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An Amusing Gift

by Sharell शारेल on October 5, 2011

in Inspirational India

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Since the publication of my book, I’ve been on the receiving end of all sorts of celebrity jokes from family and friends.

And now, this bag from my husband! I must admit, I do like it though. It’s kinda cool. And life has been really busy. I’m looking forward to getting back to normality (and hopefully, more blog posts here too), at least until my book comes out in India!

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The Cycle of Life

by Sharell शारेल on October 3, 2011

in Inspirational India

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I arrived back in Mumbai late last week, emotionally and physically exhausted. Promoting my book had been draining, particularly for someone like me who doesn’t enjoy talking about myself a lot.

Leaving the comfort and familiarity of my parents’ home and my childhood bedroom was especially difficult this time. I cried more than I ever have. Even though I’m an adult, I really don’t feel like it sometimes. Sometimes, following a non-conformist path in life, with so much uncertainty, away from family and friends is overwhelming.

Yet, as soon as I stepped out of Mumbai airport and was enveloped in the fragrant, moist, warm air my inspiration immediately returned. Mumbai looked green after the monsoon. A huge bunch of flowers from my husband waited for me at home. And, I had a lunch date with a friend from Melbourne at the newly opened Out of the Blue restaurant in Powai. She often comes to India to visit her Indian boyfriend, and our lives have turned into a surreal series of meetings in both Melbourne and Mumbai. We drank wine, talked and laughed.

It’s interesting how life often moves in cycles.

When I was back in Melbourne to attend interviews and other events, I found that my publisher had booked me into the hotel directly opposite the building I first worked in. Not only that, my room was just one floor below the floor that my office had been on. I remembered how my colleagues and I used to look in amusement out our windows at the hotel guests in their rooms, who were totally unaware that we could see them. This time around, I was one of the hotel guests. I could catch glimpses of desks, with paperwork stacked high, and felt so thankful that none of them were mine.

Life really is an amazing journey. Let’s see what it brings next!

Photo: Happy Friends.

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Australia Photo: Graffiti with a Sense of Humour

by Sharell शारेल on September 27, 2011

in Visiting Australia

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One of the service stations in my local area has closed down. But it looks like we’re getting an Italian luxury fashion house in its place!

However, it might be more believable if Gabbana was spelled correctly, and it wasn’t in a country town with a population of less than 10,000 people (who are mainly blue collar workers).

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Why India is So Transformational

by Sharell शारेल on September 21, 2011

in Culture Shock in India

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We’ve all heard of people going to India to find themselves, over and over again. It’s natural to wonder what’s so special about India. How could such a confronting country be so transformational? Actually, the fact that India is confronting and in your face in so many different ways is part of what makes it transformational.

Here’s an article that I wrote about India, transformation, and my book for popular Australian lifestyle website TheHoopla.

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Are You Getting Enough Sun?

by Sharell शारेल on September 12, 2011

in Daily Life in India

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Last week, I decided to take advantage of Australia’s free health care and get a whole lot of blood tests done. I wanted to see what my general well being was like post malaria last year (it affects the liver and iron levels) and before planning to have a child (yes, I am an old woman by Indian standards).

“Make sure you get your Vitamin D levels tested. I’ve heard a lot about people being deficient,” my mum insisted to me. Sure, okay, mum.

Much to my horror, seven vials of blood were taken from me at the doctor’s office. I don’t handle that sort of thing very well, and felt so dizzy afterwards that I had to go to bed.

Back at the doctor’s office three days later, the results were in. All that may have been wrong, wasn’t. “You are fine, healthy and young. Everything is in balance,” the doctor proclaimed. “Except your Vitamin D levels are way too low.” My mum was right. I have a Vitamin D deficiency.

Even the doctor, a lovely Sri Lankan lady, was shocked. “But you live in a hot country!”

Ah, yes, I do. But it’s not a country that encourages baring my uncovered skin to the sun to absorb Vitamin D. In fact, for more than six months of the year, it’s too hot or too wet to even go outside much. Unfortunately, Vitamin D deficiency in India is widespread.

Low levels of Vitamin D can contribute to all kinds of health problems, so I’m going to have to take a high dose supplement for at least a few months to get my levels up. (And everyone, get your clothes off and sun those bodies!).

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