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Friday, 9 October 2020

Shopping India 1011: Your New Fashion Destination for Every Occasion





Imagine having a reliable fashion store on your Whatsapp! Every day, you get to check out amazing new products that are available at an affordable price! The products range from ethnic to contemporary clothing, footwear, and accessories. You get free shipping on every product and 100% quality assurance. Sounds good, right?

Let me take the opportunity to introduce you to Shopping India 1011- an online store for busy and fashion-forward people. You do not have to spend hours browsing for the perfect outfit or footwear that you need for a particular occasion. Whether you are looking for western or ethnic outfits, you can check out a wide range of designs on your Whatsapp daily. All you need to do is DM on the given number for regular updates on your phone. 



Recently, I bought a pair of jhumki earrings and a black and white striped top from Shopping India 1011. Not only the products are amazing, but they are also available at the best market prices. Moreover, shipping is always free which helps you save a lot of money every time you shop. 


The oversized silver jhumki earrings reach to the neck. They go very well with Kurtis and Salwar Suits. Despite being oversized, the earrings are light and comfortable to carry. 



The black and white striped top has become one of my favorite comfort tops. It can be paired with a pair of denim shorts, denim jeans, and a skirt. As you can see, I have teamed it with a pair of striped blue shorts. The stripe on stripe trend always looks classy. I have tied my hair in a ponytail and accessorized the outfit with long danglers. 


The length of the top is so convenient that you can choose to tuck it or leave it open according to your style. 


Shopping India 1011 has a fabulous collection of tops, jumpsuits, Kurtis, suits, accessories, bottom wear, and footwear. The personalized updates on your phone will make your shopping experience friendly, personal, and hassle-free. You will feel that a friend and stylist is always guiding you to choose the next fashionable outfit. 

No matter what the occasion is, you will find the perfect outfit and accessory. Check out the super cool fashion destination on Instagram/Facebook and DM them directly for regular awesome updates. 

My experience with Shopping India 1011 has been amazing in every aspect: price, product quality, and customer satisfaction. I will highly recommend to check out this fashion destination during this festive season.

Happy Shopping!

"What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language." —Miuccia Prada

Saturday, 12 September 2020

A Letter to my 20 Year Old Self



Dear 20-year-old Purba,

Today, I remembered you the way one remembers a favorite novel read long back or a favorite movie watched long back. I felt like reliving your life and the world around you the way one feels like watching every scene of a favorite movie again.

You simply refused to go away from my mind despite the deadlines beckoning me every fifteen minutes. I remembered the hopeless romantic, the crazy dreamer, the kind soul, the aspiring writer and singer so much in love with life. You inspire me, girl!

When I feel I am becoming a cynic, you teach me to love deeply, be ridiculously kind, and forgive others. When life seems mundane, you teach me to become a hopeless romantic once again. Every goal that I set and achieve, the inspiration has to be the crazy dreamer that you are. 

Today, I long to have a long chat with you because no one can understand me perhaps better than you. Honestly speaking, I feel too tired today with all the bitterness and hatred lurking all around, especially in social media. It is challenging to be positive when you are surrounded by negativity all around. 

Twitter/Facebook were once such fun places to be.  Strangers became close friends and now, friends become strangers and strangers can give you threats if your ideologies/opinions don't match with theirs. It is like walking on eggshells every single minute. 

Today, we are battling a pandemic where our country is registering nearly 1 lakh cases daily but I realize that the venom-like hatred in hearts is such a bigger pandemic than the Corona Virus. It is more contagious and deadly. 

I long to spend some quality time with you today. Together, let's listen to some Bollywood retro songs, ghazals, and 90s pop songs. 

I know you will teach me to see how far I have come and how much I can go ahead. You will remind me that although the outer world is not in our control, our inner world is. I know you will fill my heart with love, light, gratitude, and magic. You will teach me to spread my wings and fly in the sky of love, dropping every ounce of negativity. You will teach me again how to sing amid chaos and dance amid storms. 

Love,
30-year-old Purba

Friday, 31 July 2020

7 Affirmations to Practice When You Feel Anxious



Our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. -William James

Affirmations are a set of words that carry positive vibrations. Repeating them again and again tricks the mind into believing them. And once the mind believes it, we become what we affirm. 

We feel anxious when we worry about the future, when we do not get answers to our questions, and when we feel clueless about the next step. We get lost in the illusion that we have to figure everything all at once. Life is a Journey and there is a Divine Intelligence watching over us. That Higher Power makes sure the sun rises each day and seasons change annually. We do not have to figure everything at once. We do not have to foresee our future and feel restless. We just need to live in the present moment with awareness. 

During the current pandemic times, when uncertainty prevails everywhere, most of us are struggling with anxious thoughts. But as William James said, we always have the ability to choose one thought over another. This is how we can defeat stress and anxiety. 

Affirmations are beautiful tools that allow us to choose healthy and positive thoughts. The right thoughts make us feel harmonious, healthy, peaceful, and happy. 

Here are 7 beautiful and powerful affirmations that you can practice when you feel anxious:

1. I love and approve of myself. I trust the process of life. I am safe. 

2. Everything I need comes to me in the perfect time, space, and sequence. 

3. When one door closes, another door opens. I am willing to change and to grow.

4. I am the Creator of my Destiny. I am the Creator of my every thought, feeling, word, and action. 

5. I am always protected by the Universe. I can manifest everything that I desire. I am a magnet for miracles and blessings. 

6. Everything I need to know gets revealed to me at the right time. 

7. I prosper wherever I turn. All is well in my world!

These affirmations will empower you mentally and emotionally. These words, filled with positive vibrations will convert your anxiety into serenity. You can check out Louisa Hay's book "Heart Thoughts" for more beautiful affirmations. 

Every time a negative thought enters your mind, consciously think 3 positive thoughts or practice 3 affirmations. That's how you can change the script easily! 

Always remember that you are the Creator of your Thoughts. Your Mind is a great machine and it is you who controls your Mind. 


This post is a part of Blogging with a Purpose series in association with Blogchatter. My theme for this year is Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness. 
#CauseAChatter

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Flaunt your Ethnic Best this Festive Season with Daisy Designer Studio




"Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; Dress impeccably and they remember the woman." ~ Coco Chanel

The festive season is almost around the corner with Raksha Bandhan on 3rd August followed by Janmashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, and Diwali. Although the current world scenario is very different from the previous years, nothing can stop us Indians from celebrating our festivals. And when we talk about the festive season, the thing that comes to mind the most is gorgeous ethnic outfits. Daisy Designer Studio & Fabrics is your one-stop destination to flaunt your ethnic best this festive season. 

The design studio located in Thaltej, Ahmedabad specializes in lehenga cholis, salwar suits, kurtis, long dresses, evening gowns, and sarees. You can also find fashionable accessories like purses and earrings. 




The above green outfit from Daisy Designer Studio is a beautiful long evening dress. Embellished with traditional golden motifs and featuring a mandarin collar, it is an ideal outfit for celebrating festivals at home with family and friends. You can style the outfit with high heels, belt, golden danglers, and a bracelet. The three-quarter sleeves make it a comfortable wear during the colder months. 

You can find a wide range of gorgeous evening dresses on the social media pages of Daisy Designer Studio and of course their beautiful offline store. 



One of my favourite outfits from the house of Daisy Designer Studio is this green crop top and solid pink lehenga set. The embroidered crop top looks beautiful with the pink flared lehenga. Although the lehenga is considered a traditional Indian outfit, pairing it with the green crop top makes it an amazing fusion outfit. 

You can find an exquisite range of traditional and contemporary Lehenga cholis from the house of Daisy Designer Studio. Each and every design is unique, fashionable, and totally Instagram-worthy! 




If you love sarees like me, you will have a great time browsing through the sarees of Daisy Designer Studio. The silver and blue pure silk saree that I am wearing is not only elegant and graceful, but also super comfortable. 

Keeping in mind the current pandemic situation, Daisy Designer Studio has come up with a wide range of beautiful and functional masks. Do check out their products on the Instagram Page of Daisy Designer Studio. 


About the Mastermind behind Daisy Designer Studio

Now that we have discussed the beautiful products of Daisy Designer Studio, it is time to meet the mastermind behind this fashion destination. 

Deepa Thakkar is a fashion designer and a fashion stylist. Her passion for wearing and designing fashionable clothes had led to her venture of Daisy Designer Studio. Her studio is named after her daughter, Daisy Thakkar.



A true Karma Yogi, it's a pleasure to see her work tirelessly on her venture, building it outfit by outfit, design by design. A very well dressed person herself, she understands what women across all ages are looking for in their wardrobe. 

Her contentment lies in the satisfaction of her customers. Today, she has customers from not only all over India but also from all over the world. 

So if you want to look like a fashion diva this festive season, you must check out the products of Daisy Designer Studio. If you are in Ahmedabad, please do visit the store. If you are not in Ahmedabad, you can order online. Happy Shopping!





Wednesday, 15 July 2020

My 6th book Mythological Monologues is now available on Amazon!



I am delighted to announce that my 6th book, "Mythological Monologues" is now available on Amazon Kindle. The paperback will be out later this year. The book is getting great reviews from fellow authors, bloggers, and readers. 

What the book is about!

How did Ahalya feel when Sage Gautam cursed her to be a stone?
How did Eklavya feel when Dronacharya asked for his right thumb as his Guru Dakshina?
How did Karna feel when he learned he was the brother of the Pandavas before the Kurukshetra war?
How did Draupadi go through the various trials and tribulations of her life? What was her anchor?
How did Arjuna feel after being enlightened by Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra?

The friendship of Sudama, the love of Radha, the longing of Rukmini, the devotion of Shabari, the compassion of Sita, and the revenge of Shikhandi also find a place in this book of dramatic monologues.

Embark on this fascinating journey inside the minds of iconic characters of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Listen closely to their voices and dive deep into their hearts. Maybe, you will find yourself in some of them.

Sharing two short excerpts from monologues of Janaki and Urmila from Ramayana. 






If you enjoy reading mythological fiction and poetry, you will definitely enjoy reading this book. 

Grab your copy on Amazon!

If you are a book reviewer and you would like to review the book, do let me know in the comment section or send me an email. 

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

How to Have a Better Attitude Towards Fitness?



Do you have a very on-off relationship with exercising, diet, and fitness? Do you struggle to stay committed to your fitness goals? Do you feel exhausted when you don't get the results that you have been expecting? I totally get you. It takes more than exercising and dieting to have a great relationship with fitness month after month, year after year.  

First of all, fitness is not restricted to how you look on the outside. You may be physically very fit but emotionally, you may be on the verge of breaking down at any moment. And that is not called being fit at all. Fitness means you have a healthy body and a healthy mind. Your immune system is functioning well and you are emotionally stable. Even when people and situations are not according to you, you handle it with grace instead of getting extremely angry and agitated. 

Let's take a look at a few simple ways that will help you to develop a better attitude towards fitness:

Befriend your kitchen and eat balanced, healthy meals. 

If you want to stay fit and healthy always, you need to befriend your kitchen. Instead of ordering junk food, you have to learn to enjoy healthy homemade meals. Eat balanced meals that have proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber in the right amount. 

Learning a few easy and healthy recipes will motivate you to have a healthy relationship with food and your kitchen. Try to eat 80% of home-cooked meals to stay healthy. You can download the app HealthifyMe on your phone to track the number of calories, protein, carbohydrates, and fats that you are consuming per day. You can also find great suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This App will help you make healthy food choices every day. I have been using it since 2018 and my experience has been fabulous. 

Do not get obsessed with the weighing scale

Your health and fitness cannot be only determined by how much you weigh. Some people are prone to weight gain and some are prone to weight loss. Therefore, obsessing over that perfect number can disappoint you in your fitness journey.

If you want to determine how fit and healthy you are, do it through other parameters such as how well you are sleeping every night, how good your digestive system is working, how good your immunity is. If you feel fresh after waking up every morning, do not have trouble digesting your meals and do not fall sick during season changes, you are fit. Women can check if they are having their periods on time and whether they are painless. Your focus should be on measuring your fitness by these parameters, not by a particular number on the weighing scale. 

Workout at least 4 days a week

4 days a week. 
30 minutes workout session. 

Even if you are very busy, you must take out at least 4 days a week and commit to a 30 minutes workout session to stay fit and healthy. In order to make your workouts fun, mix and match various activities that you enjoy. If you like dancing, skipping, running, and walking, include them in your weekly workout sessions so that you look forward to that time. 

There are 4 elements of exercise: Stamina, Strength, Flexibility, and Balance. To increase your stamina, you must do cardio. For developing strength, you can do weight training. Start with 1kg X 2 dumbbells and gradually increase the weight as your strength develops. You can also do pushups and squats to increase strength. For increasing your flexibility, yoga is the best form of workout. To increase your balance, you can do yoga and planks. 

Reward yourself

In order to have a better attitude towards fitness, you must reward yourself from time to time. Have a cheat meal once in a week without feeling guilty. Pamper yourself with a gift when you maintain your exercise regime consistently for a month. Gift yourself athleisure clothing that you can wear while working out. It will increase your confidence and make you look attractive. 

Take care of your mental diet

The way you are taking care of your daily meals, you must also take care of your mental diet to stay fit and healthy. What we watch, listen, and read impacts our minds more than we think it does. Therefore, be attentive to the content that you are consuming. Make sure that it rejuvenates your mind and makes you feel good. 

These methods will help you have a better attitude towards physical and mental fitness, month after month, year after year. I have personally implemented all of them in my life and have gained tremendous results. Now, my relationship with fitness is a happy and steady one. 

"The best investment you can ever make is in your own health."

This post is a part of Blogging with a Purpose series in association with Blogchatter. My theme for this year is Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness. 
#CauseAChatter

Saturday, 30 May 2020

7 Magical Benefits of Natarajasana



Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot. It is about learning when to put effort and when to surrender. 

A balanced person is a fit and healthy person. Fitness is not only limited to physical strength and wellness. It is also important to be mentally and emotionally fit to live a beautiful life. Natarajasana is a wonderful yoga asana for restoring balance in your life and improve your concentration. It helps in making the mind stronger and calmer. As it is a great stretching exercise, it also develops strength and stamina. 

Natarajasana is the combination of three Sanskrit words: Nata (which means dancer), raj (which means king), and asana (which means posture/pose). The King Dancer Yogic Pose is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Nataraj whose cosmic dance restored balance in the Universe. 

Let's take a look at the 7 magical benefits of Natarajasana:

1. Strength

The Asana provides a great stretch to the shoulder, chest, thighs, abdomen, and legs. As a result, you will feel stronger when you practice this asana regularly. 

2. Flexibility

With the regular practice of Natarajasana, your spine flexibility will increase. If you have tight shoulders and hamstrings, this asana will improve your flexibility and will make you feel youthful. Maybe you would want to dance like no one is watching! That's the kind of magic this asana creates. 

3. Balance

When you are balancing your body weight on one leg, you also learn to balance your mind. You learn to delete the useless junk thoughts lingering in your mind for long. You are able to maintain a better work-life balance. 




4. Concentration

The person who has a great concentration level can achieve success easily in all ventures. Due to the time spend on gadgets and overload of information, we often find ourselves distracted. Natarajasana can improve your concentration to a huge extent. Look at your extended hand in jnana mudra (hand gesture of wisdom). Breathe in and breathe out. As you practice it regularly, you will be able to notice an increase in your concentration level. 

5. Calmness

Natarajasana can alleviate your stress levels and make you feel calmer. The key is to breathe in and breathe out mindfully as you hold the posture. 


6. Better Digestion

As Natarajasana provides a great stretch to the abdomen, it also facilitates digestion. If you are facing any digestive issues, you can practice this yoga asana twice a day to give a gentle massage to your abdominal organs. 

7. Energy

Most of us are used to a sedentary lifestyle that often makes us feel lazy and fatigued. Practicing Natarajasana makes you feel energetic, agile, and fit. The asana works on the mind-body-soul and injects you with youthful energy. 

These are the 7 magical benefits of Natarajasana. As it is the King Dancer Yogic pose, it looks extremely graceful. Practice it regularly to notice the changes in your mind-body-soul. Try to hold the asana for at least 10 seconds. If you are a beginner, you can use the wall as support. With time, your balance and flexibility will automatically increase. 

Want to feel calm, balanced, and strong? Then practice Natarajasana every day. Inhale love. Exhale stress.

This post is a part of Blogging with a Purpose series in association with Blogchatter. My theme for this year is Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness. 
#CauseAChatter

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

"Mythological Monologues", my 6th book released in the #BlogchatterEBook Carnival



Today, I am thrilled to announce the release of my 6th book "Mythological Monologues - 26 Dramatic Monologues of epic characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata". The eBook got released in the coveted Blogchatter eBook Carnival Season 5 on 25th May along with 62 other eBooks.

The book will be available for free download till the 30th of June, after which it will be available on Amazon Kindle.

Download your free copy at : https://www.theblogchatter.com/download/mythological-monologues-by-purba-chakraborty/


Hope you have a great time reading the book. I will be elated if you can write a short review of my book on your social media, blog or directly email me your views on purba.khushi@gmail.com




Meet the book:

How did Ahalya feel when Sage Gautam cursed her to be a stone?
How did Eklavya feel when Dronacharya asked for his right thumb as Guru Dakshina?
How did Arjuna feel after being enlightened by Lord Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra?

Mythological Monologues is a collection of 26 dramatic monologues of epic characters from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Dive deep into the hearts, listen closely to the voices of Draupadi, Sita, Karna, Lakshmana and others in this collection of dramatic monologues.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Publish your New eBook in the #BlogchatterEBook Carnival



Blogchatter eBook Carnival Season 5 is here and this is your chance to be the author of a brand new eBook. 

Last year, I published my eBook "Letters from the Soul" in the Blogchatter eBook Carnival and was overwhelmed to see the response. It was an amazing experience. 



I will be participating in the Carnival this year too. And I am elated to be one of the mentors of the Blogchatter eBook Carnival 2020. 

As a mentor, I am going to share a few important points that will help you in creating and publishing your eBook. If you have any questions about participating in the Blogchatter eBook Carnival, you can ask me in the comment section or on my Twitter Handle @Manchali_Purba

If you have participated in the A to Z blogging challenge 2020 and now thinking to convert your 26 blog posts posts into an eBook, you must participate in the #BlogchatterEBook carnival. Consider the feedback and comments of your readers when you edit the posts.

If you have a collection of great blogposts or stories or poems or articles, you can compile them today and create a valuable eBook.
First of all, think of a catchy title for your book that will go well with the theme of your content.

You will need MS Word to compile and format your posts. After compiling the posts, edit and proofread them so that there are no grammatical and spelling errors. You can use Grammarly for that purpose. Make sure that the word count of your Blogchatter eBook is atleast 5000 words.

Do not forget to add the copyright, dedication acknowledgements and author bio in your eBook. Add a table of contents to make the reading experience better. Once you have the entire eBook ready, proofread it for the final time. Ask a friend/family member to go through the book and give you honest feedback.

Make sure that the cover of your #blogchatterebook is attractive. Canva is a great app for creating the cover of your eBook. You can also take professional help. Write an interesting blurb that will capture the essence of your eBook & tempt the readers to read it.

Your eBook will be on the website of Blogchatter for a month. After that period, you can publish your book on Amazon Kindle. You can also approach various traditional publishers.
Promote your #blogchatterebook in various ways so that your book emerges as a roaring success. You can do FB and Insta Live sessions, interact with your readers, share stories about the making of the book, arrange contests/polls/giveaways to create a buzz.

The last date to register for the Blogchatter eBook Carnival is the 8th of May, 2020. Here's wishing you all the very best in converting your dreams of becoming an author into reality.
Register at https://www.theblogchatter.com/blogchatterebook-carnival-season-5-is-here/





Thursday, 30 April 2020

5 Yoga Asanas for Boosting Your Immunity



Yoga is a miracle when it comes to health and wellness. As it works on the mind, body, and spirit, you are rewarded with holistic overall wellness. Your body gets fitter and stronger. Your immunity gets strengthened, and you are able to have a better grip on stress and anxiety. 

When stress hormones lie cortisol accumulate in the body for long periods of time, the immunity of the body decreases. It also increases inflammation. Yoga helps in balancing all the 7 chakras of our body, resulting in overall health and vitality. 

In today's post, we are going to discuss 5 yoga asanas that can help in boosting your immunity. Keep breathing easily while you hold the asana. Try holding each asana for 10 seconds and then gradually increase it to a minute. 

1. Setu Bandhasana (The Bridge Pose)



Setu Bandhasana or the Bridge pose instantly relaxes the entire body. If you are feeling stressed and anxious, lie down on your yoga mat and try the asana. 

It improves blood circulation in the body and opens the heart, thereby healing the respiratory system. It also facilitates digestion. You will experience an increase of energy after doing this asana for a few times. 

You can also try variations of the asana to increase your balance and strength. 



2. Bhujangasana (The Cobra Pose)


Another wonderful Yoga Asana for strengthening your immunity is the Bhujangasana. It is great for people who suffers from asthma as it opens up the heart and the lungs. 

It improves blood circulation in the body. It is also therapeutic for people who face stomach disorders as the asana helps in digestion. It improves the function of various organs such as liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and kidney.

Moreover, it increases energy in the body and elevates your mood. 

3. Dhanurasana (The Bow Pose)



Dhanurasana is another wonderful asana that improves your appetite and digestion. Practicing this asana regularly will keep gastrointestinal disorders at bay. It strengthens the muscles of the back, thereby relieving back pain. 

The yoga asana is beneficial for curing respiratory and menstrual disorders. It is also great for diabetes patients. 

4. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)



Ustrasana is one of the best yoga asanas for boosting your immunity. It is a great heart opener that prevents the body from any respiratory diseases. 

It also improves digestion by toning the abdominal region. It makes the spine flexible. 

The yoga asana strengthens the shoulder, arms and back muscles. 



5. Matsyasana (The Fish Pose)



Matsyasana is often called "destoyer of diseases." It is a powerful yoga asana that can help you get relief from respiratory ailments such as sore throat, cold, fever. 

It is one of the best yoga asanas for boosting immunity as it tones the pituitary, parathyroid and pineal glands. It heals back ache and menstrual pain.

These are some yoga asanas that when practiced regularly can boost your immunity and give you joyous health. Focus on your breath when you practice the asanas. All these asanas are great at curing stress, anxiety and fatigue. 


"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame." - B.K.S.Iyengar



This post is a part of Blogging with a Purpose series in association with Blogchatter. My theme for this year is Physical, Mental, and Emotional Wellness. 
#CauseAChatter