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I’ve never cel­e­brated Ak­shaya Tri­tiya, but as a fes­ti­val of new be­gin­nings, it cer­tainly catches my at­ten­tion this year. So I would like to re­vive my long-lost cre­ative writ­ing prac­tice and ex­pe­ri­ence the sheer joy of writ­ing and re-writ­ing un­til I’m sat­is­fied or bored, which­ever comes first. As a re­spon­si­ble mother, there is a lot of sweet de­mand­ing “to dos” in which what I wish “to do” gets little space. Hence, I hope I am able to con­stantly do some writ­ing and strike gold ush­er­ing Ak­shaya Tri­tiya this year and thereon. Vid­hiya Prashanna

My ul­ti­mate dream is to own my own book­store. The first step in that would be to start a book club and meet peo­ple who also love books. I hope I find the courage and pa­tience to take that first step to­wards my dream. Harshita Nanda

I have been mean­ing to learn to ride a uni­cy­cle for years. I would have learnt to do so by now if I hadn’t kept for­get­ting to. I can­not imag­ine any­thing cooler than whizzing into work on a uni­cy­cle, non­cha­lantly clutch­ing a crois­sant in one hand and my lap­top in the other. The looks of envy on ev­ery­body’s faces, I am sure, would make up for any loss of life or limb in­curred while mas­ter­ing the art. The slight prob­lem re­mains as to how I will man­age it on Shaikh Zayed Road, but if any great artist had let tri­fling mat­ters like the law re­strict them from re­al­is­ing their po­ten­tial we would still be stuck in the Dark Ages. Lavanya Mal­ho­tra

Watch­ing Hin­dus pre­pare for Ak­shaya Tri­tiya, the fes­ti­val of new be­gin­nings, is so won­der­ful. I’m told buy­ing even one gram of gold on the day brings good luck and pros­per­ity. We re­spect their ideas and some­times, we too, end up buy­ing the gold metal, just like our Hindu friends. When hus­bands raise their eye­brows, ladies quip ‘re­spect all re­li­gions’. Clara Fran­cis

On this day of new be­gin­nings, I want to start med­i­ta­tion, us­ing an app I have al­ready down­loaded and opened an ac­count on. But I have just never taken the next step of ac­tu­ally start­ing med­i­ta­tion. My goal is small... two min­utes, then five min­utes and so on. This is part of the big­ger pic­ture of tak­ing bet­ter care of my­self. Priya Mal­ho­tra

This week’s ques­tion: Imag­ine you have a friend on a 24-hour stopover in Dubai. Where do you take them? Email your replies (fri­, com­ment on face­­dayMagazine or @Fri­day_Magazine. An­swers may be edited for clar­ity and/or length.

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