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The Theory of a second

‘Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods, Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.’ Robert H. Sjchuller.

A second makes a year, and in fact, it makes a lifetime! When you calculate every second of our lives, add that to decisions we make in split seconds, and there, that’s our lives all tidied up and going in seconds. That’s all it takes to cross over to the New Year, just one second. And that got me thinking about decisions and the much-celebrated New Year’s resolutions.

We all have to make choices in life, and when doing that, that’s when the seconds ticked by. From the second we decide whom to marry, to the second we choose our careers to when we define our life goals, the seconds are counting.

We can make the seconds of our lives count by weighing up our options, and in the case of the young Saudi Arabian woman who renounced Islam and barricaded herself in a hotel in Thailand, she must have decided to run away within seconds. That decision will now change her life.

Thankfully, the UN has approved her refugee status, and Australia is keen to allow, and process Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun’s asylum application. This brave young woman made a decision that ultimately changed her life.

So whatever you do this year, make the seconds count!

The importance of our morning routine.

Many influencers talk about the fact that what we do in the morning is setting up our mood for the day. Our morning thoughts, our phones and our plans for the upcoming day are important factors that can create a predisposition towards a good mood or towards a bad mood.

Our morning thoughts can be a great source of energy or a great source of draining that energy. If we tell ourselves 5 times in half an hour how tired we are or how sleepy we are, guess how we will be? Our body is listening to us. If we tell ourselves how much we hate the job we have to go to, do you think we would go to work happy? Of course, we don’t need to like that job so if it’s a problem with it, a change it might be needed in order for us to go to work with joy. Basically, if we start our day in a negative mindset, that will be the filter will use to see the upcoming events in case nothing good arrives (which will have a diminished influence due to the negative mindset).

Simon Sinek, Mel Robbins and others suggest we should keep our phones out of the bedrooms and that we should use an alarm clock to wake up. The idea behind this is that we need some moments for us to be alone with our thoughts before we reconnect with the rest of the world. Don’t panic, they don’t talk about a long time. We can “sacrifice” 10 lousy minutes to just sit and contemplate about anything and everything, can’t we?

It is also recommended for us to spend a few minutes to make a plan for the upcoming day so we can have some clarity in what we need to do. It is easier compared to wondering around doing what is decided for us to do by external factors. Whilst a plan is required, we need to keep ourselves flexible too just in case something appears.

Practicing gratitude is a great way for us to start our day, along with meditation and some exercise. Oh, and also we need to have a great breakfast (which I ignore daily) because it can be a great energy booster. We kinda need food to survive and since it’s one of our basic needs, everything else we do from is based on this.

What do you do in the first hour of each day?

You don’t need to know.

You don’t need to know

What I think of you

Being with you is so much fun

And you are the one out of few.

Revealing in your chatter

You serve happiness on a platter

Emanating your wisdom, you make me feel so easy

O it’s platonic! however you are crazy.

It’s the essence

Dear, let me tell your presence

do me the wonder

So, that I can catch up with thunder.

There is no reason

There is no scale,

to measure how deep it is.

But, you stay in every season

Holding all those charming flowers, unlike it’s a fairy tale.

Let me hear those whispers

Coming from all those new worlds

freeing from my scars

You put me on the stars.

You don’t need to know

What I really think of you

You don’t need to know

What you always make me see

You don’t need to know

Perhaps, it is destiny.

Feathers

The feathers of my wings are fallen by dust

And I’m lying over like a broken bird

My heart is torn into pieces
But I’m calm

No one cares for what I wishes
But I’m calm

I’m calm for this greedy world
Who hunted me for its pleasures

I’m calm to those insane eyes
Who Haunted me for their measures

I’m calm to that holy God
Who gave me this broken life

Though my soul is wounded from deep woes
But calmly I crave for power to smile

I’m calm
For each of my feather will now fly
Separated from me but still a part of mine
It will now reach to height of heaven
I’m calm
For it’ll be free from all its strife.

Lost my heart in North East India!

Sometimes I feel blessed that I get to travel to such amazing places like “abode of clouds”-Meghalaya! Do you remember the Typical scenery which we as kids used to draw during junior school?? Beautiful little huts in the hills, gravel roads, a spring or a waterfall by the side and the sun peeping through the clouds!! Well that’s quiet the Meghalaya for you! The only difference is.. Its much more beautiful in the real life! Shillong which is the capital is a busy city with a lot of traffic yet some beautiful places to visit, but the real beauty lies in the small villages around. It proudly has the “wettest place on earth”- Cherrapunjee and the “Cleanest Village of Asia”-Mawlynnong. There are many beautiful and yet unexplored places in this little land of mystic! It brings you closer to your own self. Like mother nature giving u a warm hug and asking you to leave the ties of the concrete jungles behind and breathe in some life! The friendly locals welcome you with smiles and English understood by most local people although Khasi is most commonly used language. People here are mostly self sufficient and peace loving. They have little farms of their own and grow their foods. (Pineapples are a must have!). The beauty about their culture is, while India is mostly a male dominated country, this part is women centric and and follows a Matrilineal system. If you want to relax and unwind yourself, visit north-east (India). It is generally assumed that its best to take a long break and then visit the seven sister states, and in that slander the entire visit is washed out. On the contrary, I feel that this place is too big and beautiful to be completed in just one visit. Its best to plan small trips covering one place at a time to truly enjoy the beauty and relax.

CHERRAPUNJI:

We started in the evening from Guwahati. At godspeed we reached Sohra very late in the evening in a travel time of about five hours. As north-Indians, It was the first experience an overtly early sunset with darkness plunging as early as 6:30 p.m. It was completely dark when we reached Sohra. We checked into our hotel called The Seven Sisters Waterfall Hotel. The hotel provided a comfortable stay with a chic ambiance and a scenic view of seven sisters waterfall from our windows. The location of the resort was excellent and one could not have asked for more. Nestled on the border of India and Bangladesh, we could see the mountain ranges of Bangladesh from our hotel balcony. The phones were either out of range or in some cases even caught the network of Bangladesh mobile network. As the dawn broke quite early (around 5:30a.m), the picturesque beauty of Sohra was now conspicuous in front of our eyes. The shades of red and orange enthralled the morning skies making us realize that we were standing in the land of the rising sun – eastern India. These scenic views were all comfortably accessible from our balcony and even the bed. It also ensured that our day started early. After having a satisfying breakfast from a restaurant which had the overview of the Seven sister falls.

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DWAKI:

The small village on the India Bangladesh border is a treat to visit. The friendly BSF jawans are there on the border telling stories and clicking pictures for you. The beautiful Dawki river is so clean, you can actually see the bottom of it. Definitely go for the boat ride and you might want to take a plunge in the shallow waters. The suspension bridge is magnificent and looks beautiful from down under.

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MAWLYNNONG VILLAGE:

The Cleanest Village in Asia is a title well deserved by this beautiful, well kept small village. Lovely people and such a beautiful little place. Something out of Gummy bears tales. You can also stay here at the decent Homestays and enjoy the beauty of nature. Skywalk bridge, balancing rock, Bangladesh border and the beautiful living root bridges.. All are here at this little garden of paradise. It is also famous for butterflies.

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SIKKIM:

“I felt my lungs inflate with the rush of the scenery, air, mountains and trees, I thought, this is what it is to be alive, this is what it is to be happy.”

Lush green mountains with countless waterfalls cascading down its facade that fed into the the river flowing in the valley below. A tiny paved mountain path that had breathtaking views of the mountains and the valley below. A sturdy mountain bridge with colourful prayer flags tied all around its edges fluttered happily as a waterfall sent an icy cold spray of water all around it.

LACHEN:

Lachen in North Sikkim is all this and a lot more! Lachen literally meaning the Big Pass, is inhabited by the Lachenpas of the Bhutia community. Warm people with smiling faces will definitely etch a place in your heart once you visit this place.
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YUMTANG VALLEY:

We started our journey in morning 7.00 am and took us around 1.5 hours to reach valley. The roads are in a better condition here but there are landslides at some places on the way which may obstruct or slow down your drive.

Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary is 25 kms from Lachung and is situated at an elevation of approx. 12000 ft. This valley is popularly known as Valley of flowers since the whole valley is layered with a blanket of countless colorful flowers adding to the scenic attractiveness even more. The valley is covered with flowers only from February to April
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We came back to Lachung at 11.00 and immediately left for Gangtok leaving behind the gigantic and eye soothing views of snow covered himalayan mountains and pleasing roads. On our way we took a halt at the very famous Seven Sisters waterfalls and Bhewma Falls (also known as Amitabh Bachhan falls because it the known to be tallest waterfalls) Both the waterfalls lies on the road connecting Chungthang to Lachung

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GANGTOK:

Back in Gangtok, we spent the rest of the evening in Gangtok. MG Marg in Gangtok is the center town lined up with restaurants, souvenir shops, cafes, snacks corners, pharmacies everything and anything! It’s a pedestrian only no smoking zone and vehicles are not allowed on this road. The street is very clean and there are benches laid in the middle where tourists can sit relax and drench in the beauty.

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While there are plenty of food options on the streets, Bakers Cafe (known for pastries, coffees, momos and other food items) and Roll House attracts a lot of tourist attention. Roll House is a pure veg eatery serving varieties of momos and rolls in a narrow lane of MG Marg. Other pure veg resturants are Rasoi, Parivar, Agarwals on the street.

Just as you walk steep down the street, there is another market Lal Bazaar also known for the local clothing, shoe shops, souveneirs etc. This market is extremely crowded at all time of the day

PELLING:

A place full fo surprises. an unexplored and calm hill station. The people are very friendly , and nature is at its best. site seeing spots: • Rimbi waterfall • Khecheopalri lake • Darap village • Sangay falls • monastry • Singshore bridge and valley full of greenery , roads and shops full of flowers and many old and new bridges the marvels of engineering. This place is a must visit place and should be in every travelers and nature lovers bucket list.

This place has lot more to offer than one can imagine, it was an experience of a lifetime and full of surprises. moving from Gangtok to Pelling we stopped for tea, there was a small hut, as we stepped out of the car we had a amazing view , fields full of corn , clouds coming down and i felt as if it was Coorg. There was dense forest,all greenery around, not a point left without trees and plants and flowers , we were driving in the clouds and it was drizzling and here it felt as if it was Cherrapunji. The road on the clouds and beautiful flowers covering the sides was a mesmerizing drive. Unaware of what was coming ahead we moved, reached Pelling and realized its a real hill station so calm and quiet , safe and endearing.

TEMI TEA GARDEN:

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SINGSHORE BRIDGE:

Singshore Bridge, with an height of over 100 m and 240 m in length, is the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest bridge in Asia. It is truly a man made marvel that offers the spectacular baseview of immense greenery that makes it difficult to distinguish between the lowlands and the mountains.

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The voices in my head…

Louder. I need to be louder. I need to get my voice out there. So many beautiful masterpieces and powerful words that I’m yet to create. Though my thoughts are clouded, I won’t let that stop me. So many people out there that I want my voice to reach. So many things I want to change. So many wounded souls out there to empower. And of course, so many doubting minds to prove wrong. The sun is going down in a bit and stars will cover the night sky like a blanket, thoughts race in my mind and my vision is blurred. Only a few things are clear, let’s see how long it will take for them to blur like everything else. But it’s okay… because I’m not giving up. Because my biggest fear in life is to give up on my fight and settle for whatever life throws at me. And so far I’m not doing that. I’m fighting despite my confusion. I’m still trying. I’m still strong. Messed up? Yeah, sure. But I’m here. And I’m not giving up. I’m not waiting for the right time. Because I believe “the right time” is created, I don’t think it will magically appear knocking on my door. And I want to make a change so bad. And I want to start now. I want to influence people’s lives to the point where they feel safe and empowered just by the thought of me popping up on their minds. I want the scarred hearts to know how beautiful they are, inside and out. I want the insecure minds to go easy on themselves and love who they are with all their beautiful imperfections. I cannot leave without making my mark on this world and its beautiful creatures. I want to admire this universe with all its glory and get lost in the gorgeous colors all around us. And I want to get others to appreciate this universe too. I want people to be angry enough to fight for a change but grateful enough to love and see all the good things around them.


Hola! I’m extremely sorry for being away for a while I just needed a break but now I’m back and better than ever! I am so so excited for summer, blog wise and just life in general. Stay tuned loves, I’ll be cooking up some good content. :)) This one is more “me” than the last and I’m just so happy with it!

xx Riya

The storm within you

Remember to tell yourself everyday that you are more than a winner and that you have power within that you can take support from. Wrap yourself in an honest atmosphere of fellowship towards all others, and kindness. Hold on to the reality of your experiences and allow them to help you climb up the hill with a heart full of undoubted gratitude. Stand strong wherever you are placed to watch all your fears turn into intense faith energies. And never forget to smile so genuinely that even the stars start showering blessings unstoppably over you!

Taking care of your mental space is as important as taking care of your physical well being.

These are just some happy, radiant thoughts for all of you, especially those of you who may have had dull or not-the-best days recently.

Once you decide that you need to take care of your space, you work at filling your soul and mind with happy thoughts and sunshine. Sure, those things don’t come easy, but if we keep counting our miseries or bad days, then when will we sit down and enjoy the goodness in life, or the people who surround us to make this place a whole?

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. Lots more content coming up.

This is all for now. 😀