My favourite five quotes – Inderpreet Uppal

When Romila asked me to do a Favourite 5 for her blog I was honoured and a bit worried. Choosing just five of anything is quite difficult for me. I thought books initially but I knew I could not restrict myself to just five so it was quotes since it feels less like cheating than books 😉

Words are integral to our lives and as writers, we love them a bit more than the rest. As an avid reader and lover of words, I have been reading and living by various quotes for as long as I remember. I even used to have a couple of diaries dedicated to noting the quotes I enjoyed. I have to dig them out and share with you all.

I thought and decided that even though I was moving away from books I will share my favorite quotes and a book quote as well. Even though there are so many to choose from I managed to narrow down to the five I really like. Our lives are filled with our thoughts and those we cherish. Choose your words wisely for they reflect your mind.

Here are my favourite five quotes –

The first one has to be about books for I firmly believe that all books give us some learning whether we like it or not. So pick a book and broaden your horizon.

“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

Being kind, courteous and helpful is most important to me and this is the best quote about it.


“Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you.” – Elsie De Wolfe


The timeless beauty and actress had it right as I believe the world is a reflection of our thoughts, actions, and deeds.


For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn

Maya Angelou was not just one of the greatest writers and thinker but a lady ahead of her times, yet her words will always resonate within you. Just think before you take any action……think of how it would make you feel.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

 We must always have a goal, an aim to keep us going. The need to find our passion or the thing that we can follow. That feeling of aimlessness, the feeling of emptiness will all fade away when we follow our heart.

 “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, & something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison

Our lives and the world around us will be quite so beautiful if we think before we remember that, “ The world is a great mirror. It reflects back to you what you are. If you are loving, if you are friendly, if you are helpful, the world will prove loving and friendly and helpful to you. The world is what you are.” – THOMAS DREIER

See I could not keep it to just five. Thank you for hosting me Romila, it was super fun!

About the Guest writer: Inderpreet writes for her love of writing, edits manuscripts, and reads endlessly. A sprinkling of fiction, a dash of books, and a bit of opinion add to the eclectic mix that is Eloquent Articulation. She is an Army brat and now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country. Books, editing, reviews, freelance writing, posts, and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’. She is currently working on her first book.

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Kamlesh – Krishna Handa

Memes are not new but recently they have become a trend, and a greater trend is to tag your friends in memes, which by far has become a way to show that you care for them and they are your gang or sorts. Then comes a time when memes are not just memes they are in fact used as trolls and by trolls and for trolls to have a laugh and make fun of some very serious things at hand, and the most atrocious of those today is Kamlesh’s story. What first came out was a short video from a documentary to bring out the life of ragpickers and how they do and what all they do to go through the day. I sincerely found it funny how Kamlesh’s “high” thoughts and way of speaking was taken to be such a big joke by trolling experts in the social media. Then there were small excerpts from the short video into some pictures and then came some DJs who were mixing the voice of Kamlesh into their songs. What was perplexing was that DJs who never saw more than a thousand views on youtube (and I am talking of the best of those) were now getting views in lakhs on the Kamlesh Mix. The poor boy, by all means, is addicted to drugs and drugs I mean of all sorts and lives by spending most of what he earns on his addictions and only a meager amount of money on food. He ran away from his home but while I am I telling all this, it is a world known fact now thanks to the social media and its prowess of spreading information and mostly making fun while at it. It’s heartbreaking how the boy says he would choose ‘Soluchan’ over his life keeping the choice of his mother at bay as both are petty when compared to the drugs he ‘loves’. It is a shame on the people who make these memes and it is a bigger shame on the people who like, comment and share these memes for fun (Hate comments I appreciate).

About the writer: Krishna Handa, believes  in to do the right thing at the right time and the right place comes hand in hand. He is a smart and quoting one of his friend’s, intellectual, but when it comes to dealing with life he is a happy go lucky person, straight forward and persevere in actions.

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Pancha Tattvas Of Happy Me -Anagha Yatin

When I got the invite from Romila for the Guest Post, it was a “Hi 5” moment for me. Another Hi5 moment was when I read in the mail the reason for the celebration; 5L visits to her blog! An Everest kind of feat! For Romila, it is just another feather in her crown. With so many 5’s, it was but natural to have the post related to number 5.

This set the ball rolling in my mind. First thought that occurred to me was of writing about the “Pandavas”. Why not “Panchali”? bounced the feminine side. My sixth sense cautioned that it is too enormous a topic for my appetite. Aha… Pentagon! But then scared of FBI, chopped the thread there itself.

As I was hovering over mushrooms of the thoughts about the post ideas, I felt happy and a smile prevailed on my face. “Eureka”, why not write about 5 best things that make me happy… The very basic elements, Panch Tattvas of Happy Me! 

First and the most basic element, without this one being present around me, I am a crippled, beleaguered soul. Can’t imagine a single day sans it. Its none other than my “House Help”! Without her, even a single day is enough to send tremors of shattering peace in my abode. My House Help, my “Prithvi (earth) Tattva” for Happy Me!!!

Second element in line is as fluid as water. My life without it cannot sustain on its own. Its none other but my circle of friends! My Friend’s circle is the “Aaap (Water) Tattva” for Happy Me. Their company makes me aware that I am a unique, limited edition and they are ok with this creation being insanely crazy!

One needs fire to keep going. Stagnation is big challenge for me. Recently I have discovered that I have been bitten by the writing bug. Going by the theories of Spider Man, who was bitten by the spider, I am hoping that one day, my bug bite will sure weave great webs! “Blogging” is the “Agni (Fire) Tattva” that keeps me going on and on, letting me be a Happy Me…

Do elephants and horses catch cold? Which is the carbon compound with highest number of hydro-carbon chain? Front foot defence for these googlies is a must to save my weak wicket of “knowledge”. The smile line on my face in advent of this onslaught, is held intact by the presence of the fourth element, a breeze! “Google Baba” is the “Vayu (Air) Tattva”, a breezy respite, for Happy Me.

Happiness stems from deep within. When one drifts into nothingness, an open vast space, eternal euphoria is experienced. I get the same feeling when I am pampered by the ladies attending to me, at my favourite saloon! And you thought it must be “meditation”?? Dissolving into the vast expanse of self-indulgence is the fifth element of happiness. Happy Me sails effortlessly as if for eternity courtesy the “Aakash (Space) Tattva”, my favourite parlour!

Life is for living to the fullest and not just existing. Have you deciphered the Panch Tattvas of Happy You? Let me know!

Author Bio: Anagha is a mother growing with kids and a nomad wandering with husband. An engineer and a management graduate by training. Ex IT professional. Voracious reader. Die hard optimist. Recently discovered that she loves to write. Started blogging a year and half with 7 other friends at “MocktailMommies Me Time” ( Now have another baby in fold, my own blog, “Canvas With Rainbow”. Happy to be busy in thoughts! Link to my blog: and Twitter handle: @anagha_yatin

“Please treat this as my gift to the Blogging Queen Romila for her birthday. Wish you a great success today and always. Be blessed and stay blessed. Thanks once again for the Guest Post opportunity.”

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5 money lessons that I would like to pass on to my daughter – Neha Jain

The best thing that you can do for your kid’s future is to inculcate good money habits in him/her. Money is undoubtedly the backbone to lead a happy and fulfilling life. So to enlighten kids about the importance of managing personal finance from the beginning is very important. “A good habit formed early in life becomes a life-long investment for the future”.

My daughter will turn three this November and I would want to pass on the below mentioned money habits to her and wish her a financially smart and healthy life ahead.

  1. You will have to work for it

This is the basic lesson that we should teach our kids that – “Money doesn’t grow on trees”. You will have to earn it by working. The best way to teach this early on is to assign some task, which is age appropriate and reward them for accomplishing it. I remember during my childhood days how my dad would encourage me to help my mother in daily chores and reward me with weekly pocket money. I still remember how rich I used to feel holding that amount in my hand and how I used to budget it for the whole week. Those were the days! Having your kid doing some household chores has many other advantages too. According to a recent survey by Pollfish, children that did chores tended to be more responsible and disciplined versus kids that didn’t have to do any.

  1. Save before you spend

This is the next most important lesson that a child should learn as early as possible. A penny saved is a penny earned. They should understand the value of saving money and the role it plays in securing one’s future. One of the easiest and best ways to teach this is to open a savings account in their name. Nowadays you can open a saving account for your kid as soon as they are born and give them charge of their savings once they are capable of understanding this concept. I got the charge of managing my savings account when I was in 7th standard. Every month I would go to the bank along with my mother and save the money in my account. This act would feel me with much high and encourage me to save more and more for the future.

  1. You may have to wait if you want to buy something you want

In an era of digital money, this is the most difficult thing to teach and implement. But it’s wise to make your kid aware of the fact that if you want to buy something then you should have enough money saved to make that purchase. Kids always want something or the other. And being a parent it is our duty to tell them that how much amount is to be spent on that product. Obviously, we cannot introduce this early on their life but once a kid start demanding things, tell him/her that you need to save this much to get that something you want. Once I had a conversation with my colleague, who was a smart delhiite girl and belonged to a service class family. She was a hoarder of branded things and everyone at office was in awe of her style statement. One day, she shared with me that when she was a teen and wanted to buy one pair of Jimmy Choo shoes that costed INR 40K; how she did different online part time jobs to get those branded shoes from her savings. Since that day, I started liking her more for her hard-work and self-reliance.

  1. There is a difference between a want and a need

This is something that if a human understands, then all his sorrows and problems would reduce by half. I would want my daughter to understand this difference very soon in her life so that she can decide between her wants and needs and make a wise decision before purchasing anything.

  1. Read “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki

Though I got my hands on this book quite late but I will recommend reading this book to my daughter soon in her life. This book is a must read book on personal finance and teaches you some important financial lessons that if implemented successfully, would give you great financial results in future. This is the best personal finance books that I have ever read. My loving dear Shona, if you learn and embrace these lessons in your personal financial life, then, the figures in your bank account statements will surely sore high. Best wishes to you!

About the writer: Neha Jain is a digital marketing professional turned mommy blogger. She holds 5 years of experience in the digital marketing industry & has worked with big brands in different categories. Neha is an MBA by qualification. She’s born and brought up in Delhi and recently, moved to Chandigarh with her hubby and 2-year old daughter. Currently, Neha is exploring her new role as a mother and is pretty excited about her new venture Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to start the conversation. Or, you can also Google her using #DigiMother hashtag.

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5 quotes that will inspire you to be grateful…No matter what – Upasna Sethi

Being Grateful is a blessing, not everyone is gifted with.

We can never enough but always have enough to be thankful for. Strange, but the truth?

It’s not until this year that I appreciate the presence of Gratefulness in my Life.

Being Grateful makes the Life an easy ride amidst bumps and blues. Grateful people are found to be more happier and content in Life, irrespective of what Life throws at them.

Quotes have the power to inspire us and to help us achieve our goals.

Sharing these beautiful quotes which will help you to be Grateful, No matter what the circumstances are. No matter how your day was.

There is a science behind this art of gratefulness. Enough research has been done to prove the advantages of being grateful.

Based on my experience and previous studies, I have concluded that writing a gratitude journal daily before going to sleep has many advantages, summed up in the below infographic.

About the writer: Upasna Sethi, is a Blogger who loves to share her Self-improvement stories, Parenting Tales and Lifestyle improvement journey over her Blog “Life through my Bioscope”. A self-proclaimed Minimalist who enjoys being outdoors, soft music, and spending time with Family.

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The 5 Reasons Why I Blog – Shamik

Blogging is very close to my heart. Though I don’t follow a schedule, I try to maintain a minimum timeline to keep regularity of my blogging spree. My blog name, The Mixed Flavors, is self-explanatory as to what the blog is all about. I would like to mention that it is a mixed bag blog for travel, food, tech, reviews and creative stuffs. The two new sections that I’ve added to my blog are Interview with a blogger and Fiction, which I’m enjoying a lot to do.

This blog post is about my love for blogging, especially the 5 reasons for which I blog. When Romila reached out to me for the guest post and the theme was Power of 5, I was a bit skeptical as to what topic should I choose? After thinking for few days, this topic is what came to my mind and here are my 5 Reasons Why I Blog.

Reason 1: To beat my stress

We all get stressed some point of time and I’m no exception to that. Blogging is one of my many ways by which I relieve my stress. I need to do a lot of research for my topic of writing, which relieves out the stress in me and I come across some lovely posts on the Internet. I read them and moreover I enjoy reading them.

Reason 2: For my love of writing

This is my second reason. My love for writing is eternal and what could be anything better than blogging to express my love for writing. When I started blogging it was just something like a documentation of my recipes. But slowly and steadily it becomes one of my passions.

Reason 3: To solve a problem for my readers or entertain them

I believe we bloggers write for two reasons – either to solve a problem for the readers or to entertain them. When I receive comments for my writings mentioning it solves some or the other problem for my readers and they have learnt something new that energises me a lot to do more. It acts as a motivation for me.

Reasons 4: To connect with people and fellow bloggers through my blog

I like to connect with people and through my blog and blogging challenges I’ve met many talented bloggers. I’ve learn from them, connect with them and read their blogs too. I don’t want to mention anyone in particular since the list will become too long. Networking and reading other’s blogs are my two significant goals that I want to reach through my blogging spree.

Reason 5: To pen down my thoughts

For me blogging is the best activity that I can personally do to pen down my thoughts and sharing it with others. I was not organised earlier since it was just a repository of my recipes but as the time passed I became more organized in my blogging activity and try to maintain the same as much as possible.

About the writer: Shamik, I am a full-time professional in Bangalore. Blogging is one of my hobbies along with cooking, traveling and watching movies. I blog at which is a mixed bag blog of almost everything. Because of my passion for writing I take up freelance content writing projects as well. Since few months have started doing YouTube videos too and you can check out my videos here on my YouTube Channel.

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