Finding La La Land

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I feel like Christopher Columbus without the ship, the trendy clothes, the army of voyagers or even a map! On this quest for La La Land, I wade through stormy seas and calm waters alike with my tiny wooden boat with oars that feel heavier than Thor's hammer. The journey to reach the promised La La Land is a long and arduous one. Find out what makes the journey worth it!

I feel like Christopher Columbus without the ship, the trendy clothes, the army of voyagers or even a map! On this quest for La La Land, I wade through stormy seas and calm waters alike with my tiny wooden boat with oars that feel heavier than Thor's hammer. The journey to reach the promised La La Land is a long and arduous one. On days when the skies are gloomy and my arms feel numb from the rowing, I find myself wondering if the journey is futile - especially to find a place that might not even exist!

It doesn't help that Sadness comes in giant waves that threaten to rock the boat and sometimes even cause it to capsize. Anxiety too makes an appearance every now and then in the form of eye-patch wearing pirates. They come to steal the one thing that I'm trying so hard to safegaurd - my mental peace. But through it all, it becomes imperative to remain resilient.

When you don't even have sails on your boat that could take you in the direction that the wind guides you, you realise that it is up to you to steer the boat in the direction you wish to. Sometimes I bump into Sadness and Anxiety, but I've learnt how to right the boat and keep rowing. Sometimes I find the islands of Calm & Composed and believe me when I say nothing quite compares. I accidentally sail through the Strait of Success too and while I'm there I enjoy every moment of it because before you know it, you land up in the Murkiest Sea, where it is a struggle to stay afloat.

But if you manage to row through the fog and challenging weather conditions, there is a lovely stretch of sea right beyond the Murkiest Sea called the Bay of Bliss. It is characterised by sunny skies and sky blue seas. Dolphins porpoise around you while schools of fish follow you and it is then that it dawns on you that you're not alone. The journey need not be a loneley one. The people I have met on my voyages to this almost mystical land have constantly taught me more about myself. The only ones I look to actively avoid are from the Archipelago of Apathy, they're so unaffected and unconcerned by anything, something I can't wrap my head around.

I've seen that the Mountains of Misery and the Valleys of Vices are many but the Hills of Happiness and Plains of Pleasure are equally widespread. It is pivotal not to be too taken in by any of these landforms, neither should one be intimidated. I remember seeing the Mountains of Misery and being frightened to sail through the Valley of Vices. I inched towards the foreboding mountains, fear looming large over me, only to find that I quite enjoyed sailing through the Valley of Vices. I met people who thought very differently from me and it opened my mind to a fresh perspective on life and living.

It has been almost 27 years that I have tried to discover La La Land. I'm still not sure if it exists but even now when I think about it, it leaves me with a sense of wonder. I am banking on my oars - Hope and Hardwork - to take me there. I've also decided that I'm going to lock up my once faithful companion, Self Doubt, and trust my own instinct. Maybe the next time I run into pirates, I'll offer Self Doubt to be their slave. As I set out to make my nth attempt to find La La Land, I know that my inner world is as complex as it is charming but if La La Land exists, I will find it.

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8 Ways to stay positive and motivated during this pandemic

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If you are like me, you are probably experiencing more stress that usual. Work is different, the Wi-Fi is acting up, and your social life has come to a halt. Stability and predictability are two words that we are unable to resonate with anymore. After a certain point, all of this can get to you. Fear can make you feel powerless. While you cannot control your feelings, thoughts and the Wi-Fi, you definitely can shift your attention towards the things you can control and help restore your sense of confidence.

Make a list of things that you think are in your control (They could be uneventful or extraordinary) and work on them, every single day. I would like to share with you, my list:

  1. Start a virtual book/movie club: Start your own book club on WhatsApp. Add all the bibliophiles on your contact list. Or if you’re a movie buff, create a group to watch and discuss movies.
  2. Enhance your skills: Work on advancing your skill! It could be something as mundane as taking up an excel course or something fun like baking. Try to complete at least two online courses this quarantine!
  3. Work out: You probably saw this coming. But one cannot stress how important it is to work out especially during uncertain times like these, when your anxiety is at its peak and your thoughts don’t let you sleep. Learn new home workouts every day and let the endorphins and serotonin flow into your body.
  4. Interact (virtually) with your long lost friends and family: Life can get really busy and to be honest it has been. Until now. And we are unable to cope with all the time we have. Talk to all those people you lost touch with and wished you hadn’t (This does not include you ex. DO NOT TEXT THEM!).
  5. Learn a new make-up routine: I personally feel like, the time I spend wearing make-up is all for me. It is the time I have chosen for myself. It could take you fifty minutes or fifteen minutes. That is YOUR time, you are looking in the mirror and focusing on yourself. So create a new look and wear some mascara because, why not?
  6. Write a blog on Glo Community: You probably did not see this one coming. But really, put all your thoughts (happy or sad) into words, not only will it help you learn a lot about yourself, but also help you gain awareness of your reality. You will be helping contribute to the WHO Covid-19 fund!
  7. Limit your news intake: While it is good to be informed at all times, the amount of information can be a double edged sword. So be aware, but also learn to disconnect.
  8. Do your bit: Last but not the least, everybody reading this is probably doing their part by washing hands regularly and staying home unless absolutely necessary. Every small effort is going to add up and will have a huge impact.

Do not lose hope. Stay positive, stay motivated and please be safe. We are all in this together. 😊

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Being 8 Months Pregnant Didn’t Stop This SHERO From Delivering COVID-19 Test Kits To The Nation

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In the battle against coronavirus, India has been criticised time and again for a poor record of testing people. Amidst all of this, there is change set to be brought about, a large part of which is accredited to the one and only virologist - Minal Dakhave Bhosale.

Ms Bhosale headed the team that designed the coronavirus testing kit (called Patho Detect)  in India and is also the R&D chief of Mylabs discovery, Pune. She had just been informed of a pregnancy complication in february, right after which despite personal circumstances, willingly took on the assignment of designing the coronavirus test kits.

Up until now, India had to import COVID-19 kits from Germany at Rs.4500 per kit, but the molecular diagnostic company has been successful in creating a kit that is now able to test 100 samples and costs Rs 1,200 - literally a quarter of the cost of COVID-19 testing kits that were being imported. 

Besides being relatively much lower than kits imported from outside, the team also achieved COVID-19 testing in just two and a half hours compared to other tests that took no less than 6-7 hours. 

What is most fascinating about her story is that Ms Bhosale managed to complete her assignment on time and while being 8 months pregnant, only a couple of hours before she delivered her baby daughter. 

In the words of Ms Bhosale (to BCC) : “ It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I have to serve my nation”. A true inspiration to women across the world and a real team player - a thousand salutes to the women who put her nation first in the most critical of situations. 

Minal Dakhave Bhosale- A real life hero, A SHERO, as one may say.



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