Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Shoebox to Home

Six months in New York and I finally have a place I can call home. Sort of. Until August because that's when my lease runs out. 

Even so, I thought it would be prudent to document my first ever apartment no the blog. As this is the first time I'm living alone, it is quite a milestone in my existence. 

It took me a couple of months to find a place that fit my budget. Being an international student isn't easy, not just financially although that is a major burden, but also because we are unaware of the layouts and the legalities when it come to renting places. For an average international student, it is near impossible to rent a studio in Manhattan or even a shared apartment as one would hope. Most students opt for Brooklyn, Queens, or New Jersey, not necessarily in that order of priority. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

What's in My Travel Make-up Bag

The past month has been a month of travel for me. The moment my holidays began, I headed to Boston and then Chicago and it's been absolutely what the doctor ordered after a stressful month of finals. The hardest part was packing for the entire month and American domestic airline companies are really stingy with their baggage allowances.

It was hard enough stuffing practical-yet-cute winter clothes into a tiny carryon, but I also had to subsidise on beauty and skincare. I think I managed to bring a decent selection of products and I decided to share it on the blog for those facing a similar dilemma. All of these products comply with airline guidelines for carry-on bags, which is always handy.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Best of 2017

I'm usually very cynical about new years and only see them as a number and not a supernatural occurrence that suddenly changes the course of my life. For the past couple of years, it seemed like I was stuck in a rut, and although I travelled quite a bit within India, I did see it taking over my life. I saw it as a vacation. It took 2017 to make me realise that my fate changes because of my decisions and in order to be happier, I need to constantly keep myself from getting into a rut.

So here it is. A post I never thought I'd do. Looking at the 10 best moments of 2017. Some I may have blogged about.

Monday, 25 December 2017

The New York City Outsider - The Real Truth About Living in New York

To the general public of the world, New York is made up to be a place where all dreams come true. What it hides, is a harsh reality of insecurity and loneliness. Behind every stone-faced man and sharp-tongued woman is a story of sorrow and longing for a fulfillment.

When I moved here 5 months ago, I too believed that happiness was geographical and not emotional. It was silly, but for the longest time, the idea of New York held my heart in a sharp grip and I ached to find myself in the city which I have now named the city of lost souls.

The harsh truth of it all is that New York is crazy expensive! I guess it isn't all that surprising and I guess a lot of people have talked about it before. But the posts that I've seen floating around always tend to glamourise the city and rightfully so as most people tend to visit as tourists and the glamour does tend to fade away after a week or two.