Sunday, 30 October 2016

Day Ten #DiwaliWithPk- Happy Diwali!

And that's my happy reaction when I realise it's Day Ten as in last  day of #DiwaliWithPk


The past few days have been extremely crazy all thanks  to my spontaneous decision of going ahead with the planner! First things first, I would like to thank you all for the love, blessings and support it really helped me pull off what seemed like a nightmare. Secondly, I promise I will come next year and the posts will be a lot better with great pictures because I'll preplan, unlike this year. The Diwali Planner, of course, will be different and I'll make sure working professionals can easily follow it.
Also, if you are 'cracker obsessed crack kid' then I am pretty sure you must have spent thousands on crackers and are bursting them at the moment. Well, congratulations because you just polluted Delhi a lot more. Feel guilty about it if you are not because you could have easily spent those thousands on something else or someone else or yourself! It's because of the pollution you just created that our country is considered an 'unfit' residence so thank you!
 If you spent the entire day sitting at home, doing nothing but snapping then congratulations1 You need to feel guilty because you wasted a precious day. You should have spent the entire day cleaning and decorating your house or should have spent  it with your family.
Well, it's done and  it's gone. I hope you all had an amazing Diwali if not then there is always  the next year! Please maintain cleanliness around you even when it's not Diwali. Tomorrow is Vishwakarma Day so if you are an artist make sure you worship your tools! Be good and always have a clean mind. Also, I hope you all did what I asked you to do on Day Nine and that is worship Lord Ram and Goddess Sita!
Stay tuned as  I am working on a really cool series for my blog. and I'll be publishing it every Tuesday from next week! i!

Day Nine #DiwaliWithPK- Let's worship Lord Ram, of course without any expectations!

Friend: 'Why do we just worship Goddess Laxmi on Diwali and  not Lord Ram and Goddess Sita?
PK: Um... I don't have an answer to this question.
Friend: #DiwaliWithPk, you will have to answer this question!
PK: Well, I'll try!

He asked me that question on Day two of #DiwaliWithPk and since then it's been playing on repeat in my head. I asked a lot of elders about it and for reasons being obvious they gave me a blank look. After a lot of thinking, speculating with my grey cells and not sleeping I came up with something. This doesn't exactly answer the question but I promise it will satisfy you!
Disclaimer: Don't question my faith because I do believe in God. This is my opinion and you can disagree if you want to. Also, atheists can stop right here!
 Faith- it's questionable and of course, debatable. Why does our faith in Lord Hanuman and Lord Shiva suddenly increase on Tuesday and Monday respectively? Well, because mummy papa nein sikhaya tha, right? Why do we 'just' worship Goddess Laxmi on Diwali? Why do we celebrate Dhanteras? Well, the answer is 'money!' What happens when we buy a new toothpaste? The paste flows smoothly and we don't have to press too hard. That's exactly what happens to us when we 'ask' God for something. Everything comes out in one go basically, we become like a fresh tube of toothpaste. When we are supposed to take an action about it as in our prayers. we act like an old tube of toothpaste. The one that is to be pressed hard and when the going gets tough we need to cut it with a pair of scissors just to check 'agar kuch bacha hai!' 
The end of  fourteen-year-long struggle of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita is the reason why we 'should' celebrate Diwali. But unlike Goddess Laxmi what will we worship them for?

  • Determination and will power
  • The ability to struggle for someone we love
  • Patience 
  • Teamwork because he did not do it alone

These are difficult to ask for and of course, practice! But the truth is Goddess Laxmi won't walk into your life, if like Lord Ram you are not patient, honest, determined to achieve something/ someone you love and struggle.
So, this Diwali while you are praying to Goddess Laxmi to shower you with money don't forget to worship Lord Ram and Goddess Sita and of course, Lord Ganesha because you need the wisdom to spend money that comes in your life once  you have 'honestly' worked hard for it! I emphasised on 'honesty' not just because it's the best policy but also because God  is watching you. Shortcuts might help you reach your goal faster but they will ensure you don't stay there for long!
My mother first read Maha Shiv Puran way back in 2008 and since then every year during Shravan month she reads it and practices what Lord Shiva has to say. His main ideology was to love, enjoy life, be fierce when required, don't bother about others think of you as in just be yourself and those who know my mother know she doesn't really care of what others think about her.  Her faith, laughter or thought process. So, if you believe in any particular God, then make sure you read their history and ideology and practice what they say.
You love your crush even though you know she/he might not want to be yours, well, you need to pray with the same mindset. In simpler terms, 'pray like you love your crush, without any expectations!' 



Friday, 28 October 2016

Day Eight #DiwaliWithPk- Time to adopt and inspire!

This is going to be probably my shortest post so far but when I decided how to go about it, I gave myself a pat on the back! So, the only thing left from the planner to do apart from writing about Chothi Diwali and Diwali was to adopt a plant. Yes, I have done it all and it's time to pat myself again! The bad part is that couldn't go to a nursery to adopt a plant because Diwali time and too many guests. The good part is that I decided to take care of one plant that is available in my house and if I will be able to do it then in future I will adopt 'plants!' It's like practising babysitting before you can plan your own baby. Adopting plants is any day easier, isn't it?
So, from the past three years, I have been praying to the Sun. I offer water and chant some Mantras. I basically pour the water into a bucket and then transfer it to any plant that I want. I chant the Mantras for some reasons that I cannot share but it's been extremely beneficial and those who know me have seen the changes and still do. So, I decided I'll pour the water in the plant that I have decided to take care off. Why is that? So, that I can pray to the sun and grow as my plant grows. What will I pray to the sun for? Well, there is so much to learn from it. The determination to get up early, will power to rise beyond our expectation, shine especially when people don't want you to, spread happiness on cold and dull days, never give up, be so good at what you do that the world knows about you, and lead! Also, people might hate or love you but they cannot deny you or do without you. Be the light that people can't do without!
So, this Diwali if you can't adopt a plant then adopt your dreams and work towards them and be like the SUN!

                            Smiling while the sun shines on me and I plan to shine on the world!

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Day Seven #DiwaliWithPK- Life is a Diwali Mela

   I know I should be writing about Day eight but honestly, I decided on the evening of Nineteen October that I am going to start #DiwaliWithPk from the twentieth. It was a spontaneous decision and I haven't been able to execute it the way I wanted to but as my friend Shiven said, ''you should be happy that you are doing something about it!'' Well, I am happy and I was extremely happy yesterday but with a sore back all the thanks to diya painting till 3:00 a.m!
So yesterday which was the seventh day I ticked off another thing from the planner. Do you know I love colours? I love places where there is something in every corner, something that I like , something that I might not like but there is something and it;s decorated beautifully!And it reflects in my personality too. So, if you still haven't guessed then I'll tell you I went to a Diwali Mela on day seven and at night I even attended a cards party where nobody played cards well, at least I did not see anybody playing cards. Everybody was just talking or drinking or laughing and basically, everybody was happy!
I had an option of choosing between Diwali Mela and Dilli Haat and I obviously chose the former because the Diwali Mela I went to holds a special place in my life as it was in my college! I have always attended it as a college student but for the first time, I attended it as an alumnus. The best part about it this time was meeting the professors though I'll always be their student but this time we spoke about different things. For instance, they did not well, actually, they could not  ask me why I am not attending classes or have I started studying for the semester exams!  Ah, how I missed those days and how I wish I could get them back and how terrible I feel that I am getting old minus the wrinkles!
The Mela was exactly how it used to be, colourful and traditional. Students in ethnic wear, loads of food, cotton candy, chuski, DJ photobooth and of course, my favourite the tarot reader! I was supposed to buy myself a chuski but I guess the Tarot Reader sensed that there is some girl out there who wants to shell out some money, she sent some vibrations that reached my grey cells and there I was paying her two hundred rupees for five questions! She looked exactly how tarot readers are supposed to look 'happy', 'positive' and with a glow that can fail Syska Led lights all thanks to 'reiki healing!'And if you are wondering if four out of five questions were about love then no! In fact, she herself randomly told me about it. I asked her about things that mattered and at the moment  love does not.
Though everything was same but there was something different this time something unfamiliar was it the people around us? Earlier I knew almost everybody and everybody knew me and  it was so much fun. Today even fifty people did not greet us because well, they did not know about us. We did say hello to some juniors and the canteen wale bhaiya and the dog and the classrooms but that's about it!
Before leaving me and Tanya my friend who accompanied me to the Mela and without whom my college life would have been absolutely unbelievable decided to go to the Photobooth because why not? We got two pictures clicked that we still haven't received and then went a little crazy clicking each other!



                                                              Isn't she gorgeous?
On my way back home a tear dropped out of my eyes because I  knew I wouldn't come back to the same place tomorrow like I did every year after the Diwali Mela. I won't back to go to CCD to wait for my friends so that we could grab a coffee each and go to college together. I won't come back to create memories as a college student . Though the one's I have are beautiful and in my head my college life will always be one big Happy Mela!
It's almost five when I reach home and all I want to do is crash. But no, I don't do that I update about my day six, get some rest and dress up because it's time for cards party!
It was at some venue I had no idea about but I was excited as I knew the people who were coming, I knew almost all the uncles and almost all the aunties. I was only unhappy about the way I looked. You know there are days when you are wearing an amazing outfit, your lip shade is on point but you don't feel 'sexy!'

                         Fact: I make weird faces when I am not feeling too good about myself! 
After greeting everybody I went and sat next to my gang of friends and we were all discussing the girl sitting next to me or should I say the bride to be! We weren't really discussing her but pulling her leg because that's our  job. Everybody should irritate the bride to be just to ignite the feeling that ''I want to leave this place because of these monsters and I am glad that I will be doing it very soon!''  Though most of the people on our table were extremely tired which is  wrong because we are the young one's and are supposed to have the maximum amount of energy and we can totally cut me from this list because I can absolutely give Ranveer Singh competition!
 Right in front of  our table were the people who had sponsored the dinner or should I say the table of the old but young at heart angry men! They were in their own zone discussing work and whisky!
But what made this card party a colourful Mela were the  ladies, the mothers! After a long day of taking care of kids, cooking, arguing with the maids, working they still looked so  happy, were full of energy and looked spectacular in their respective traditional outfits!  Their laughter I am sure could be heard across the street, no ye zada hogaya, right? They might kill me if they read this but anyway, ladies we love you well, at least I do. It's your energy that literally drives the entire house, it's because of your support that we all are trying to do something with our lives and without you our days are incomplete. It's because of you that I can say my life is a Big and Happy Diwali Mela!




Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Day Six #DiwaliWithPink- D.I.Y Diyas for Diwali

 First things first I would like to apologise for being so late. This was supposed to go live yesterday and if you follow me on Instagram then you'll know that I was busy cleaning my room and got down to work really late. So, anyway, day six as in yesterday was all about painting diyas!

 If you are planning not to buy mitti diyas then think again because miles away a family desperately waits for Diwali because it's the only time of the year when they know they will be able to feed their families! They are really inexpensive my mother purchased fifty diyas for hundred bucks and there are thousands of families who earn a living by working hard so that they can light up our homes! So make sure you purchase mitti diyas instead of Chinese or Thai or whatever diyas you are planning to them. Support the artists of your country and add to their life just like they add light to yours!


If you plan to paint like I did and are looking for some inspiration then please continue reading.
Things you will need
Mitti Diyas(lamp of soil)
Paint Brushes
Acrylic colours
Fevicol
Dry Sparkles
Mirrors and other decoration material of your choice. 
If you don't want your mother to paint your face red then don't forget to spread a mat or newspaper on the floor 
Some Basic Tips:   
If you want the process of painting to be fast and smooth then please use a thick painting brush.
I was desperate to put this post fast so I stayed up late and was extremely sleepy and ruined a few diyas. So, make sure you do this with a fresh mind because you will enjoy more!
Paint  in one direction.
Always keep a cloth by your side. 
The mirrors won't stick properly on the small diyas so, buy bigger diyas to stick mirrors
  

If you plan to add some designs then make sure you draw them on a piece of paper or with pencil on the diyas. This will give you more precision when you use colour
Keep the sparkles towards the end because it will make your working area extremely messy. 
Also, make sure you wash your diyas after twelve hours. It takes time for the diyas to absorb colours. I still haven' washed mine!
Keep the diyas at a good a distance from each other because you don't want them to stick to together and catch colours.
Keep a check on the diyas while they are drying because they tend to stick with the newspaper when wet.
Those were some of my tips. Also, please make sure you tie your hair properly unless you want to colour your hair!
 


You can paint inside,  make a leaf or  polka dots or basically anything you want to. Just play with your creativity and light your D.I.Y diyas on Diwali!
If you paint diyas then do upload pictures and tag me or use the hashtag #DiwaliWithPk

Monday, 24 October 2016

Day Five #DiwaliWithPk- I got Wings On my Feet

 Go shopping! Oh come on, who doesn't like to shop? Well, that's exactly what Day Five was about and today, it was all about me!

After a shopping spree, we just don't bring new clothes but also new stories. Stories that stay with us longer than our outfits and the stories gain momentum every time someone says, 'that outfit looks great on you!' You suddenly, feel like wearing that particular dress more often because it was loved by so many people you love because haters never compliment they just try to bring you down. We obviously do have some horrible shopping experiences but we should try and forget them by purchasing better clothes. Today, I went on an impromptu shopping spree with my favourite person in this whole wide world. And I plan to take her to London one day so that together we can shop at the Oxford Street!
It was four in the evening and I was busy cleaning my room and sulking because my shopping plans with my friend got cancelled. Suddenly, my mother informs me that I will have to go and shop today because we have to go out tomorrow night and I WILL HAVE TO WEAR TRADITIONAL CLOTHES! ''Also, beta Diwali is coming and I won't let you wear the suit you wore last year!''
Well, if you know me personally then you'll know why I don't shop for traditional clothes. Anyway, she calls my nani(maternal grandmother) who obviously agrees to go shopping with me because  my mother India was busy!
                                              (A selfie with my Nani dearest at a family function!)
There have been very few instances when I have shopped without my nani. It's always been nani, mum and me and honestly, I hate shopping without them! Shopping with them is fun because our eyes automatically land on the same outfit. Also, my nani thinks that I have a great personality and everything suits me and I love people who have such deep and honest views about me. I love her even when doesn't compliment me because she is my nani and I love her. Well, it's true I too believe I have a great personality but just need motivation from Parineeti Chopra!
 Anyway, we grab a cab and go to one of my favourite places in this world M Block Market, Greater Kailash One, popularly known as GK One! My reason to go to there was to get rid of my nose pin that had literally reached the edge.  From there we were supposed to go to Select City Walk because who doesn't like variety?
While walking on one of the most popular fashion streets of Delhi I spot a store by one of my favourite designers. In fact, she is one of those few Indian designers who has the credit of dressing up celebrities like Kate Middleton and after today, future celebrities like me. I know I should stop with self-obsession but I can't help it! Anyway, her story inspires me and makes me believe I too can become a designer one day. She started with three machines that were kept in her balcony and today, she has four brands or babies as she likes to call them. She is Anita Dongre whose gotta-patti collection is all that I dream off during the wedding season.
Before I can afford an Anita Dongre customised lehenga, I step into Global Desi which is favourite amongst people who love vibrant clothes unlike me because Pk loves and wears 'black.' I never go to 'global desi' because the first time I did,  I absolutely hated the collection and never went back! In my heart, I knew I would come back after two minutes but I still walk in and ask the sales girl for a long skirt. And boy, I instantly fell in love with the  'blue' skirt and  the 'cyber lime' crop top. I tried it on and I knew I had to purchase it! I picked up a few more outfits and  nanis are never wrong! I do have a great personality because everything looked just perfect! I was constantly smiling because  it was my first time purchasing something that has Anita Dongre's name to attached to it. And I was so happy that I did not buy one but four outfits!
From the feel of the fabric to the design and colours, I knew that my Diwali was going to be exactly the way I want it to be-FASHIONABLE!  There was an unusual smile on my face as I 'pulled' a door that said 'push.' A smile that promised to come back to satisfy my fashion appetite and of course, create another whole in my pocket!

                                                                    I love the yellow! 
If you still haven't shopped for Diwali then make sure you do check Global Desi's #BohoFestive which will definitely give you the #WingsOnMyFeet (name of collection) kinda feel In case, you want to know what all I purchased then follow me on Instagram because I'll be sharing the pictures very soon!
Instagram handle- pkspeaks_ 
Share your favourite shopping story in the comment section below because I would love to hear them!



Day Five #DiwaliWithPk- I got Wings On my Feet

 Go shopping! Oh come on, who doesn't like to shop? Well, that's exactly what Day Five was about and today, it was al about me!

After a shopping spree, we just don't bring new clothes but also new stories. Stories that stay with us longer than our outfits and the stories gain momentum every time someone says, 'that outfit looks great on you!' You suddenly, feel like wearing that particular dress more often because it was loved by so many people you love because haters never compliment they just try to bring you down. We obviously do have some horrible shopping experiences but we should try and forget them by purchasing better clothes. Today, I went on an impromptu shopping spree with my favourite person in this whole wide world. And I plan to take her to London one day so that together we can shop at the Oxford Street!
It was four in the evening and I was busy cleaning my room and sulking because my shopping plans with my friend got cancelled. Suddenly, my mother informs me that I will have to go and shop today because we have to go out tomorrow night and I WILL HAVE TO WEAR TRADITIONAL CLOTHES! ''Also, beta Diwali is coming and I won't let you wear the suit you wore last year!''
Well, if you know me personally then you'll know why I don't shop for traditional clothes. Anyway, she calls my nani(maternal grandmother) who obviously agrees to go shopping with me because  my mother India was busy!
                                              (A selfie with my Nani dearest at a family function!)
There have been very few instances when I have shopped without my nani. It's always been nani, mum and me and honestly, I hate shopping without them! Shopping with them is fun because our eyes automatically land on the same outfit. Also, my nani thinks that I have a great personality and everything suits me and I love people who have such deep and honest views about me. I love her even when doesn't compliment me because she is my nani and I love her. Well, it's true I too believe I have a great personality but just need motivation from Parineeti Chopra!
 Anyway, we grab a cab and go to one of my favourite places in this world M Block Market, Greater Kailash One, popularly known as GK One! My reason to go to there was to get rid of my nose pin that had literally reached the edge.  From there we were supposed to go to Select City Walk because who doesn't like variety?
While walking on one of the most popular fashion streets of Delhi I spot a store by one of my favourite designers. In fact, she is one of those few Indian designers who has the credit of dressing up celebrities like Kate Middleton and after today, future celebrities like me. I know I should stop with self-obsession but i can't help it! Anyway, her story inspires me and makes me believe I too can become a designer one day. She started with three machines that were kept in her balcony and today, she has four brands or babies as she likes to call them. She is Anita Dongre whose gotta-patti collection is all that I dream off during the wedding season.
Before I can afford an Anita Dongre customised lehenga, I step into Global Desi which is favourite amongst people who love vibrant clothes unlike me because Pk loves and wears 'black.' I never go to 'global desi' because the first time I did,  I absolutely hated the collection and never went back! In my heart, I knew I would come back after two minutes but I still walk in and ask the sales girl for a long skirt. And boy, I instantly fell in love with the  'blue' skirt and  the 'cyber lime' crop top. I tried it on and I knew I had to purchase it! I picked up a few more outfits and  nanis are never wrong! I do have a great personality because everything looked just perfect! I was constantly smiling not just because  it was my first time purchasing something that has Anita Dongre's name to attached to it! I was so happy that I did not buy one but four outfits!
From the feel of the fabric to the design and colours, I knew that my Diwali was going to be exactly the I want it to be-FASHIONABLE!  There was an unusual smile on my face as I 'pulled; a door that said 'push.' A smile that promised to come back to satisfy my fashion appetite and of course, create  yet another whole in my pocket!

                                                                    I love the yellow! 
If you still haven't shopped for Diwali then make sure you do check Global Desi's #BohoFestive which will definitely give you the #WingsOnMyFeet (name of collection) kinda feel In case, you want to know what all I purchased then follow me on Instagram because I'll be sharing the pictures very soon!
Instagram handle- pkspeaks_ 
Share your favourite shopping story in the comment section beloe because I love to hear them!