Friday, April 29, 2016

Yoga on the Rocks #atozchallenge

A Whimsical Medley - Is my theme for the A to Z Challenge !! Hope you smile today :)
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"I love the rocky cliff lines, being mesmerized by the magnificent sea, slowly I am inebriated, sand and sunrises, drunk on love"

Yup, I am back with my Yoga photo series, don't run away please.

Trying to make straight lines in Virbhadrasane III
I got it, I got it ... Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana B

Feeling All Mermaidy in the Mermaid Pose

That's a boat, half boat - Navasana

The Brontosaurus Asana as one of my friends called it :P






Along with ClaireParul and Shalini we have formed an Unconventional Alliance with A to Z co-host Pam Margolis as the ring leader ... all set to rock the party.

If you are bitten by the travel bug - check out my A to Z of Wanderlust Tales 


Thursday, April 28, 2016

The X-Wala Id #atozchallenge

I am pretty sure most of us would have that one incredibly embarrassing email Id created during college or school days. My share of embarrassing ids are never-ending. In an attempt to sound all cool, hip and intriguing, I created email ids with names that would make one crawl under the blanket and never come out. 

The first one ain't that bad I guess - sinister_rajl ... yeah that was my way to tell the world that I am boisterous... kickass evil :P Sigh!! I was so lame!!

I still use the second one but only for blogging purpose. And if you receive an email from that id I am pretty sure it would be directed into your junk folder. Why? Because it has Triple X in it.

Imagine this scenario. I was filling application for Visa and the agent asked me my email id on phone. I calmly replied," l ... u ... x... x...x..."
After a long pause, he hesitantly said,"Excuse me ma'm"
It was only then did it strike me what a ridicule I had made of myself. "Yeah yeah that's right... yes it is triple x"

The next thing I did after hanging up my phone (and my head in shame) was to create a proper email id.



In my defense, I was in college and had no idea what triple X meant or any X meant ... and I couldn't find a combination with single X or double X (all ids were taken). Now I know why the triple X remained.

Along with ClaireParul and Shalini we have formed an Unconventional Alliance with A to Z co-host Pam Margolis as the ring leader ... all set to rock the party.

If you are bitten by the travel bug - check out my A to Z of Wanderlust Tales 


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Wild Thing #atozchallenge

A Whimsical Medley - Is my theme for the A to Z Challenge !! Hope you smile today :)
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Not much today, just twisting and opening my chest and heart, unleashing the wild thing hidden inside. As a matter of fact I did the same topic in last year's challenge too, but with different pictures. Damn I am so predictable (Not to self: Be more creative)

Camatkarasana or Wild Thing Pose







Along with ClaireParul and Shalini we have formed an Unconventional Alliance with A to Z co-host Pam Margolis as the ring leader ... all set to rock the party.

If you are bitten by the travel bug - check out my A to Z of Wanderlust Tales 


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Travails of Vasisthasana #atozchallenge

A Whimsical Medley - Is my theme for the A to Z Challenge !! Hope you smile today :)
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"What is this whole hullabaloo about Planks ... It doesn't look like much", I thought as I positioned myself in a forward plank position. That was my naive self when attempting planks for the first time. I was so foolishly confident that I thought of completing the 5 minutes challenge, but reality kicked really hard, in my abs.

Within 30 secs I was flat on the carpet, inhaling dust, my arms sore, my lower abdomen burning like hell fire. Planks, my friend, is no cake walk. 

Source- Pinterest


It's over a year now and I still can't do 5 minutes forward plank (Kumbhakasana) at one go but combined with its variations, I can somehow manage to survive the ordeal: Side planks, Elbow planks, Spider-man, Upward plank and Cross leg. I always attempt the challenge at the end of my workout, mostly because after this I am incapacitated, and have to call my husband to bring crutches too along with the grocery.

Today I am presenting before you a variation of Vasisthasana, commonly known as the side planks. 



My friend decided to play with the reflection and photo-shopped two photos in one. Pretty cool huh!!




Unlike the Ninja Level Yogis who can do the advanced version of Vasisthasana, I am just happy to build my core and arms for now. Of course, since I am always over confident, I did try to do the Ninja level version too, only to have my ego steamrolled by inflexibility. Like seriously, how does the leg even stay up there!!



Do you practice Yoga or follow any other workout regime?








Along with ClaireParul and Shalini we have formed an Unconventional Alliance with A to Z co-host Pam Margolis as the ring leader ... all set to rock the party.

If you are bitten by the travel bug - check out my A to Z of Wanderlust Tales 



Monday, April 25, 2016

[Yoga] Utthita Parsvakonasana #atozchallenge

A Whimsical Medley - Is my theme for the A to Z Challenge !! Hope you smile today :)
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Starting the week with some 'Yoga at Sunrise' photos - The Extended Side Angle pose or Utthita Parsvakonasana. Presenting before you two variations of the pose.

This was taken few months back when the mornings weren't so chilly... Winter is slowly approaching in Sydney and it would be long before I will do another yoga photoshoot at sunrise. These days my practice is limited to evenings - an hour after work. However, the cold is turning me into a bear on the verge of hibernation :P I am becoming so lazy.





Along with ClaireParul and Shalini we have formed an Unconventional Alliance with A to Z co-host Pam Margolis as the ring leader ... all set to rock the party.

If you are bitten by the travel bug - check out my A to Z of Wanderlust Tales 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Throwback : Don't Laugh ok!! #atozchallenge

A Whimsical Medley - Is my theme for the A to Z Challenge !! Hope you smile today :)
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I always have a good laugh while flipping through my decade old photos, when I was this naive pencil-heel-thin girl with extremely long hair. As a matter of fact, all people ever noticed about me was my hair. Those were the days when my Mom had tied Babaji-blessed threads around various parts of my body - wrists, waist, neck, ankle, in hope that probably it would line all the planets in proper positions so that I would gain some weight. 

I was a 161 cm 37 kg walking talking 'Peeple ka ped' and the only weight I gained was due to the number of colorful threads tied on me. And of course, a healthy growth of meter long hair (yes I measured) :)

 2008 -2009 ... Damn I swear I used to eat Amul Butter and Cheese  

2011 and Present... Sigh I miss the jawline :P
Never did I imagine that 10 years later I would be 15 kgs heavier, struggling to keep my weight in check. The T-shirts I wore in college now don't even fit my 13 year old cousin :P

I was a very happy and energetic person then and I am glad that this hasn't changed over the years.



Along with ClaireParul and Shalini we have formed an Unconventional Alliance with A to Z co-host Pam Margolis as the ring leader ... all set to rock the party.

If you are bitten by the travel bug - check out my A to Z of Wanderlust Tales 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Silhouette & Solitude #atozchallenge

A Whimsical Medley - Is my theme for the A to Z Challenge !! Hope you smile today :)
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My husband loves photography and when he is not working in a cubicle, he shoots portfolio for Models/Actors/singers - Vivid Lights Studio

So when it comes to trial and error, and experimenting with different lighting conditions, lenses, angles, locations ... I am the guinea pig. But well, I do manage to get some great Facebook profile shots.








"I am not strong for a girl, I am just strong" 


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Raising Green Stuffs #atozchallenge

A Whimsical Medley - Is my theme for the A to Z Challenge !! Hope you smile today :)
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Now that we have moved into a new home with a backyard, my husband and I are hell bent on raising a vegetable and herbs garden. I grew up in a home where both my Mom and Dad are excellent gardeners. Probably because they have spent a good part of their childhood farming on their lands. Back home we have all sorts of Palm, pine and big leafy plants in our living room. Knowing my love for gardening, my Aunt and cousins gifted me this beautiful Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ) and a succulent as a house warming present.



Right now tomatoes, chives, coriander, parsley and chili have started sprouting in my makeshift nursery. Orange and pomegranate haven't made any appearance yet. I am so impatient that I keep checking the pots now and then to see if anything popped out of the soil. Sometimes I even prod with a stick thinking probably they are not finding enough space to grow up, until my husband asks me to leave them alone.



To further grow our garden we needed a good nursery. After researching on Internet, I zeroed in on Narara Valley Nursery where we bought about 40 plants at an awesome rate.



Since we already had some growing mix, we transferred all the flowering ones to new pots. Oh how pretty they look!!

The Sunday market nearby had a store selling beautiful ceramic pots which we bought for the indoor plants. Instead of plate, these pots have stopper underneath (which I hope will prevent water spillage)

I have even started propagating my Echeveria. Two days ago I had no idea what that meant, but now all I think and read about is succulent propagation, stretching, light conditions etc etc etc, all thanks to Google baba :P



Found an old cup, gifted by my best friend 9 years ago, to pot my lovely round cactus. These days all I do is hunt shops for cute little pots to plant my little succulent collection. I absolutely adore them, but I need to find a proper place in my house where they get adequate sunshine.




Along with ClaireParul and Shalini we have formed an Unconventional Alliance with A to Z co-host Pam Margolis as the ring leader ... all set to rock the party.

If you are bitten by the travel bug - check out my A to Z of Wanderlust Tales 

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