Fitness, Lifestyle

Morning party at Beyond


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I woke up at 6.30 yesterday, and went straight for a morning party at Beyond, which is a beautiful studio in the midst of Mount Mary in Bandra. It’s surrounded by greenery, and is sort of hidden away from the homes and the people and the busy roads. The studio is also equipped with a steep walkway, that stretches from the gate down to the studio. It’s the perfect place for all you fitness or fit-to-be people out there. I did my first real workout in life with Cindy about three years back. Let’s just say, I’ve got a lot to thank her for.

Cassandra is another friend, who has curated these morning ‘parties’. The day started with a fitness flow session hosted by Cindy, followed by an incredible guided sound meditation. I have never successfully meditated in my entire life, but I will say, I think I succeeded yesterday. I was in this different mental space where I wasn’t sure if I was awake or asleep, and towards the end I sort of felt as if I was sinking in through the floor. Amazing! I’ve always fantasised about being able to go into a deep meditative state. Maybe this is it. Did I do it? I’m not even sure.

The morning ended in a dance party, with another friend, Armaan, playing his awesome music, while we indulged in breakfast from our friends from Kitchen Garden.

How am I blessed with so many talented friends?!

Thank you for having me, team. I can’t wait to move back to Bandra again, so that I can join more of these. And I can’t wait for the next morning party!

 

If you want to learn more about Beyond, check them out on Instagram at @beyondstudiomumbai, or drop by and say hello, at 36, Mt Mary Rd, Mount Mary, Bandra West. It’s in Google Maps too, for those of you who live by the app (me included).

 

Food, Recommendations

A better Easter Sunday at O Pedro


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Easter Sunday was the first holiday I’ve really ‘celebrated’ properly in a long time. Even Christmas has a tendency to turn into a party or a long weekend more than it is about family, food and gifts these days. I’ve lived abroad for so many years now (it will be 10 years this year in June!), I have sort of set my own way of celebrating. Personally, my favorite/most celebrated holidays are Swedish Midsummer, Diwali, Eid and Christmas. I guess, except Swedish Midsummer, all three of the latter are sort of about the same thing… Family. Swedish Midsummer is all about the food, flowers and alcohol. Haha!

For this Sunday, I had made an Easter brunch plan with Saif and four of our friends. I even boiled eggs and bought watercolours to decorate an egg for each of us, which we then would use for traditional Swedish Easter games. I love egg tapping! But, by the time I came home from my podcast recording, there was no time left to finish the eggs. I guess its okay to not always have things turn out the way you planned them?

Brunch was at O Pedro in BKC – they had a special Easter menu in place, with groovy music and fancy, fresh cocktails. I love the place – it’s really the best example of how much the staff matters. You end up wanting to be friends with everyone who works there! After stuffing our faces for a couple of hours, we drove back to Zahan’s house to end the day with puppies and pool time.

A better Sunday, to say the least. Hope you guys had a lovely Easter, too!

Career, Recommendations

My favourite lifesaver every-day apps


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I have a tendency to swamp my schedule a lot. Just the other day, I was at the hair salon for three hours doing a balayage, and while I was there, I had two meetings and one conference call. Yes – I called my graphic designer to the salon while the colour was setting. This then, led me to the realisation that I would be nothing without my ability to multitask, aka – without my apps.

So, I thought I’d share my most precious app finds with you to kick off this Saturday. I use these every day, and find them incredibly useful to reduce my stress and keep my life more organised. Hopefully they’ll improve/streamline your life a bit too.

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First off is Fantastical. Fantastical is probably the app I use more than anything on my phone – en par with WhatsApp, I think. The app syncs with all your other calendar apps – iCal, Reminders, and even picks up on events mentioned your inbox, and creates a one-stop-shop for all your daily tasks and to-do’s. You can choose between making an entry as an event or a reminder, and the best difference between this and iCal is that the reminder doesn’t go away from your home screen until you actually complete it, whereas iCal reminders disappear once you’ve unlocked your phone once. Highly recommended for anyone who relies on scheduling their day in advance, and want to offload some of the ‘must do’s’ and ‘should do’s’ in a place you know it won’t get lost. Sync your app with phone and laptop and your life is forever improved! It also tells you when tasks and reminders are overdue – thank you, thank you.

 

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I came across this app quite recently while browsing through app store – Moodnotes. Their tagline is basically ‘capture your feelings, improve your thinking habits‘, and being someone who’s extremely passionate about mental health, this app is a god-sent. The app doesn’t have the purpose of sharing with anyone else than yourself – and possibly, if you’d like, your doctor. You upload your mood every day, at whatever frequency you wish, and thereby track of your thinking and mood patterns. I try to update once in the morning, and once in the night – it also gives you a daily dashboard where you can see the pattern and summary, and you can add details about your mood, such as % of anxiety, calmness, frustration, fear, excitement, self-conciousness, and so on. The app is really useful to just track your thoughts, just the way we track our exercise or food intake. Being a naturally anxious person, this app has become super important to me. It teaches you your triggers and reminds you stay away from (or face) them.

 

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Trello is an app for people who work a lot through tasks and projects. The app is brilliant when you need to organise and prioritise your work, and you can build awesome work-flows for things where you need to complete one thing before you get onto the next task. I’ll explain… For example, for my clients: Board 1 can be a list of potential clients I want to reach out to, board 2 is clients I have scheduled a meeting with, board 3 is confirmed/onboarded clients, board 4 is the list of clients which I have sent a proposal to, and so on. Each flow can get as big-picture or as micro-detailed as you wish for it to be. I feel like this app would be ideal for anyone working as an entrepreneur, or more specifically, in event management.

 

Three more apps I recommend to organise your business/daily work –

  • Slack – for communication with your clients, employees, partners and more (literally can’t live without it)
  • Asana – to track and manage your own or your team’s work (I have done two years worth of research on project management tools, and trust me when I say, Asana is the best software out there. Flow and Zoho are also decent if you want to try something different – Zoho is especially good for app building and bug tracking if you’re in the app development space)
  • Wally – for keeping track of your personal expenses and savings

 

I hope that some or all of it is somewhat useful to you! If anything, Fantastical is a game-changer.

Do you have any apps which you use on the daily?