Why we need to travel?

Why do we travel? What is the reason we get so excited when we hear about vacation? Travelling has a positive effect in one’s life as it helps generate the ability to think, analyse and gauge the intensity of life’s problems. It is more like a ‘refresh’ button. Here are a few reasons what travel teaches and makes a person and things we need to do while we travel:

Life lessons that are only available out there: Getting exposed to a new culture and understanding how differently people live in limited presence of source, can actually give a new perspective about life. Travelling also teaches self-discovery and also how to handle new and difficult situations in life. For, you have the time to ponder thoughts on your relationships, career and personal growth. It’s an opportunity to understand you better when you are away from the chaos.

Travel teaches to be fearless: Travelling brings a sense of stability in life. You not only become organised, alert about your surroundings but also become punctual. Mountains, coast or a lush village, find your place where you feel content to live for a while. Loosen up a bit and push yourself to get over your fears. I had two fears in life: water and heights. So last vacation, with the help of a swimming tube (because I don’t know swimming) I left myself float in the sea, and also played volleyball for hours in the thrashing waves with a group of new people from various countries. Next I parasailed and that’s how I have been working on to get over my fears. The moment when you feel that you no longer are afraid of your fears, is the best feelings in the world. Try it!

Break your comfort zone and embrace the new challenges: Challenge yourself to things you have never done before or can’t even think of doing. If you have been an introvert all your life, come out of that cocoon and meet new people, unwind your worries, communicate with strangers, and suppress your anxiety. The more you do this, the more you have the chances of letting go these uneasy feelings. If you have never tried food out of your comfort zone, take a chance; try a new food in a new land. After all, changing a few habits to experience something new isn’t a bad idea. But, play safe!

Go somewhere new: Remember the movie ‘The Holiday’? No, not suggesting you to swap homes with some stranger as you may not get as lucky as it is shown in the movie. What you can do is change your city for a change. If you have always lived in a small town or you are bored of the fast-paced city life, swap your city to escape your uneasiness for a while.

Add memories to your life: No matter how short is your trip, keep the excitement on of seeing a new place, whether it’s a country side or a dazzling metro city, doesn’t matter. Because every trip enables the creation of new memories, so capture the beautiful memories and get going!

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Time ride

Woke up this morning,

Looking at this memory from the past,

Staring at the screen,

Facebook memories can really make you sad.

 

Knocking at my doors,

I was taken on a flashback ride.

It was so much, and such a recap

I  now sit quiet and numb, trying to look back.

 

Taking small sips of every moment,

I can even listen to every breath I take.

The silence is deafening,

The noise is chaotic.

 

Looking back has never been easy,

People, events and so many memories,

A lot has changed in six years,

A many left, but who cares?

 

Life doesn’t stop moving,

Life never stops changing,

It’s the people, who are said they change,

But isn’t it true that the situations are not constant?

Or have we always unknown the known ones?

 

Why do we still hold on to old?

When the new is capable of getting back everything that you had sold?

Allow the new beginning,

Cos, holding on to old has no meaning.

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Memories from the past

Woke up this morning,

Looking at this memory from the past,

Staring at the screen,

Facebook memories can really make you sad.

 

Knocking at my doors,

I was taken on a flashback ride.

It was so much, and such a recap

That I sit quiet and numb, trying to look back.

 

Taking small sips of every moment,

I can even listen to every breath I take.

The silence is deafening,

The noise is chaotic.

 

Looking back has never been easy,

People, events and so many memories,

A lot has changed in six years,

A many left, but who cares?

 

Life doesn’t stop moving,

Life never stops changing,

It’s the people, who are said they change,

But isn’t it true that the situations are not constant?

Or have we always unknown the known one?

 

Why do we still hold on to old?

When the new is capable of getting back everything that you had sold?

Allow the new beginning,

Cos, holding on to old has no meaning.

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A Trial Sketch At Home Made This Chennai Artist Popular

City-based artist Alamelu Annhamalai has now become a celebrity of sorts on social media. All thanks to her unique skill — the ability to draw using both her hands simultaneously. The youngster was recently featured on the photo-sharing site Instagram and her video, which shows her sketching using both her hands, has also gone viral. She says, “I never thought that the site’s weekly hashtag project would bring me so many followers.”
It was in March that Alamelu challenged herself to do single-line drawings simultaneously with both her hands. She found it difficult to finish the numerous projects she had taken on, and on a whim, took a piece of white paper and pen to try painting using both her hands.

‘I never used my left RIGHT KIND OF SUPPORT hand to draw, but today, I’m receiving more compliments for my left-hand drawings than my right ones’ Alamelu continues, “Last month, I had so much work to finish and I was just talking to myself that it would have been so much easier if I could draw using both my hands at the same time. I didn’t know that it would ever work for me. The first time I tried, I was surprised that I was able to do it. When I tried it out the second time, I set my phone camera on timelapse mode and recorded the activity. I then posted it online. I was surprised when the post got several likes and comments.This encouraged me to keep trying and post more such videos.”

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She adds, “The same week, I came across the hashtag #WHPshowoff on Instagram. The rules were pretty clear — if we are posting a video with music, we must have the copyright.We were allowed to experiment with our camera’s option like timelapse or slowmotion or just about anything. There were some 4,000 submission for this project alone.After I posted my video, I received a message from the photo-sharing site saying that they would like to feature me. All this happened just four days ago,and I am so overwhelmed. I still can’t believe this tiny exercise that I was trying while sitting at my home has now reached lakhs of people across the globe.”

Her video has received over 5,745,028 views and over 8,429 comments on the site, which has over 233 million followers from across the globe. After the video went viral in three days, Alamelu has been receiving a lot of enquiries for her paintings.

“All my life, I’ve never used my left hand to draw. But today, I’m receiving more compliments for my left-hand drawings than the ones I draw using my right hand,” she chuckles.

Indian Artists Don’t Get The Right Kind Of Support

Alamelu’s works are not confined to a specific medium, style or theme. She says, “I try acrylic, oil colour, water colour, charcoal, sketch, pastels, pencils and just about everything. It all depends on what the subject requires. It goes for the theme, too. A lot of my inspirations come from books that I read, music I listen to and the places I visit and capture in my camera. I do concept based work; it means every work has a deep thought behind it.”

The 24-year-old artist wishes to take her work to international arenas, where she believes there are more takers for her work. “I think that type of audience will understand the kind of work I am doing. I think we Indians don’t value our own art; we
always admire work of Western artists. We have the means to buy art, but we only invest in Western art. There are several excellent artists in India and it’s really sad they don’t get the right kind of support.”

Alamelu says art is in her genes. “My mother Valli is a self-taught artist,” she says. For an independent artist who has dedicated her time to art, she says life is very challenging.
“But thanks to online platforms that help artists put up their work for exhibitions and sale, many of us can showcase our work. If I had taken up any job, I know that I wouldn’t be able to invest the same amount of time and thought into what I love doing the most. There will be a time when I will not have enough business, but I have been constantly keeping myself updated about the latest in the art world so that I can take part in shows and help reach my work across the globe,” signs off Alamelu.

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Surreal love

A little late she was,

And he said it was for hours.

Unaware of being scanned by those eyes,

She was carefree like a child.

Two hours of being together,

Felt like they knew for years, each other.

Her smile made him smile,

Her PJs, he said were perfectly fine.

They gazed, they laughed,

They looked outside through a glass window.

Holding hands and gazing stars,

The fleeting moments felt surreal.

He made her a sugary cup of tea,

Filled with much love and she goes, EEE…

He held her hands and looking into her eyes,

You are perfect…

This is perfect…

We are perfect…

Can we be together?

Can this be forever?

 

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Ways to be together even when miles away

None of us ever like to be in a long-distance relationship. But in life we  really don’t have control over situations. The responsibilities and career opportunities are a few major hurdles that keep getting in the way. Blame it on the time you met, or the situations that came along, no matter whatever the reason may be, bottom line is, if two people really want to be together  they always work their ways out to be together, even if they are miles apart! So if you are in a long-distance relationship and you really wish things to work for you two, here are five tips to keep the love blooming in from far away…

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No hiccups in communication: Make sure you communicate with each other daily. Being away from each other sucks big time and ringing up each other once in a while, is the least one should do in a long-distance relationship. Call once or twice a day, check on each other, discuss your day, share photographs of your daily routine, like places you visited, food that you cooked or ate outside with your friends or colleagues, or something new that you have purchased.  Even your daily selfies can cheer up each other. The whole idea is to keep in touch and make each other know that you miss their presence, how important they are to you and that you love sharing every little event from your life with your significant other.

Utilise the digital platforms: There are a lot of ways to see each other every day over, not physically but virtually. Thanks to the digital era we live in, video calls  will surely spice up your long-distance relationship. Schedule your timings; don’t make it a compulsory ritual because on days when one of you can’t come on Skype, the other may feel hurt. So keep it really clear from the beginning about your arrangements to avoid  misunderstandings. You can shed your inhibitions; you can also play truth or dare games together over video calls and be a little creative about it. Show how you live and like to keep your home; this way you can also know each other better.

Do things together from far away: Love knows no boundaries. You can feel the presence of the other person while you go to shop  — you can share photos of clothes, shoes and anything with each other through phone camera or video calling. This will boost the chances to know each other’s tastes and also to help out in purchasing the right dresses. If you both share same taste in video games, you can join your choice of live multi-player online games together. Watch sports or movies together from your cities at the same time; you can even bet for games to spice up your relationship.

It’s OK to be a little old-fashioned: No matter how advanced we have become and how far we have come in this digital world, old-fashioned ways of expressing your emotions still work when you really are in love. Writing notes and letters to your loved ones in your own handwriting, with those sparkling or scented pens, sending cute gifts to each other still hold a special place. Don’t restrict yourself from doing small things for each other, as little things do matter. The long handwritten letters carry extra pound of emotions and when you miss your partner’s presence, re-reading these bunch of letters can bring a smile on your face. It will also keep the bond strong between the two.

Surprise visits: Once you’re assured about your relationship and you know where you stand with each other, there is no harm in surprising each other with your unplanned visits just to spend some quality time with your partner. The feeling when you see each other after days of virtual dating cannot be expressed in words. This can also boost your equation with your partner but make sure he or she is available in the city and not too occupied with their work when you pay that surprise visit. The visit can also be planned on their birthdays or your anniversary day. If you add a surprise date in the package, that will be a bonus!

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Only if I could craft a time

I wish I could craft a time,

A time for just two of us.

I wish I could craft a time,

A time that would never let us part.

I wish I could craft a time,

A time to spend a moment with you.

I wish I could craft a time,

And that moment would never let you go.

I wish I could craft a time,

Where the first meeting could last longer.

I wish I could craft a time,

That you and I say it’s forever…

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