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2011 The Year in Review

by Sharell शारेल on December 31, 2011

in Inspirational India

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For me, 2011 has been “The Year of the Book”.

With the exception of a pilgrimage to Haridwar in April, a couple of trips to Kolkata with my husband for his work, and an intimate family Diwali, the book has dominated my life. The first half of the year was taken up by editing with my publisher, and the second half with launches (both in Australia and India).

This year has been one of the three most challenging years of my life (the previous one being my first year in Mumbai, with these struggles and these realisations).

Having a book published has been far from an exciting experience for me. Perhaps, if it wasn’t a book about myself, it may have been. But then, one of my main goals in writing the book would never have existed and been achieved. That is, the aim of conquering my fear of judgement and what people may think of me.

I found the whole prospect of presenting my story to the world so daunting that I ended up consulting an intuitive healer and returning to meditation as the best way of dealing with it and retaining some sanity.

I’ve either forced myself, or been forced, into doing so many things that I would’ve much rather avoided. But of course the largest leaps in personal growth come from the hardest situations. No pain, no gain — as the saying goes! [click to continue…]

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The Look for Christmas Lunch

by Sharell शारेल on December 26, 2011

in Festivals in India

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Tis the season to be jolly. It’s also known as the “silly season”, so in keeping with the festive spirit I decided to try out a new cultural-blend look this Christmas. Santa hat, bindi, nose ring, and moustache.

What a deadly combination!

To be honest, the moustache was a logistical nightmare. My top lip was sweaty, causing it to keep drooping and falling off. It made it impossible to eat, drink, or talk!

(If you look carefully you’ll note that the moustache is a different shape to the one in the other picture, which was taken later in the day).

Um, yes, I have a moustache for every occasion. (I know, I think I have a few issues).

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A Look at “The New India”

by Sharell शारेल on December 26, 2011

in Snapshots of India

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Yesterday, after a relaxing Christmas brunch on the Juhu beachfront at Vie, we unwittingly found ourselves at the sunset launch of a new brand of whiskey, which was taking place there. The invitees were fashionable and rich “twentysomethings”, who are clearly bringing about cultural change in this country. My friend termed it “The New India”.

So, what does “The New India” look like?

Polo shirts have replaced the much favoured stripey long sleeved shirt. And they come in an array of bright colours, one for every mood really!


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Christmas Day the Aussie Way: Aussie Jingle Bells

by Sharell शारेल on December 24, 2011

in Visiting Australia

Time for some Christmas cheer, Aussie style. This is how we like to make fun of ourselves.

“Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden Ute.
Kicking up the dust, Esky in the boot.
Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas songs.
It’s summer time and I am in my singlet, shorts, and thongs.”

(Note: thongs are flip flops/chappals in Australia, not an item of women’s underwear as in America).

All class.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Getting into the Christmas Spirit

by Sharell शारेल on December 19, 2011

in Festivals in India

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This will be the third Christmas that I’ve been living in Powai, but the first Christmas I’ve actually spent here (the previous two were in Australia). There’s a wonderful festive atmosphere, with Christmas trees and lights everywhere.

Unfortunately, I’ve been so consumed by the launch of my book in India that I’ve hardly had time to think of Christmas approaching. Yesterday, I decided to get into the community Christmas spirit by attending a “Green Christmas”, organised by the Young Environmentalists, at the Rodas Ecotel.

For me, not coming from a religious family, Christmas has always simply been a happy time to spend with loved ones. However, there’s nothing like Christmas carols to get into the spirit and spread cheer. Yesterday, the choir featured local underprivileged kids who all received gifts from Santa.

It is starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

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