4 ways travelling pushed me out of my comfort zone

Today I made coffee at one of those tiny one-stop-shops by the fuel stations. What's so special about that? I had never done it before. Mostly because there aren't many coffee machines installed in public places back home. We mostly get by on black tea. But also because I was scared of doing something that I haven't done before and making a mistak...

hamster in wonderland aka the fudge shop in springbrook

In my last post, I talked about how Aussies care deeply about their environment. "Do the right thing" is the specific rhetoric adopted to promote environmental awareness and protection. Rightly so, if you do right by nature, nature does right by you. And guess what, you can use that your advantage. I saw such rewards of nature in Springbrook, Go...

11 fun things i learnt about aussies

It's been exactly a month since I arrived in Australia and ditched the script of my everyday life. I've adjusted quite well and feel like I've always been here (much to my surprise). I didn't experience any culture shock or feel unwelcome either. Suffice it to say that I feel right at home and don't want to leave anytime soon. During the past mo...
Sunrise, Smoky Cape Light House, South West Rocks, Australia

what i learnt about fear at the smoky cape lighthouse

When they say that everything you want lies on the other side of fear, they are absolutely right. Happiness, freedom, self-confidence all the things we crave and somehow don't seem to get our hands on are bordered by some form of fear. Fear acts like a barbed wire fencing our brain. It forces us to stay in a safe place where we don't get stung. If ...
Tea, Tea pots, Tutti Fruitti, Bilpin, Blue Mountains, Australia

care for some tea? of finding home in bilpin

I am still in the honeymoon phase of my travel experience so I don't miss much about home yet. Well except this one thing that I didn't know I'll miss - tea. The desi, strong, "truck hotel wali" chai that gives you a kick and makes you feel like its going straight to your brain rather than your stomach. I am not a Chai/tea fanatic so I found it str...

meeting the sea – hamster in australia

In my first blog, I talked about letting go of the script and expanding our virtual hamster balls. To achieve this it is very important that we break out of our rut, travel and see life beyond our circles. Nothing puts things into perspective better than "leaving". I have been lucky enough to expand my hamster ball to Australia. Landing from a h...
7 Stages of Shopping Anxiety

7 stages of shopping anxiety (it’s real)

Shopping is generally assumed to be a cathartic process that most people, especially women tend to enjoy. Pop culture associates feel-good terms like retail therapy, shopping spree, and shopaholic with the process. But is it all fun and games for everyone? Not so much. Some people, mostly introverts and people with social anxiety find the idea quit...

board games – an ode to non-digital fun

Summers are here and so are summer vacations (for the lucky ones at least). A time for a joyous eat, sleep, party, repeat for teens and young adults. However, it can get quite difficult for parents to keep their kids entertained without shoving them into cartoon binge marathons or gaming sprees on cellphones. As an aunt, babysitter and desig...

confessions of a concerned marketer

Have you ever had a conversation with someone who has zero spark or depth? How does that make you feel? Do you want to keep the conversation going or do you silently cry for help inside? Chances are that the only reason you might continue the interaction is either out of necessity or politeness. That’s exactly the case with brands and artists ...
4 things that wreak havoc with your creativity

4 things that wreak havoc with your creativity

“I’m going through a creative block.” I bet most people have heard this phrase at least once in their professional lives, some more than others, depending on the nature of their job or the industry they work in. Creativity is not a soldier that reports to duty when summoned. Like everything that is related to the mind, your ability to come...