Try This At Least Once In Your Life!

If life is all about rack­ing up un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ences, th­ese girls are to­tally liv­ing it!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - YOU, YOU, YOU - By Priyam Chaturvedi

BE A SOLO TRAV­ELER

“As a sin­gle woman who loves to travel, solo trips are more of a ne­ces­sity than an op­tion. Ini­tially, I was a bit wor­ried about globe-trot­ting alone, but the first time I took off by my­self, I found it was ex­tremely lib­er­at­ing. As a solo trav­eller, you have the freedom to do ev­ery­thing your way. Be­sides, when you’re by your­self, you ac­tu­ally meet re­ally in­ter­est­ing peo­ple who wouldn’t nor­mally open up to you if you were part of a group. That’s how I met a now dear friend of mine from Brazil. We were on a guided tour in Turkey, and bonded re­ally well as we were both alone. Since then, I’ve been on many solo trips and al­ways look for­ward to them. I think ev­ery girl should ex­pe­ri­ence this at least once in her life... you’ll find that it makes you more con­fi­dent, so­cia­ble, and self-re­liant.” —Elsa D’Silva

STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BE­LIEVE IN

“I was work­ing in a PR agency two years ago when I de­cided to take a break and go back to be­ing a stu­dent. It was a hard de­ci­sion, con­sid­er­ing I was 32. I re­ceived my ad­mis­sion let­ter and a new job of­fer (with dou­ble the money!) just a few hours apart on the same day. I knew if I took the job it was go­ing to be a great ca­reer move. But on the other hand was a dream that I had cher­ished for such a long time—of study­ing the arts. I hadn’t re­ally saved a lot for the course, so I was re­ally tak­ing a huge leap of faith. I re­mem­ber my sis­ter telling me to take the job and study later. But I knew if I didn’t take the risk then, I never would. Start­ing at ground zero with noth­ing in hand, I went back to study­ing... and it was the best de­ci­sion of my life. Go­ing

back to uni taught me (and gave me the courage) to start over, it helped me ex­pand my knowl­edge, and brought me many won­der­ful friends and ex­pe­ri­ences. Great things have hap­pened since then, in­clud­ing my re­cent on­line ini­tia­tive called Cin­ema Sto­ries, which is what I had al­ways set out to do! Cin­ema Sto­ries is a new be­gin­ning, and ev­ery time I have a doubt, I look back at my­self two years ago and know I can do it again. I think ev­ery girl needs to tap into that in­ner strength.” —Lak­shmi Balakr­ish­nan

GO AF­TER YOUR DREAM JOB

“I had been work­ing with a pub­lish­ing house for five years, when I started feel­ing like I was stuck in a rut. I’d al­ways wanted to do some­thing on my own, so I de­cided to go af­ter the one thing I had wanted for a long time—to be­come a pho­tog­ra­pher. I asked for a work trans­fer from Delhi to Dehradun, where work was less hec­tic. Then I took a three-month sab­bat­i­cal be­fore even­tu­ally re­sign­ing. Leav­ing my job was the tough­est part, but I kept the faith. I be­gan tak­ing pho­to­graphs of friends, and asked for feed­back. With the sav­ings I had in my PF ac­count, I bought the best DSLR cam­era I could af­ford, and be­gan ex­pand­ing my work through so­cial me­dia. I took up ev­ery as­sign­ment that came my way, small or big, and ap­proached uni­ver­si­ties in my area for work. Slowly, things started look­ing up. The work flow is now con­stant, and while I’m still in the process of liv­ing my dream job, I wake up ev­ery morn­ing feel­ing that I’ve ac­com­plished some­thing on my own.” —Jy­ot­sna To­mar

GO FROM LONG TO SU­PER­SHORT HAIR

“If there is one tra­di­tion the women in my fam­ily have care­fully pre­served for gen­er­a­tions, it is that of hav­ing long, dark hair. All through school, no mat­ter how much I craved a ‘cool’ cut, my mother en­sured I had noth­ing but a well -oiled, never-end­ing braid. My blow-dry bills were fright­en­ing, I al­ways felt like I was car­ry­ing a huge weight on my head, and some­times when I tied my hair into a bun, it would top­ple over to the side un­der its own weight. Wash­ing my hair was an­other or­deal: it took me two rounds of sham­poo and a lot of curs­ing to get my gi­ant mass of hair clean. So when I reached col­lege, I knew I had to con­vince mom to let me get a hair­cut. It took very long and many tears, but I fi­nally suc­ceeded. I re­mem­ber lit­er­ally skip­ping to the hair­dresser’s, ref­er­ences in tow, and got my­self a short bob! It was over, the many ki­los on my head were gone and I was thrilled. I felt so much lighter and oh- so stylish! The new me brought me com­pli­ments and con­fi­dence, and I en­joyed all of it.”

—Khushboo Soni

SAY NO TO THE IN­TER­NET

“For a beauty blog­ger, who spends half her life on­line, I was be­ing too am­bi­tious when I said I could eas­ily spend a day away from the In­ter­net. The first few hours were the tough­est. I had for­got­ten life with­out the World Wide Web. I bat­tled my urge to Google ev­ery­thing! Queen Pad­ma­vati’s hus­band’s name, the dis­tance be­tween Hyderabad and Ooty, the lip­sticks I’d re­cently or­dered on­line, all the com­ments I imag­ined I had got for my new blog post... they were all mak­ing it re­ally dif­fi­cult for me to get on with my day at first. But as the day pro­gressed, the sting less­ened. My fam­ily and I set­tled down to play a game of Life and Scot­land Yard, and even a round of Pic­tionary late in the evening. In that one day, I’d looked up the dic­tionary for the first time in ages, had real con­ver­sa­tions with­out Google to set­tle an ar­gu­ment, and read an ac­tual map. I’d un­know­ingly recre­ated the per­fect day from my school va­ca­tions, so many years ago. I had an inkling I would like a day mi­nus the In­ter­net, I just didn’t ex­pect to freak out and calm down so much in just one day! An In­ter­net detox is just what ev­ery­one needs once in a while.” —Ikya Kesiraju

Now all they needed was some fuel in the tank

It would take a while, but their New York to Lon­don road trip seemed to be go­ing well

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