Social Network and Me – Part 1


It has been a month now that I have not logged in to FB.

I didn’t deactivate or delete my account. I have just logged out. And I don’t think I am missing out on anything at all. I don’t even have that urge to check out what is happening there.

This is mainly because I think it was just an unwanted habit. And an involuntary habit. I did it just because I had nothing else on my mind to do.

There have been times, in my past where I would deactivate my FB account during my exams or when I would feel that I was addicted to it. But then, once, my friend told me why we need Facebook i.e. to lighten our mood. When we read memes or when we see funny videos we, at least for that moment, smile or laugh. Or even when we read a thoughtful quote, we never know how much it can push us to do things.

So I decided to get back and stay on Facebook. But over the period, Facebook became only that thing for me. A place to visit just to lighten my mood. And I began to share and re-share things that I thought would lighten other people’s mood. And now that I am not a student any more, and my day isn’t so busy, I kept visiting Facebook every other minute.

There are two very casual things that led me to the realization that it is time to stop.

  1. We were discussing in my office on FB when the news of it using our data illegally was taking rounds. My boss very casually said, “I just created an account many years ago and soon realized social network is an overrated thing. I haven’t logged in since.” I didn’t think much about it then, rather I expected something like that from him. But somehow, it stayed with me for days. The more I think about it now, the more agreeable it feels.
  2.  I was checking out some drawing lessons online. An artist on one of the websites was talking about how we can make time for our hobbies from our daily routines. She pointed that, when we are back from work, we think now it is time to relax, to do whatever we want to. And so we start watching television or browsing our mobile. In my case, it was FB. After a few hours of this activity, instead of feeling refreshed, we feel more tired. Because these things don’t really refresh our mind. Instead what we should do is – just sit idle, talk to our family members or check out what is happening around, enjoy the nature. And as I began to do this, I realized what it is to feel refreshed.

How I got rid of Facebook?

It is really a trick that I played on my brain. I just logged out of facebook instead of keeping myself logged in. I logged out from everywhere. My office machine, my phone, my laptop. So every time I go to Facebook, it asks me to log in. And this gives my brain a moment to pause and think. Do I really have to? And I back out.

How my life has changed?

Obviously, I feel more relaxed and my eyes don’t hurt much. I invest my time in the things that really matter. Like cleaning kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc at the end of the day.(Sorry but that’s what matter to me.) Giving my 100% to whatever I am doing at that moment. And you know the best part? My mobile hardly runs out of battery 😛

What next?

To be honest, I still use Instagram and Youtube. But I know the same trick can work for Instagram. The problem is with YouTube. There is a very thin line between using YouTube to educate or to entertain. I need to find out and fix it.

I should not forget that blogging is also a way of social networking. And it had really got me. More about it in the next part 🙂

 

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Arty Crafty Wednesday – Lorikeet


I can see that the colouring is not so fine, but I am trying.
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I learnt from this video here –

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My School #NotSoGrownUpEssay


“Mom, I don’t want to go to this school. Please change my school. I don’t have good friends here.” I remember telling my mom, with tears in my eyes. We were in a local train compartment, coming back from somewhere, on a Sunday evening. I was in 9th grade.

I don’t remember what Mom replied. Maybe she didn’t say anything significant. She just kept asking me some questions, like “Which school do you want to go?” “And what about that friend you had?”

But were my school days so bad? Not really. 🙂

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Arty Crafty Wednesday – Race Car!


Hubby’s choice!!

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(Late) Weekly Photo Challenge – Rise/Set


I really didn’t want to miss this challenge. Because I already had some photos of the sunset that I had clicked.

But destiny had something else planned 😛 I had gone on a trip and I clicked there some more photos of the sunset 🙂

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Sunset in Paris 1

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Sunset in Paris 2

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Sunset from my office window

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Sunset from my balcony

Sunset from Ganpatipulle beach

Sunset from Ganpatipulle beach

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Smile


Just when I was thinking, what should I post for this week’s challenge, my cousin sent these photos of my nieces enjoying their summer vacation 🙂

What else can bring a smile more easily?

I hope the pictures made you smile too 🙂 🙂

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Arty Crafty Wednesday – April!


I had a very busy weekend 😛 I was on a short vacation 🙂 🙂

OK. So I didn’t have time to draw anything on weekend. And because it was also a month end, I didn’t have time to plan my next month i.e. April. So I began to plan my April journaling today.

Here is the first page of April from my bullet journal –

April King's Day

April King’s Day

In the Netherlands, 27th April is celebrated as King’s Day. Everyone walks on the street with something orange and a bear in one 😀 Also, there are various boats rowed in different canals in Amsterdam with people wearing orange and playing loud music, dancing and enjoying. So now you know the story behind this page, right?

The best part is, I didn’t copy it from anywhere. It is right from my brain and I am not disappointed. 🙂

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Arty Crafty Wednesday – Turtle


Arty Craft Wednesday - Turtle

Arty Craft Wednesday – Turtle

The reason I drew a turtle is that I wanted to share this news on my blog!

I call myself nature lover. Although I don’t do much to show my love, I believe that we should try to avoid as much as we can to disturb the nature and its laws.

It has been a while that conservationists are talking about plastic and how it is damaging nature including marine life. One example of dirty beaches is Mumbai beaches. It has been a dumping ground for a lot of plastic and other wastes for a very long time.

Because of this pollution, marine animals had stopped visiting the beach for a long time.

It was only in the last week that people there witnessed a miracle. 80 new turtles were born on this beach!! You can see that in the video.

This man, Afroz Shah who has been already awarded Champions of the Earth award 2016 started work of cleaning Versova beach on his own and he was later joined by many volunteers and they are still working on keeping the beach.

This is such a positive thing.

Whenever we are in a conversation about keeping our country, i.e. India, clean or bring some social revolution, we always end up saying “Nothing is going to happen.” “It is very difficult, we have such a huge population.” etc But this man actually showed that it is possible. Of course with the help of other people but he made people do it and I am sure now many more will join him.

I wish that one day, I will also do something that will really matter and that will help to give something back to the society and nature. Thanks, Afroz Shah for being an inspiration!

I followed this video to draw the turtle –

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Arty Crafty Wednesday – Gudi Padwa


So what if I cannot raise an actual Gudi? I can still draw it 🙂

Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa

Last Sunday, it was Gudi Padwa, the first day of the Hindu new year. And I tell you it was the best Sunday I have spent in the Netherlands, we just two of us.

Why?

Because I cooked a nice simple meal that contained bhakri, Cauliflower bhaji (sabji/curry), sadha varan (lentils) and a sweet dish, kankicha sheera!
I don’t know what I had in my mind, but I decided to have the meal perfect Maharashtrian style like we have back in India, sitting on the floor with legs folded. Of course, we had a satranji spread on the floor to sit because it is still too cold.

My husband and I, we both had a nice meal, maybe a little extra. The not so sweet sheera also tasted quite good. I felt at peace, I felt at home. We also had a nice afternoon nap 😛

I felt like I should do this more often. Why should I miss on things that I don’t have to? Just because I am away from my home?

How did you celebrate last Sunday? 🙂

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Khosla ka Ghosla #AllTimeFavorite


Disclaimer – This is not a movie review. Neither is this a summary of the movie. It is just that, I keep on thinking a lot about the movies that I like. So I have jotted down my thoughts. Do let me know if our thoughts match? Or not? 🙂

How I learned about the movie –

I had seen this movie couple of times on national television but in parts. It is not a typical Bollywood commercial movie in the sense that it doesn’t have any big stars (although it has really good actors.) So even though the movie made me laugh it wasn’t that big deal for me that I would download the movie and watch it all over again. I remember my brother and my dad watching this movie and laughing out quite loud.
After I got married, guess what? It turns out to be my hubby’s favourite movie!! And he made me watch it fully from start to end. And now we watch this movie every time like every time we have nothing to do.

What is the movie about –
It is about Mr Khosla, who lives in Delhi and is retired, has 3 kids, 2 sons and a daughter. He buys a plot to build his own house. So metaphorically, he buys a Ghosla, which means ‘nest’ in Hindi. He uses all his life savings for this deal. Little did he know, that even after buying the property and closing the deal, he would still not get his land because it has been illegally acquired by another wealthy and powerful businessman. He will have to shell out some more money to this businessman to get his own land back. His sons pitch in to get the land back but without spending a penny!

Cast –

Crew –

What I like about the movie –

I like the story, humour and acting. The story is something I have never seen before. It is very original. And the movie doesn’t have any particular punches. It just has normal conversations with people but still, it feels so funny and the idea that this is really happening with these people and they are really in that situation makes it so funny! This authentic feeling that they are in that situation comes from their acting. There is not a single person whose acting is fake.
The movie also has a small interlinked story about one of the Khosla’s sons wanting to change his name. 😀 😀 That guy is so serious about and it stirs up such a conflict between the father and the son but it still comes out as funny to the audience.
There is not a single dull moment.

Favourite dialogues from the movie –

“Isse sharafat kehte hai!” (This is called decency!)


If you haven’t seen this movie, you can find it on Youtube 😛

 

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