The Philospher's Stone https://www.subzeroricha.com Musings. Life. Books. And more Sat, 08 Dec 2018 05:49:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 https://www.subzeroricha.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-12346151_955685217802010_1006567868_a-1-32x32.jpg The Philospher's Stone https://www.subzeroricha.com 32 32 71563087 Why Prince of Galle is a Must Try Place in Sri Lanka https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/12/why-prince-of-galle-is-a-must-try-place-in-sri-lanka/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/12/why-prince-of-galle-is-a-must-try-place-in-sri-lanka/#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 05:49:38 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2551 One of my pet peeves about five star hotels is that they all look exactly the same as the next one. And that in itself sounds like a waste of money to me. So whenever we plan our travels, one thing we attempt through our journey is to discover hotels or home stays that offer […]

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One of my pet peeves about five star hotels is that they all look exactly the same as the next one. And that in itself sounds like a waste of money to me. So whenever we plan our travels, one thing we attempt through our journey is to discover hotels or home stays that offer a different experience in terms of accommodation and service. I would rather spend the amount I would have eventually spent on a Five star place, on a boutique hotel with a unique experience set.

This is something we attempted (and successfully achieved) in Sri Lanka tour as well. While I will be blogging the whole itinerary in detail later. Today I want to share with you my experience about the place we stayed in Galle.

Prince of Galle.

True to its name, the hotel had an element of history embedded in it. The hotel also earmarks the year 1718 as first birth of Jobsz ( owner family) after coming from Amsterdam, the place had its own emblem, a large wall filled with photographs, paintings documenting the years that have gone by and of course like every other great stay, a very gracious host.

Kirk is not your regular hotel owner, he is a very hands on person who will spends hours in the morning interacting with guests at breakfast, getting his staff to cook up a storm in kitchen (later about this) and most importantly makes you feel belonged in a place far away from home.

Galle was our last stop in a whirlwind trip across Sri Lanka and we had deliberately done so to allow ourselves a relaxing end before we headed back to home and chaos. The city itself is a beach town and as most Tripadvisor reviews would recommend – you have to stay within the fort because that is where the experience lies.

We too while searching hotels on Tripadvisor, placed our filters to discover a stay inside the fort and our search popped open Prince of Galle as an option. The property not only looked beautiful in pictures and in positive reviews but was also in fact extremely centrally located and within minutes of walk away from the beach and pedlar street.

It took us a day to zero in on the stay.

The room we stayed in was “King’s residence” and it had its own private floor with a beautiful seating space. The room itself was done extremely tastefully with some elements retained from the original building set – such as a vintage door with a mirror inside it.

They say a picture says a thousand words, I will embed a video tour of the room below here to make it a million sentences!

 

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Apart from the room, the hotel offers a five course breakfast which let me just say, is to die for. Most people who know me, know this, that I am not a foodie. Not only that, I am also a very frugal eater. So when Kirk first mentioned the five course breakfast I wasn’t very excited. But how wrong I was!

The breakfast itself deserves a separate post. I even sneaked some of the recipes of the individual dishes and have already tried one and another is on way tonight (Masterchef India – here I come).

The five course breakfast meal involves – this beautiful oats and fruits meal. A very Sri Lankan style french toast. A mouth wash to remove all the flavours you have experienced so far. Then a unique take on the very famous Sri Lankan hoppers – Hoppas (a mix of tapas & hoppers) – which let me tell you, two of them were not enough to satiate my taste (THAT GOOD). And then to end the breakfast with some bread toast and homemade jam.

While I was writing the last paragraph it dawned on me that if someone narrated this course of meal to me, I would imagine I cannot finish even half of it. But guess what, I finished them all! Yup. Yup. That good.

Side note: Though I will document the breakfast in detail – if you still need more info, check out this post.

Overall, Prince of Galle was an experience it itself. What with unique rooms, a beautiful setting and gracious host – the stay was very much part of our trip as the city tour. In fact if you are in Galle, we highly recommend you stay here. But just in case you don’t, then do try their world famous Ice tea – which let me tell you was quite something!

If you want any other information about this place, hit me up in comments or send me a message through contact us.

You can also look up Prince of Galle on Instagram & Facebook. Also their website.

Disclaimer: We were offered a complimentary stay at this hotel but in no way has that impacted my review of them.

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Indian Edit Look Season One Rocked and How! https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/10/indian-edit-look-season-one-rocked-and-how/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/10/indian-edit-look-season-one-rocked-and-how/#respond Fri, 05 Oct 2018 05:51:50 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2529 How did it all begin? Well ever since as a child I have had the women in my house tell me over and over again that I look amazing in a saree. Some would even take me along shopping and make me try stuff they wanted to buy for themselves. Saying they rather see an […]

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How did it all begin? Well ever since as a child I have had the women in my house tell me over and over again that I look amazing in a saree. Some would even take me along shopping and make me try stuff they wanted to buy for themselves. Saying they rather see an updated version of that piece to gain a better idea.

It was all too funny to me, personally. I was all very happy with my Shorts and T-shirts at all times.

And then I got married and these compliments flew some more – given the additions in my wardrobe thanks to the change in marital status.

Until I gained weight. And well, a saree hides all of it & how (truth be told).

Suddenly it dawned on me that I definitely looked better in a saree than any other dress. So I decided to shop more of it.

But where to wear!?!? 

Of course. Instagram!

And thus created Indian Edit Look Season One.

What was the Objective of this?

To promote Indian wear in everyday lives.

Detailed plan.

You could be wearing a saree, a suit, a kurta, a jhumka hell even a lungi! All you need to do is click a photo of yourself, put up on social media and add hashtag #IndianEditLook

Success Metric.

No of people who decide to put up a photo with the hashtag. I kept a reasonable number 24.

My profile picture across networks is fruits of this project!

And armed with all this I started off with the project at hand. Project? Did I say project? Yes! I entered this idea as part of Blogchatter Projects – a unique campaign where you can build something larger than you through your online efforts. And see results that are far reaching in all aspects. 

From side of campaign I got tons of social media coverage and exposure. I was also sent to all community members as part of emailers. And at all times I knew Blogchatter had my and my project’s back! Which is phenomenal!!

In my case for example, not only did I break free from my usual routine – I also got a chance to create an idea larger than me. Promoting Indian wear in everyday lives! And boy it was fun and super successful.

Do you also have an idea you want to build further? Something larger than you and me? Say starting an awareness campaign for a disease OR calling for equal rights for all genders OR selling an e-course! Then get going, plan and register your project for Season 2 of Blogchatter Projects!

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Why an EMI free Year could Get You Your Dream home https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/09/why-an-emi-free-year-could-your-dream-home/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/09/why-an-emi-free-year-could-your-dream-home/#comments Sun, 02 Sep 2018 16:57:04 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2522 Investing in real estate is not an easy job. It takes tons of research and well backed up projects to take this gigantic leap of faith. Previously I have written all about my first property purchase. But since the time I wrote that post to now, which is roughly one odd year, a lot has changed.  I […]

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Investing in real estate is not an easy job. It takes tons of research and well backed up projects to take this gigantic leap of faith. Previously I have written all about my first property purchase. But since the time I wrote that post to now, which is roughly one odd year, a lot has changed. 

I have now purchased and moved into a new home! Which is a different feeling altogether. Because a house is not just a property investment, it is also home to your dreams and aspirations. And as many will tell you, purchasing a house is only the first step. Customising it to suit your little quirks and needs is the journey that follows.

And you don’t want to delay this journey, most of us attempt to complete those reading nooks and chai parlours as soon as we move in.

Did you know as a thumb rule for decor, you must spend 10 % of your house’s value on interior designing? This is to ensure your house becomes your perfect home! 

But with pressures of new found EMIs and other costs, how can one shell out more? 

What if that first year had no EMIs? Wouldn’t that allow us to invest back into the house’s decor without worrying? And in turn create that perfect home of our dreams? 

I was surfing the internet when I came across the Ghar Aaja India offer by Tata Value  Homes. The offer is easy peasy: 

1 – Pay 10 % and move in

2 – 90% after twelve months

Making your FIRST YEAR an EMI FREE 365 Days! And all that money you can push in to get your perfect decor.

For example this chimney with side lamps that might cost a bomb but would look magical in your kitchen. 

OR

This Greenhouse in the backyard which would need tons of labour but becomes a haven for butterflies and flowers.

OR

This sit out in the Balcony which would have become that perfect chai place if not for its enormous costs

 

You might think these ideas are randomly inserted here as dreamy locales. But you couldn’t be more wrong! Because these options are the exact things I had to cancel in my interior project due to lack of cash.

I did get an elaborate Kitchen and a living room of my dreams but some ideas got pushed as next year to-dos. Imagine if I had a year free from EMIs, all these would be a part of my own plan… 

So when I saw the Tata Value Homes Ghar Aaja India offer, my heart ached because this could have allowed me to build my perfect home with all my favourite things. But alas, I didn’t have the option.

But you do have that option. And might want to exercise it before it ends. Go get your dream house and decorate it into that perfect home!

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Why Adulting is a tough take in Thirties https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/06/why-adulting-is-a-tough-take-in-thirties/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/06/why-adulting-is-a-tough-take-in-thirties/#comments Sat, 02 Jun 2018 08:58:20 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2508 It is an average Saturday for most of us. But not for me, I am sitting in my chair – taking a much needed half a day off from work, out of which most time I spent talking to my Dad. In an honest account of my childhood, my relationship with my Dad has been […]

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It is an average Saturday for most of us. But not for me, I am sitting in my chair – taking a much needed half a day off from work, out of which most time I spent talking to my Dad.

In an honest account of my childhood, my relationship with my Dad has been .. for a lack of better word – tumultuous. We had both lost a precious loved one – a wife and a mother – that didn’t bring out the best in our emotions. We both attempted to safeguard our own versions of truths and if I can say – fights.

But that time is long gone. I am now thirty one and one of the worst effects of adulting for me personally has been this need to let go of expectation of perfection in people you love. I cannot say I have succeeded completely but I can say – I have, through a basic and rather crude algorithm of decision making, zeroed in on people I cannot just let go.

And my Dad is featured in it. No, not because he is my only surviving parent – if you grew up in my house you were always taught – “Respect is earned, not granted through birth or hierarchy”. So this reasoning of granting him importance was never my DNA. But he is featured because he has been the best possible parent anyone could be in that situation. He had his flaws but I now realise his good was so good, it helped us all survive.

If anyone was curious who else is on that list – my best friend is. And she too has her set of flaws and quirks (which i adore by the way) but at all times I know, she loves me like there is no tomorrow. And every other idea in front of that gets washed away instantly. There is of course, my sister and my husband – who honestly have no way knowing how messed up my head is but they still bring out the best versions of my life.

Moving on. In my blogposts that this website has seen, I know I have never offered clarity – or a space to deduce things. I have always just poured my confusion out here, hoping something in this exercise brings in some sort of a semblance of understanding for us all.

Today was one of those days. What I thought would be a half day break is now a puddle of emotions, memories and “what ifs” that have crippled me to continue beyond with anything.

Somewhere in the middle of my conversation with my dad today, he mentioned “You bat for so many greys in life but internally you have always been one of the most black & white person I have ever seen. Your fixation with truth and nothing but the truth has always prevented you from listening to other sides of the coin. And I don’t mean this in a bad way – but I believe that is the reason for many of your failures and yet most of your successes too”.

It is almost as if I lost my voice. How smoothly and simply he drew out the biggest mess of my life out of my head and into words. My idealism. Which has always been my undoing. How I have always had this yardstick inside my head and nothing above or below is right. How many friends, family, career opportunities, projects and what not have I lost, only because I could not bring myself to compromise.

And yet. It is this very need to strive for nothing but the truth that I have discovered my life’s most challenging idea. A difficult and long journey that finally now shows signs of success. 

Usually I am an articulate human being, but when he finished saying those words, I had started stammering. This guard I carry on my face – this pretence of showing one thing and being another was so quietly gone in front of him. Like he knows, he understands but he plays the game with me – insinuating he is fooled as is rest of the world.

And it is this very idea of perfection. Truth and nothing but the truth that has tortured me for years, centering my whole life around existential crisis of different kinds.

As most writers, I know the beginning and the end of a piece are critical to survive reader’s attention span. But what if the very end is what my writing seeks. That it is the lack of a befitting end to my words that led me here.

Will that reader then forgive me? 

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Was our anger for Nirbhaya in 2012 – politically motivated? https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/04/2497/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/04/2497/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2018 04:28:11 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2497 I was visiting Red Fort with my sister and husband for a light and sound show in 2013, late evening. When suddenly out of nowhere I remembered that the road right across the Fort was one of the routes that dreaded Nirbhaya bus had taken, when she was being raped inside. And before I could […]

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I was visiting Red Fort with my sister and husband for a light and sound show in 2013, late evening. When suddenly out of nowhere I remembered that the road right across the Fort was one of the routes that dreaded Nirbhaya bus had taken, when she was being raped inside.

And before I could even collect my senses, I had started crying. Only person who saw that was my husband and perhaps out of some strange telepathy he understood what had run through my mind.

He gave me a quiet hug and let my tears flow for next few minutes. And all of this, while I saw my sister hop, skip and jump on the side where she was buying some eatables for us. That was the fear, always. Nirbhaya case brought my worst fears to life, I can protect myself but what about my sister? (My hands shook while typing that)

And today too, even a mention of that case can zone me out for a few hours. In the middle of the night through random thoughts, details of that case come flooding back – and only a cup of chai can bring me back to sanity. Often, I make my head think of happy memories from my childhood with mom to calm my senses. 

It was also one of the cases that put the final nail on UPA 2 government. Thousands like me, took to internet and streets to vent their anger which finally overflowed in votes as well.

Yesterday though, a woman accused BJP MLA from Unnao of gangrape. Forget arresting that person, police refused to even file an FIR. Not to get political, but with as much as a single complaint, AAP leaders have been thrown behind bars in rather swift action from Police.

It further led her to attempt suicide outside CM house, demanding justice. But she was saved. Only to finally watch her own father die in police custody. Her father was arrested by Unnao police and allegedly goons of MLA were sent inside jail to thrash him.

This woman, lost her dignity, her right to justice and her father all in one go. And while all of this was happening – what stunned me beyond disbelief was that there were thousands of us who had taken to internet and streets to speak against the Nirbhaya case and treatment of conviction that followed. This time, a mere handful of those thousands raised their voice.

The stunned silence from rest, reeked of biases that do not encompass humanity.

But. If this was not enough. Kathua (in J&K) saw brutal gang-rape and murder of an 8 year old. DNA tests have revealed she was raped over a few days inside a TEMPLE.

While this may have violated your senses a bit, there is more. The accused is a State Police officer who had carried out this heinous crime to give a signal of fear & intimidation against Muslim community. Does that shock you still?

Oh there is a lot more. Hindu Ekta Morcha took out a rally involving two Ministers from BJP in support of…. ACCUSED. They have vandalised court procedures and police investigation – ensuring chargesheet is not filed and demanding accused be released immediately.

I looked around, again I saw off the thousands who had spoken against Nirbhaya, many were quiet. 

Today after a long time, I felt defeated. I felt like I was a fool to believe that when I raised my voice against UPA2 I did it for my nation, my country. That I was hoping for a better future of same.

When actually, they all had an ulterior motive. A motive to safeguard their community and those who appeased them.

What do we tell our little ones? How long can our silence remain the weapon of oppressor? 

 

The 8 Year Old from Kathua

 

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An Uncommon Love that Saved me https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/02/uncommon-love-saved/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/02/uncommon-love-saved/#comments Sat, 17 Feb 2018 08:06:37 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2485 One of the rarest gifts both my parents helped me achieve was extreme forms of self-confidence, which never bordered on foolhardiness. And yet, when I lost one of them to a sudden act of God, it was this self-confidence that took first hit. I had lost my mother to death and my dad to depression. […]

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One of the rarest gifts both my parents helped me achieve was extreme forms of self-confidence, which never bordered on foolhardiness. And yet, when I lost one of them to a sudden act of God, it was this self-confidence that took first hit.

I had lost my mother to death and my dad to depression. The love of his life had left him, it took him years to reconcile to this fact.

And to add injury to insult, I suddenly realised that I was not confident because my parents told me so. I was confident because my parents shut out all the voices of the world who threatened to tell me otherwise.

And without them, there were scheming school teachers who found a golden opportunity to pull me down, set of relatives who could now without my mother, play havoc in our family and of course thanks to the emotional instability I had embarked upon, I even attracted a set of friends who had understood the power their words had on my physical and emotional being.

Slowly but surely I gave up on my self. I stopped going to debate auditions knowing they would be rigged. I stopped meeting relatives, understanding they would seek information out of my being to spread more gossips.

And kept seeking safest options in the world to ensure I do not fail. Which obviously involved aiming really low. 

When you look at fifteen years of not scaling your potential, you miss these five second encounters and decide to move past them all to finally place the burden of your failures on your shoulders.

I did that. 

Until one day something happened to me. Blogchatter. At first I refused to believe it was anything and kept playing it down. I pushed the idea as a mass movement and nothing more, until a friend over dinner drew my business model on a napkin! He looked at me and said ‘It is out there waiting for YOU to stand up and claim. Either do it or give it up’.

And my head went – ‘Give it up.’ 

If you don’t bet, you don’t lose. 

But it kept pulling me back. It kept demanding my attention. Sometimes through tears and bawls, surrounded by a life of failures, I would wipe my tears and sit on my laptop and send out a tweet saying “Hola! Welcome back to Prime Time of Twitter” 

And in that one hour I would forget all my miseries and failures.

What was it that kept pulling me back? What was it that undid fifteen years of conditioning? It was Love. 

Love of these strangers who arrived on a Twitter chat every week. Who would enquire if we were sick – in case we got late by a couple of minutes. Who sent us emails and what not, expressing their love for us.

That love kept me going. 

Last month I gave a TED talk. When I made this announcement on social media – I received a flurry of messages everywhere.

Someone sent me ‘Go rock the stage Richa, inspire us millions of women who have given up on ourselves’.

Another said ‘You are a Miracle.’

I was overwhelmed.

I went up on stage, gave my talk and amongst thunderous claps walked back to my seat in front row. In those few seconds, I was transported to when I was fourteen and I had given a debate audition (first after my mother), I came back to similar claps and juniors telling me ‘You were sooo good’. When the results were announced, another girl was selected. The whole room had a blanket of silence. I looked deep into the eyes of that teacher to understand if she felt any guilt. She looked back with that arrogant smile.

I never gave another audition ever again. 

And yet here I was, speaking on a Global stage. Speaking to a hall filled with people, lining up to meet and greet me, getting selfies with me.

In a sea of familiars, I found my love in an ocean of strangers. 

Uncommon Love of strangers online.

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This post has been written in response to that same Blogchatter’s Prompt of the weekend – Uncommon Love/First Love.

 

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Why Freelancers & Self-employed need to Seek Community https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/01/freelancers-self-employed-need-seek-community/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/01/freelancers-self-employed-need-seek-community/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:22:00 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2468 As a self-employed individual, my life doesn’t have HR managers or Finance teams to assist in my everyday activities. I rely on hiring designated firms or professionals for all the support functions. But more importantly I rely on a community of bloggers and social media enthusiasts to drive me each day. When I began blogging, […]

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As a self-employed individual, my life doesn’t have HR managers or Finance teams to assist in my everyday activities. I rely on hiring designated firms or professionals for all the support functions.

But more importantly I rely on a community of bloggers and social media enthusiasts to drive me each day.

When I began blogging, I found my community in Write Tribe, a story well documented on my blog over the years. It was here I learned all the tricks of the trade and even found my niche when it came to writing. I had so many questions, which all got answered by the veterans in the group.

Moving across timelines and even projects, today Blogchatter relies on this emotion everyday:

“When you take your writing or art online, you are seeking Community”

I remember some of my first blogging projects were all due to references I received online. Connections I had made over Twitter while discussing politics, religion and even music! These connections became stronger over time and today when I am hustling behind Blogchatter – these same connections form clients/Vendors as the nature of project demands. The ecosystem thrives on our inter-dependability.

But when life moved from domestic to international, as any other person I discovered some hiccups. During my early years of freelancing, I was exposed to International Freelance business through FoodPanda Germany – who wanted to get a truckload of content work carried out through me.

From trusting the client to understanding payment methods, I was a bit stumped. Those days, social media was not so handy and community of freelancers not too communicative – but on referral of client I tried PayPal for my payments and after my initial inhibitions, life with International freelancing has been super easy!

Over the last few years, I have seen a large community of freelancers develop around International Clients. In fact a survey notes that 4 in 5 freelancers get international projects.

At times, the size of projects and need for diversity sees many of them come together to deliver for a single client. And connecting them all is PayPal.

For example, very recently I was offered work from an International brand who wanted an app testing to be carried out and the specifics of the project entailed that I share my PayPal.Me link upfront for easy and hassle free payments.

Speaking of PayPal.Me, it is one of the best features offered by PayPal team. You can customize the way you want to, and give your services a unique identity. Simply share your PayPal.Me link with your clients and get paid with the click of a link.

61% of freelancers have faced issues in payments. Additionally they also face issues of trust while dealing with clients. And there have been cases where they have been duped of payments post completion of work. This risk is all the more, higher while dealing with international clients.

Seller Protection Policy of PayPal helps self-employed individuals everywhere by assisting them through a dispute settlement court. If an individual is not paid by a client, they can evoke this Policy to settle dues (provided a reasonable point is established by party).

With PayPal, me and millions of other freelancers discover that simply by getting on the medium one can take a deep dive into more Opportunities, more Clients, more Business and, more Money!

And now you can additionally get vouchers up to 1500 INR for earning with PayPal

Domestic or International, writing or creating art can be a lonely job. Seek your community online to deliver better projects for yourself. Not only will community assist you in doubts and issues, they will also come together in getting you more projects and better business.

 

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A Failure that Gave me Blogchatter https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/01/failure-gave-blogchatter/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2018/01/failure-gave-blogchatter/#comments Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:15:26 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2464 Very few people are aware about the life changing incident that I am about to share. It was the year 2012, I was newly married and floating on cloud nine of love and companionship. With that milestone achieved, I thought now could be a good time to push myself into work and build a more […]

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Very few people are aware about the life changing incident that I am about to share.

It was the year 2012, I was newly married and floating on cloud nine of love and companionship. With that milestone achieved, I thought now could be a good time to push myself into work and build a more successful career at the organisation I was engaged then.

Thus began my year of endless working, I would skip tea breaks and lunches to push more and more tasks out of my way. Take on added responsibilities to create a good impression and of course continuously take feedback about my performance, to ensure I was on track.

To my disbelief though, when appraisal got released a year later – I was handed out an average grade. While my discussions had been quite opposite, the final results were not in line with my expectations. And I was in no way prepared for this.

Though I still say, my bosses were extremely supportive and perhaps in some way justified in the end but my heart simply broke.

I came back home and cried. For two entire days. 

My father or my husband, who are usually more accustomed to a more balanced me, were literally at their wits end. Endless phone calls and tea conversations were carried out by the two, to re-boot my confidence levels.

But something had snapped. I could no longer put myself back in the equation.

After about two days, I opened my laptop and started writing. I wrote and wrote. I hit publish on as much as three to four blogposts in a day! That was one crazy time.

My husband would leave for work at eight in the morning and return by six. He would leave me sitting on laptop and come back to find me still sitting with same.

Nobody could say anything to me, they were afraid I was going crazy and perhaps definitely needed some help.

After five days of not showing at work, I received a call from my Head. He sounded concerned and entreated me to join back.

Which I did. But this time my head space was not same. My mind and heart both were at home on that laptop, still writing. Still publishing blogposts. 

I even began writing a manuscript, and after about forty thousand words I realised it was quite the piece of shit. But what it did was that consistent writing helped me evolve my style and smoothened my prose.

Something I still can see in my pieces. A lot of my writing got lifted in that phase.

While I continued at work, my heart had taken a flight. My day would be filled with writing ideas and my nights would be filled with Blogging. It was during that phase when I even achieved an under 100K Alexa rank and became one of the popular bloggers in the country.

One thing led to another and before I could even realise the momentum’s speed, I had created Blogchatter.

Looking back, I realise if it wasn’t for my abject failure when it comes to corporate, I may have never discovered entrepreneurship. If I was perhaps satisfied with an average rating, I would have never pushed myself to aim for the stars.

So sometimes, it is good to aim high and fail. It is good to experience failure so that you know what you need to do, to never experience it again.

Connecting it with Chatter Prompts where the theme of the weekend is ‘A Failure that Changed me‘.

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#UnwrapChristmas with Memories https://www.subzeroricha.com/2017/12/unwrapchristmas-with-memories/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2017/12/unwrapchristmas-with-memories/#comments Mon, 25 Dec 2017 10:36:50 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2458 It only takes a spark to get the fire going. And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing. That’s how it is with God’s love, Once you have experienced it You want to sing You feel like spring You want to pass it on… A few of us gathered together for Secret […]

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It only takes a spark to get the fire going.
And soon all those around can warm up in its glowing.
That’s how it is with God’s love,
Once you have experienced it
You want to sing
You feel like spring
You want to pass it on…

A few of us gathered together for Secret Santa tidings, divided by names and united through a common Christmas spirit of sharing. And it is in this spirit that we bring this blog chain to you. I am celebrating the spirit of Christmas with the #UnwrapChristmas blogpost chain.

I am taking the baton of Unwrap Christmas from GS Nidhi and sharing my thoughts.

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Four hundred and one. Yes folks, that was the number of plants my mother owned in her lifetime. She maintained them through early days of marriage while living in a small one room house to of course the lavish bungalow my father got built (a very interesting story this) for her and her plants alone!

And of these plants, is this tall christmas tree which has stood the test of times and been a witness to the countless memories of our lives back in Lucknow.

This year, for the first time I too purchased a Christmas Tree of my own for the apartment garden I have been nurturing. And yesterday it became the hero of our house with all the lights and decorations meticulously placed on it for the impending celebration my husband planned for the occasion.

Watching him thread those bells and plan his lights, I remembered a story of the lavish bungalow my father built for my mother and her plants alone.

It was the year of fresh seasons and sweet chats. I was about three years old and my parents lived happily in this one room set which I still fondly call ‘my doll house’. But there was plenty of room for warm conversations, hot cups of chai and four hundred & one plants.

But behind scenes what my father didn’t know was that my mother used to be taunted by the landlord’s son each day with accusations of misusing their water supply. While watering her four hundred and one plants.

One day, he came home a bit early and stepped into one of these one sided rants where my mother hardly ever interjected. She was one of those people you see, she never liked bothering people with her problems. Least of all my father.

Within seconds, things escalated and my father screamed from behind ‘We will quit your house in three months‘.

A jittery landlord and his wife tried their best to pacify the discord but damage was done.

With no land, no money and obviously no plans – my father decided to build his own house.

An architect friend helped with a house design, saying ‘This design is being manufactured for the first time in India. I can get this for free for you but you will have no guarantee whether the house will be liveable or even stand on its own for a long time. It is a sample we want to try and if successful will put on our brochures.’

My father replied, ‘Does it have a roof?’

His friend only smiled.

At another juncture, my father managed to get two plots sold off for a real estate agent. The agent offered him money as commission, to which he replied, “There is a plot in between the two you have sold. No one wants to buy it because it has been cut trapezoidal. If you can give me that, I will be most obliged.”

And hence we got a plot. 

They were left with no money for a proper contractor and so my mother would reach the construction site every morning at nine and oversee the work at hand.

As promised, within three months we moved out of our rented home and shifted into the basement of my current home. While construction was still on.

The house when finished didn’t break down. It in fact became one of the most successful designs of the firm and went on to inspire many other customers to get one for themselves as well!

But that was never the motive behind it. It was the love and respect my father had for my mother. And of course her four hundred and one plants 🙂 

This Christmas I share this story to remind you that festivals are less gifts and expensive clothes but more about building memories, love and family. 

It is in this house, each year my mother celebrated the spirit of Christmas – gathering all of us under one roof, she showed us what truly love and festivals denote in our lives.

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I pass on the baton of Unwrap Christmas to Manisha, here’s wishing you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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TATA Value Homes is back with the #OfferOfTheCentury! https://www.subzeroricha.com/2017/11/tata-value-homes-back-offerofthecentury/ https://www.subzeroricha.com/2017/11/tata-value-homes-back-offerofthecentury/#respond Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:41:57 +0000 https://www.subzeroricha.com/?p=2451 When they say some things are too good to be true, they obviously weren’t talking about TATA Value Homes’ ‘Offer of The Century’. After an overwhelming response to their 99 Hours sale, good people from Tata Value Homes have decided to re-open India’s first Real estate flash sale for a good 24 Hours From 11th […]

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When they say some things are too good to be true, they obviously weren’t talking about TATA Value Homes’ ‘Offer of The Century’. After an overwhelming response to their 99 Hours sale, good people from Tata Value Homes have decided to re-open India’s first Real estate flash sale for a good 24 Hours From 11th November 4 PM to 12th November 4 PM

The offer remains same offering 99% funding with discounts up to 19 Lakhs.

Affordable housing has been a much talked about subject in our society off late. With rising rents and increasing pressures of various kinds, getting a home as soon as it’s possible – holds a lot more importance that it did probably a decade back.

The sooner one gets a home of their own, the lesser rent goes out of their pockets – hence MORE SAVINGS !

But affordable housing sees its own drawbacks – shoddy facilities, shady builders and not to forget poor quality. In this mix, when a brand name like TATA decides to lend voice – we can be rest assured the problem gets duly solved.

Hence their #OfferOfTheCentury was almost like a celebration of empowerment all around. Because it made a dream home sound so much more possible and real suddenly! 

Personally too, I have had a bad experience when it comes to real estate investment. I have spoken about it here as well – how my first property bought through my hard earned money has not seen any appreciation and lacks of promises that the builder assured. 

With TATA, a lot of my issues got resolved, we even took affirmative steps to check one of their properties in Pune and consolidate some of our ideas around making the next move. Because putting down a huge chunk of my savings for a property today requires a lot of courage on my part. But I agree that the brand name attached as well as the charm of placing only about 1% of total value – pushes me further.

To those of you who have been lurking on the side, here – the sale is back again for twenty four hours and you can discover your dream home through it. Go and book one for yourself, details more here: Tata Value Homes

Remember the offer opens from 11th November, 4 pm and ends on 12th November 4 pm – so hurry before it’s too late!

Get ready to own your dream home today with the #OfferOfTheCentury

 

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