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Since eternity, women have been at the receiving end of timeworn traditions and assumptions. It’s just of late that women have been recognized as individuals capable of reason, therefore, they should be free to choose their role and explore their full potential in all spheres of life.


Barack Obama, during his tenure, had said, “So the simple truth is, when women succeed, America succeeds. And we should be choosing policies that benefit woman because that benefits all of us.”
Such a powerful statement coming from the then most powerful person on earth speaks volumes about the difference a woman makes to the world around her!
Every woman is the manifestation of the divine feminine essence. Each woman is made unique. Each comes with a different beauty, a different sense of style, identity, personality, dreams and a different way of carrying herself. Now is the time for her to enrich the world through her increased radiance, creativity and vibration. She is like the forest bird that doesn’t want to be caged!

This beautiful quote by Henrik Ibsen also reminds me of another poignant poem by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. There are two birds in the poem. One is a free bird of the forest and the other a tame one who lives in a cage. The poem is about the conversation between the two, where each beckons the other to come and join the other. The poem explores the feelings of a relationship where individuals have to step outside of their own zone and absorb the reality of another. Living in times which talks and believes in more equality and advances for women than at any other time previously, I feel that we have a great opportunity to see and experience deeply the true effect of a woman at her fullest and loveliest!
Divinity is manifested in nature, our first and ultimate connection where wild wisdom teachings await us anytime we want to explore ourselves and that’s why I chose this as a theme for this particular photo shoot.

I have always had a blast working around the office and getting things done, but I especially have a good time when we do a photoshoot. Behind all my photoshoots is the continual consciousness that the photographs means something and represents more than just who I am. I had such a fantastic time collaborating with Bangalore based photographers to create forest bird/liberal women look. Standing strong in the midst of the forest elements, challenged me to realign my perspective, find inner strength and appreciate the little things in life!


The Planning

For me, everything starts with the concept. It’s an important process that allows space for creativity. To energize the artist in me, I started rifling through old magazines and gandering through Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. For this particular shoot, I was working to create ‘forest bird’ representing the liberal women look… Once the concept was locked in, I started working on the kind of framing we needed and the perfect location. To play on the theme, I went with a fit and flare red Wrap cami maxi dress from Shein. I love picking out outfits with strong colour palettes because it always makes everything look so much brighter. Plus, colour photographs extremely well.

The Logistics

I already had an idea of where I wanted photos to be taken. For this theme, I wanted the edgier vibe of a forest, something beautifully airy and dreamy. Since Bangalore is more like an urban jungle, filled with buildings, we thought it would be nice to choose Cubbon park and make it look more mystic and dense. We were lucky to have some fantastic parks close by, so we didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for our shoot.
During the ride to the park, I focused on the creative process and reviewed the frames we needed. It’s so helpful to make a short list because when you’re working with many photographers, it’s easy to forget.  Spending a couple of hours to get that picture perfect photo seems a little ridiculous (and isn’t a great use of your limited time and you’re losing on natural light too). And the worst thing that could happen is that you have to reshoot something because you missed a photo. Trust me, it can dramatically alter the outcomes of a photo shoot. Therefore, everything i.e. knowledge, skills, and talent is equally important to capture stunning photos.

The Execution

I always have an idea of what I want to do before I start, but sometimes, I end up just doing what works better in the spur of the moment.
Once we were at the location, it was showtime. Some people may feel uncomfortable posing for the camera in public, but it’s a fear one gets used to and will eventually get over. Primarily, photography depends on the person behind the camera. It was a dream to work with this photographer, seeing his unique perspectives and styles.

Post Production

I made sure that I am happy with the way my photos looked on the camera display because, “Lightroom isn’t a miracle worker, it’s just a help.” I decided to experiment and edit the raw images myself. I used adobe photoshop and adobe lightroom for the same. I follow a bit desaturated and flat tones ( that is my style). For this shoot, I tried editing same along with natural green blends for one edit and cool light blend for the other edited version.
Well, who doesn’t love a perfectly planned photo? However, I’ve never been good at faking real life. My Instagram feed may be somewhat curated but my Instagram stories are all real.

All text and opinions are my own.

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Travel

goa, travel, blogger, India, shiuli

To Start with.. Try to plan your trip over a weekend because there is not much happening in Monsoons.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday are The ‘MUST’ days.


My itinerary was easy and planned around Anjuna,Vagator and Morjim. Other things I planned were cancelled because my parents and my friend joined me in Goa and I had to receive them at the hotel. 

Mine was a 5 nights trip. This year I stayed at ‘Antares Beach Club Resort’ and hired an i20 as my ride. Feel free to contact me for upbeat stays, cabs and car rentals in Goa.


Night Scene –


On Friday night I went to Antares restaurant, it was a happening and lit-up evening with professional Russian dancers.

We also went to Thalassa which is located just next to Antares restaurant. In Thalassa you have sheesha as well (Antares has stopped sheesha for the season). There are also 2 authentic fashion stores inside Thalassa. One is an expensive store which has all the designer wears and the other is a budget friendly store. I bought a stylish pair of footwear from the later for INR 1500, a great buy, I must say.


For Saturday night we were recommended ‘That crazy hostel’ in Anjuna, but we decided to visit ‘Curlies’ in Anjuna Beach. I will totally recommend you to visit ‘Curlies’ and ‘Spot On’ in Anjuna and then crash in ‘That crazy hostel’. You will enjoy a lot.


Sunday or Monday you can plan to visit to Casino De Royal(Cruise). Not very expensive. They charge INR 2500 or 3000 for one person. They will board you to the Casino/Cruise, buffet dinner and cocktails, free chips to play. Must Call and check the buffet timings in advance.


Sunday – We went to Piccola Roma in Chapora, we had another option ‘Sakana’ the Japanese restaurant but we chose pizza night. I love there Goan style pizzas. Perfect pizza crust in unique mouthwatering Goan flavours.


Monday, on special recommendation, we went to Soro The Village Pub. The food was quite decent. I loved the Prawn wafers. We played foosball and socialised with few interesting Goans.


On Tuesday, I repeated curlies with my BFF Chandni. Sadly, not much was happening there. Also the happening 1st floor was shut because it was a weekday. But the sight of the sea waves roaring and the lit candle, the feel of a breeze and the soothing sheesha was perfect. We had a feel good dinner there that night. The view was more than amazing.





Morning Scene –


There are a lot of great cafes and restaurants you can visit.


We visited Artjuna Cafe on Sunday morning. They have a nice ambience and awesome desserts, must try their shakes and smoothies.

FYI, Artjuna also has a fashion store, if you are a shopaholic like me.

We had our Lunch at ‘Anand Seafood Restaurant’ – great place, great food!  If you are someone who loves seafood, the stuff on their plates is bound to give you a foodgasm. My personal recommendation is the Thali of the Day for INR 150.

Don’t order just that, check out the menu they have great stuff very reasonably priced. Go ahead and unleash the hungry soul in you.


Monday – We woke up early went to the Vagator Beach. Though we had originally planned to visit the Harvalem waterfall, but that didn’t happen as I had to receive my family and friends who arrived that day. Anyways if you have time please visit Harvalem Waterfall, this scenic beauty is just 1hr 20 mins away from Anjuna.



Tuesday morning, we spent the entire day in Morjim. We went to the Marbella beach restaurant. The staff was very courteous and attended us promptly as it was a weekday and they weren’t too busy. We ordered breakfast at the Marbella Beach Resort and went to the heavenly beach (maintained by the resort). I played in water for 2-3 hrs (and time is just a number here, I had the most amazing time in the sea). Tip: After the dip in the sea, don’t forget to take the open shower in Marbela Beach Resort


We were craving for Sheesha and as we walked on the shore, to our right we found Sinq Beach Resort, read below my heartiest appreciation for the concept, quality, and staff.


Jacuzzi !!! This place had a beach facing jacuzzi and they served us mind-blowing pizza, well prepared sheesha and brilliant margaritas in the jacuzzi. I felt like a princess whose wishes were being fulfilled as she blinks.

The staff was so helpful and nice to us. They attended each and every request we made. As I said earlier all our demands were being granted. Checkout the pictures and my travel video to understand my level of happiness

A special tip: Try your best to visit on a weekday or else the Jacuzzi is quite expensive.

We left Morjim at 5pm and reached Antares (beach club, where we were staying). At Antares the pool location is the best (facing the sea). On your way back, grab Booz from ‘Savitri Wines’ in Chapora. What next? Have fun in the pool friends!! Have fun!!

Wednesday Morning we had brunch at the pleasing Artjuna Cafe and left Anjuna at 12noon.


Other Place where I didn’t visit in this trip, but you should visit –

Arambol Lake  (I have been earlier)

Chorla waterfall

Harvalem waterfall

Sakana – Japanese restaurant

Divar Island 1 day trip

That crazy hostel

W resort for food

Brittos (I have been earlier)

Candolim Deck (I have been earlier)

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