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Bin Tere Sanam Guitar Cover

i am running sick since a few days. Throat infection and all but i managed to draw a cover. It was due since a week. The movie is Yaara Dildara.
i have tried something new this time. On each chord, i have played half plucking and half strumming. It's the combo and i quite liked playing it. The song is an oldie and i feel the combo matches well with it. 
You can watch it on my FB Musician page: Guitar Gorgeous

Book Interactive Session at Maurya Kala Parisar Dec 2018

First, let's talk about the great season sale that's going on my book - The Shadow of Darkness. For this whole month (December 2018), it is available with no shipping charges i.s. Rs. 98/- is Off! Grab your copy today on Amazon and Flipkart. ------------------------------------- If you have been following my blogs, you would know by now that i am the member of three esteemed organizations - Maurya Kala Parisar (MKP), Writers' Forum and Toastmasters - in Kuwait.

उड़ने की ज़िद

आसमां में उड़ने की ज़िद पहले कभी यूँ न थी, पंख भले ही आज छोटे हों, आत्म-विश्वास का समंदर ग़र साथ हो 
और साथ हो पैरों तले ज़मीं 
तो आसमां भी एक दिन घुटने टेक देता है। 

~ प्रियंका बरनवाल ~ 

Celebration with The Grinch (Toastmasters session Dec 4th 2018)

This last Tuesday we had quite a celebratory mood at our Timber Talker Toastmasters Int'l club. Still have no clue what it is? Read it HERE. You will love the way they work.
Theme was Christmas and well, if you are expecting Santa Claus to appear with his noisy Ho Ho Ho song, you can not be more wrong. In fact, we had quite the opposite as our host. It was The Grinch.
The Toastmaster (TM) donning the mood and get up was funny, witty and yes, pretty creative. Everyone loved her. Since there are bucket full of pictures to share, i have come out with the best way to share - as a movie. 

i had taken up the role of Ah Counter in this session. An Ah Counter counts all the interjections and sounds that are unnecessary to the speeches done on the stage. For example, like, you know, and, so, well, ah, um, err, oh etc., hindrances in making a speech effective.
i joined TT last week so i was bit nervous but big thanks to my fellow TMs who helped me survive. i also received certificate for &…

The magic of stressful 30 minutes

The word brings you to cringe already, doesn't it?
Be it happiness or grief, success or failure or any other emotion, stress is something we can't seem to be without. It's an integral part of us, as much as eating food and drinking water.

Stress can be good and healthy, if taken into right amount but more often than not, we find things slipping out of control and right there, the healthy dosage shoots into overdose. Result? Insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, or may be sleep disorders.

In all this scenario, one thing is consistent - Stress. Less or more, stress is going to be there. So how to handle it without allowing it to interfere with peace of mind?

i'll discuss what usually goes around but first, let me share a tip that i have learned or more accurately, read yesterday and this tip actually makes a lot sense than others.

Practice match w/ KNWCT

Did you read my last post where i have talked about becoming a Toastmaster? Toastmaster Int'l is an interesting organization set on a different and specific set of vision. Read about it HERE.
This Saturday, on November 1st, we had to go to Sulaibiya ground. Our kid's cricket academy had a practice match with Kuwait National Women Cricket Team (KNWCT). i was surprised to know that the country which is hardly enthusiastic about the sport has an all women team.  Anyway, felt good to know that.
It's winter season here and if you have been thinking to give Kuwait a visit, now is the perfect time. We reached a bit early on the ground. The evening was a bit chilly but we had come prepared. There i saw KNWCT's coach giving all the girls warm up sessions necessary prior to a match. My kid's coach introduced me to him since i wanted to talk. During the conversation, i asked the coach when and how these girls play, the age range etc. He said from age 16 to 40+ years of women…

One more feather in the hat - Toastmaster Priyanka

Before i share what exactly Toastmaster Priyanka is, read about my first day at Writers' Forum (click to read). i am sure you will enjoy its friendly ambiance.
After Maurya Kala Parisar (MKP) and Writers' Forum, i am now a member of Toastmasters battalion:
Now, being a Toastmaster means is to become a member of Timber Talker Toastmasters International group and joining one of their clubs. TI operates from various countries through several clubs. This exceptional entity focuses largely on communication and leadership skills. For enhanced and thorough knowledge, visit their website: 

Toastmasters International
And once you become their member, you become Toastmaster followed by your name. Hence, i am Toastmaster Priyanka.

🌺स्वच्छ भारत🌺

स्वच्छ भारत is a beautiful and meaningful poem penned by my friend - Ameeruddin Ameer. Mr. Ameeruddin is a fine writer and wishes to spread awareness about cleanliness in people.

स्वच्छ भारत 

हम है इसके वासी इसकी हम करे रक्षा पाक रखे घर आंगन और साफ करे कचरा  गल्ली अपनी गाव अपना मोहल्ला अपना  साफ रखे इसको ये फर्ज है अपना  बीमारी से बचना गर तो पाक है रेहना  पाक रेहना साफ करना कूड़ा और कचरा 
मच्छरों का मक्खीयों का घर है ये कचरा  साफ करो इसको इस्से है बडा खतरा  ढेन्गू मलेरीया पैदा करता ये कचरा  बीमारी का ज़रिया बनता है ये कचरा  तन्दुरूस्ती चाहिए गर दूर करो कचरा  हम हैं इसके वासी इसकी हम करे रक्षा

बारिश का अक्स

शीशों से रिश्तों के दामन में नासमझी की दरार न आ जाए इतना यकीं रखना, ऐ दोस्त! थोड़े नासमझ तुम भी हो और थोड़े हम भी!
पाँव हैं कि आगे बढ़ते हैं मन है जो पीछे को दौड़ता है इसी कश्मकश में देखना ज़िन्दगी न निकल जाए थोड़े सुस्त तुम भी हो तो कुछ ठहरे से हम भी!

किन किन सवालों का करूँ हिसाब अनसुलझे से हैं उनके जवाब, फिर भी समय मिले तो आना ज़रूर कुछ बेख़ौफ़ तुम भी हो तो कुछ दिलेर हम भी!
ज़िन्दगी की नुक्ताचीनी से जब भी फुर्सत मिली दिल कुछ यूँ अनमना सा हो उठता है, जिन राहों की कोई मंज़िल न थी उन्हीं किनारों पर ही क्यों छाँव मिली ?
बारिश की बूँदें ही काफी हैं शोर मचाने के लिए, फिर भी कुछ बातें बची हों तो कहना ज़रूर! कुछ किस्से तुम्हारे भी अधूरे हैं तो कुछ पैमाने हमारे भी !
~ प्रियंका बरनवाल ~ 

My first day in Writers' Forum, Kuwait

Before we jump in today's matter, did you see the amazing pictures and the experience i had at Kuwait's 42nd In'l Book Fair recently? No? Click on its name to know.
Now let's proceed to talk about another exciting matter.
Before leaving India last year, little did i know what i was getting myself into. Kuwait has been nothing but a trail of new experiences so far. It is unexpected though a welcoming change at the same time. 
Just yesterday i joined Writers' Forum, Kuwait. For the details of the evening, please read further.

Kuwait's 42nd International Book Fair, Mishref 2018

What if i tell you that i recently visited an International Book Fair? That too in Kuwait? Can't believe? Well, you have to 'cause it's true!

Nappily Ever After

The name is correct in case you are wondering i have forgotten to spell Happily Ever after. 
Nappily Ever After is actually an American romantic comedy movie and is based on the book with the same name by Trisha R. Thomas. It's lead protagonist is Violet (Sanaa Lathan) and the movie is a Netflx original released on September 21st, 2018.
Violet or Vi (for her friends and family) works as an advertising executive but her life revolves largely around her hair which can turn into a threat if she doesn't take care of it every single day, day and night. It can easily get super frizzy and out of control in no time. So she has to keep her tangles in check.

3 Tips to get better at Guitar #2

In the last post, we had a hearty conversation on why you should start a blog. And to convince you to do it, i gave not one not two but total of 13 absolutely legitimate reasons. i hope you listened and acted on it.
Read 13 Reasons Why you should start a Blog
Now today, let's talk about guitar. Previously i posted here 3 Tips to Get Better at Guitar #1 (click to read). The idea was just to write a single post but since there are insanely zillion ways to get better at guitar, i decided to turn it into a series in which each blog post will nestle 3 tips to play your guitar better. Three sounds pretty easy to finish, right? 
First of all, i am not a pro guitarist. i play it for my passion. It's been almost 3 years since i have been learning. Along the journey, i have picked and gathered few tips and tricks to improve the performance. So whatever tips i am going to share here, be assured it's coming totally from my experience and are authentic. Ready to go? Let's start.

13 Reasons Why should you start a Blog.

You know what works as a motivation to me for writing when routine is distorted and order has turned into chaos? It's my blog or rather say, blogs. Blog is a space to ogle out feelings as well as a healing workshop. i own not one but two blogs - Pages from my life in English (this one) and Pages from my life in Hindi
But first, let's get down to the task - me telling you why you should have a blog and moreover, how to keep at it. 
1. You get to SHARE
When people learn that i write blogs, one question hits me almost with lightning speed - What your blog is about? 
Well, my blogs are about my daily experiences. If you go by its name - Pages from my life - it's kind of like a book whose pages are about little big things happening around me or about me. i share anecdotes, memories, events about my books, upload my guitar covers, travel diaries, things to inspire, books i read, movies i watch, some idle thoughts...basically my blogs are all about me and the piece of planet Ea…

2018 - Best Diwali

A few days ago my kid came to me with rather a dull face. i was in the kitchen sorting out some work. My kid said,
Mumma! Why are we not in India? There we would be celebrating our Diwali with so much fun and activities. Here we have nothing to do. i miss India!
Now being in Kuwait has its own share of defense when it comes to Indian festivals. First and the foremost, it's altogether a different country, culture has no resemblance with India's and last but not the least, Diwali does not get celebrated here. This scenario would have been different if we were in US, UK, or even Dubai. These countries celebrate Diwali probably on a grandeur scale than India.
Naturally, it doesn't make any sense blaming a country for not being in the festival spirit. Diwali does not belong here. i replied to my kid,
You should not need to worry. Just remember - wherever we are as a family, it will be enough for a celebration.
i had no idea how much this resonated to my kid until my husband turn…

Ae dil hai mushkil Guitar cover + tutorial

Tried to catch up w/ Arijit Singh after Atif. Big task, lovely number, good cover (i guess!!) . Anyway, enjoy! And yes, Subscribe :) Like FB Musician page: Guitar Gorgeous

Watch it on my uTube

Aate Jaate Guitar Cover+Tutorial

Here is the guitar cover+tutorial of the song Aate Jaate Hanste Gaate from the old but epic movie, Maine Pyaar Kiya. It's one of my favorites so thought to try it on.
Watch it on my YouTube: My uTube
Watch it on my FB Musician page: Guitar Gorgeous

Pod Petal and Blog post

Like a pea pod opening to the universe Allow your shy heart  to shed layers  to open to adjust to expose;
Like a flower petal leaning on the sunshine Allow your dimensions to stretch to be discovered to bend to mingle into One;
Like a blog post written to be read Allow the burdened soul  to mend to get scripted to be held to be loved...

What happens when you forget to put a spoon in your kid's lunch box?

He would return home with the box full of food, duh!
Only it wasn't a duh moment for me today. It was rather an Oh no! moment, dripping with shock, sadness and anger. i was shocked and angry with myself whereas sad for my kid. Me forgetting to pack a spoon for his lunch meant he only had a sandwich, a few grapes and an orange. Because of my forgetfulness, he came back home hungry.
Usually i take care of such scenarios in advance. i always put an extra or two spoons in his bag. Evidently, today's incident wasn't the first. i have forgotten the spoon 2-3 times earlier and he had somehow managed eating with hands but that did not stop me from wincing. Today, he couldn't eat his rice and curry with hands.
So first thing i did was to pack a couple of spoons in his bag and then i quickly hauling myself into the kitchen where i made him a nice, healthy snack. 
So if you're a parent, learn this from another parent. Keep an extra set of spoons and forks in your kid's b…

Guitar Gorgeous evening

It's not work that's the driving force. It's passion that should.
That's what i posted on my handles today.

Tujhse naraz nahin zindagi (Movie: Masoom) Guitar cover

It's been quite some time since i have shot and uploaded any cover. Why? Watch the above video and you will get the answer. Yes, you got it right. It's a trick to get you watch my performance. Hope you will enjoy it.

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Life Management with Colours of Life Weekend blast #2 (Oct 13th 2018)

Continuing the joy of sharing, learning about life and meeting new people, we finally finished Life Management with Colours of Life by Crawford Wilson D'Souza yesterday on a very positive note.
We did the first day of the workshop the previous day i.e. Friday. Read the details before you plunge in here:
Life Management with Colours of Life Weekend blast #1 (Oct 12th 2018)
Second day started on a bright note as well. All 8 of participants sat down to continue learning more about life management. This day saw more of an action under the careful supervision of Mr. Wilson where we did many activities. You will get to know further in the post. Today was about understanding and learning the rest 2 of the 4 facets of life:
3. Know it (or, #Knowit) 4. Do it (or, #Doit)
Once again, before we get down with details, read about the first day to be able to understand life management better: 
Life Management with Colours of Life Weekend blast #1 (Oct 12th 2018)
One of highlights about Mr. Wilson,…

Life Management with Colours of Life Weekend blast #1 (Oct 12th 2018)

They say when you seek for it, you get it.
On October 4th (Thursday), i attended a wonderful seminar on Life Management with Colours of Life by Crawford Wilson D'Souza (click to read the post). It was 1.5 hours long and i got to learn and evaluate many aspects of life.
Since good things hardly stop but take a considerate pause, the same seminar is being organized on a more elaborate level this weekend i.e. Oct 12th - Oct 13th as a two days workshop. i have taken part in it. Where previous session was free, this one, however, is paid. 
So this post is on accounts of yesterday's session where Mr. Wilson walked us through two of the four seemingly important facets of life:
Find itPlan it When all the participants were seated in a cozy but enclosed chamber of Coffee Masters, Mr. Wilson took the helm with what i like to call a smooth start, asking each one of us  - Why?
Why do you want to attend this seminar?
A perfect question to understand the audience and then deliver the expecta…

3 Tips to Get Better at Guitar #1

First some good news. My recent blog post has made it to the front page of Indians In Kuwait aka IIK, Kuwait's largest portal for expats. i am grateful and honored to have this opportunity. To read, click on the below link:
Priyanka Baranwal's Article on Indians In Kuwait
Now let's dive into the subject we have gathered here for. i have uploaded guitar covers and tutorials here. Have scripted my journey as well but no article on how to get better at playing it.

But let's end it here. i am going to share 3 amazing practical tips on how to get better at guitar. i have been learning guitar since 3 years and now in the position to dispense some wisdom that has helped me evolve over time.
1. Keep it tuned
Can you sing good with cough and cold? No? That's what i thought.
If you don't tune your guitar, it'll affect its voice too. This is the first thing i learned in my guitar class (India). Always and always keep your guitar in Standard Tuning before start playing.…

Seminar on Life Management with Colours of Life by Crawford Wilson D'Souza

Last Friday we had the opportunity to attend 5th Dinkar Divas Celebration by Maurya Kala Parisar 2018.  The day turned into a memorable one.
In the same league, i was looking forward to do something exciting this weekend again. Turned out, there was a seminar being held at Gurukul, a place near to my house, on life management. What can i say? Problem solved.
The event was titled as Free seminar on Life Management with Colours of Life by Crawford Wilson  D'souza. Let me put its motto as it was mentioned:

Dinkar Divas celebration by Maurya Kala Parisar at Indian Embassy 2018

Quite recently we attended 5th Dinkar Awards Ceremony and Hindi Divas rolled into one on Friday Sept. 28th 2018 organized by Maurya Kala Parisar (MKP) with support of India Embassy, Kuwait. The day celebrates the birthday of Indian National Poet (Rashtrakavi) Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (Sept. 23rd). Hindi Divas falls on Sept. 14th.

Click to know about Embassy of India, Kuwait

Click to know about Maurya Kala Parisar, Kuwait
Three things to mention: i am an Indian. My mother language is Hindi, andi am in Kuwait i.e. away from IndiaNeedless to say, i was eager to see the day unfold itself. We are also a part of MKP, Kuwait and have attended a few of their programs earlier but when it came down to attend Hindi Divas, a day dedicated to our mother language, there was no way i was going to give this particular event a miss. After all, who would want to miss out on listening to the sweetness of their mother language?

Life is a continuous learning - An interview with Ms. Lidia Al Qattan (Creator of Mirror House, Kuwait)

It happens rarely but when it does, it lasts forever.
A couple of weeks ago i met Ms Lidia Al Qattan, the creator and owner of Mirror House in Kuwait. We visited the house not knowing what to expect but once we stood before the gate, the peripheral walls were only the hint of what laid inside. The interior of the house is heavily embellished with mirror pieces encasing birds, planets, stories and what not. Be it floors, walls, ceilings or even the staircase, Mirror House, Kuwait is a stunning piece of creativity but the bigger surprise arrived when i interviewed Ms. Lidia at the end of the tour. Turns out, she is more magnificent than the house itself.
Read Our Visit to Mirror House, Kuwait

My mother, i and the evening tea time

There is a beauty in every moment. We just need to discover it.
Take tea time for example. It's quite a simple slot of the day. Put a pan on stove, add ingredients, let it brew, strain and enjoy. Or better, if someone else does the whole process for you and you still end up with a perfect cuppa. But as i said, there is a beauty in every moment if you wish to see it. Tea time happens to be actually one of the most special times of the day for me.

An evening in Mirror House, Kuwait

Note: To know more about the house, click anywhere on its name.

We visited Mirror House here on last Friday evening. Unlike other tourist places in Kuwait, you need to take an appointment first because Mirror House is a private property owned and managed by Ms. Lidia Qattan. 
i had my share of speculations before the visit. 
How would it be? Why it is called Mirror House? Is it entirely made of mirror pieces? Well, that feels like an impossible thing to exist. Are we expected to see mirrors all over, same types we have in our home, plain and framed? A house can never be made entirely of mirrors, can it? Anyway...
We reached at around 4:05 but once we stood there facing the entrance, we were thrilled by the sheer creativity put on display. There are mirrors all over, put and glued together in various forms like birds, animals, stars... It was totally awesome! You can see it in the movie above. You can only imagine the interior just by staring at the magnificence of the gate and walls a…

Hindi Diwas Special: Mayapuri, my first novel

14th September is celebrated as Hindi Diwas nationwide. Since Hindi is my mother language, i wanted to share something unique, something special. After a little bit of thinking, diving deep into memories, i found the historical moment: Mayapuri
It's not an scholastic book but my first novel. Mayapuri is written by the popular author, Shivani. i guess i was fourteen or fifteen when i had finished reading this. i don't remember who had recommended it to me back then but till to this date, i am grateful to that person for handing me over such a marvel. Mayapuri is still as close to my heart as it was on the day i had closed the book after finishing the last page. The story of Shobha and Satish had found a permanent home in my heart.

The unpredictability

There was this movie airing on &Prive (as in and pree-vey) today's morning. This channel is for those 'who feelthe other side'. That's it's punch line. Truly speaking, i don't see the other side but am often tuned only to feel it, if there is any. Bottom line, it's one of my favorites.
Despite of telling myself not to switch on TV, i did nevertheless and sat down with my plate. i actually settled for the screen only hoping to see a good movie. Turned out, the channel was airing one and it had started just 10 minutes ago.
The movie name is The Lovers. The info of the movie intrigued me. i usually avoid romance genre but there was something about the gist that made me continue watching.