Backpacking Checklist

A lot of people asked me how I packed 1 single bag for my 20 day trip. 
Honestly, if it wasn’t for the numerous backpacking blogs, travel forums and 
warnings from my husband & brother about abandoning me with my heavy bags if they were made to carry them , I would have been lugging down 2 heavy suitcases and may be 2 on my shoulders.It was no easy feat – trust me to take only the “bare” essentials. Tough decisions had to be made – choosing between black pumps and cant-live-without hair dyer – with both of them eventually losing . There are were atleast 3 iterations of the “final” packing. There was also a 10pm run ( 6 hrs before leaving for the airport) to buy a new backpack. 
Here are the not-so-secret contents of the backpack that I took with me.






It was more than just a vacation – it was about learnings, experiences, meeting people, making friends, and above all living  enjoying out of the comfort zone. I wasn’t thinking about what to wear, was unfazed by the bumpy bus rides cross countries, heck I wasn’t even concerned about showering !
There was a lot I loved – the dangerous hikes,the food, struggling past the language barriers, hitchhiking – but more than anything – what I enjoyed the most was the PEOPLE – seeing them on the streets no matter what time of day (or night) , chatting away all night with the locals  & the best of all – getting welcomed into their world. 
My advice – everyone should do one backing trip …atleast one … put that on your bucket list kids  🙂






Simple Pleasures


It is so easy and rather natural for us to take certain things for granted – especially the ones that were handed down to us on a platter. The hubby & I, each had a task on thanksgiving day, to list out the things we are grateful for in our day-to-day lives. 
Some obvious, some elementary and some silly – each entry so intrinsic.
 I think, I am getting these framed for our bed-side tables. Good reminders for simple yet  precious things that give us even the slightest ounce of happiness.

She is thankful for


He is thankful for

( try this exercise – it is so much fun. Its a good idea for a date-night spent 
in front of the fire paired with a glass of bubbly or on a family board-game night.
 Spend 20 min thinking about things 
that makes you smile – it’s beautiful !


Giving Thanks

I have a soft spot for monogrammed things.Monogrammed/personalized gifts are a fabulous idea for the holidays. They add a personal touch that makes the price irrelevant and makes your present exclusive. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I wanted to give thanks to a few people who have supported my 4 month old blog journey so far. I’ve received so much love – love in the form of appreciation and encouragement. Love in the form of ideas, collaborations and features. It absolutely makes my day when  someone sends me a note saying they can easily relate to me. Or when someone tells me that my tidbits helped them plan an outfit. Every comment  solidifies my want to keep writing on these pages. I got these personalized cards made that I am planning to send to all the beautiful women and the stores that collaborated with me on the blog.




One of the best decisions we made was to have our picture on the wedding invitation. It added intimacy and warmth to our invitation. Besides, we always keep these monogrammed cards handy – they are great tandems with gifts no matter what occasion.




Most of all, I want to thank all of you for taking the time to read what I have to say –
 that means the world to me – Thank You 🙂




Karvachauth ( Indian Festival ) Celebrations

 Is it just me or is the air around , festive? This week has been all about celebrations of Karva Chauth. 

You can read all Indian festival –  significance, story and the rituals here.

Although, my family does not traditionally celebrate this festival – there’s no way that the Bollywood buff in me wouldn’t go all in on this one 🙂 Last weekend , one of my girlfriends  had a Mehendi/Henna party at her place. The excitement there was nothing less than that at a wedding household. Put 20 girls in a room and ask them to get ready for a celebration – now would you expect anything less 😉 



 Photo Courtesy – one of  my gorgeous girlfriends 🙂

Yesterday my hubby & I celebrated Karva Chauth. Its like the Hindu version of Valentine’s Day , if you ask me. Married women spend the entire day ( until moonrise) without food & water – but the feast later more than makes up for it. And honestly , I could fast every once in a while , if it gives me an  excuse to dress-up traditionally and get gifts from the hubby 🙂

Here are some pics of me in an Indian sari and of the rituals that are performed on this occasion. Hope you enjoy them !

( clearly not a pro at sporting a sari 🙂 )
thali ( plate filled with symbolic items ) used to perform the rituals 

 offerings to the moon and then to the moon of our lives ( aka – the man who brings us gifts )