I have always had a love-hate relationship with writing. I like writing about my life — capturing those tiny specks of humor others might have missed. I am also very critical about it — I don’t publish something which I would personally not read. It has to be crisp, honest, and read like I talk. This means very little of what I write make it out.
So I came up with a hack — what if I write something not for myself, but for the Chhavi I was 3 years ago? …
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I spread myself lazily across the couch in my silk pajama set on a Saturday morning. This pajama set has been one of my best investments, my wallet disagrees with my instagram story if it’s worth it, but myself in lockdown vigorously agrees.
Treating this as yet another Saturday, I sip my revitalising botanical drink. Don’t ask, we’ve all picked things from supermarket we don’t need this pandemic.
And then, I opened Instagram. Oops.
Stay-at-home ends this week. 20 Best places to spot cheery blossoms. Best parks to picnic this Bank Friday. 14 floral trends for this spring. Weather to…
— I did my best to keep it fluff-free. Most of the tips are applicable for all job-hunts, not just for a product designer role abroad.
• On looking for a job abroad
• On applying for the jobs
• On interviewing
• After the interview
• On picking the job
📝 This is a resource I have personally tried and tested.
🙈 This is a hard truth.
the 25th element in periodic table is manganese
the 25th element in periodic table is manganese — it’s a transition metal which is rarely found alone, and used for most alloys. basically, it’s very good for mixing into other elements to make them stronger. i hope the year 25 does the same for me. it makes my other years stronger.
being 25, i learned.
• it’s a privilege to be able to choose where you work/who you work with. • make good friends in your colleagues, you look forward to Mondays. • you don’t have to be 100% all the…
Falling in love with a new city during lockdown
November, 2019. It was drizzling — the good kind of raining. It was there, but it wasn’t annoying me that my first day in Barcelona isn’t sunny. On the contrary, it felt like the city was offering me a clean slate.
Too bad that slate did not come scribbled with instructions on how-to-do-2020, but then it wouldn’t be 2020 if it came with a manual. 🤷🏻
I used Duolingo as a manual for Spanish, but one of the first words I learned coming here was “vale”, or more like “vale vale”…
Well, I moved to Barcelona from India a bit before the pandemic.
Read the labels in supermarket carefully. Used baking soda for my cooking the first few days here, and wondered why everything tastes bitter. Sal ≠ Salt.😅
But no really, ask for help even if you think you will manage fine. Accept all help that is given if you don’t need it.💙
Be it someone telling you the directions in the age of Google Maps, or someone helping you move. Take their help!
Also help yourself replicate parts of your old life as fast as possible. Making aloo paratha…
Weird conversations in times of a pandemic. Of course with a cat!
“Will pooping in my washbasin make you happy? Huh?”
I asked, very concerned.
“That desperate huh”, asked the person on the video call.
What am I talking about? Okay, let me rewind. My semi-informally-adopted cat was acting sad. Why was the cat sad? My flatmate has these two absolute adorable furry babies. For this pandemic, she had to be somewhere else for a while (like more than a month). So for a while, it’s just me and them!
For more context, I thought I was a 100% dog…
How a day feels like in the life of a (very privileged) millennial
I wake up at 8 AM, yet another day I could not start with the 30 day 5 AM challenge. Well I really wanted to, but then also we are in the middle of the pandemic, and I am team don’t-make-it-a-productivity-challenge.
I get up, feeling the same. Same as last day, last week, and now even last month. It’s feels like a present with no tomorrow. I tell myself same is good. Not same could have been trouble.
Contrary to the montage of Anne Hathaway rocking those…
…to keep up the emotional immunity. From a normalish, non-influencer person in lockdown.
Grind the ginger till it’s juicy, and have it with hot water. Have hot water multiple times in a day. Don’t forget having turmeric. Put coconut oil on your hands. Do steam inhalations every night.
— My parents on every other call, courtesy Indian WhatsApp University
Well being in lockdown (hopefully) does ensure I am building up immunity to fight the C-thing. …
Big fan of not-writing-regularly, sushi, working at Bumble, and the rare sun that shows up in London!