Five Places I Want to Visit

Note to my reader: This post is a part (#5) of ’30 Day Writing Challenge’ that I found on Pinterest. The challenge is a collection of simple writing prompts.

Just five ?! 😥 

1. Mussoorie, India

Mainly to meet one of my favourite authors, Ruskin Bond! ⭐

2. 221B Baker Street, London220px-Targa_holmes_museumObviously! If you don’t understand the obvious, reader, I’m not talking to you! 😡  And, NO I have not chosen this after the TV Series, it’s been chosen after the book. I have been a fan since WAAAAAAAYYYY before the new series came into existence. Humph! :/

3. Mattur village, Shimoga district, Karnataka, India

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It is known for the usage of Sanskrit (probably the only place in India) for day-to-day communication. What will I do there, you ask? I have no clue! 😛

4. Bhutan

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The only Carbon Negative country in the world. Seriously, I need a break from my surroundings! ^^’

5. Mendenhall Caves, Alaska, USA

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Oooh, these are one beautiful glaciers!

BTW, how do I get to know of all such places? I READ. A lot. :/

Well, you see…, here, I can do a section so popularly known these days as “Honourable Mentions”. But NO, the title asked me to just say five and I am just going to tell you the five. 😎 (Inside my head, that sentence sounds so smart and intelligent. *sigh* ^^’ )

Where do you wanna go, reader? Let me know. May be, we share similar interests…?  🙂

Love love!

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Update: WordPress just updated me that this is my 50th blog post on ‘Thoughts of a Strolling Mind’ ! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyy! 

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The Pixie Transformation

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                If you, my dear reader, have deduced from the title that this post is about a hair-cut, then you, my friend, must be a trend setter or at the least, keep track of the latest trends. If you did deduce the same, but fall under none of the two categories, then worry not – I know I am no Sherlock Holmes or Detective Byomkesh Bakshi or none of the protagonists of Agatha Christie. And, if you did not know that it’s about a hairstyle, it’s no big deal anyway. We do not know about a hairstyle because according to us, the world and it’s people have better important things to ponder on than a mere hairstyle. Now, I say “we” because I would and still fall under that category, if not for this “pixie” part, until recently when I decided to cut my hair real short, and looked up the internet for “which short hair style would suit which facial shape?”

                 I am neither going to discuss my hair journey nor flaunt my new hairstyle, but just so you know, I had long hair from the age of 8 until August, 2016 (not that you care, but still – 😉 😝 ). I had never cut my hair in all those years and trimmed only thrice. I still had thick and long hair.
                 My hair underwent irreparable damage due to exposure to extremely hot environment (natural cause, never chemically/artificial heat treated my hair) for three years, and after getting away from that environment, no amount of all-natural DIY remedies done over a period of an year helped my hair retain it’s original state. I did not want to undergo chemical treatment. And thus, the unthinkable, (literally) the never-ever-dreamt of happened. I decided to start from scratch by chopping off my hair! I love thick, long hair but, that was the ultimate solution I could think of. “It is… for the best,” thought my dramatic self. And so, I got myself a Pixie-Cut. 
No, I don’t regret it. 
No, I don’t miss my long hair because – One, it was damaged beyond repair, and Two, this is part of my thick and long hair journey! 
I am enjoying this journey to the fullest, believe it or not. 
I love my undamaged, luscious short hair! (Though now it’s in the “awkward length” phase.) 
                
                When I got the pixie-cut, I received “mixed reviews” from people around me. Mom and Dad were supportive since I got the idea, grandpa was in a “do-whatever-you-want” mode, relatives (the conservative ones) gave that weird, painful “but why?” look after the haircut, while most of my friends, (most), liked it. The one appreciative comment some of them (including a few relatives) gave which got me thinking was this – “That’s such a bold step you took, Nikhila!” 
                Hmmmm…. bold step. Well, broadly speaking, in a country like mine, it can be termed as a “bold step” but, I did not personally feel any different. It was a mere solution to my problem. Yes, it is rare in India, where ‘short’ is no shorter than shoulder length hair, that one would find a woman with a pixie-cut. May be I would have felt bold of myself if I had to defy my family and relatives and take a “drastic”measure. But, “luckily” may be, I needn’t had to do that. They were just… alright with it. But frankly, I did think before I got my haircut that I would start feeling different about myself. That something in me would change. And believe me, nothing of that sort happened. Nothing. The only thing that’s changed though, is the amount of shampoo and time that I take to wash my hair – reduced drastically, LOL; and my hair now needs very low maintenance.
            Overall, I am happy with my “new low maintenance hairstyle”. What happened to my long hair, you ask? I donated it for the making of wigs for cancer patients. Something good did come out of it. 😊
P.S.: FYI, http://hairaid.org.in/ is the link. Please check it out and spread the word.