was more than happy to be part of it. I was excited as well as looking forward to attending it as it was my first such event and secondly it was for BlogAdda, the team who had shared my blog post when many others didn’t even respond to it. Since that day, I felt more motivated and inclined to writing. Thanks blogadda.com. 🙂

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Me, Penning down the awesome ambience

The event was planned at Cafe City Monk in Ahmedabad. When I reached there and entered the Cafe, I was completely taken aback by the ambience & the way it was organized. It was just WOW. The stage was all set. The sitting area was casually arranged with chairs & bean bags. The best thing I liked was the ceiling where the books were dangling from the top. The ambience was so positive and with the books hanging over our heads it felt like we were getting some inspirational energy from it.

The event started with the introduction of BlogAdda with their highlights and activities they plan. Mr. Paresh Godhwani (@Par_God) shared his experience of Six Degrees and his association with BlogAdda. After that we gathered in group of five for an activity where we had tell one “secret” thing that nobody knows, discuss it out and then announce that one interesting secret out of five.

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Our group in discussion

Later we had to meet other groups to find that one person whose secret it was from their group. One of the #IceBreaker for all of us. It was fun and together inspiring too, meeting the bloggers, knowing them and their work.

 

Later we had some sessions from prominent speakers:

  1. vlogging’ (Video Blogging) tips and tools from Mr. Sahil Shah (@sahilshah0801)
  2. Travel Blogging tips from Mr. Rishabh & Ms. Nirali Shah (@_GypsyCouple)
  3. Ms. Juhi Bansal (@ClosetBuddies) shared some Fashion Blogging tips and her experiences
  4. Mr. Amit Panchal (@AmitHPanchal) explained what tools you can use and SEO Tips for blogs.

And last but not the least a session by Ms. Raksha Bharadia (@raksha_bharadia), Editor of Chicken Soup series for India & Founder of bonobology.com. She explained and shared tips on writing short stories and how you can connect with the reader. One of the best sessions and learnings I had experienced till date.

Thanks to BlogAdda for organizing such a wonderful motivational event and thanks to all the speakers for sharing their experiences and wonderful learning.

It was an evening very well spent and would be remembered as one of the best start of New Year till date.

That Auburn luminary

Last night my thoughts didn’t permit a sound sleep and above that a hectic day, later today, with 4hrs of continuous meetings and no lunch. My mind had given up and pushed my body to shut off all the work, drive away home and collapse on the bed. Sharp at 6:30pm, without wasting a second, I rushed to the parking, totally exhausted. Driving slowly, I take a turn and see that Auburn luminary illuminating its presence in the sky. Mesmerized with the stunning view, I stop the car and click a picture.

Leaning to car, I stare at the view with a steady gaze, adoring the lovely sun.

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The road – secluded. Slow winds embracing the trees. The sky, changing its colour as the sun made its way down.

Standing there and observing this wonderful act of nature, made my day forcing me to forget all the stress and giving me strength to take over the world yet again. Energy Reloaded.

!!!..BRING IT ON..!!!

A Journey.. Sunset to Sunrise

A Journey.. Sunset to Sunrise

What happens when two friends, on a Saturday afternoon, relaxing at one’s place, without their wives around? An impromptu journey begins.

Casually he asked me, “Chale Mumbai, Ghumke aate hai.” I thought he was just joking but in no time we had hit the Pune-Mumbai expressway. Nothing planned – What will we do? When will we come back? More importantly, we were supposed to have our lunch at his place which was now forgotten. The whole exhilaration of a spontaneous trip was driving us crazy, in a positive way.

We entered Mumbai around 4pm and in no time we were part of the famous bustling traffic of Mumbai. Seeing the traffic, we moved off the road and took the SeaLink route to Bandra, which was one of our best decisions.


Bandra-Worli SeaLink (5pm)

A direct connectivity from Worli to Bandra, this SeaLink is a masterpiece of 20150418_180424creation and the first cable-stayed bridge on the open seas in India. The view from the SeaLink was mesmerizing and amazingly beautiful. There was not a single point where you don’t want to click pictures of the scenic beauty of the sea, sunset and the bridge. Cars cruised like in a race, however we enjoyed the sunset, going a bit slow with soothing music and clicking photos. BE-AWARE: Stopping your car on the bridge and taking photos is banned.

Finally we reached the Bandra Station and picked up one of our friends. She was all excited and thrilled. We discussed and finally decided to start from the Mount Mary Church which was approx. 3kms away.


Mount Mary Church (7pm)

One of the iconic churches in Mumbai well lit, peaceful, calm and divine. The structural design of the church is one of the best incredible architectures. 20150418_192830The pictorial representation of Jesus story inside the church was an insight, one should not miss. Quiet, serene atmosphere takes your mind and soul to a completely different place where its only you with all the positive thoughts, without any disturbance. An unforgettable celestial experience. Items created by wax (house, cars, money, etc) are sold outside which can be purchased and kept inside the church. It is said, what you keep it there you will soon have it. We prayed and left clicking the pictures of the church.


Bandstand (8pm)

Walkable distance was Bandstand. A fascinating and beautiful place to relax with your loved ones or friends or family. Sea-side view, sitting on the rocks and enjoying the cool breeze takes you away from all your worries. Over and above, listening the sound of waves hitting the rocks with the band playing guitar, singing in a group, just amazing. One of the most soothing, wonderful moments when you want to forget everything and just live the moment with a hot black coffee in your hand. We stayed there for an hour or two and our entire tiredness of the trip till now had taken a back seat. We were refreshed and headed to our next destination.

We reached linking road, just to check out as it was one of the famous places in Mumbai for shopping. We roamed around shop to shop looking at the shopkeepers who were luring public to shop. Not much we did there and continued to Juhu beach which was a 30mins drive.


Juhu Beach (11pm)

We reached Juhu beach around 11pm. It was a pleasant change, after a hectic drive in the traffic of Mumbai. The night was dark with stormy winds. 20150419_004949The moon gave a stare through flimsy clouds and went back yet again. We could clearly hear the waves hitting the rough sand. It was a high tide night and probably because of that it was less crowded. We strolled for an hour or so, everyone so silent, enjoying the cool breeze and the quietness. Later we sat at one of the food joints, famous for Pav Bhaji, which was about to close, but he served us. Finally we left happily feeling charged to get some more out of Mumbai.


Taj Mahal Palace – Shamiana (2AM)

We then decided to visit Gateway of India, however it was already 2am and we were somewhat sure it would have been closed. taj coffeeOur guess was right so we entered Hotel Taj Mahal Palace’s Shamiana, which was at a walking distance, to have a hot cup of coffee. We chit-chatted with our coffees for around an hour or two, discussing the craziness we were up to from one place to another, laughing, enjoying the soft music.


Marine Drive (4am)

It was 4am and we were still thrilled to keep this trip going on. No stress/No Tiredness. 20150419_061314We reached Marine Drive, an arc shaped promenade at the beach of Arabian Sea. We reached on time and could witness the famous – Queens Necklace created by the street lights giving the feel of the pearls. Cool Breeze, Sea Side, Queens Necklace, stunning view of South-West Mumbai was all awesomely stunning. It was about dawn and time for Sunrise. Joggers on the track, Chaiwalas around the boulevard near interesting, observing the people and commenting and laughing. Finally, sun rose beautifully from the opposite side coming up from the tall buildings of Mumbai, fascinating.

We left around 7am, back to Pune, taking a hell lot of memorable moments. One of the best night outs and the first Mumbai experience. Its truly stated for Mumbai as,

 The City that never sleeps..!!!