Things are different today

Sometimes I think why do we get attached to things (read ‘non-living things)? We start imagining this is ours and that is ours just because we bought it or earned it, however, if  we calmly sit and think about it, we must realize that in reality, rarely anything belongs to us.

Such attachment with assets and commodities bear no importance to me. I strongly believe, it is the people, the living creatures, who should be treated with so much importance. Instead we consider our house, our car, our money more important than people. I wonder when that transformation happened.

These non-living things were made (by us) for us to enjoy and simplify living life on this earth, and not to make them ours and become the owner of everything! In this process of buying and owning things we have lost the significance of relationships! Our money and our assets have become so important to us that we have started neglecting the value of humanity, the role of family and friends in our lives.

Again, how did that happen?

Anyways, there is so much that has changed from those good old times, which by the way shouldn’t have been.

Enough said, now taking off my thinking cap and let’s look at today’s outfit.

I thought of going the Kristen Stewart way and paired canvas shoes with my dress. Can’t tell you how comfortable my day was! And orange socks playing peek-a-boo!! xoxo

Enjoy the pics 🙂 

P.S. This last one is just for reference 😀

Cheers
Ritika

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Vans
Hat: Walmart
Sunnies: Aldo

Watch: Invicta

You’re Beautiful!

Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Beauty must appeal to the senses, must provide us with immediate enjoyment, must impress us or insinuate itself into us without any effort on our part.
You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, and success, is immeasurable. Day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation of beauty and social acceptance.

“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty, and irresistible for the rest of your life.”

Get off that scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!
“The human body is the best work of art.” 

Think of nature! Nature didn’t need a surgery or an operation to be beautiful. It just was!

To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul. Your shortcomings then dim by comparison. The people who care about you are willing to let you be imperfect and beautiful, too.

I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness. No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.
When I lay my head on the pillow at night I can say I was a decent person today. That’s when I feel beautiful.
Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping 🙂

At last, I would like to say, a fit and healthy body – that is the best fashion statement ever!!!

Cheers
Ritika

Orange Top: AND
DIY Shorts: Levis
Shoes: Stilettos, New Delhi
Sunnies: Aldo
Watch: Invicta

Just Being Neutral

It would not be wrong when I say that life treats you lessons in its own way. You start yearning for things when you don’t have them and you start missing things or people when they are gone, or let’s say, practically when you move ahead in life!

Life is easy in one way and not so easy in the other. And I love living my life the way it comes to me – that is without tweaking or changing it what so ever. I have always let things happen to me the way they were destined to be. I enjoy being a spectator to my own life. If you start fighting or going to the opposite direction, the waves will sink you down, but if you go with the flow, you enjoy the ride.

Moving to a new country altogether was a tough decision for me initially. The many thoughts of leaving my job, my parents, my home, my city kept bothering me. But then I thought life is offering me an opportunity to experience new things in this beautiful world – I could either take it or leave it, and then finally, I took it! And here I am… all happy and enjoying every bit of my life. If I had been reluctant at that time and stuck to my belongings back there, I wouldn’t be in a good place where I am right now!
Accept life as it comes! Simply accept it. Find happiness in everything that you do, and see the magic life has to offer you!

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers – for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are.


On my outfit:
My today’s outfit post is from my New Delhi days. I wore it when I was out on a lunch date at my relatives. I  thought of playing up with neutrals and going for a sophisticated look.
Enjoy!

Cheers
Ritika
Blouse: Mango
Pants: Janpath, New Delhi
Shoes: Janpath
Bag: Westside
Sunnies: Oakley
Watch: Invicta
Bangle: Janpath

Short Story: The Buddha Smiles No More

Here’s a lovely story from Buddha’s life.

One day, a disciple came to Buddha and said,” Master, my robe is worn out. Can I have a new one?” Buddha found that the robe was indeed in a bad condition and arranged for a new robe to be given.

The next day, Buddha asked him “What did you do with your old robe?” The disciple replied, “I am using it as my bed spread.” Then Buddha wondered, “Have you disposed of your old bed spread?” The disciple replied, “No, Master. I am using my old bedspread as a curtain.”

“And what about your old curtain?”, asked Buddha. “It is being used to handle hot utensils in the kitchen,” the disciple replied. “Then, can you tell me what happened to the old cloth used in the kitchen,” was the next question. The disciple said, “It is being used to wash the floor.”

Buddha asked, “So then where’s the old rag being used to wash the floor?” The disciple humbly replied “Master, since it was totally torn, I could not think of any better use for it, but as the wick in the oil lamp, which lights your study room after sunset.”

Buddha smiled in contentment and left for his room.

We have moved far, far away from the teachings of Buddha, which are rooted in Indian culture. It’s not too long ago. Remember when we did not feel the need to buy the bigger car with the latest technology every two years, we had pens for which we bought refills, we were happy with shoes in neutral shades instead of a wardrobe crammed with the latest styles, when manufacturers reused bottles after cleaning them instead of using PET bottles and tin cans which lie dumped in the garbage – stinking and rusting?

Surely, you can’t imagine that this wasteful culture can go on? And surely you don’t flatter yourself thinking you are already doing your bit to conserve the environment? Do you often feel there is wasteful production; wasteful consumption? And how often do we land up buying things which we do not even get out of the packaging we bought it in?

Do you get the feeling that something is seriously wrong and we are responsible for nailing down the problem and finding solutions?

Well its time we, you and I who are these consumers, stopped. If we do not make the right choices to diligently conserve what little we have left, we will soon have decisions thrust on us by Nature. The price might be too heavy for us to pay. So, think what you can do about it ..before its too late.

Think!

Ritika
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