Sunday, 15 May 2016

Adventure trek to Kheerganga and Manthalai Lake

Traveling and exploring go hand in hand. For experiencing a startling trip, you must have some adventure during your vacation by including venturesome activities such as trekking, hill climbing, some kind of campaign, cliff jumping or perhaps, it could be bungee jumping. But not to forget that these activities include a great risk and must be practiced only under an expert's guidance and with all the life jackets and stuff.

Almost all the adventure lovers prefer going to hilly areas that have a lot more ventures to offer than the other tourist spots. The Himalayan Range, in India is a great place for the wanderlusts who long to experience the reckless campaigns. There's no doubt that there are a plenty of treks to venture in the Himalayas. However, I'd prefer to drift in the Kheerganga and Manthalai lake trek because I found it quite amusing and thrilling in pictures and from the experiences of the people who have traveled there.

As the word adventure explains it all, this trip should definitely include driving all the way to the hills. After all, road trips are the best ones for the explorers. As you travel independently and could stop by anywhere in between, there are no boundaries of time or places you travel. You can easily change plans according to your mood without worrying about anything else such as plane ticket booking or reaching railway station on time, etc.

Trek to Kheerganga is not an easy one. You have to find like minded daredevils who are ready to take this kind of journey. Kheerganga is situated in Parvati Valley near Manikaran. It is known for its natural Hot water Springs and has enthralling views of hill tops and valleys. However, this place is open for only 6-7 months in an year because the weather turns really cold around the winters. Whereas, Manthalai Lake is in the origin of river Parvati and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the foothills of Himalayas surrounded by the glaciers.

Before, starting this valiant trip, the most important thing to do is to prepare a bagpack of all the necessary things that you may require during the trip which must contain a torch, food, water bottle, a map of your trek and other basic requirements that you'll need. Following is how I've planned to take this exhilarating venture.

First of all, I will start this trip from Chandigarh followed by Kharar, Ropar, Kiratpur, Sundarnagar, Bilaspur, Mandi and finally Kullu, from where the path separates into two different stations, one towards Manali and other towards Kasol that is to be followed. Kasol is a winsome village of Kullu that is known for its amazing and delightful cafes and restaurants such as Evergreen cafe, Rainbow cafe, Moon dance cafe and many more. These cafes let you have an experience of Israeli cuisine. You can see a lot of Israeli and European youth in this place who are living on their own without having any modern Lifestyle. It is full of impressive spots and views and is always checked on the list of explorers.

Then proceeding to another scenic village Tosh that is 18km from Kasol after covering Manikaran and Barshani. These regions have a different kind of tradition, since it's a rural place. Inhabitants of Kasol or Tosh do not let people enter into temples or touch any holy place. They follow the rules of Malana. Following Tosh, comes the trek of 3 hours to Kheerganga. Then, a visit to the beautiful Rainbow point which is reached in half an hour trek further from Kheerganga. This place is known to create picturesque rainbows on all the sides right after the Rainfall. It is full of  camps of hippie Israeli people. They don't let people click photos of the place and always keep the surroundings clean and tidy.

Then after Kheerganga there's an 18 km trek to Tunda Bhuj followed by 16 km trek to Thakar Kaun, and further 12 km trek to Pandu Bridge. After Pandu Bridge, there is a 15 km trek to the final destination that is Manthalai lake. This whole trip takes around 10-12 days according to your efficiency of trekking and hiking. You get to live in tents and eat different cuisines, meet various kinds of people and getting across unique cultures and lifestyles. This trek could be really tiresome but at same time is very stimulating and electrifying.

**All the photos belong to Abhinav Chawla, taken by him during his hike.
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Saturday, 14 May 2016

Free Spirit


 Boho chic playing her guitar

Unconventional and bizarre

As brilliant as a shooting star

Got everyone airy and tipsy

When she moves like a gypsy

Grooving until she gets dizzy

Some call her hippie, some call her freak

But she sustains, without getting weak

Discerning she's eccentric and unique

Since that's all what matters

Let your nemesis chatter

Leave them speechless later..!

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Engaging affair of the blooming buds,

A pleasant present from dawning spring,

Elevates the yearning of foliage,

As bright as sun, as pretty as angels.

Radiant rays of the golden sun,

Spearing through the thick canopy,

Directed in the eyes of a dreary soul,

As straight as an arrow, As warm as a cuddle.

Refreshing droplets from the clouded sky,

Some gushing down in the lush greenery,

Some irrigating the shriveled lands,

As lively as a smile, as large as life.

Transition of the seasons,

Shades of the splendid fall,

From greenish yellow to reddish brown,

As light as a feather, as lovely as ever.

Brisky breeze in the ice cold weather,

With surreal snowflakes unfurling all around,

Creates the illusion of fantasy,

As pure as faith, as dazzling as stars.
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My Ideal Yatra

Experiences and memories are all that matter to us as humans. Money, people and things will come and go but memories stay with you forever. Everyone needs a perfect vacation in their lives from time to time to sit back, relax and realize the beauty of life and nature. It's a freedom from all the baggage and worries that you fight through in your everyday routine, it's a present that you must gift yourself with. 

For me, an ideal vacation should be very peaceful but at the same time very enjoyable and fascinating. I always love to go to places with people speaking an alien language and having different cultures so that I could experience a new way of living that is completely different from mine. Since, India is a very versatile country as far as cultures are concerned so we are lucky enough to travel in different regions of India and still have a new experience every time. As I live in north India so I have almost traveled the north side of the country but for me what would really be exciting is to travel the south side. 

I love to travel by any means be it air, water or land. Traveling in trains in really thrilling, sleeping on the topmost rows and waking up on listening to the vendors selling tea and breakfast, sitting near the window seat and feeling the cool breeze along with the wonderful view of outside, what more could one ask for? But at the same time it takes a lot of time to reach at your destination and could be tiresome and difficult to live in there for few days until you reach your station. For me, I would prefer going by train and coming back via airways since you're quite energetic and active, full with spirit of excitement to go to a vacation in the beginning. And there's no harm in keeping patience and enjoying the experience of traveling in train. On the other hand, when the vacation is done, you are quite worn out and jaded. So, I'd personally prefer traveling by a means that is quite comfortable and would take lesser time to reach. Traveling by airplane can save a lot of time and is much comfortable than going via train or bus. Since, taking air route is much costlier than taking a train so in this way it could actually balance your budget and also your time.

A vacation must be long enough so that you enjoy to utmost but limited enough so that it doesn't create any problem with your work routine or budget. So, for me ideal vacation must last for one or two weeks not more than that. Following is my plan of how I'd like my vacation to be.

Day 1: Departure from Bathinda railway station early in the morning for New Delhi to further board a train for Kerala. Delhi Intercity express departs around 5:00 AM and reaches around 1:00 in the afternoon. And then on reaching New Delhi, boarding the train for Trivandrum that departs around 3:00 PM.  

Day 2-3: Staying in train and playing cards with friends and family.

Day 4: Reaching Kerala in the mid evening and checking in at a nice, comfortable and luxury hotel that I would book in advance using the App installed in my phone. Then in the late evening going for the Kovalam Beach in Trivandrum and having fun along with clicking a lot of selfies.

Day 5: Early in the morning, after having breakfast, leaving for the Zoo in Trivandrum and then depart for Ooty taking a Bus. Ooty, the name itself is like heaven to ears, I always think of Ooty as a green, clean and hilly place to visit. Nevertheless, there's a lot more to Ooty.
After reaching Ooty, checking-in at another Hotel that again I would book on my App. Visiting the Ooty Lake and boating is a must. Horse-back riding would also be quite fun.
After boating going to the Tea factory and having a look at freshly processed leaves and finally in the evening going to the Restaurant/Hotel.

Day -6: Early morning leaving for Doddabeta peak that is the highest peak in Ooty and I'm sure it would have amazing views to offer. Then in the late morning leaving for Mysore. The major attractions of Mysore is the Mysore palace that would be the first place to visit. Then visiting Mysore Zoo and see some wildlife. After the Zoo, in the evening proceeding to the famous Vrindavan Garden that also has a Musical fountain and a beautiful light show in the evening. Afterwards staying in a hotel at Mysore and having dinner.

Day-7: Leaving for Bengaluru after having breakfast. Visiting Tipu Sultan's summer Palace and then going to a mall for some shopping for loved ones. In the evening, going to the Hebbal Lake and enjoying the arresting views and yet again taking a lot of selfies.

Day-8: Going to the Bengaluru International Airport and taking a flight to New Delhi via Indigo Airlines that's I think the cheapest of all and at the same time very comfortable, so it suits me the best. I will book this again using the same App(totally a Savior) prior to coming on this Vacation. 

I'd also like to mention that I'm a big time foodie, so I would definitely try experimenting with having all kinds of South-Indian food that also adds a big part to my ideal Yatra.
So, this was my 8 Day long ideal Yatra. I hope you found it interesting. Cheers!
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Friday, 29 January 2016

Impact of Mr. Perfectionist

He was always a very choosy person. He had the best things in world, perfect living, perfect friends and a beautiful and loving wife. He wanted everything to be perfect around him and the definition of perfect was also defined by his rules. He always took his wife for granted and complained her for not devoting her entire self to him. Nevertheless, she always tried to make him happy and satisfied. He used to come home at late night after working for long hours in office to avoid her.

He never checked her text messages or received any calls. Perhaps he married her because she was his obsession which she, misunderstood as love. After their marriage she became his official possession, so he stopped bothering about her as he slowly realized that she was not perfect. He was never satisfied with her even after the sacrifices she made and always demanded for even more. Though, he was not evil at heart but was a stubborn childlike person who acted like a cold Mr. Perfectionist. 

He always persuaded his wife to change according to him so that she could become his ideal wife and his acts made her believe that he's no longer in love with her. One day when he went out for work, he got a phone call from one of his neighbors on listening to which he immediately rushed back to home. 

"How did it? When?", he asked in a trembling voice.

"I'm deeply sorry for your loss, dear. May her soul rests in peace", his neighbor said sympathizing his loss.

"She left this piece of paper on the desk", he added.

A tear dropped instantly from his eye on looking at her writing on the paper.

"Check your text message.
                                           Love Priya."

He immediately checked his Inbox and found a recent message from Priya. Here it goes..

"All this time I kept looking,
for some space in your heart.
You kept looking, 
For some space to get out of mine.
I kept daydreaming of bliss,
You kept turning them into nightmares. 
I kept on trusting your lies,
You kept on doubting my truths.
You became my entire world,
I couldn't become even a part of yours.
I hugged your flaws,
You pierced my soul.
All this time, you were on my mind.
When you kept on complaining that I'm not a perfect lover.
You brutally sharpened your knife like a butcher,
I silently endured without uttering a word of sigh.
...And this was my last text to you."

Mr. Perfectionist then realized that in the search of perfection he even lost his beautifully imperfect love. 
He failed to notice the pain that she was going through and never thought that Priya would have such a drastic impact of his arrogant and stubborn behavior. This incident left him in complete shock. 

Don't criticize anyone so much that one starts hating one's identity. Always appreciate your loved ones and accept them for who they are.

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Peppy Pugs


Almost 5 years back this tiny packet full of liveliness and ebullience mingled into my family and made our lives ever animated and blissful. Chaze is my foremost love who's actually a 5 years old pug which they say is equivalent to a 25 year old but I seriously doubt it. As this little joy always acts like a tiny baby striving for a loving and caring babysitter. And I have always loved being a babysitter for him. Patting him, feeding him, playing with him, clicking him and teasing him became my favorite game, entertainment, pastime, pleasure and yes obsession too.

His wrinkled face with big, shiny and expressive eyes are literally to die for. It's always an endearing experience on seeing him jumping and standing with his two feet on floor and other two on my knees as soon as I enter the door. Though I know that he's a dog but he's such a copy cat that sometimes he totally imitates what I do, walks when I walk, eats when I eat, barks loudly if I shout and sometimes even cuddles me back.
There's still a minutest probability that I might get annoyed with him but I have full faith that he wont. I love the way he snores, the weird noises he makes while eating and even more weird looks that he gives when he sees me eating without offering him. 

For all those who say pugs are lazy should definitely meet Chaze and see his level of excitement, the fast speed of his tiny round tail that moves to and fro with rejoice on seeing you. 
Pugs are not meant for hating or hurting anyone. They are so affectionate and have such a big heart that they easily mix up with anyone and make you spellbound even if you're meeting them for the first time. Their perfect sense of humor and cutest expressions can make you go bananas over them. You can easily make them do anything by just giving them a piece of candy as they drool over sweets.
They are not the big barkers but do make the funniest sounds. As humans, pugs too love being pampered and hate being left out. Pug is a lot of dog in a small space with tiny little nose, short legs and a famous pug tail with 3-4 curls that make them the cutest breed of dogs. 

As a child I was always feared of dogs because I used to think that the ones in my street were always looking for a chance to bite me since they seemed so wild and dangerous to me. It was later that I realized that dogs are indeed our best friends who could even die for the ones they love. They are the peppiest creatures that transpire high spirits in your boring life. A bundle of liveliness, loyalty, warmth and endearment is what a dog is. The kind of tenderness and fondness they offer is truly one of a kind. 

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Peppy Music Playlist

Ice cold, freezing winters make you feel drowsy, sluggish and heavy eyed. Your days turn dull and lifeless. You don't feel like coming out of your bed and spend your entire time doing nothing but just sitting idle. All you need is a hot cup of coffee or tea with some energetic and peppy music that could make you feel active and cheer you up by bringing back colors to your colorless day and flavors to your tasteless life. Peppy music is a kind of upbeat music that is full of life, charisma, enthusiasm and high spirits. It gives a fresh kick start to your day so that you feel happy and energetic throughout your day.

Any kind of music can bring liveliness in your life, it could be jazz, rock n roll, pop music or any other too. It just depends upon your taste in music and how those particular beats affect your mood.
How about making your own playlist of such kind of peppy music to keep a fire ignited inside you that motivates you to work and fight against this frozen weather?
I have made one such playlist to boost my energy levels and keep me going during my day.

1. Tum hi ho bandhu from Cocktail is an ideal peppy number that makes me do the semi classical steps, though I have never taken any training in it. But, I have no control on my hands and feet that start tapping as soon as I listen to this one.

2. Gal mithi mithi bol from Ayesha is a Punjabi number and has been one of my favorites since its release. The slow beats of this song are so soothing and at the same time so enthusiastic!

3. Badtameez dil from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani is another peppy song that is a perfect party song that brings high spirits to my lethargic day. This hit dance number with catchy lyrics has to be a part of a peppy playlist.

4. Ainvayi Ainvayi from Band Baja Barat is a fun dance number that is usually in weddings. It is the best song to groove on with a lively Punjabi touch in it.

5. London thumakda is again a Punjabi style number from Kangana starrer film, Queen. The beats of this song definitely spread excitement in the atmosphere.

6. Desi girl is yet another super peppy song from Dostana with desi lyrics and western beats. It injects a positive energy in my body and is a great dance number too.

7. Tu meri from the movie Bang Bang is a very cheerful and euphoric song that brings excitement within me for no reason. It's always a delight to listen to this number.

8. Kabhi Kabhi Aditi is a slow and light-hearted song that feels like honey to my hears and pacifies my ever wandering mind. After all those ebullient songs, at last I need a calm and tranquilizing song to hush by mind and keep my energy under control.  

So, this was my peppy playlist. Have you made your list yet?
PS: Any suggestions for the songs are openly welcomed.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.
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Fantastico Wedding


I'm very fond of attending weddings since I get a chance to get ready and put on some eye liner and all. It's really delightful to watch all the fantastico rituals and colors of a big fat Indian wedding especially the one on the north side and it's even more exhilarating to be a part of these customs. 
However, I had never got a chance to attend any wedding of someone really close to me until last to last month. Three months back my mother called me to tell that my eldest cousin is finally getting married and my excitement level touched the heaven on hearing this news. 

I always wanted him to marry soon because I wanted to experience how it feels to be an important person in a big crowd though I knew that he will be the main attention seeker but still I was not one of the guests who are not even noticed. So, I was really happy that people will notice me as the sister of the groom and I'll pretend to be the busiest person on earth. 
Plus, I was getting a bonus chance to buy new pretty dresses without worrying about their price tags because after all it was the first wedding that I was attending in our family. There were three functions, Ring ceremony, Sangeet and the wedding day on three consecutive days from 25th to 27th of November.

The most difficult task in this whole thing was selecting what to wear. I decided to wear Indian attire on the engagement and reception, western on sangeet and Indo-western on wedding ceremony. 
And finally the big day arrived and everything happened in the same way as I had imagined years ago. I am so fond of getting dressed up with all the accessories and make up that I was feeling like it was my wedding. The place was so prepossessing with beautiful flowers and lightening all around. The loud music and the aura of that place completely arrested my soul and I got tuned into the beats of the song that was being played.

Though I was wearing a heavy Saree and accessories and I usually get conscious about my dress and looks in a crowded place like that because of those weird looks given by the people around me. But this was the first time that I was having so much fun that I didn't care about my dress and danced with full spirit like no one's watching. Although, later I realized that everyone was busy in their own tune and no one really cared about noticing anyone else. So I was actually not being watched anyway. Also, I got a chance to meet many distant relatives for the first time.   
I had much fantastico "first time" experiences during these three days. I danced relentlessly from the beginning till the end, clicked countless selfies, got loaded with plenty of different cuisines and relished these moments thoroughly.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.
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Fantastico Indians in Tech-world

Today, most of the top-grade technology multinational companies of the world are headed and run by Indian immigrants. There's no doubt that technology world has always been a great means for Indians to bring their engineering and managerial skills in prominence. Indian graduates have been holding great positions in Silicon Valley with around 15% of Indian founded startups that are emerging rapidly. Their strides to success is commendable. 
The main reasons of Indians and American Indians for being the CEO's of the influential companies are that Indians have a good hold on English language and a deep understanding of business culture. Also, there is a great population of aspiring engineers in India and most of the companies openly welcome the coders to be their Executives since they'll have a better understanding of how the products work and are capable of bringing innovative ideas.

For all those who are unaware of these eminent Indian personalities, let's mention some of the most powerful and fantastico figures with Indian origin who excel in the tech-arena.

1. Sundar Pichai 
43-year-old, Mr. Pichai was born in Tamil Nadu, India and attained his graduation degree from IIT, Kharagpur in Metallurgical Engineering and also holds an M.S. from Stanford University. He was lately announced to be the top notch technology company, Google's next CEO. Pichai joined Google in 2004, where he led the product management of products such as Chrome OS, Google Drive and Google  Chrome and was announced as the CEO in August, 2015.

2. Satya Nadella
Nadella is an India-born American business executive. He attained a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, KarnatkaHe was appointed as the third CEO of Microsoft on 4 February 2014, after Steve Ballmer. This Hyderabad born man is the highest paid executive in the United States. Also, Forbes magazine recently ranked Nadella among the world’s 72 most powerful people.

3. Shantanu Narayan
Shantanu Narayen, born in 1963 in Hyderabad, India is a business executive and currently the CEO of Adobe Systems, which is one of the most colossal software companies. One of world’s top paid tech CEOsNarayen joined Adobe in 1998 as vice president of worldwide product research and was appointed as the CEO in 2007 at the age of 43.

4. Indra Nooyi 
India-born Indra has been consistently featuring in Forbes ‘The World's 100 Most Powerful Women' list in the last years. Indra was born in Chennai and attained bachelor's degrees in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from Madras Christian College and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. She is currently the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage giant in the world. She was named the third most powerful woman in business by Fortune magazine. She joined the company in 1994 and was announced as the CEO in 2006.

5. Ajay Banga
Ajay Singh Banga is from Pune, Maharashtra and attained his degree from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University. He is the current president and chief executive officer of MasterCard. He began his career with Nestle in 1981 and then joined PepsiCo. Later, in 2010 he was appointed as the CEO of MasterCard at the age of 50. He was also appointed to serve as a Member of the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by U.S. President Barrack Obama in February, 2015.

All the above success stories and achievements serve as a great inspiration and all the Indians must follow the path led by these fantastico figures to step into the field of success.

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Impact of brands on consumer buying

In today's era, who wouldn't want to have top notch brands in their wardrobe? Wearing a brand has become a prevailing trend among people. They would prefer to spend thousands for just a 2 inch name tag and superior quality products than spending much less for a non-branded mediocre quality product. Clearly brands hold much importance in people's lives. 

People usually are influenced by the brands because they think that their image is reflected by the image of brand they wear or use. They are easily influenced by the imaginary lifestyle shown in the advertisements and crave to experience the same.
Brand's packaging, outlook, reputation and advertising definitely plays a crucial role in leaving an alluring impact on the consumers that keep them glued to these brands. For instance, the toothpaste doesn't really exhale romance that attracts the girl you've just met, as they show in the "advertisements" or the soap with a lovely packing doesn't really guarantee to be as good in quality. They are just meant to grab the attention of consumers such that they get manipulated and convinced in buying these products for the sake of experiencing same kind of happiness as shown in the advertisements.
Consumers are vulnerable to the attractive advertisements of brands and ambassadors of respective brands. There may be many consumers who are buying certain products just because their favorite celebrity promotes it on the television. Brands surely sway customers in making buying decisions. The extent of impact that each brand leaves in the consumer's mind doesn't depend on consumer but upon the brand's branding strategies.
Studies have shown that people in our country prefer international brands than the local brands because they feel that these brands perhaps are of better social status because they are more established and trusted among millions. They are  the exotic ones, so considered to be better in quality.
While the Indian ones are not considered to be the so called "luxury brands". 

However, the Indian market is growing swiftly both in quality and variety. They are many Indian brands that give tough competition to the foreign ones such as Lakme, Micromax, Louis Phillipe, Airtel, Infosys, ITC, etc. 
There is no such significant difference in quality that exists between the foreign brands and the domestic ones but still their credibility is perceived in different levels.
The main focus should be on promoting more of the Indian brands in our country to establish a better brand image of such brands and persuade consumers to buy domestic products instead of the international ones. 
Since there's a direct connection of brand image and credibility to its advertisement so much improvement is required to grab more attention of people towards such brands by making them look more luxurious and of high standards.
Social media and celebrities can create a great impact by motivating and publicizing the use of these brands. 

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Impact of hostel life


When I was a child I used to get these warnings from my parents that one day they'll send me to the hostel if I didn't behave and listen to them. On asking about what sorcery this hostel is, one of my friends replied,
"It's even worse than jail. Children are beaten and punished brutally and they have to work all day long to get some food to eat. All the naughty and insane children who can't be handled by their parents are sent to this place which has as dreadful impact as hell !!"
Since then I evolved a fear of living in a hostel within me. Even after I came to know that these were just the rumors spread by children, I still felt negativity about this place.

Years passed and I grew up. My college was about 170 km far from my place, so I had to clearly shift from my town to the near by hostel. It was a huge building with countless shining window glasses being prominent. I had to share my room with other two roommates though the room was only a two seater and its size was even less than a size of room for two should be. But, never mind, I had to adjust anyhow. 
We were not allowed to eat food in bed, we had to go to the mess that was 6 floors away from my room and there were strict and fixed timings for breakfast, lunch and dinner. No food was given once the time limit was exceeded. There were around 60 girls on each floor and just two lifts. Almost twenty girls used to get loaded in each lift which had a limit of at most 8 girls, but again, never mind! Though the food was still bearable, at least for the first day.

Keeping the difficulties aside, I was really enjoying this new place, seeing new faces, pretty ones, shy ones, bold ones, helpful ones and mean ones too. I was lucky enough to have one of my room mates as my old friend and the other one was too cold to talk politely. Everything was tolerable until next morning and my jaw nearly dropped when I went to the common bathroom at almost 8.
It was crowded with long queues of girls, some holding buckets in their hands, others brushing their teeth. One of my seniors, who was also my old friend met me in the bathroom itself and explained me the entire process to just take a bath on time. 
You had to come at least one hour earlier to get a chance to get empty bathroom before water supply is closed or you may prefer bathing in the evening or afternoon because it's least crowded at that time.
Soon I realized that there are even longer queues in mess too but only during the breakfast. I felt miserable in the beginning and thought that it was impossible for me to survive in a place like that.

As the days passed, I was getting used to the hostel's customs. Now, even I took a part in being one of those queues in order to get a turn in the bathroom. I made amazing friends who were quite helpful including the seniors who didn't take wrong advantage of their seniority. Our hostel used to get closed at 6:30 in the evening. Yes, that's true! 
We were not allowed to step out of the hostel gate after that. Though this time limit was not fixed, it kept on changing between 6-8 pm according to the time of sunset. It was the only thing that made me feel like living in jail because I was not allowed to see how outside life at night looks like. Hostel life is definitely the most  toughest but it taught me some of the most important things in life.

It had a great impact on my life, it's because of hostel that I learned to sleep early and wake up on time, I learned how to wash my clothes, I learned to have patience no matter how late you're getting, I learned that it's me who's going to take care of myself and not anyone else, I learned the importance of my mother's food that I used to crave in these four years and above all I learned to be independent. How could such a place that taught me so much be hell for me? Hostel life indeed turned out to be a cherishing phase of my life!

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.
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