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Best Articles of On My Canvas From the Year 2020-2021

Best Articles Published During On My Canvas’s Fourth Year (August 2020 — August 2021) 

 

My blog On My Canvas just turned four. Congratulations to me and to all you brilliant readers who give me a reason to write every day.

Read the above link to know about the indefinite travel journey I’m on, another big news, and the five lessons I learned in four years of blogging.

Though every blogger publishes a list of their best articles at the end of the year, I wanted to list my best articles at the blog’s new year — that’s August. As I published the first article on On My Canvas in the first week of August, this month marks the beginning of a fresh year for my blog. 

Below you will find a list of both my best life ideas and travel blogs from the year 2020-2021. Hope you enjoy these heartfelt stories and lessons from the year gone. 

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And now onwards we go. 

 

 

 

My Top Life Inspiration Articles From On My Canvas’s Fourth Year (August 2020 — August 2021) 

 

1.  The onset of Our Indefinite Nomadic Journey, Crossing Barricaded Indian State Borders, and Fundraiser Campaigns (Pocket) — My account of the beginning of a new adventure and what it brought along.

2. 42 Handpicked Marcel Proust Quotes On Habits, Love, Desire, Misery, Memory, and Little Joys (Pocket) — Marcel Proust quotes that I found too hard to ignore: collected from Vol 1, In Search of Lost Time (also known as Remembrance of Things Past).

3. 43 Times When Proust Blew Our Minds With His Precise Understanding of Human Composition (Swann’s Way) (Pocket) — The most insightful writings on human composition and the sweetness of life from Swann’s Way, Vol One of In search of Lost Time By Marcel Proust.

4. Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own – Meditations on Writing and Life (Pocket) — A curation of lessons on writing and life from Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own essay. Read this if you don’t want to read the essay.

5. Read This If You Think You Are An Emotional Fool (Pocket) — This research-backed guide on understanding emotions gives definite advice on managing emotions intelligently to live a better life.

6. A Definite Guide to Meaningful, Healthy, and Mindful Living (Pocket) — A researched, experiential, and detailed guide to purposeful, mindful, and healthy living. Includes lessons from Ikigai exploring awareness.

7. Best Non-Fiction Books I Read in 2020 (Pocket) — I write because I read. I unlearn because I read. I grow because I read. Here are some of the best non-fiction books I read in 2020.

8. Best Fiction Books I Read in 2020 (Pocket) — Some of the best fiction books I read in 2020. From Anna Karenina to the Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told to Huckleberry Finn, you will find all fiction genres here.

9. How to Find Your Passion – Playing Devil’s Advocate (Pocket) — A definite guide on how to find your passions, hard questions to ask yourself to confirm your passion, and how to follow your passions.

10. 21 Books to Change Your Life – They Changed Mine (Pocket) — Did anyone ever ask you to read books to change your life? Here are the 21 best life-changing books that changed my perception of life.

11. Excel in Your 30s With These Life Lessons (Pocket) — Life in your 30s would seem like a roller-coaster. Read my experiential and other-thirty-year-olds-suggested life lessons to excel in your thirties.

12. Read This to Sleep in Your Storm (Pocket) — Read this inspirational piece to know how to keep your life together all the time and sleep even in a storm. Start small, but start now.

13. Break The Routine, Sometimes (Pocket) — A personal-experience-driven and researched guide on why we should break the routine sometimes for our good.

14. Make Someone Happy In These 47 Ways (Pocket) — Do you know how to make someone happy? Need more ideas? Use this list of 47 simple things that make people happy instantly. Try them and see for yourself.

15. The Narrative of My Writing Life in Mashobra, Shimla (Pocket) — Though this piece can be marketed as a travel guide to Mashobra, I consider it the live account of a writer’s life who is writing while exploring the mountains with her partner. I’m learning a lot about relationships and human beings on this nomadic journey and here I share the best part of it.

 

Psssst: If the links are too many to read (I know), click the Pocket link to save it to your account. New to Pocket? It is an online diary of everything you have to read. I’m also starting to get used to it. Gone are those days when I used to keep fifty-seven Chrome links open. Hope you entangle some of your threads too. 

And no, Pocket didn’t pay me to write their review. Thank you for asking though.

 

 

My Top Travel Articles From My Canvas’s Fourth Year (August 2020 — August 2021)

 

1.  Shoe Shopping in Karsog Mandi – Things Nomadic Writers Do (Pocket) — The Story of The Lost Shoe and a failed attempt at buying a new hiking pair in Karsog Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Insights into the nomadic writing life.

2. What a Dam Did to the Tattapani Hot Water Springs (Pocket) — What a dam did to the Tattapani hot water springs and how is this small village of Mandi district surviving on the banks of River Sutlej.

3. Cubbon Park – Bangalore’s Eye Candy and My Green Oasis (Pocket) — This picturesque Cubbon Park Bangalore article will surely make you want to check out this green oasis in the otherwise crowded city of Bangalore. Enjoy!

4. We Dared to Hike to Shikari Devi Temple (Mandi Himachal) On Our Own (Pocket) — Our story of hiking to the Shikari Devi Temple, Mandi, Himachal on our own. The guide covers everything you need to know about the Shikari Mata trek.

5. Pangna Village Will Amaze You (Mandi Himachal) (Pocket) — A detailed and nature-filled description of the historical Pangna village, Mandi, Himachal. You would be surprised how much you don’t know.

6. Admiring the Super Flower Blood Moon From Mashobra, Himachal Pradesh (Pocket) — A memoir of watching the super flower blood moon of May 2021 from Mashobra village of Shimla Himachal Pradesh. Enjoy the blood-red moon.

7. An Itinerant Writer’s Life in Mashobra, Shimla (Along With Things To Do) (Pocket) —A detailed guide to the village of Mashobra Shimla. The guide goes as a writer’s narrative who is living, writing, and exploring Mashobra.

8. Amazing Karnataka – From Ten Years of Travel (Pocket) — An in-depth guide to the best places to visit in Karnataka along with extensive information on the history, language, food, culture, and transport.

9. Sunny Picnic at Kanag Devi Temple, Theog (Shimla) – Pastures in Obscurity (Pocket) — This Kanag Devi temple guide takes you from the Fagu and Theog villages of Shimla to the green pastures of Kanag that outsiders don’t know about.

10. Relishing Crunchy and Soft South Indian Dosas (Pocket) —A colorful Introduction to the crunchy South Indian Dosas. Here I talk about my dosa journey, the various kinds of South Indian dosa, and a simple recipe.

11. Hiking Down to the Leopard-Infested Gorge in Mehli Shimla (Pocket) —Memoirs of hiking down to the leopard-infested ravine from the Mehli village in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

12. Can You Believe This Is Bangalore? (In Photos) (Pocket) — Unseen Bangalore images from a plethora of day outings in Bangalore City. These are not your usual Instagram Bangalore photos.

13. 5 Tried and Trusted Online Organic Stores in Bangalore (Farm+Homemade) (Pocket) —Tried and trusted online organic stores in Bangalore that deliver fresh, preservative-free, and personalized fruits, vegetables, and groceries.

14. Homestays in India – Pros and Cons, Tips, and Tried Homes (Pocket) —This one-stop guide to homestays in India includes how (general and) Indian homestays work, cultural differences, pricing tips, and tried homes.

15. A Stunning Sunset at Mandalay’s Irrawaddy River (Pocket) — Myanmar sunsets are to die for. This is a narrative photo essay on a stunning Mandalay sunset witnessed on the banks of the Irrawaddy River.

16. Blunders I Made as a Novice Traveler – Backpacking Tips Included (Pocket) — I made many mistakes as a new traveler and beginner backpacker. This backpacking guide narrates my journey and lists essential backpacking tips.

17. 12 Myanmar Traditional Food– Eating My Way Through Burma (Pocket) — A guide to the best of the Myanmar traditional foods and experiences. Read this Burmese Food blog for delicacies including and beyond Mohinga and Shan meals.

18. Chile Visa Fiasco – When I Was Stranded at the Bolivia-Chile Border (Pocket) — Traveling to Chile? Read my story of getting stranded at the Bolivia-Chile border and my race to La Paz to get a Chile visa within a day.

19. Starting an Indefinite Road trip (Pocket) — The onset of our nomadic journey in the second wave of Indian Pandemic, crossing barricaded state borders, collective helplessness, and fundraiser campaigns.

 

Which one from the above 2020-2021 articles is your favorite? Let me know in the comments. 

On My Canvas Turns Four – Big News and Five Lessons Inside

Celebrating Four Years of On My Canvas – Learnings and Updates

 

Phew! 

It has been four years since I published the first article on On My Canvas. From then on, these four years have been a non-stop roller-coaster ride. From the first year of impenetrable determination but absolute ignorance to helping out other bloggers from my two years of blogging journey, and the third year of accomplishments, I’ve come a long way.

The journey started with writing. But every artist needs an audience. I want to thank you all — my beloved readers — who have helped me make the blog the meaningful resource it is. Though I know On My Canvas has to reach a lot more people, I really appreciate the love and support I’ve received so far. At least, I have not been hit by spoiled tomatoes or stinky eggs.

 

killing me with tomatoes. long due.
Long due.

So thank you! 

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Highs and Lows of the Year 2020 – 2021 Plans Included

First of all, I thank my loyal and kind readers who return to On My Canvas time and again. Without you, this blog wouldn’t be this positive, experimental, and inspirational place it is becoming. I appreciate your company and promise to keep this platform as peaceful, honest, fun, and informative as I had intended on Day One. 

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Now let us talk about 2020. 

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Three Thriving Years of On My Canvas – And Future Plans

And just like that, On My Canvas completed three thriving years on the internet.

Congratulations to us all who have been part of this budding platform through which I want to spread love, life, and hope. I cannot thank my readers enough for sticking with me all the while, for sending me immensely inspirational messages day and night, and for asking me to write more and more. On some hard days, I could not have done it without your endless emails and witty comments.

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Highs and Lows of 2019 – Travel Blogging, Himalayan Highs, and Personal Well-Being

2019 was a roller coaster ride. 

Waking up in my rooftop room that serves as my intermittent writing studio in Bengaluru, incorporating travel blogging with On My Canvas by writing throughout the year about my past and recent travels, connecting with other bloggers and travel writers, slow traveling in the Himalayas for four(4) months of summer while focusing on health and personal well-being and working remotely, writing thirty(30) long and super-researched articles in thirty(30) days in August, traveling in Karnataka on short and long trips, collaborating with both national and international travel organizations for the first time, getting my work and writing acknowledged over other media platforms, and then making my way to Myanmar via flight (after my plans to cross into Myanmar through Northeast got canceled because of the protests) and spending three weeks there — I never felt that the year was slow even though I slowed down quite a few time. 

Oh, On My Canvas also won three travel blogging awards within my first year of sincere travel blogging.

Let me tell you my favorite and not-so-favorite moments from this hap hazardous list of actions and achievements. Later I will also summarize the things that I feel I couldn’t do justice to and wish to focus on in 2020.

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2 Years of Blogging – My Best Advice for New Bloggers

It doesn’t seem like yesterday that I started On My Canvas.

Two years ago I returned from South America after a nine-months-long solo trip through the continent’s most stunning places.

A constant itch to write, events (quitting my job, taking writing workshops, and applying to creative writing programs) prior to my trip travel, and the time I spent contemplating during the journey brought me to the conclusion that I should write full-time.

I love writing. Stories bring me to life — so why not write something that adds value to others?

I had worked hard to achieve many desired and undesired goals (cracking IIT, dragging myself through a Computer Science degree, juggling corporate jobs). I braved to live a lifestyle unapproved by the collectivist society of India. I was almost 30, unmarried, had quit my investment banking job, and traveled the world alone — that’s not a typical scene for an Indian girl from a middle-class family of a small town in North India.

Now was the time to put my journey and struggle to someone else’s use.

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Golden Highlights of 2018 – A Year of Writing, Love, and Nomadness.

The whistles of a black kite which is hovering above me in the light blue sky are the only sounds that break my attention now and then. In front of me, a green parrot just flew by; I see more of them in the morning, when one after another they go, searching for grains and guavas and water and, maybe, more parrots. The coffee cuckoo, similar to the one that used to visit me in my previous apartment, also flew from one tree to another in the park in front of my writing studio.

I have stationed myself in one corner of this studio on a chatayi or as we say a mat nowadays, and from here I write my heart out. In this nomadic life, you can find me on and off in Bangalore, for I always come here to be with my partner, and thus I pen down many pieces from his vicinity with a temporary feeling of home.

Having spent more than four months now as a nomad, I have realized that you don’t have to own or rent an apartment to be at home. Neither are you always on the go even if you are living a nomadic life.

At the end of the day when I think about getting back home, I imagine a quiet place, where the bathroom taps do not drip and where I cannot hear the screeching tires or intruding honks, but I can only tune into the crickets singing songs to each other. Where I can lay on a bed or in a sleeping bag in a tent, preferably tucked away in the midst of trees, with a warm cup of tea and a book to read. From where I can make a phone call to my parents and family for they worry if I disappear for even a day. I imagine a home that is a window into the world, or it has a window from where I can see the world, which I like to have at a distance. And that is all.

Such are my preferences these days. I started penning down this article to tell you about how my priorities shaped up the year 2018, and so on I go.

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100 Days of My Nomadic Life – Highs and Lows of Living While Traveling

I haven’t gone out of my friend’s home, where I sit and write here in Bangalore, for three days, apart from a small walk that I did to the grocery store because I wanted to eat something better than lifeless noodles with invisible vegetables. Ironically, today I am writing about my 100 days of nomadic life.

I thought that being nomadic means staying on the road 24×7, and maybe, you feel that way, too. I will get to that, but first, let us go back in time a little bit to understand how my digital nomad journey started.

I chose this life for I wanted to be location independent. I wanted to be able to travel whenever I yearned to see a new place or live in a jungle where I could only hear the crickets whistle and the leaves rustle instead of the incessant blasting traffic of Bangalore or any other metropolitan. But having a rented apartment was sort of becoming a hindrance to free movement and adding up costs without adding any value, apart from providing me with a quiet writing space with a balcony.

I thought that I better spend the money which I paid for the apartment where people shut doors on each other as if they were enemies on gorgeous Airbnb’s or friendly homestays or rustic hotels in the hidden corners of the world. At least I would explore, meet interesting people and have some meaningful conversations, and live life at my own pace.

So I gave up my room in the Bangalore flat and packed my bags to wander freely while working online. The whole idea was to move slowly; I have never found any joy in visiting a place for a weekend or two days and then leaving it, while I didn’t even know what lay in my backyard though I saw all the famous attractions of that destination. And while exploring the world one place at a time, I could afford the lifestyle of a digital nomad because of my writing portfolio.

But I have come to realize that not having a permanent location is not about traveling all the time. It is about moving with a choice.

This nomadic life has put up all sorts of choices in front of me and let me be honest with how I feel about them.

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Learnings From One–Year of Sincere Writing and Blogging

I think a lot more.

I read a lot more. I scroll blogs for hours. I highlight words while I read. I note them down. I try to go through them again.

I write a lot more. I ask myself why shall I not write on a Sunday. The world goes on. So I go on describing it.

I broke up with redundant words. I perfect the Whatsapp messages and the emails I send. My scrutinizing eyes don’t even spare the responses of my friends.

When I wake up, I think about writing instead of thinking about going to the toilet. I am burdened by guilt the day I don’t write. The day I write well, I feel liberated.

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