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Growing up under the safe shadow of your parent’s unconditional love and care is one of the best blessings. They keep your needs before everything else and go out of their way to provide you with a happy life. But the problem arises when their love takes up the shape of over-protective behavior and they start judging you as per their criteria of how an ideal child should behave. Yes, you got it right!! We are talking about those strict parents who keep a check on every movement of their children and annoys with constant pointless interrogation. And under such situations, a child feels deprived of its free will. So here are some challenges that you will relate to if you have also grown up with strict parents.

No Late Night Out
No Late Night Out
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Imagine how your friends and classmates talk about having a sleepover at each other’s place? Yeah, that never happens to you! Your strict parents declare curfew after 6 pm. So all the fun that you can afford to have with your friends is only in the light of day. That too, within the limits!

Plan Cancellation at the Last Moment Hurts As Hell
Plan Cancellation at the Last Moment Hurts As Hell
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It already takes so much to convince your parents for going movies or watching the game with your friends that you cannot take the pain of getting plans canceled at the last minute. Because that means you again have to go through the process of telling your parents where you are going? With whom are you going? And why are you even going?

Be Alert! They Stalk You on Social Media Too
Be Alert! They Stalk You on Social Media Too
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If you have strict parents and you believe that you can hide your social media activities from them, then think again. Because they stalk your social media profile just like your real life. They will always know who are your friends on Facebook and how many are there.

Not Allowed To Have Girl/Boyfriend
Not Allowed To Have Girl Boyfriend
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No and never! Being with strict parents, you are never allowed to have a boyfriend or girlfriend in school or college or ever. Because according to them concentrating on your grades and placement is more important than having fun with a person who can possibly be a bad influence on you. And some of the strict parents even go to the extent of choosing life partners for their children. Well, if that ever happens to you, may God bless you!

Forget About the Long Trips with Friends
Forget About the Long Trips with Friends
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Asking your strict parent’s permission for going on a trip with your friends is one of the toughest tasks. Because all they will ever say is “NO” with an explanation that you may meet an accident or someone might rob you on the way. And after hearing this, you will be quite scared to even step out of your house.

The Fear of Missing Their Texts & Calls
The Fear of Missing Their Texts & Calls
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Whether you have gone to a movie with friends or for the group study with classmates, your strict parents will continuously bug you with calls and texts every hour asking how is it going and most importantly to know when you are coming back. And if you ever dare to miss their calls or texts that call for a big valid explanation, something like the house was on fire or you had a severe accident. Because otherwise no matter what explanation you give, nothing is ever going to satisfy their interrogative minds.

Important Small Talks That Leads to Big Lectures
Important Small Talks That Leads to Big Lectures
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And at the top of all, those important talks regarding your career, behavior, and life-decisions which keep taking place at regular intervals. And it never occurs to them when these small talks turn into big lectures. They go on and on about what they have planned for your bright future.

Drinking- Not (Never) Allowed
Drinking- Not (Never) Allowed
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Remember how your best friend had the first beer of life with his dad on turning 18. Having strict parents you can only dream about it. Wait, you are not even allowed to dream of things that deviate your attention from your goals. You are never ever going to get a legal drinking permit from your parents, even if the government allows.

Having strict parents can be quite annoying at times and you may feel that they are keeping you away from your basic rights. But everything they do or intend to do is for your own good. So be grateful to have such loving and caring parents and always cherish their presence in your life.

Love is an exciting feeling that hits you sweetly and makes your world go round. Being in love makes you feel complete and see beauty in everything. But just like everything, love grows. The fancy dates turn into lovely night dinners and the hours of phone talks are replaced by little yet meaningful conversations. Time plays a crucial role in the evolvement of love relationships. That’s why as you enter your 30’s, you start noticing a change in your dating pattern or the way you deal with or reciprocate your feelings to your partner.

Let’s have a look at how things in your love relationship only get better as you step in your 30’s.

You Know What You Want

They say it right that 20’s are for experiments. So when you start dating in your 20’s you are not clear about the qualities you need in your partner. You take time to figure out who you want to surround yourself with. But you are more clear-headed in your 30’s and more serious about love. You do not have time to waste over guys who show no interest in investing emotionally in a relationship. This approach cut out the crappy dates from your life and increases the chance to find the right guy.

Mature Communication Becomes the Key

While cute texts and endless phone conversations are the prime means of communication in the 20’s, the real talks are more of a thing in the 30’s. Amidst all the responsibilities in your 30’s, you may not have time to call your partner 10 times a day. But whenever you two sit together, you end up having a meaningful conversation that helps your relationship grow. It shows that irrespective of the not so regular tête-à-tête, you two are on the same page.

You Seek a Mature Partner

At a younger age, you may easily get influenced by people that increases your chance to change for the other person. You don’t stress enough on understanding yourself and the things you want in your partner. By your 30’s, amidst all the heartache’s, you grow and become stronger. You learn a thing or two about compatibility in relationships that helps you find a better partner. When the things go south, you recognize it, accept it, and move on, which only attract the guys in your life who themselves are independent, considerate, and level-minded.

The Definition of Romance Changes

Going out with your partner, having fun over drinks, and gifting expensive presents to each other define the romance quotient in 20’s, which is greatly influenced by the intention to leave an impression. By your 30’s, the idea of romance shift towards having dinner with your partner at home, pouring love with the wine in their glass and spending some quality time with them without the pressure of impressing them.

You Don’t Hide Your Flaws

Acceptance is the greatest virtue. You can only get comfortable with your flaws when you accept them as a part of your existence. By the time you reach your 30’s, you get quite comfortable with your appearance and qualities that you find it useless to hide them from others. It plays an important role in your personal growth and makes you attractive to the strong and confident people who are ready to accept you for who you are.

The 30’s is a transition period when you are not too old to lose out on fun and not so naive to be tricked by people and situations. It is a great time to date and create an interesting relationship with the desired partner that you would want to keep forever.

“Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast

Hamin ast-o Hamin ast-o Hamin ast

-Amir Khusro

Until I visited North East, I was living under a rock about the existence of a heavenly place on Earth. It wasn’t just a place like heaven. It was the HEAVEN in all true sense. Amir Khusro’s words were in context to the beauty of Kashmir. Well, been there done that too! It sure is a beauty but I cannot emphasize enough on the fact that North East India is sublime. A piece of advice? Go see this heaven for yourself, if you haven’t already visited Northeast India you’re missing out on a big chunk of travel experiences in India! That place is a dream! If there’s heaven on earth; it’s there, it’s there!

North East India

The Places I visited (Guwahati-Bhalukpong-Tawang via Bomdila & Sela Pass)

My journey to the northeastern side of India started with a flight to Guwahati from Delhi. I was traveling with my family. We’re a family who loves to travel and I have been a travel junkie since my first trip. Hint-hint, you might get to read more about my travel experiences! Early morning flights are so easy and hassle-free. But in the month of December, winter plays a huge part to piss any traveler off because of flights getting delayed. Well, all thanks to dense fog at 5 in the morning. We landed safely in Guwahati. And oh boy, the weather went crazy. It was foggy and windy in Delhi and Guwahati? It was humid! Guwahati is the largest urban area in the Northeast region. It’s packed with people & vehicles. We met our driver, Dheeraj, who’ll be driving us around for the entire trip. He was extremely polite & cute! Initially didn’t talk much but gradually started and was able to make our stomach hurt with all of his lame jokes. It’s fun when you have such a fun-loving company also knowledgeable. He guided us throughout with all the must-visit places. We had our trip organized by Kaziranga Tours n travels, Mr. Mahendra Nath. The company only managed our accommodations, convenience, and food. The plan of the places to visit was organized by my Uncle (another travel enthusiast! Thanks to him for passing on the legacy!) We got late because of our flight and Mr. Mahendra was so helpful with all the bookings and arranging breakfast on the first day in Guwahati when we reached there.

While we were settling ourselves down with the city, getting to know more about the place, it’s wildly diverse & home to hundreds of tribes. People are so warm & welcoming. They’ll make you feel homely. Just how our drivers and tour organizers were. We came across some really friendly and welcoming people throughout the trip. People there would help you, talk to you, they try and know about you. It’s just a heart-warming gesture. They’ll welcome you with a big smile and kids waving at you. The place had some really adorable dogs &| puppies playing around. With such kind hospitality, they work hard for their living. One can clearly see the hustle of the town and yet they’re relaxed. The relaxed pace of life is captivating.

Coming back to the food, you cannot miss the food! It was different. Tea with jaggery, Chhole Bhature but known as paranthe. I am hungry now! Off track. Okay back to our first day in Guwahati, Mr. Mahendra was a big help. He was on his toes all the time wherever we needed help during the trip. Got our stomachs filled with tempting food and went ahead with our road trip to Bhalukpong from Guwahati. The drive from Guwahati to Bhalukpong, a small town located in Arunachal Pradesh, was soothing. Kameng River in Bhalukpong makes the place so attractive. It feels like one of those ZNMD (Zindagi na milegi dobara) moments, traveling on a smooth road and a river with clear blue water and creating white foams when it hits those steady big rocks into them, flowing alongside. It’s therapeutic. Finally, after a 6-7 hours journey, we reached Bhalukpong, where we were going to spend a night before leaving for Tawang the next morning. We stayed in bungalow turned into a hotel kinda thing. It was nice and cozy. Not the best places to stay but was manageable for a night. Had our dinner and crashed into our beds.

Next morning, watching the sunrise at 5 in the morning while leaving for Tawang was one of the most beautiful mornings of my life! It was chilly, different from the first day at Guwahati. The sky was filled with sunshiny colors and had mountain ranges covered with snow peeping through the clouds. The drive from Bhalukpong to Tawang via Bomdila and Sela Pass was mesmerizing and definitely a highlight of the entire journey. We were all geared up for an entire day of road tripping. Packed our bags, filled our stomachs yet again with some really finger licking home cooked food and were all set to leave for our journey. To reach Tawang, we passed Bomdila as well. Yet another beautiful place. But to reach Bomdila from Bhalukpong you may need a permit for traveling from Bhalukpong to Bomdila. We got that within an hour and for that one hour to pass what could be the best way than to have Maggi and enjoy the cold breeze and snow-covered mountains all around you. After an hour or so, we headed towards Bomdila. The drive to Tawang from Bomdila had some crazy surreal views. BRO (Border Roads Org) has maintained the roads so well. The army and the local people together have kept the environment so clean and air that is pure & breathable! That place is so different from the rest of India. It just doesn’t feel like you’re there. For someone like me who has vertigo, driving through mountains and height I get anxiety. But the rounds are so safe and there’s help at every mile. So much respect for those people working for our country and also for maintaining the place for tourists. While driving through Bomdila to reach Tawang, you have to cross Sela Pass, a place at 13,000 ft. above sea level and beyond imagination. The region is extremely windy and cold. My words won’t do any justice to the place. With that freezing cold wind and stilled Sela Lake, the place looks dreamy and almost magical. It had a calming vibe with a little snow drizzling! I can trade anything to just be at this place. This unexplored paradise has my heart! After crossing Sela Pass, it takes another 4-5 hours to reach Tawang.

Tawang- a place that’s nothing short of a dream or just out of a movie! Not just a place with incomparable beauty but also with a history that every Indian must know. I explored Tawang and a lot of gems of Assam & Arunachal. Not to be missed I witnessed India-Bangladesh border too. How cool! But to know all of it, stay updated!

Here are some of the pictures of the breathtaking views I took!

Bhalukpong

Bomdila

Tawang

Sela Pass

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