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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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Loitering Around Shakrala (Mehli) Village, Shimla – In Photos

Memoirs of a Three-Week Stay in Mehli, Shimla

 

Himachal feels like home. 

Here I run with little children in their parents’ green fields. I almost join the lithe girls in their hop-scotch game. I explore every obscure path that can be (or cannot be) stepped on. Every tiny dhaba seems like a food stop. I never shake off the red-black curious beetles that embezzle my white-green Kashmiri kurta. Whistling thrush is my new loud neighbor (I won’t say friend for she hardly seems to care). I click and research the birds I see from the balcony of my one-bedroom guesthouse.

We are in the village of Mehli Shimla. (Later when we would tell the locals where all we had stayed in Himachal, they didn’t understand Mehli but recognized Shakrala, a village of rural Shimla under which Mehli falls, I guess). Mehli is our first stop on this indefinite Himachal Pradesh trip. 

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My Journey With Street Food of Malaysia – A Photo Essay

A narrative photo essay on street food in Malaysia

 

Eating Street Food of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

My experience with the street food of Malaysia began in Kuala Lumpur(KL). I arrived late at night in KL. I had chosen a hostel close to Chinatown to eat there as often as I can. I checked in the Travel Hub guesthouse and took a bed in a female dorm. 

A long transit from Bali to Malaysia had left me famished. Overeating has been my die-hard habit. Now I try to eat less for a healthy and sustained living. But then, I gorged on traditional Malaysian food without a thought. I don’t like to overthink calories when I travel. Who would?

From being baffled by the cornucopia of Malaysian cuisines, restaurants, and dishes to knowing where and what exactly I wanted to eat, I had a long rendezvous with the Malaysian food. This food memoir is my attempt to recreate my month-long food journey in Malaysia.

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Dee Doke Waterfall – Turquoise Journeys in Burma

From Mandalay to Dee Doke Waterfall

 

Should I share or hide? While deciding whether I should write about the Dee Doke waterfall, I’ve become more conscious of my responsibilities as a travel blogger.

Dee Doke is a remote and uncrowded waterfall because most people don’t know about it. But if I talk about the Dee Doke falls, more travelers will go there. But would all those visitors keep the place clean and serene, as it is now?

I can only request and rest is upto the people, up to you guys. If I show you some pictures of these turquoise falls, tell you they are about an hour and a half scenic drive away from Mandalay, and the waterfalls are mostly empty, you would want to rush to Dee Doke or Dee Dote, as locals call it. It’s a fair request.

I also went to Dee Doke because I discovered Myanmar travel blogs that suggested me to visit this stunning waterfall. I had an amazing day driving from Mandalay and then swimming in the Dee Dote blue lagoons. So I’m thankful to those travel writers.

I’m just returning the favor now. I only ask for not playing music on speakers there or leaving garbage behind. That’s all. I know you would be good and respectful.

Let’s go then.

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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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Blunders I Made as a Novice Traveler – Backpacking Tips Included

My Backpacking Journey: Mistakes, Learnings, and Tips for New Travelers

 

Dreaming About Backpacking: A Wannabe Beginner Backpacker

 

My first solo international travel was a two-week trip around France and the UK in 2012. 

I don’t know why, but I had this urge to be a backpacker on that short journey. India was not high on the backpacking lifestyle then, and not so much even now. So I assume I had been influenced by the foreign backpackers roaming around Connaught Place and the Janpath market in New Delhi. Refusing the advances of the beggars and the hagglers, the travelers strode on. In that ten-minute walk from the Rajiv Gandhi metro station to my office on Janpath, I was transported from the billowing metro crowd to the cosmopolitan Janpath life to my corporate day enclosed within 500 square meters. The free travelers swaying along with their red and blue backpacks mesmerized me.

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12 Myanmar Traditional Food– Eating My Way Through Burma

Curry rich, Asian-influenced, salad-based, unhygienic — these are only some of the phrases that seem to describe Myanmar traditional food all over the internet. 

When I visited Myanmar last year, I had high hopes from the Burmese food: a concoction of not only the culinary taste of the hundreds of ethnic groups within Myanmar but also steeped in flavors, ingredients, and recipes from the colorful neighbor China, Thailand, and India. 

While you can find fish noodle soups and tea leaf salads at every corner of Myanmar, you can also overeat potato samosas, suck into juicy dumplings, and cry out on spicy curries or run away from fried insects— all the later delicacies can be attributed to Myanmar’s neighbors whose people and flavors both have been generously accepted by Burma. 

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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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Your Guide to Finding Isolated Hotels in Madikeri, Coorg

We all have been stuck inside homes for about six months now. Though usually, I am planning a birthday trip around this time of the year, as September approached I got anxious that I might want to go somewhere. But would I be able to step out of Bengaluru or even my house?

Then I remembered the article I had written on traveling in the Pandemic. For those who have read the guide know that I only suggested traveling by car to an isolated homestay or a guesthouse near the woods. Thus you can change your view, hike around, be in nature, and even work with the lush forest swaying in front of you. 

Remembering my idea, I decided to travel in Karnataka and started searching for isolated hotels in the state. But as I pored over hundreds of hotels and guesthouses over various websites, I decided to dedicate an entire guide to isolated hotels in Madikeri, Coorg as most of the properties I liked were from this area. 

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Chile Visa Fiasco – When I Was Stranded at the Bolivia-Chile Border

When I Couldn’t Get a Chilean Visa at the Border and Bolivia Wouldn’t Take me Back.

My cheeky Canadian friend Alison walked towards me from the immigration counter at the Bolivia-Chile border in San Pedro de Atacama. Fanning herself with the green Chile tourist card that boasted her free entry into Chile for ninety-days, she smiled.

Now it was my turn. The young immigration officer looked at me and gestured me to come closer. I walked to his desk. He asked for my passport. I slid my blue passport through the gap under the glass that stood erect between us. 

Instead of handing me a green card as he issued to other tourists, the officer turned the pages of my passport and squinted to read the various visas and immigration stamps I had collected over the years. When he found my Chile temporary resident visa stamped on one of the passport pages, he asked for my RUT. 

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A Surreal Drive Up to the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali

A Misty Day at the Ulun Danu Temple, Bali

Located on the shores of the Lake Bratan in the Bedugul region of Bali, the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, or Pura Ulun Danu, is a popular Bali temple and one of my favorites. The road to the temple undulates up and down with majestic views of the Bedugul highlands throughout— the Ulun Danu temple is at a height of 1500 meters.

When I visited the Pura UlunDanu I didn’t know that the drive would be so surreal and that we were driving to the second largest lake in Bali which irrigates the entire Bedugul region’s rice fields.

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