Thesis, Thesis Go away and never thy return again.

Have you ever felt that you are falling short of words?

Have you started drinking coffee more than ever?

When was the last time you felt hungry?

Have you started hallucinating?

Have you started to imagine yourself at the convocation ceremony?

Have you started to laugh alone?

Have you used backspace key more than any other keys on the keyboard?

Have you started trusting MS Word grammar more than your own grammar?

Have you started talking to yourself?

Have you started to cut down on your social gatherings to just get a feel of getting a quality time alone?

Have you started to lose yourself in the world of books you otherwise never would have read?

Have you started feeling as same as me? Say yes, I shall not feel alone my love. Just say yes.

I get you. I know how it feels and my condolences to our state of misery.

Arrivederci :*

A budget road trip essentials

Wind through my hair.

Wind through my hair.

Hello my lovelies,

I am so excited. I am going for a road trip. Whooopppiiiiieeeee!  I leave tomorrow for beautiful and breathtaking Switzerland.

It was a very sudden plan and packing my bag was a nightmare for me. I am kind of a person who travels with my world. I take every possible thing. And every time when I unpack I regret taking certain things. So this time I have smartly and meticulously packed my bag.

To-do’s before even starting to pack:

  1. Check the weather of the place you are visiting.
  2. Get the GPS working.
  3. Check for the places to visit.
  4. Buy a map.

Essentials for a road trip:

A lot of buying depends on where you are going. Since, I am going to Switzerland; I am making sure that I carry enough food and water with me. Why to waste money?

  1. Take clothes that are comfortable and doesn’t require ironing. Have you gone for a vacation or for ironing the clothes?
  2. First Aid Kit. A small tragedy and diarrhea can happen at any time. Be prepared.
  3. Passport. Also, make sure that your passport is kept in a waterproof bag.
  4. Pack lots of underwear than you think you might need. It is always a humanly awesome feeling to put a fresh one on.
  5. Girls, Sanitary napkins, hair bands, lip balms and hair clips.
  6. Camera and its charger. Touristy tourist.
  7. Sunglasses. Look cool and feel cool.
  8. Wear comfortable shoes. You will definitely want to walk after a long sitting time in the car.
  9. Stinky feet alert! Carry extra socks.
  10. Travel pack sized toiletries. It saves a lot of space and you travel light.
  11. Snacks. Buying it is a waste of time and money.
  12. Ice Tea powder. Great refreshment after a long drive especially for your driver-friend who can’t drink beer. 😀
  13. Dry shampoos. You don’t want to stink at all, do you?
  14. Toilet rolls. What if there is no toilet roll in the bathrooms you might go to relieve yourself? Nightmarish.
  15. Paper napkins and hand sanitizer. You don’t want to run your dirty hand through your hair. YUCK!
  16. Car air freshner. Hydrogen sulfide alert!
  17. A mat. Imagine lying on the green grass and looking up at the blue sky. Bliss 🙂
  18. A pack of cards or a Uno set or a Frisbee or a skipping rope.
  19. Mouth freshener. A car is a closed place.
  20. Lastly, A bag to dispose your waste. I am strictly against dirtying any public place.

Phew! I think I have my mind exploding now after thinking so carefully about all my trips.

These are my essentials. I am sure that you also have some travel essentials. I will be glad to know about it. It will be helpful for me for my next road trip.

Lots of love,

Ms. Sharma

Common misconceptions about Germans

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India – Germany

Hello my lovelies,

I have stayed in Germany for over a year now. When I had just landed in Germany, I was really homesick and cold. It was spine-chilling cold unlike scorching hot Mumbai, my city, back in India.  Before coming to Germany, I was very skeptical because of many negative things that I read online about Germans. You can say that I was a bit opinionated.
But if you ask me now about my happiness quotient, I will say – Coming to Germany is the best thing that has happened to me.
Earlier my outlook on Germans was based on something I had not experienced, but just read. Ridiculous, isn’t it? I am glad that I was wrong. This makes me feel like giving you an advice – Don’t let anything form an outlook  unless you have experienced it.

There is a huge list of all the kind gestures by Germans towards me but the one that tops the list is –
I was on train from Pforzheim to Furtwangen, I met a girl on train and once we started talking there was no end to our banter. And in all this chatting, I missed my station. By the way, she is the first friend I made in Germany. She suggested me to get off at Villingen and to catch a bus from there to Furtwangen. There was an hour time for the bus. She waited with me and said,’I will get you coffee since you must be tired of the travel’. My heart melted. She was so so kind and such a good person at heart.

With all such good things happening with me, my outlook changed instantly. With so many wonderful smiles from the strangers, I was feeling at home and accepted in this new country called Germany.

General formed perception of Germans which I had read before coming here got proved wrong one by one after coming to Germany.
Some common misconceptions about Germans –

  1. Language: It is not a problem if you look at it. You will fit in the culture when you know the language. For example, if a german speaks in hindi with me, I will be  very happy to know that he knows my language. So I see there is no wrong if they expect the same from us, the Ausländer. A secret – Most Germans are multilingual too.
  2. Language sounds harsh: Bullshit! I like the sound of German language. Most German men have deep baritone voice. Music to ears. 😉
  3. Germans are rude: They are not rude, they are direct and true. Their direct and honest nature is perceived as rude. Please! Don’t you want honesty. They will hardly sugar-coat their talk. What they feel is what they say. BINGO! They don’t mask their feelings to make you feel good for a short time which may lead to a BIG confusion later on.
  4. Germans are cold: UNTRUE. After the ice is broken, they would be the craziest and most creative people you would have met. And their friendship is genuine and lasts for a long time.
  5. Germans drink beer, all the time: Not really. Germany is known for its beer but Germany also houses very good wines, whiskeys, sekts, and many more. Come on, everybody drinks to make merry.
  6. All they eat is Schnitzel and wurst and potatoes: Again untrue, they love different varieties of salads, breads, soups. German dessert is so delicious.  Their bakery product –  Aaah! that sweet warm aroma of freshly baked cakes.
  7. Germans are unfriendly: Rubbish, they are a sweet lot of people.

I am not denying that there no stereotypes. Stereotypes are everywhere on this planet. But a nationality based stereotyping  is downright unfair.

So, if you are planning to come to Germany then I can guarantee you that you will have a good time here.

Leslie Burke says – To keep your mind wide open.

Lots of love,

Ms. Sharma

Thepla and gobi ki sabzi

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Thepla and gobi ki sabzi with mango pickle … yummmmy

Hello darlings,

I hope you also have food craving as much as I do. Especially on weekends –  every hour, every minute, every second I dream of food.

My craving is highly influenced by the time of the day. But the food that I crave the most is my mom’s made food. Nothing like that! And I miss that so much in Germany. I am sure that everyone misses their mom’s food.

Talking of this I am reminded of a scene from the movie Ratatouille where remy cooks for Ego. Food must bring that contentment to mind and fill your stomach, and bring that huge smile of satisfaction.

So, I was looking at my kitchen shelf and at the same time I was having a war with my laziness  – Should I just eat egg sandwich or should I make theplas? Theplas won. Hurrraaaay 😛 😛 ! It was time-consuming but totally worth the time and the effort.

My Recipe for Thepla

Ingredients:

1 and a 1/2 bowl of whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp Red chilli powder

1 tbsp crushed garlic

1/2 cup kasuri methi – if you don’t have this then you can use finely shredded Cabbage . It tastes equally good.

1/2 cup yoghurt

Salt and sugar according to taste.

Peanut oil – This enhances the taste so much.

I prefer my theplas  spicy and sweet.

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead into a semi-soft dough. You can use water if it is too dry.
  2. Knead the dough well using a little oil. Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into 7 to 10 equal portions and roll out each portion as thin as you can using whole wheat flour for rolling. Shape doesn’t matter. Taste does 😉
  4. If you like to eat crispy theplas then sprinkle some powdered sugar and roll just once so that the sugar sticks to the thepla.
  5. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle) and cook each thepla, using a little oil, till it turns golden brown in colour from both sides.

Serve your thepla’s hot with pickle, adrak ki chai, green chutney, mithi chutney, yoghurt or some sabzi OR Just eat it.

I ate my theplas with mango pickle and cauliflower sabzi which was followed by two cups of hot ginger tea in indian style.

I am so so happy now after eating theplas. Ghar ki yaad agayi, sach mein.

Try this one, I am sure you will love it. 🙂

Lots of love,

Ms. Sharma

 

Things to do when you’re bored and far away from home.

For 26 years of my life, this is for the first time I have stayed away from my family. In germany, I made lots of friends, attended lots of parties at student hostels, went for long walks, attended 40% of classes, studied and I still had lots of time.TCH TCH TCH!  On student budget, it is difficult to travel in germany – It is FRAKKING EXPENSIVE!  So, to kill time I started watching webisodes on YouTube especially Comedy nights with Kapil , Sarabhai vs Sarabhai , and many other – these two are my favorite.

The list of things that one can do when alone or when bored:-

  1. Clean your cupboard. It comes handy when you have to shift to a new place and plus, you know what you MUST throw out.
  2. Reorganize your furniture. It’s about time that you did it. I personally do it after every two weeks.
  3. Learn Guitar if you don’t know it already. This has a huge impact on your patience level and also concentration. Plus, you will feel like a STAR, so what if you know only a few chords. 😉
  4. Go to the library. It is a humbling experience to know where one stands. Literally!
  5. Learn to brew perfect coffee. Nothing starts the day as fantastically and energetically as a perfect cup of coffee.
  6. Explore your area in search of the best bars/restaurants/parks. People will love you for your suggestions.
  7. Dress up and go to a coffee shop. Make heads turn, do it!
  8. Do some sport. Your body will thank you by giving you a better posture and some ooooh – that muscles. 😉
  9. Learn to cook healthy. Pizzas, fries – most of the time! Really! ACT and EAT like a grown up.
  10. Some homemade dessert, please. Learn to bake. Mouth-watering, yummy!
  11. Make a dance video of yourself. YEAH!!! This is fun. Just dance, baby. Show yourself the moves.
  12. Make a 2 minute movie. You will love the entire process. Get the Tarantino out of you.
  13. Maintain a ‘pamper-myself-routine’. Manicure,pedicure, skin cleanup, hair conditioning , and etc- You have a hectic week ahead! Look best and do best. 😉
  14. Learn some DIYs. This website is my favorite – http://www.instructables.com/
  15. Read out a loud with emotions for 15 minutes minimum. You will notice the difference in your speech.
  16. Write a blog. I just have started blogging and I love it totally.
  17. Learn some new hairstyles. It is boring rather monotonous to wear the same hairstyle.
  18. Do some gardening. Herbs and chillies are my favorites. Which one is yours?
  19. Write a letter to your loved ones. I love this – my folks love it too when they get the letter.
  20. Learn a new language. It is german for me. He is the best teacher  – Michel Thomas
  21. Don’t waste time on whatsapp/facebook and mobile. Instead visit a friend.
  22. Act like Borat. This one needs a lot of courage to piss a person off in his style. 😀 . For example – BORAT
  23. Drink your favorite beer and just look outside the window. It is awesome to think of nothing.
  24. Plan a trip even if you don’t intend to go. Maybe next time you will just have the information for that sudden trip.
  25. Fart aloud and say to yourself – WAAH! MAZAA AA GAYA. 😀 😀 😀 😀
  26. Make some cards for that someone special. Show them how much they mean to you.
  27. Sit in a garden and watch kids play. That playfulness and cheerful faces! Heaven!
  28. Read a book or reread your favorite. Join Goodreads and stay motivated.
  29. Organize your files on computer. This will make your desktop look clean and make your computer a bit faster.
  30. Make sure each song has an album art. We all love graphics and album covers.
  31. Make a playlist of your favorite songs. Goes perfectly with that hot cup of tea.
  32. Write a story. We love to tell our stories.
  33. Maintain a dairy. Document your life.
  34. Clean your bag. I know there is a lot of garbage in that.
  35. Do some crochet or knitting. I would suggest crochet, it is easy and fast. I love my handmade hairbands.
  36. Get rid of unwanted body hair.
  37. Ofcourse, sleep. You have earned that beauty sleep.

List can go on and on. For now, adios amigos.

Lots of love,

Ms. Sharma

 

 

Decoding Indian Headshake

Namaskar, Sastriyakaal, Swagatam ,and Wannakam! Welcome 🙂

Shake your head as if you mean – Ahaan! That’s it! That’s right, my friend. This is called head bobble or headshake.

My happiness knew no bounds when I found this video. What a day!  But how I got to know  about this video is sort of story.
One of my german friends asked – Why do indians shake their head?
My answer – We do just as you guys say ‘oder’ at the end of each statement.

Indians are asked many questions when they are out of India. And it is not only Indians, even germans get asked some really funny questions. One of the questions I have asked them after quite a good observation was – Do all germans wear white socks when they travel! :P. Hell, almost all germans wear white socks when they travel. So next time – you know who wears whites on travel. 😉

But when it comes to India, answering becomes difficult because of the diversity and the beliefs and the stories and the truth and the myth.

Anyway, my point here being is that, why I came across this video? Answer is – I had to know the reason myself. WHY WE DO IT!! WHY, GOD, WHY!!!!

We, indians, well most of us, shake head. I do too.

We all know that communication is between the sender and the receiver, about the medium of exchanging the message and so on. And in comes the non-verbal communication which consists of body language, gestures, tone, eye contact etc. I was surprised to know that in the communication class of MBA in germany, they taught about indian headshakes and it is confusing to comprehend. Indeed, it is confusing sometimes especially if you are a non-indian or haven’t stayed in India for long.

After watching this video, I was, HELL YEAH!, content – yo buggers! go check the video out.

Now, next time you ask an indian about headshake, Be ready!

Video Work:
It is the work of meenfriedchickencurry group. Link to their youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/Meenfriedchikencurry/about