Light up the darkness : Photobook

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Quotes from a book : Dance first, Think later.

Here are some quotes that grabbed my attention while flipping through the pages of this book. Hope you enjoyed reading this post Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments below. Stay connected: Keep reading:

The law of efficiency

Time is funny.When working on a long boring assignment , it can seem to move very slowly.But when watching your favourite web series….BAM ! There goes 3 hours of your day.

But why does time work like that ? Let me introduce to you Parkinson’s law of time management.It simply states that :

This is why a 20 minute task of writing an email can sometimes take a week.


When you give yourself some time to complete a task, it will take that much time. If you give yourself a week to do your assignment – it will take a week. But if you give yourself a deadline of 9 pm later that night , you will put in effort to complete it.


Compare giving yourself a month to finish working on your new business logo vs a Sunday afternoon to sit down and get the same work done. Your work will expand to the time that it is given. When we have a long term project due after a month, we usually don’t begin until the week of the deadline. Since we only feel the pressure of the task when we have less time to work on it.

Northcote Parkinson gave an example in the essay he wrote for the Economist explaining this phenomenon.


As the story goes – a woman has a single task to send a postcard by the end of the day. She spends an hour finding the card, another half hour looking for her glasses, an hour and a half for writing the card and then another 20 minutes deciding on whether to take her umbrella or not.
A busy person on the other hand would take less than 15 minutes to get this done. So in the example of the woman , she had a day’s worth of time to get her work done, so she took a day. The busy person , on the other hand only had 15 minutes, so took only 15 minutes to get the task done.


This is the basic principle to getting more done in less time. By setting yourself smarter and more efficient deadlines, you can get all your work done in less time than it would have taken. Set yourself a realistic deadline taking into consideration all aspects of your work. Sometimes you might even catch yourself in a surprise like I did – when it only took me an hour and a half to complete a worksheet which I was sure would take me at least 2 days.

By using this law you can get more work done in less time and create some free time for yourself.

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Academic planner 2022 for students (freebie!)

Hi everyone !

I hope this post finds you in good spirits for the upcoming new year.

I’m back after a hiatus and really hope to post regularly again.


I’ve always loved a good minimalistic planner – specially printable ones.

So I went ahead and I designed my own academic planner for 2022 !

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The Eisenhower Matrix

Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent. Eisenhower Sounds like a real mind bender, doesn’t it? But this is what led Eisenhower to research and develop the famous Eisenhower Matrix. At any given point of time we have tasks to do that should have beenContinue reading “The Eisenhower Matrix”

Building a college portfolio

My portfolio building process from scratch

Colleges need sooo much more than just your marks and merit.So do companies offering internships and more.

Having a portfolio in hand put’s you on the fast track for more opportunities.

Here I take you through my process of building a portfolio- as an 18 year old college applicant.


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Does photographing a moment take the experience away

When the shutter clicks and the machinery whirs – your camera has essentially captured the scene around you into a small frame. From weddings to a cousin’s reunion. From an evening out to beach trip.

Capturing the food, people and the scenery around us has become a way of life for some of us.

And I’m one of them. Anytime I walk into a buzzing street market with tinkling windchimes and colorful dresses on display – my camera is out even before I realize.


Now as a photographer– comes the dilemma–

Does photographing the moment steal the experience away?

Do we get so caught up in taking photographs that we often forget to simply pause and soak it in? I often do. Sometimes we lose sight of the reason we’re out there with our friends /family or on the beach – to have fun and enjoy it !

And in the process of trying to capture the moment – I lose sight of my goal of photography – to have fun!

So,  what’s the final take on this ?There are no right or wrong answers but let me demonstrate my perspective.

Let’s take this picture of the sky outside my balcony here in Mumbai. It’s a gorgeous purple spread across with blotches of a pinkish orange in between. You can also see the city light far off in the distance.

So now I take a picture. Or two. Or a few more.

But when I’m done, I promise myself to put the camera away and enjoy the view.

So, take all the pictures you want and then put the camera away.


And I truly love Erin Sullivan’s take on this !

But I’d like to go a bit further.

It was 7 pm .I was sitting outside with my grandmother and I saw this gorgeous sky outside my window in Mumbai.

What’s the story behind this picture? What time of the day was it ? Was I with someone? Where did I see this?

By having a story behind it – even if it’s only 2 sentences long makes all the difference .It helps you document your moment with more clarity and meaning.


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The Eisenhower Matrix

Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent.

Eisenhower

Sounds like a real mind bender, doesn’t it?

But this is what led Eisenhower to research and develop the famous Eisenhower Matrix.

At any given point of time we have tasks to do that should have been done yesterday, tasks to do that are urgent, tasks that we keep putting off , tasks that other people depend upon, tasks that are lying in our inbox waiting to be opened and tasks that we will probably never get to.

We’re basically running in circles.

If we complete this graded assignment due tomorrow – we probably won’t get time to study for the big test next week. If I write this article now, I probably won’t be able to finish my assignments.

This where the Eisenhower matrix comes into the picture. By organizing all your work into a neat little box.

Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States and is often applauded for his consistent productivity – that allowed him to plan and act on many projects. The method was named after him and is used to prioritize tasks between urgency and importance.

Because what is urgent ( replying to emails) may not be important( writing the manuscript for your book) and vice versa.

So, let’s dive right in!

1.The Quadrants

In this box there are 4 quadrants.

Quadrant 1

  • To do now
  • Urgent and important
  • These are tasks that you must put on your list first – and do immediately.

Quadrant 2

  • To schedule
  • Important but not urgent
  • Tasks that need to get done – but not right away. So, schedule them for later during the day.

Quadrant 3

  • To delegate
  • Urgent but not important
  • These are tasks that are urgent but don’t require your immediate attention as they are not important. The idea is to delegate them to someone else.

Quadrant 4

  • To delete
  • Tasks that are neither urgent nor important.
  • Delete these tasks and eliminate clutter.
  •  Or put them under a task list for “someday”. So, you can come back to these tasks on a day you have time.

And that’s all there is to it. Start jotting down tasks in each of these boxes and you’re set.

2.The Matrix

Here’s what the matrix looks like.

3.Try it out!

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Could ASMR be the hack to being more productive?

Ever miss the sounds of the library ?The turning of books? Miss the sounds of the café ?With people bustling and coffee frothing? Many people attribute their focus and productivity to the sounds around them. So, during the pandemic ASMR had begun replacing the real-life experience of libraries, cafes and offices. YouTube has been boomingContinue reading “Could ASMR be the hack to being more productive?”

Try the coffee nap

Drinking coffee before a nap? Sounds a little counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Caffeine naps are the latest evolution. When you feel drowsy and your eyelids begin to close right after that heavy lunch – instead of gulping down a cup of coffee or taking a regular 20-minute power nap – try a caffeine nap. ( AKAContinue reading “Try the coffee nap”

4 great note taking methods for students

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Notes and note taking play a major role irrespective of whether you are a student, a professional or a teacher.

My notes are often look like this : Lots of bullet points, random irrelevant doodles and maybe even some glitter.

In short: Not neat or effective.

Not to mention that it’s really hard to navigate through my stack of papers to look for the topic I need to currently study.

Which is why I’ve picked 4 note taking methods to help make your note taking system more efficient and neater.


1.Structured notes

Structured notes as the name suggests basically gives you an outline.

It’s like the rules you have to follow when part of a basketball team  – giving you team more efficiency and coordination.

That’s basically what we are trying to do here.The format is easy enough to follow, but you should consider the mode of doing it.

You could choose to do it on pen and paper or on a note taking app.

A few are – Notion,Evernote,Microsoft One Note or Google Docs.

Here’s what it looks like.

2.Mind maps

I like mind maps for their simply usability.

Open up your notebook and BAM ! Your entire topic is covered in less than 2 pages

Perfect for me since I do a lot of last-minute revision.

So, when should you use a mind map ?

Mind maps are very helpful breaking down large concepts into smaller chunks. They help absorb all the information at one go.

When you have a vast topic to cover or an overly complicated definition – grab a few colour pens and draw a mind map.

3.Flashcards

You will find hundreds of blog posts and videos on using flashcards and for good reason too.

Hand written flashcards are very bulky to carry around which is why Quizlet is the go-to revision app for students.Making flashcards on the app or the web is very easy to do and does not take much time.

But the reason I prefer Quizlet over other flashcard apps is because of it language feature – making it one of the best revision apps out there to study any language.

4.Cornell Notes system

This is my absolute favourite because it helps me glance at all my information no matter how detailed in less than a few pages.Use this system when you need to study a book, a video or a research paper.

You can use the pdf template I’ve made and follow the steps below.

  • Use the the topic line to label your notes for future reference.
  • There are 2 main columns –Keywords and Notes
  • Keywords column-This is where the main keywords,headings and ideas of your material needs to written or typed down.
  • In the Notes column – jot down the points and notes corresponding the the keywords on the left.
  • Remember to avoid long sentences.
  • Use abbreviations ,diagrams and small bullet points.
  • When you’re done use the summary box below to simply to concise all the information you have learnt into 1- 2 sentences.
  • And you’re done!

Do leave me a comment below! I love hearing your thoughts.

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Book Haul 2021

I finally got a chance to head out to my local bookstore and grab my first book haul for the year. I picked out several murder mystery books by Agatha Christie. 1.Just one look 2.Before I go to sleep 3.Atomic Habits 4.How to be a Bawse 5.Death in the air 6.Dumb witness 7.Ikigai 8.Gone girlContinue reading “Book Haul 2021”

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Does music help you work better?

Well, it depends.

Take a moment and tell me if you work better with or without music in the comments below.

Whatever the case may be music and work have always been intertwined.

Historically the Music While You Work programme was introduced by the UK government  – where they broadcast  upbeat music in factories twice a day might help to step up the pace of work. But,some employees complained of lower productivity when music was blasting through overhead speakers.

Well, everyone has a certain capacity of working memory. This working memory is put into use when we are trying to remember our grocery list or trying to solve a math problem.

If you are someone who has a hard time handling multiple pieces of information in your working memory – the music now become a distraction – disturbing your workflow.

We know how beneficial music can be – It improves physical performance, can develop cognitive performance and boost productivity. But some of us work well with music. Some prefer silence. And some feel that music is a hindrance.

So, what’s going on?

Bring your focus back to the first line – It depends

 Background music can help when revising old material – something you have already read before.But when trying to wrap your head around a topic that is entirely new – many people prefer to study in silence.

It also depends on your mood and the task at hand.

Familiar music is better to help us focus. But music with lyrics is distracting and can evoke nostalgia – pulling you away from the task at hand,Mozart’s classical music has proven to increase cognitive capacity – often described as the Mozart effect.

Music to me is often a distraction while writing a blog post. So, I prefer ASMR or background noises such as the busy chatter of a café or the sounds of a library.

So, in summary –. See what kind of music you prefer while working on certain tasks.

Remember to work to your own beat.

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DAYS OF HUES 2020

With the year coming to an end I took upon a photography project. I captured the different hues of the sky. SLIDESHOW Connect with me : Don’t forget to comment below and drop a like !

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