This is the first post for 2018.
How has your year started? Mine started very peacefully. I don't believe in partying to welcome the new year. I like to begin it quietly. We have a tradition of lighting the lamp at midnight, and offering prayers of gratitude for all the blessings. This year too we did just that. We spent time together, as a family; I loved and cherished every bit of it.
Last year, I had started a Reading wall.
I am happy that I managed to fill up my reading wall, and I read forty books last year! For the most memorable ones, see my last post. This year too, I have put up a similar reading wall.
I have already finished reading two books. I loved them both. One was The Nightingale by Kritsin Hannah. It is easily one of the best books I have read in my entire life.
The other was The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.
Out of the two, I definitely liked The Nightingale better. A good book should transport you to the world of the protagonists, and you should feel everything that the characters feel. The Nightingale managed to do that. I was lost in the book even after I finished it, and it took me a while to get over it.
The Gift, it felt like I was outside, peeping in. I didn't feel as involved as I did in the earlier book.
I had also made a resolution to eat healthy, and walk for an hour every day. So far I have succeeded, and I intend keeping it up.
As you can see, I walk more than 5 kms daily. Some days, it goes as high as 9kms. For those of you who want to do this, what I do is I set my alarm for 6.15 am or 6.00 am. I am out of the house by 6.30/6.45 a.m. I walk and listen to podcasts on my walk. One very interesting podcast which has me hooked these days is Serial(season1) hosted by Sarah Koenig. You can read the details in this link:
Podcasts are a great way to walk. I also usually post stories of interesting sights from my morning walk on my Instagram account. (so follow me there if you want to see them)
Today I went to Chitra Santhe, which is an art market.
It has to be seen to be believed. The above picture shows the crowd. It is an art mela, with over thousand artists and paintings are sold like vegetables! It is hosted annually in Bangalore, on the first Sunday of every year.
I was blown away by the sheer magnitude of it. I couldn't resist buying four beautiful paintings.
I have posted stories on my Instagram account and lots of videos too. The Instagram stories remain only for 24 hours; So you have to quickly see them :)
I am also sharing a few images here:
The above are some of the paintings I bought
All in all, a very peaceful, joyful start of the year for me.
What about you? How has your week been?
Share with me in the comment box, and I shall definitely reply there itself :)
Ps: My latest book has been getting some excellent reviews. Check them out and grab the book : http://preeti.io/a100lf