Arty Crafty Wednesday – Minion


I really did it in lot of hurry. Now I see it is not upto the mark. And coloring is also not good. I just did it to be on the schedule.

I hope next wednesday wont be so disappointing.

I learnt to draw it from this video (back to the roots 😉 )-

 

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First award for my blog!!


Bwaaah! After blogging for almost 4 years, I am receiving my first award!! Thanks Kelly for the Liebster Award! 😘😘

I really have no one to blame about this because I keep a very low profile. Even today, I find very few people regularly visiting my blog or liking and commenting on my posts. And that’s OK, I am not complaining. In fact, I am thankful to them for visiting my blog!

Now I feel like I am giving some kind of a speech  like the winners give one, at the award ceremony 😀

Honestly speaking, I am still not sure what makes me come back and put my thoughts on this blog and make them public.

Is it really to vent my thoughts or I am just trying paint a different picture of me?

Perhaps I shall keep these thoughts for some other post and concentrate on the award right now 🙂

Here are the award rules –

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger give you
  3. Give 11 random FACTS about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs
  5. Notify those blogs of the nomination
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer


Kelly from Oceans Originals nominated me for this award. She makes beautiful crochet patterns and share them on the blog. Sometimes she also talks about latest things that are on her mind 😛 The other hobby she wants to take up is Henna designs. Good luck with that Kelly! She is the one person who regularly gives me feedback on my post 😉

Here are answers to questions asked by Kelly

  1. What is your personal mission statement?
    “Where there is will, there is a way!”
  2. What motivates you to blog?
    I am yet to exactly figure out but maybe those few loyal followers who regularly visit my blog. Thanks a ton to all of them. And I think writing is an area where I can express my creativity. Of course, sometimes I do need acknowledgement.
  3. What’s your favorite blog post?
    The one which I recently wrote about the song life cycle and the one I wrote a long time back, about my mom 😛
  4. What’s your favorite book?
    Game of Thrones from the series ‘A Song Of Ice and Fire ‘ by George R R Martin.
    It is the first and the only book from the series that I have read. So my answer is subject to change 😉
  5. Who is your favorite musician?
    I generally don’t differentiate between musicians unless they are really bad. I like good music. But still, if I have to choose, I will say A R Rahman. He is the one who won Oscar for directing music of Slumdog Millionaire 
  6. What is  your favorite type of weather?
    The spring in Netherlands 🙂 It is not too cold and not too hot. And days are quite long. So it feels very pleasant. But I also love rainy season of Mumbai! Can’t get over it completely!
  7. What is your favorite meal?
    The one that we have on the first day of Ganesh festival! The special item on the menu is Modak! And they are my favorites! It is a sweet dish made by stuffing a mixture of coconut and dry fruits in rice or wheat dough and later it is either cooked or fried. They look like momos but they are totally different and they are sweet!!!
  8. Who do I admire the most?
    Miley Cyrus, no doubt!

    Don’t judge me from this video, it just shows she has not lost her mind, she knows what she is doing, she knows how to maker her point.
  9. What is one activity on your bucket list?
    Participate in a marathon with my cousins 😀 I think it will be real fun!
  10. Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
    Think of your blog as a place you own, like your home. Maintain and decorate it accordingly. It is your representation.
  11. What is your favorite song?
    I have a lot of favorite songs but I will share the one which I have on my mind these days – ‘The night when we met’ It is one of the songs used in ‘13 Reasons Why ‘ and I am hooked to it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI6R3PRRU74

The toughest part, 11 random things about me – 

  1. I can get up early or I can even stay up late in night.
  2. But I prefer getting up early and making a fresh start.
  3. I don’t want to forgive people but I just forget why I was mad at them at the first place and I end up talking to them.
  4. I try not to appear shy but still people always think I am being timid and meek. Which I don’t like by the way.
  5. I like all the Indian sweets. All of them!
  6. But there is nothing in the world yet that I can eat in any quantity, just because I like it.
  7. Pimples freak me out. But not the ones on my forehead. Because I can’t see them.. unless I am in front of a mirror 😛
  8. I don’t have a single favorite color any more. I love them all. Is that the artist in me saying? O_o
  9. Since I am talking about art, I remember a comment my drawing teacher had made about the human figures I had drawn, he said – ‘Those hands and legs look more like pipes!’ Humiliating, I know 😛 But he was so right. I am still trying to convert those pipes back into limbs!
  10. Recently I have developed this hobby of indoor farming. It is not really farming. And it is on very small scale. But I am looking forward to take my hobby seriously.
  11. I am trying to detox myself of social network. I am almost successful.

My favourite part, I am nominating following 11 bloggers for the award (all of them are women!)-

  1. Dil on the rocks – On her blog, Dil shares moments from her life but something that I like the most is her witty conversations with her twins 🙂
  2. I’m Peonix – a new blog by Shivi, straight from her heart!
  3. Emotions that matter – an intelligent blogger, who takes blogging seriously.
  4. Traditional Cooking Made Simple –  just as the name goes
  5. Snehal Kank – Visual Designer, Artist, Dog Lover, she does beautiful paintings
  6. Vilaythi Desi Girl – she writes wonderful short stories, light read and easy to connect
  7. Nicole Sundays – a humorous blog!
  8. My Messy World – it is about the messy girl’s journey towards being less messy! You inspired me to use blog as tool to achieve dreams.
  9. The Era I Lived In – a sincere blog that talks about life
  10. wordssetmefreee – an empowering blog!
  11. My Pastimes – Ashwini makes amazing greeting cards.

11 Questions for the Nominees!

I remember a seminar I had attended on personal growth few years ago. The host of the seminar told us to introduce ourselves by telling things we liked about us. After we introduced ourselves, he very rightly noted how every one of us mentioned at the most, only 2 things that we liked about ourselves. He asked us, are there only 2 things that we like about ourselves?

Today, we judge ourselves so much. We try to fit in the group, we try to make a point, we sacrifice things to achieve our goals. And we overlook our efforts.

We are told –  appreciate others, don’t pin point others mistake.
We are told – don’t act so proud, be humble. First correct your own mistakes.

I am not going to ask 11 questions, I will ask you to share 11 things you like about yourselves! I am not breaking any award rule here, I just asking you 11 times, tell me one more thing you like about yourself! 😉

I know 11 things can be too much, but I am quite sure you will find them! After all, you all are lovely bloggers!

Last, but not least, Kelly, and every one who is reading this, I want to know what are things you like about yourself?

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Arty Crafty Wednesday


Just when the Wednesday is about to end, I am posting this drawing, that I drew just few minutes ago –


And I tried to imitate it from here-

I think it is not perfect, but I am happy with myself. I think I am at least taking baby steps towards improving my drawing.

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The song life cycle


Every time I come across a new song, it goes through different stages until it actually becomes a non-detachable part of my memory and my emotions.
It kind of goes through a complete life cycle 🙂 I thought it is very interesting concept to share on this blog 😛

  1. Introduction of a new song
    Sometimes it happens that the song is really new and trending while sometimes is an old song from an old movie or an album which I never knew even existed. I come across it either through a social network or YouTube or through my friends
    It can also be that I am watching a movie and I hear the song for the first time and I feel like – ‘Wow! I need to know this song!!’
  2. Listening the song repeatedly
    Then once I like it, I download it and play it repeatedly. Whether I am travelling or cooking or drawing or I am working in office. I just put on my earphones. I am so glad that it is not a person whom we have to ask to sing for us over and again 😀 Otherwise that person would go crazy XD
  3. Getting the lyrics right
    Then one day, somehow I am into some high priority task. I even forget to turn that song on or put on the earphones. And while working with all attention, from nowhere, I start saying the lyrics! I didn’t even know that I knew the lyrics at first place. I might have checked them online once or twice but I never paid that much attention to the words. But somehow I get them right, not all, but quite a few 🙂
  4. Practicing
    From now on, I pay more attention to the song, every time I listen. I try to see what part of lyrics I already know and what I need to remember. Finally, I get it all right!
    Frankly speaking, I have realized that most of the songs have similar lyrics, at least Bollywood songs. And there are some words that have same rhymes used in all the songs. So even if I forget, I can make out on my own which word I might be missing 😛
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  5. Singing in the mood
    Till here, I know the words and I can sing them with the music but I still keep it to myself and sing for myself. Then comes a day, when everything goes as expected! I am too happy about it. And the song starts playing as it is definitely on my playlist. I can’t control myself and began to sing it aloud! I know the lyrics but I am not a singer. Somehow I try to copy the singer, I try to stretch the words to fit in with the music. But because I am happy, I am also confident and so I get some words right (some don’t) and it all feels so perfect!! I would be lying if I say that, at that very moment, I don’t feel I should take up singing XD
  6. Singing right every time
    Here after, I sing this song every time I hear it. I used to bore my brother by singing songs whole day. That didn’t stopped me from doing it 😛 The song is now in my favorite songs list forever. But I may not listen it that much anymore. It will be somewhere in the playlist I listen regularly. Or if my mood demands then I might jump directly to it. But not on repeat.
  7. Moving on
    There is a period of weeks or months when I don’t listen to this song. Maybe I am introduced to a new song or maybe I am listening to a different playlist. Maybe I am not in a mood of listening songs. But still, if it is played accidentally in a party or a function or during a DJ, I somehow still remember the lyrics, and I get this cozy, happy feeling of meeting an old friend after long time 🙂

    The Song Life Cycle


Is this also the case with you? Or you have different stages than mine? Do you have some other hobby that has a pattern? I would really like to know!

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Arty Crafty Wednesday!


Can you guess who this is??

Who are you?

Who are you?

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Trip to Keukenhof – Tulip Garden 2


You can find some more pictures here 🙂

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Trip to Keukenhof – Tulip Garden 1


Keukenhof is one of the largest flower gardens, situated in South Holland and it is open for only 2 months of every year, from mid-March to mid-May. The best time to visit Keukenhof is maybe the end of April

I got a chance to visit this garden which we can see filmed in various Bollywood movies as a romantic location or as a beautiful background for any song. The weather at Keukenhof was also good that day. The sun was too bright which is very good thing for taking pictures.

Here, I am sharing some photos from my trip 🙂 By some I mean, there are more to come in the later post.IMG_20170430_123210715

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You see, there are not only Tulip flowers but other flowers too! And they were very nicely organised in combination with each other based on colors and types.

Aren’t they beautiful? Have you been to any such place? Have you been to Tulip Garden?What was your experience?

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King’s day Celebration in Amsterdam


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King's day 2017 - friendly stranger 2

King’s day 2017 – friendly stranger 2

King's day 2017 - Some inspiration on King's Day as well

King’s day 2017 – Some inspiration on King’s Day as well

King's day 2017 - selfie!

King’s day 2017 – selfie!

King's day 2017 - only orange that I had

King’s day 2017 – only orange that I had

King's day 2017 - drunk orange group 😀

King’s day 2017 – drunk orange group 😀

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King’s day 2017 – friendly stranger 3

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Interview with a Hackathon participant, team leader


Recently, we had one of the world’s biggest digital product development Hackathon held in India.
The event was held in 26 cities across the countries and a whooping 10,000 students participated in it.

One of them was my cousin Akash and his team stood 7th among 89 teams who had participated from Nagpur. *Applauds*

First of all, I would like to congratulate Akash and his team for such a wonderful achievement. And also thank you for making time for this interview.

I mailed Akash a set of questions for the interview and he very gladly answered them.

Can you tell us more about the event?

Name of the Event – Smart India Hackathon
This event was held in 28 centers all over India on 1st and 2nd April 2017. Initially we were asked to submit the synopsis of your project that we had selected and then they had a selection process for selecting interest ideas.
Our Center- Nagpur(Ramdeo baba college of engineering)
Department – Ministry Of Road Transport and highways.
Hackathon is basically an event where various teams are given certain task to perform(technical task) in a given time span.
This event was different as we already knew our topics but they projects where so huge and complicated that we could complete them in weeks prior to the event.
So we were ask to create a prototype and then judging panel will instruct us some changes in it and those changes we have to perform in 36 hrs.

How were you informed about the event?
One of my college friend informed us about the event and rest of the information was available on mygov.in

What was your and your teams approach about the event? Or how did  you form the team?
It was basically new experience for all my mates. We didn’t know we would get selected for the report. We all worked extremely hard for making just a 20-30 page report (We were selected of our report).
I personally contacted students who were interested for this event and ready to do the hard work required. Initially we decided to form two teams, but some students backed off and we were able to form only one team.

Can you tell us more about your team?

Team Members –
1. Akash Kulkarni (myself) – team leader
2. Sarvesh Nerurkar
3. Shubham More
4. Aditya Thanekar
5. Pratik Deoolwadikar
6. Prasad Vishwakarma

Team mentors
1. Sachin Malave(H.O.D)
2. Amol Kalugade(Asst. Professor)

I think our team was very well-balanced. As we had one professional Android developer(Aditya), he has been learning android from 3 years.
All other members were Familiar with Java, SQL, database connectivity and project management techniques.
Our two mentors were also extremely supportive in the whole process.

I hear you were the team lead? How does that feels? 😉
I was very happy as well as nervous when I was elected as a team leader for the particular event. I never had experience of leading a technical team before.
All of my team members and mentors were supportive and respected my decision at each and every step. I always like new challenges and I accepted this challenge with no problems and regrets. In fact this was first time our college for present at a national event and me being the leader it was a proud moment for me.

What was the environment at the event?
I must say environment was very enthusiastic as well as very much competitive.
Two days before the event all teams were residing in a hostel.
All students from different colleges, states and culture coming together for great event was very much interesting.
During the event initially all teams and students were pretty nervous but as time passed by all teams started interacting.
Competing for 36 hours is not an easy job but it was so much to learn from.

Was Mr Modi, our prime minister, present at the event?
This event was held at 28 different locations simultaneously, so practically it wouldn’t have been possible for honourable PM Mr. Narendra Modiji to attend the each site.|Narendra Modi acknowledged each and every center for 10-15 mins via webcam.
His words of wisdom were nothing but inspiration to us.

I have read in the news that there were 598 problem statements from 29 different government departments.
So how did you get yours?What was the procedure?What was it?
Yes there were total 598 problem statements for 29 different ministers and department.
We all knew our strength and weakness, so we didn’t select the problems which were not feasible to us at current moment because the submission day for report was 31 st January 2017 and we came to about the event on 23 rd January. So we had less time to think and create an interesting report.

Problem Selection –
As we had an excellent android developer, we decided to select an app base problem. We also thought of selecting a problem which will help masses directly.
So as we were exploring the problems in Road and transport ministry, we found online toll payment app problem and then selected it.

Procedure –
Create project synopsis and submit on website with college permission.

How was that experience of coding with your team for 36 straight hours and in that environment?
Again it was an amazing experience, very exhausting though as we slept for only 2 hours during an event and also had many sleepless night before the event just like last-minute submissions night out in college.

Any funny/memorable incident?
Had one during night out in the college. While we were working and decided to take coffee break, we just went out of room and suddenly there were bats all over the passage of the floor, flying blindly. We all were really panicked, and then one of the friends went shirtless and attack those bats until they ran away.
Our whole 3 months span was fun and exciting.

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Did you have performance pressure? 🙂
At first we didn’t have any pressure and soon when we started going into depth of the project we realised that it is not an easy one to execute.
Plus Whole college was very positive about the going.
Literally had meetings with H.O.Ds of all department, our principal Sir were also very much interested in our work.
So slowly pressure of performance started to build up and I am very much happy to say that none of us was beaten by the pressure but instead all started working more harder.

What did you and your team take back with you from this event?
We literally learned millions things from this event and not only from the event but from the whole Process. On very first day we all decided “For us it’s not winning it’s about learning”.
We learnt that there is always a scope for improvement and never keep your search is narrow space, always think of bigger and impossible things, if we do that then we realise nothing is impossible.
For those 3 months about 10000 Indian students thought about problem faced by India and why India is behind, not only they thought they gave their priceless efforts for solving it.
Instead of mocking and blaming the Government for all ill things happening we young people should work harder and create better things for own people and for own country.
Why should we outsource our problems if we can tackle it ourselves?
Make your people proud, and think logically always.

Any feedback, good or bad, you would like to give about the event?
Off course a great Event. I certainly want to be part of many more events and learn something

I think my first interview went quite well 🙂 Altough Akash took a little longer to reply the questions, but he is still in time!
Once again, thank you for the time. And I wish Akash and each one of his team members very good luck for your future endeavors.


I am starting a new series on my blog, where I will take interview of people I already know like my friends, family or acquintances. This will give them me an opportunity to know more about them and learn about their experience. It might also help them to think about their experiences and think a little louder 🙂 I hope that the readers to find it interesting. Do let me know what you think about it.

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Arty Crafty Wednesday


I couldn’t think of anything good, and I also didn’t have enough time. So I just draw something quickly. So here are 5 quick doodles, telling something about me 😛

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I am a tall girl with usually long hair, but now-a-days I keep them short. I think they look cool 😉 And most of the time I wear T-shirt and Jeans with sneakers, which I think makes me look cooler 😀

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I am Libra, but trying hard to strike balance in my life!

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I love my family and few friends that I have! They are my weakness, but also my strenght!! ❤ ❤

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Maths was my favorite subject in school, and it ceases to leave my heart even today 🙂

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Probably the only think I am mad about through out my life 😀

I think I am being too shameless here and posting these pictures even when they are too naive to put on a display. But I didn’t want to miss last post of this segment before my break. Yes, I am gonna be little busy next month. So I may not post anything. Not even Game of Thrones quote 😦

But I promise to come back with something exiting to share!!

Till then, Ciao!

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