Blogging: 3 lessons I learnt from my Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts in its new avatar turns two today. This new journey has taught me these three key lessons:

Cherish your personal thoughts: It was a wakeup call for me when I decided to renew my blog. In the race of time, professional and personal commitments we tend to forget our own thoughts. Things that matter, relations, memories you cherish. Random Thoughts became my place to stop, reflect and pen my opinion, experiences and observations.

Set Goals & Plan Ahead: This was a big takeaway while writing and developing Random Thoughts. Without planning, thinking ahead and putting down my blogging topics, time management, it would have been impossible to shape my Random Thoughts. I fumbled like how! It also made me think about goal setting and planning, not only for this blog but imbibing it in my daily life too.

Be Consistent: Often my mind is buzzing with so many ideas. I feel like exploring new things and experiences. My josh is high and I start doing a few things, but then it fizzles out. Random Thoughts was a rude reminder for me to become consistent in everything I do.

A deep Gratitude for everyone who encouraged my Random Thoughts. For your guidance, feedback, love and hand holding me.

D – Dadar #AtoZChallenge

Our birthplace is always close our heart. For me it’s Dadar – a central place for all Mumbai citizens to travel. Dadar in literal terms means steps. And indeed it has been a staircase for me to become the person I am.

Often we relate our behaviour or who we are to a particular country, city or a town. From the Indian context it would mean a Delhi vs Mumbai person, Mumbai vs Pune person. We unconsciously develop traits or identity of a particular place. On thinking deeply, I think it is our immediate neighbourhood or a place that plays a critical part in this process.

While I am a ‘Mumbai girl’ Dadar is a part of my personality. It is associated with connectivity, buzzing with people, socio-cultural developments, theatre and sports, markets thronged with shoppers. I find so many similarities and identify with many other.

  • Growing up in Dadar has been like a sponge. It offers ample opportunities to absorb and learn – from cultural events, sports, educational institutions to political developments. Probably my curious mind was developed because of this.
  • The Badaas attitude – The safety, security and cohesiveness of this place never made me think twice of making my own choices. Not to be afraid, discover new things, and meet people – providing a free and open environment.
  • Dadar has taught me to be inclusivity. To get along with people and be a team player. The old wadis, long last neighbours creates the community bonding. Teaches you to be caring, compassionate and makes one an empathetic person.
  • Enjoying culture – Festivals are an intrinsic part of Dadar from every angle. Traditionally People across the city and from outside throng Dadar market for festive shopping. It makes me wonder with so many shopping malls, new shopping places and hip places why is Dadar market always buzzing with people. Maybe the answer lies in its identity.
  • Food and its evolution – Dadar is known for famous Maharashtrian eateries, local seafood favourites and popular street food joints. In today’s scenario, it doesn’t offer many ‘cool’ options for pubs and clubbing. But it still has a distinct evolving food culture. Think of it, I am so much like that. I love to explore new restaurants but yet stick to my roots with a typical CKP fish preparations.

Last but not the least how can I forget Dadar chowpatty and my love for sea!

Have you ever wondered how your birthplace has shaped your personality?

C – Change #AtoZChallenge

Many years back while returning home from my classes my head was buzzing with thoughts. I came home, opened a diary and penned down my thoughts – Change is the only constant. In the pre-dotcom days, didn’t know I was actually writing a blog.

From maintaining diaries, to writing blogs, pen-friends to online friends, change is indeed constant in so many aspects of life. People, relationships, jobs, habbits, everything changes. The change is good. But on retrospect I think Change is becoming transformative. Look around us, even 2-3 years seem to be so different. Today I am using the internet from my mobile hotspot without any network problem. This itself is a small yet big change where mobile internet was seen expensive just 3 years back..

When I say Change is transformative, I think of positive change. A change that makes you learn new things, explore new places, and discover newer facets of your own self. Not because you have to, but because you want to. And that is a significant change.

Personally if I look at short span of last 3 years, so much has changed – my eating habbits, interpersonal skills, attitude towards looking at failures, ability to handle adverse situations, courage to be more responsible and enhancing professional capabilities.  These subtle and subconscious changes lead to a bigger trans-formative change.

Important to know if what did we learn from this change. How will we be lead the change that is waiting at the doorsteps? More so when this change is guided by technology – in our personal and professional lives, from toddlers to senior citizens.

I have decided to lead it this way –

  • Changing attitude towards health & fitness
  • Improving professional capabilities
  • Making some concrete goals
  • Becoming a compassionate person

Am sure when I look back at this blog, I will see the transformative change.

Your thoughts?

B – Books #AtoZChallenge

Since I started blogging again, I realized many bloggers participate in different online challenges, contests etc. One of the popular challenges I realized was #AtoZChallenge, during the month of April. I always had it on my mind to participate, but time just flew by I realized it’s already April.

As a new to the blogging space, I didn’t know how to go about it. Also bloggers plan themes for this challenge. None the less I decided better late than never. So here I am attempting my first ever challenge with Random Thoughts.

B – Books

Books always intrigued me since childhood. I use to subscribe to a neighbourhood library during summer vacations. That was the time I read a variety – from glossy magazines, autobiographies, fiction, to the teenage books of Secret Seven et all…

But the most special memory is of sharing books with my grandmother. My father had subscribed to another local library which gave two books at a time. He use to mostly bring Marathi books so that my grand mom could also read. Thus, there was a time I was exposed to a lot of Marathi books. Looking back, it was a golden period as after that I did not really catch on reading Marathi books.

As in other aspects in our lives, there came a phase I completely stopped reading for myself. It was always related to academic or professional reasons. During this time my mother started second phase of her education – so we again had Marathi books in our house.  My brother caught to reading, which led to completely different kind of books – on finance, self – development, history & wars and also on exercising and following good diet.

My interest in reading books was subconsciously and consciously reviving. Meanwhile, I found another medium to keep in touch with reading. BooksonToast, a Youtube platform that one of my colleague started. Instead of browsing endlessly on the net, I started following the videos. It was a rich online resource, again exposing me to a vast variety.

This variety is what I have always enjoyed. In that sense I am not restricted to a particular genre, author or style. So I never really had a favorite author, but enjoyed the company of book !

Woman, what’s your FQ?

With India producing inspiring women leaders, sportswomen and now entrepreneurs, it is all the more important for women to become financially literate and independent

India recently completed The Great Indian Budget circus. Budget has become one big annual event – media, corporate honchos, analysts and of course social media, discussing its impact on the economy, businesses, rural India and the common man. These discussions led me to think – how does budget impact the common woman?

Does a common woman make her own budget? Plan finances? The answer for city dwellers and working women like me lie in our offices. Its time of the year when you see many colleagues, including women, running like headless chicken to show investment proofs. Do I have the rent receipts? Have I made investments at all? Must confess I am also a part of this gang.

This ignorance or disinclination largely came from the fear of numbers. I never scored well in Maths and got rid of the subject at the earliest opportunity as I entered college. While I had a personal bank account at a very early age, it was more to save the yearly Birthday, Diwali and other festive cash gifts. Subconsciously I made some academic and professional choices to avoid numbers. But over the years realised, as a woman with personal and professional ambitions you just cannot escape from finance and ‘Budget’.

finance-women

My brush with budgeting practically began when I moved to UK for studies. Living on your own, managing with limited resources, made me register every pound I spent. Later the travel bug in me was a catalyst to think of saving enough for that one long vacation. Recently conversation with my mother turned to our monthly household expenses. Last few months of buying groceries, planning home chores, managing maids had subconsciously made me think of finances and budgeting.

With India producing inspiring women leaders, sportswomen and now entrepreneurs, it is all the more important for women to become financially literate and independent. Financial education will make women – urban and rural – understand their Financial Quotient (FQ). One such platform I personally found helpful is GetRichGirls.com . It dwells on so many aspects of financial planning and how women can master it. The much needed motivation for girls to get rich!

Refresh – making sense of my random thoughts

Years ago I had registered on another blogging platform. But I only started penning my thoughts when I moved to London for my post graduation studies. Today, when I look back at my blog I realize it was my London memoir. I remember, then too I was thinking how can my blog be different from a personal diary. Do I want to publicly share my thoughts?

But what encouraged me was the number of visits my blog started getting. I started to think of new topics to write. Just as they say – it’s one thing to start anything but takes truck loads of determination to sustain it.  I lost my momentum and determination.

Blogging has seen a sea change since 2011 and so have I. This time when the blogging bug returned – I thought of it and said let’s take the plunge again.

So here it is Random Thoughts in a refreshed avatar. I am eager to rediscover my blog and what it brings out. Hit me with ideas / thoughts/feedback on blogging, motivation / sustaining these random thoughts so that you don’t regret visiting this page J