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Sunday, 27 December 2020

Things That I am Grateful for, in 2020

 


"Life surprises us the most
When we refuse to quit
At the face of thunder and hurricane,
Knowing well that every storm
Will eventually run out of rain."

2020 changed our perspective towards life. It made us pause, reflect, and introspect. Apart from Covid-19, we people in Kolkata had to fight the hurricane called Amphan in the month of May which was devastating. Negativity, chaos, restlessness, and fear of the uncertain were looming all around us. And yet, 2020 is the year that helped me discover my inner power. 

In this post, I am going to share 7 things that I am grateful for, in 2020 :

1. Yoga and Meditation


I started doing Yoga regularly in 2019 but this year helped me go deeper into it. As I was determined to keep myself physically and mentally fit this year, I made yoga asanas, pranayamas, and meditation an integral part of my daily life.

I started practicing Vinyasa Yoga (flow of yoga asanas) and embarked on my journey towards Kriya Yoga after reading 'Autobiography of a Yogi'.


I completed the first part of the 4-part Kriya Home Study Course by Ananda Institution founded by Swami Kriyananda. Spirituality helped me keep calm amid the chaos. It taught me to stay stable even when situations and people were not according to my way. 

2. Life-Changing Books  

There was no electricity in our house for about 4 days after the Amphan thunderstorm. It was a very difficult time in our lives. That was when some divine force inspired me to pick the book 'Autobiography of a Yogi' from my bookshelf. 

It won't be an exaggeration if I say that it is the best book I have ever read in my life. It changed me as a person and empowered me with its plethora of spiritual teachings. I know that I will go back to this book again and again throughout my life. 

Other life-changing books that I read in 2020 for which I am grateful for, are Tuesdays with Morrie, Hygge, Archer by Paulo Coelho, Vitamin H series by Abhishek Thakkar, Follow Your Rainbow by Rashmi Bansal, Adiyogi by Sadhguru. 

3. Baking


I learned baking this year! I always wanted to bake cakes but due to my hectic schedule, I always ordered from a confectionery shop. Things were different this year due to the lockdown. 

I was not ready to spend my birthday without a birthday cake. So I decided to try baking. On my birthday, I baked a chocolate cake and decorated it with wafers, gems, and nutties. It was so delicious that I fell in love with the art of baking. I made mango cake, coffee cake, and many more chocolate cakes throughout the year. 

I am so grateful that this year made me fall in love with baking. The aroma of a freshly baked cake is magical!

4. Family Time and Staying in Touch with loved ones


Another thing that I am grateful for in 2020 is the amazing bonding time that Papa and I got. Papa and I have always been busy with our work commitments. But 2020 gave us ample time to be each other's best friends. 

We cooked together, tried various recipes, baked, divided household chores, watched web series, listened to audio stories together, celebrated festivals and special occasions. 

I am also grateful that I could stay in touch with my loved ones through video calls and audio calls. Although I couldn't meet them, but we could be with each other in the highs and lows of this turbulent year. 

5. A great year for writing


2020 has been a very fulfilling year for my writing journey. I was busy with clearing UGC NET and with other content developing projects in 2019 which halted my writing. I am so grateful that I could focus on my writing project "Mythological Monologues" when the lockdown started. 

The A to Z challenge helped me complete my 6th book "Mythological Monologues" and publish it later in both Kindle and Paperback edition

In the month of November, I participated in NaNoWriMo and completed writing my next novel "Falling Like the Stars" (of 50,000 words) in a month. 

I also wrote a thriller short story "Larceny of Identity" for the book "Macabre Tales" of which I am a guest author. I won the Romantic Rendezvous contest of Writers Melon in which my romantic short story "One day, it will rain" got the first prize and was selected for their upcoming anthology. My audio story "Rose, the Painter's Beloved" (a paranormal story) was selected in the audiobook "Unearthly Lores". You can listen to the story here

Overall, it was a fulfilling year for writing where I worked on my poetry book, novel, and short stories of 3 genres - romance, thriller, and horror. 

6. Learning Literature with Purba


Students were unable to attend classes in this pandemic. I feel so grateful that I could teach English Literature to college students and NET aspirants through my YouTube Channel and Podcast of Learning Literature with Purba. 

My sole focus was to create enriching videos of English Literature that could help plenty of students and make bite-sized podcast episodes that will make Literature a lot of fun. Today, my channel has more than 13.6K subscribers and my podcast is being listened by people of more than 18 countries. 

7. Happiness lies within

I learned this year that my happiness lies within me, not on something outside me. I am the Creator of my Destiny. I create my thoughts, feelings, words, and deeds which contribute to my happiness. 

This year, after the lockdown, I could not meet any of my friends. The first time I went out of my house was in November after more than 8 months of staying at the house. I hardly ordered food from restaurants and went on outings. Despite that, I was happy, stable, and peaceful. 

All I had to do was think and create positive thoughts consciously, take care of my mental and physical health, and wake up with the intention of being good and kind to everyone who comes across me. When we are calm, we can find joy in every situation. This year empowered me and helped me connect with my inner paradise. 

Well, these are a few things that I am extremely grateful for, in 2020. This year brought me closer to myself, made me calmer, wiser, and more compassionate. 

The fact that we have reached the end of 2020 proves that we have survived the most challenging year with flying colours. I am sure all of us have learned something from this year that we will carry forward in 2021. 

May we be compassionate towards everyone - ourselves, fellow humans, animals, and Mother Nature. Wishing everyone a wonderful 2021! 

"When humans learn to bloom together
At their own pace and style
Like the rose, lily, and the sunflower~
No competition
No insecurities
No fear
No envy;
The Earth will turn into an
Evergreen garden of paradise." 


 ‘This blog post is a part of the Welcome 2021 Blog Hop hosted by Swarnali Nath.’










30 comments:

  1. Gratitude is my favourite habit and being thankful only brings us more and more of things to be grateful for. Many congrats for certification and 13k followers on YouTube. Much love and hugs to you dear - Urvashi, Damuru Creations

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  2. What a year you've had, Purba! Congratulations on your achievements and may you rich bigger heights in the years to come. This year has definitely changed our perspectives of life. It was wonderful to read about yours. :)

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  3. Wow Purba, so good to follow your journey of rediscovering yourself and introspective approach. Yoga, meditation, writing, reading are all inherent part of it. Extremely happy for your milestones and wish you a great journey ahead!
    Adiyogi by Sadguru is my favourite too 😊

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  4. Wow.. Purba, this is such a beautiful and thoughtful post dear. I read it thoroughly. Twice. Through the post, in your words, there was a calmness all around, just like your calming vibes. It's great to know that you have started your journey towards the Kriya Yoga. I am also deeply inclined towards spirituality and surprisingly, this year I have read many books that are quite life changing for me. And most importantly, I loved your ending poem. Wow, what a lovely thought it is. Absolutely loved it. I wish you a happy new year ahead. I am grateful to you for joining us in this blog hop. Thanks a lot dear. Best wishes. - Swarnali

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  5. First of all, please accept my heartiest congratulations, Purba, for accomplishing in abundance- personally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and professionally. And that too in a year that is being considered as one of the most non- productive years so far. How amazing!!
    Secondly, Thank you for some wonderful book recommendations. I desperately needed them.
    Wishing you another year full of pleasant surprises and continued success.

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  6. Wow Purba many congratulations for all your achievements and accreditation. I can feel the immense positivity and calmness in the tone of your words. Your virtue of blooming even in the most adverse condition shows the power of your inner strength. Yeah! You go girl!

    Archana Srivastava
    archusblog

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  7. Wow Purba many congratulations for all your achievements and accreditation. I can feel the immense positivity and calmness in the tone of your words. Your virtue of blooming even in the most adverse condition shows the power of your inner strength. Yeah! You go girl!

    Archana Srivastava
    archusblog

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  8. A lovely post and pretty much sums up why reflecting over your life is important. What I love the most is how you're looking after mental and physical fitness too. And of course, you're actually continuing your passion i.e. writing. Congrats to everything you have achieved and wish you a lot more in 2021. Stay happy and stay in touch.

    Love.
    A Fan :)

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  9. I resonate with most of the things listed here 2020, albeit scary was a year that made us look within ourselves. I'm grateful for that. Also grateful for this post that reminded me the blessings in 2020

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  10. Wow, Purba Congratulations on exploring the best version of yourself both spiritually, personally and professionally. Kudos to your spirit.keep shinning and inspiring 🌻

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  11. Wow.. such an eventful year that too full of so much positivity.. it's been a happy read

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  12. Hari OM
    Purba, this is such an uplifting read... 2020 has drained many of us, event the most positive, heavily and it is good to be reminded that there is still plenty for which to offer gratitude. I am so glad you have the bond with your father; my own pa passed away last month and I do feel a little adrift, but turning inward to the greater "I" is surely an anchor, as you say! May 2021 bring ever more richness to your inner life. YAM xx

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  13. Absolutely lovely... And you've chosen some brilliant points to highlight too.

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  14. Wow what a commendable round up of the year 2020 Purba! Wish you add more feathers to your cap in the year 2021. Stay safe.

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  15. What a productive year you had! Kudos for all your achievements! And you have inspired me to read 'autobiography of a yogi'

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  16. Wow Purba... I am always amazed by your writings and this one is another of your lovely pieces. I loved the opening and closing lines... In very few words you have told volumes there. Also, such an inspirational post and kudos for all your achievements. To have such clear thoughts and implement your ideas in such a productive way is to be applauded indeed. Keep going and keep spreading the positivity :)

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  17. There could'nt have been a better way to make use of the time than what you did in the year! Reflects on the positivity and indefatigable spirit! Wishing you even more rewarding New Year, Purba!

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  18. 2020 has been an year of learning. This was such a positive and inspiring post. May you continue to spread this positivity in the coming year. Ruchi Nasa https://thevagabond.me

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  19. Year seems eventful for you. Baking and lot of experimental cooking is something I can relate too. Congrats on your 6th ebook, completing NaNowrimo and so many subscribers on youtube.

    - Ujjwal Mishra MywordsMywisdom

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  20. Yes, 2020 has been a learning experience for most of the people. Good luck for your future endeavours!!

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  21. What an amazing year you've had.Loved your determination and hardwork towards achieving your goals. Baking, yoga, youtube podcast and so much writing to go. Kudos to you and congratulations on your successes. Wishing you a stellar 2021 too.
    Best wishes
    Deepika

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  22. What a wonderful year you had Purba. I followed your posts during A2Z and truly loved it. I used to wait for the next post. I can see that you have achieved a lot emotional front as well. 2020 has given us to focus inwards and find that power.

    Alpana Deo, Mothers Gurukul

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  23. I had a beautiful smile while reading your generous post of achievement and gratitude!! You’re an epitome of serenity and self accomplishment!! You’ve etched a niche for yourself and this trajectory will continue growing leaps and bounds in 2021!! My bestest wishes purba!! You’re a lovely beautiful soul ❤️

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  24. Its really an eventful year for you Purba. I liked your concept of being greatful...I like the way you look at the things. A lot to learn from you. All the very best for 2021

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  25. I would say 2020 has been an eventful year for you. The pics of your cakes have made me salivate. Glad you got to spend time with you Dad.

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  26. This year surely will be quoted as dark in history for the coming generations but this year gave us many positives of our personalities too. It has given us time to rediscover ourselves. It is great to know how much you grow this year. pleasure knowing you.

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  27. Wow, Purba! Those are some tremendous achievements in a pandemic year. Inspiring!

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  28. Very impressive achievements, Purba! Inspiring, and wishing you a fab 2021. I'm sure you'll do great. :)

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  29. I am too Kriyawan and follow Shri Shri Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahasaya. I read Autobiography of a yogi 10yrs back when I was in Shimla. This book has a divine touch for sure. You feel so close to divine power.Congratulations for all your achievements and all the best for future endeavors.

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