A Letter To My Younger Self: “Your Heart Will Learn To Bloom Again”

Dear Jiya, I miss being called by that name. ‘Jiya’, originating in Sanskrit, means ‘an essential part of the soul’ (colloquially reduced to meaning: ‘heart’). Baba gave us the name, but hardly ever imagined how we would grow up to own every syllable of it. I remember you. I remember the half-ponytail, and the haircut that never quite had a name. I remember how you saw devastation, and wanted to fix it. You always thought cracks could heal with a Band-Aid, until your first heartbreak. I remember you crying, cradled in Mamma’s lap, as the hours of dawn passed us…Continue Reading

This Desi Artist Is Turning Your Life Into Art, & It’ll Make You Think

Did you grow up wanting and knowing that you’ll be able to do a million things with your talent? Yeeep. Neither did I. But Avinash Jai Singh did. See, I came across Avinash’s art as a part of the Uncover project, and immediately fell in love with it. His work is surreal, deceptively bright, and most of all: it looks like pages out of a millennial’s life. The most impressive bit? He DOES IT ALL. From photography to film-making to illustrations. Like I said, he grew up wanting and knowing that he’d be able to do a million things with…Continue Reading

Friends – The Family I’ll Always Choose Over Romance

There is little in this world that friendship didn’t give me. My friends stood by me when the world refused to, sometimes even when my family didn’t know how. They understood my bits and showed me the way. Romantic love can’t come close to what friendships offer. It isn’t an exchange; you give your heart expecting nothing. What’s more beautiful than that? Here’s to friends who kept their spine and stood by me when no one else did. You’re the family I choose, chose and will forever keep. We aren’t bonded by some kind of weird obligation, you’re completely and…Continue Reading

If Inanimate Objects Talked Like Humans – So Funny, You’ll DIE Laughing!

There are days when I simply do not want to adult. Most of the times, I have to fight really hard to resist the urge to shout “fuck this sh*t”, walk out and never return. But like most people, I cannot opt out of adulting. On the bright side thought, there are Teo Zirini’s absolutely smart illustrations that make those dreary days, bearable. I am not saying this just for the humour that Teo’s comics so effortlessly master, but also for the thought that goes behind creating them. His major inspiration comes from non-living things to which he grants the…Continue Reading

21 Adorable Comics That Perfectly Sum Up What “Forever Love” Looks Like

So I’m not the most romantic person. Seriously, my version of romance is telling someone “I don’t hate you as much as I hate everyone else”. But every once in a while I come across something SO CUTE that even my cold heart melts. And that’s what artist Pete’s Instagram is. See, he’s been drawing about his real-life relationship goals for 5 years now. 5 WHOLE YEARS! They’ve had a kid, fallen more in love and made every single person out there (NO MATTER HOW HAPPILY SINGLE YOU ARE) feel just slightly jealous. We’ve all been there. Spooning Technique no.…Continue Reading

31 Beautiful, Raw Photos That Prove No One Does Weddings Like Us Indians!

I grew up watching waaaaaaay too many romantic movies. Movies that had me wishing for a fancy, foreign, white wedding. But then I actually started attending weddings and I quickly realised that traditional Indian weddings, with all their fun, music and colours is where the REAL goals are at. See, Indian weddings aren’t just a celebration of love – they’re a celebration of family, of lifetimes spent together, of fun, promises and new beginnings. They’re everything weddings are supposed to be, and honestly – they make me want to have one even though I’M NO WHERE CLOSE TO READY. AT…Continue Reading

27 Things You’ll Get If You’re A True Gujarati At Heart

I am a Gujarati and I LOVE BEING ONE! Yes, I am often embarrassed by the traits of my clan, but I also love them (I guess I don’t have much of a choice). They are loud and can make a ruckus when in public, and they try to buy their way through trouble each time they get into it. They never tell you how much they REALLY earn (even if you are their own child, yep, it’s true). But they are some of the warmest and most loving people on the planet. They’ll rush out to help you at…Continue Reading

19 Things You Know To Be True If You Have A Younger Brother

Well, well. My mother tells me of a childhood instance when she’d taken my brother and me to a photo studio to have us clicked in traditional attire. I happened to glare at the photographer because he kept making my baby brother cry by constantly repositioning him for the perfect frame. (There is actually a photograph of me glaring at the guy behind the camera as proof.) I am the elder sister in our equation. My brother is two years younger to me and our graph of bonding, over the years, shows a definite hike. Living with a younger sibling…Continue Reading

21 Powerful Affirmations That Will Connect You To Your BEST Self

“An affirmation is a phrase that reinforces positive beliefs or behaviors. The best ones are a statement of what we want and are phrased in the present moment” – Gala Darling, Radical Self Love The words we speak create our reality, so said some great human some long, long time ago. And what they said, in my experience, is truly bang on! It is not only the words we tell each other, but the words we tell ourselves that determine the quality of our lives. If you’re someone who is too hard on yourself, use kinder words in your self-talk.…Continue Reading

23 Things You Should Start Doing This Year – For Yourself.

I was listening to this really cool jazz-hop chill mix as I took an early morning walk yesterday (No, it wasn’t my New Year’s resolution, if you were wondering). And smack in the middle of the track popped in a sentence, ‘I’ll let you in a on a secret. Give yourself a present, every single day. Don’t plan it. Don’t think too much about it. And it does not have to be expensive. It could be that new, soft shirt or just a cup of perfect black coffee.” I smiled super wide. This was super cool life advice. I was…Continue Reading