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Time to bid adieu to Paris. But we don’t say ‘Goodbye’ here; we say ‘See you again’, instead. It is our favourite quote. But at this point, I would really like to show my knowledge of one French word which I have learned from the palaces’ and museums’ signs and that is ‘Sortie’which means ‘Exit’. So now, there are two French words I know; bonjour and sortie which mean ‘hello’ and ‘exit’ respectively. One indicates the beginning and the other indicates the end and everything in between is English! See, I tried, okay, I really did. …


A fresh day in Paris and I don’t even know what jet lag is. After getting ready for the day, we head to the hotel restaurant where we will have our breakfast. Every place has its speciality and this hotel’s speciality is its shelves. They are themed. The waiting lounge with sets of sofas and chairs, a couple of TV sets and computers, has a couple of shelves and this room leads to the first dining space. …


At 4:25 am, we have boarded the flight to Dubai where we are having the connecting flight to Paris. We are all set in our seats and ready for the take-off. There is one thing about the take-off; it doesn’t scare me. It gives me the thrill, instead. It is soon going to be a different time zone, but instead of sleeping, I am busy adoring the blackout and blinking lights out of the window with a speeding sound. I call myself an owl anyway.

Do your ears get clogged when the aircraft takes-off? My ears are clogged already. …


The story of a much-needed tour: a tour which is required to get away from the routine and moreover, to get back the sense of rejuvenation, starts here.

If you ask me what the past couple of years did have, then the answer could never be in a word or two. It had everything, every single emotion; hope, disappointment, sorrow, effort, struggle, setback, anger and after all, warmth and strength. And after all these, the plan of a family holiday re-emerges and gets implemented, finally. Phew!!

Now, where to go? I advise for a beach holiday as ocean and heaven…


Zankhana Mehta is a science graduate. She is a wildlife film-maker. After becoming a wife and a mother, she found the perfect balance between her family and her passion. She talks about her inspiring journey and her camaraderie with her wildlife photographer husband, Mr Bhasmang Mehta.

“I am a short film-maker who makes films on ‘wildlife’. Besides this, I and my husband run a wildlife tourism company called ‘Wildlife Sojourns’,” says Zankhana.

Let’s hear her story in her words:

Tell us something about your earlier life:

I am a science graduate. As a child, I was very active in participating…


“I didn’t want to simply end up graduating, finding a job, getting settled and working a desk job for somebody.”

– Rammohan Paranjape

How do you see your life at the age of 16? Where do you think of your life would head?

We might not know what the life has in offerings for us, but lucky are those who know what they don’t want for sure. Rammohan Paranjape is one of those lucky ones. At the age of 16, this college dropout was all set to lead his life how he had seen. Dismissing the stereotypical methods provided by the society, he chose his subjects to carve his life, his career for him.

He chose a sport like surfing…


“I was destined to become a wildlife photographer.”

– Bhasmang Mehta

After finishing his graduation in science in the year 1997, Bhasmang joined his family’s pharmaceutical manufacturing business as per everyone’s expectations. But when you know that there is something else waiting for you, that ‘tickling’ which makes you look out for that ‘something else’ never stops. Sooner or later, you reach where you are supposed to be. Bhasmang’s journey as an industrialist lasted for long 11 years and that was the time when he finally pursued his dream of becoming a wildlife photographer.

Let’s hear Bhasmang’s story in his…


Shantanu Patel is an aspiring pianist, based in Ahmedabad. The music came into his life when he was just 7-year-old. First, he learned Harmonium in Hindustani Classical Music. At the age of 17, he was introduced to Piano and then, there was no looking back. Like any other teenager, Shantanu had a day when he was supposed to make a choice; in which direction he wanted his life to head. He had the options: ISRO or Music. And like we can anticipate here, he decided to pursue his career in music.

Shantanu is the former student of the Oscar Winning…


“Find your own stories. Tell them with passion. Break the norms; try to create something that will mesmerize people.”

When a person dares to listen to his instinct and follow his heart, he can achieve what he has been dreaming of. Mr Niren Bhatt, the writer of ‘Bey Yaar’ and ‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma’ had a different life back then. But with each step, the writer in him had always walked along like a shadow. …


“Women are emotionally very vulnerable during pregnancy. Nothing prepares you for how raw and exposed you feel post childbirth. When a woman enters motherhood, the learning curve is massive. She is not just creating a new life but is also completely responsible for their wellbeing and nourishment. New moms struggle with a lot of self-doubts, lack of body confidence and guilt mainly because we are unsure about everything.

“There are women who may have never had a bad experience with nursing their child in public and I am glad they escaped the negativity but there are many who did face…

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