Retail magic !

There are these days when one feels utterly useless …days when one feels enervated ; when the mundane things in life fail to impress and the drudgery of a monotonous life , comes to hit you …When even the most interesting of things seems ho hum and insipid and one longs for a break in the routine…a fresh lease of life …..

It is in times like these one wishes to do the vanishing act , to escape to an exotic island in some far corner of the world or enjoy a relaxing holiday in a quaint European town. (I have this obsession with European countryside , nurtured  by the fairy and adventure tales I read as a child and further facilitated by my own trips to some of these beautiful places …. )

But what does one do when none of these options are viable ? To me the solution is clear – ‘Retail therapy’.

Shopping or ‘retail therapy’ as it is aptly referred to as , is indeed a stress buster , drawing your attention away from the some oppressing realities of life , however only temporarily , and letting you drown yourself , albeit happily , in a sea of clothes , shoes and accessories !

I am not an advocate of wasteful spending and neither would I advise the same to anyone …But , then some small indulgences ,  here and there , just to lighten one’s mood , is not a crime either . After all , we have but one life and if an extra pair of shoes can make you forget your worries and be cheerful for a while , I think it is worth every penny you spend..

There is one really irritating thing about an uneventful life , which is  the fact that , at exactly the same time when you feel your life is such a drab , you will  notice the lives of  all those around you to be exceptionally exciting and eventful…….. And this in turn will make you hate your life even more !

Whenever I get engulfed by  such  an inactive and lackluster life , I treat myself to some shopping … So a few days back I got myself a pair of shoes , and believe  me ( although I know I sound crazy ! ) , things have started looking up since then … I have started looking forward to life in general and to the times I will get to use those shoes , in particular 😛

I guess , life is not that complicated , if we let it be so . Sometimes , it is not about money or use or anything else , sometimes it is all about the ‘simple joys of life’. We need to unwind ourselves and let our muscles loose at times…and indulge…for this life shall not come again !

A tight , rule bound existence , meant to please everyone else , but oneself , cannot last for long .

And besides , when I am on my death bed , I would definitely not want to regret  about the things I did not do , the shoes I did not buy or the place I did not visit …

So do it all now…when you have the time…As for me , these shoes will last me sometime , I mean in terms of joy and rejuvenation , till of course , my life becomes more eventful , which I am hoping it will soon be… 😀

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THE “TRAVEL BUG”…

‘The world is a book and those who do not travel,read only one page.’ – ST.AUGUSTINE .

There is nothing more rejuvenating and relaxing , than  absorbing the scents and smells of a strange land, observing the local people and their traditions ,  and soaking in the beautiful nature , undisturbed by any technology….

‘TRAVEL’  , according to me is an all encompassing term. One that is used to refer to any kind of journey, that takes you away from your home and hearth; and your familiar surroundings, to a place that is hitherto unknown to you , in  terms of its sights and smells….Thus travel , could be from one’s own city to another or from one’s own state to another ,within the same country or from one country to another,even across continents.

But, I consider the ‘travel bug’ to be something ‘innate’…something you are born with , rather than something you acquire over time. A person may keep travelling from one place to another,for business or pleasure,and still not be described as a ‘wise traveler’  !  I don’t think you can really ‘experience’ a place if :

  • you are the kind of person , who despite being in a place , far from home , expects things and situations there , to be exactly the way  they are back home….

  • you are busy sending whatsapp messages  on your phone or tele-conferencing on your laptop, while you are on a beach vacation or are holidaying in some other place of natural beauty …,..

For the above mentioned people , I have only one thing to say…travelling isn’t your thing and you would enjoy holidays better , relaxing in the comforts of your home rather than travel. So stop splurging that valuable currency !

My travel experiences have taught me a few lessons .The following are a few tips to enjoy your vacations better and make them a memorable one for yourself and your family too :

  1.  Please switch of all your electronic gadgets and use your phones ”for emergency” only !

  2. Try out the local cuisine , and develop your palate for new and unknown flavors and food. This helps you get an insight into the food culture of the area 🙂

  3. Learn to accept the local culture , you will enjoy more. ‘When in Rome,do as the Romans do.’  This saying makes perfect sense while traveling. Every society is different , so don’t get scandalized , just  because it is different from yours…’Morality’ is a relative term , what is moral in one culture , may be a taboo in another. So abstain from criticizing any new culture or making judgements .

  4. Try not to follow any fixed tour plans. Let your tour be flexible .There are enough books in the market to guide you in a new country, so instead of expensive packages, experiment by going to unexplored and lesser known places rather than the common tourist attractions. Perhaps,a walk through the bylanes of some countryside , will be more refreshing and easy on the pockets, than a hectic  tour itinerary, that ends up burning a hole through your pockets !

  5. ‘If you reject the food , ignore the customs , fear the religion and avoid people , you might better stay at home’ – JAMES MICHENER

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So, the next time you plan to visit a place, far from home , don’t forget to be a travel ‘smart’ !

Twenty years from now,you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did do.So throw off the bowliness,sail away from the safe harbour,catch the trade winds in your sails.EXPLORE- DREAM -DISCOVER’  – MARK TWAIN

HAPPY TRAVELLING 🙂