Oh yes, Happy Birthday to me !


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The chapter 26 of my life begins today. It starts afresh and I am already gulping in the fact that I have entered in my late twenties. Taadaa! I am nearing 30, is it?! As a thought, it feels a bit scary yet brave, but I know even a couple of years down the line, I will still be as young as ever in my heart. 😉

Today, as I write this piece, I feel happy and proud of the life that I am living in. My hands are full, and God has been generously kind by blessing me the best things. I am grateful that I got a chance to assess myself on various parameters that I was not aware of before – if it was not the past 2 years where my extremes were tested, I could never know how courageous, strong and competent I could be. I readily pat on my back for having embraced all the challenges, sudden changes, losses, failures, detachments, and all things turning grey, with utmost force and focus on keeping my chin up, every time I felt bowled over! 😁

So before starting the first day of the 26th chapter of my life, I thought I will jot down the best lessons that I have known so far, as a note to myself, so I can do much better from now on. Definitely, not all the points in the list are penned down by me. There are many famous sayings which have gone behind. The only thing is that all of these have now started making perfect sense to me. Here they go…!

TOP LESSONS

  1. Have courage and be kind.
  2. Be evaluated by your inner self only – only and only.
  3. Excellency is nothing, but giving your best. Nobody is excellent.
  4. Be satisfied with what the best you can do, with what you have.
  5. You don’t have to have your full life figured out in a go. Let it unfold naturally.
  6. Take one day at a time.
  7. There is no rush to “settle down”. Seriously!
  8. Every best or worst situation can be tackled.
  9. Time is the biggest healer, irrespective of how you are feeling now.
  10. If that time has passed, this will also pass.
  11. Leave everything to God in worst times – they do come to everyone.
  12. Money doesn’t buy happiness.
  13. It’s ok to be wrong.
  14. It is not the end of the earth, if things don’t work out.
  15. Let it go! (It’s not worth it… really)
  16. Don’t look for validation in other people.
  17. Be alright to be alone with yourself.
  18. Dream big! And keep on working towards your dreams.
  19. Travel as often as you can.
  20. Make short goals for yourself and stick to them.
  21. Stop being afraid! You have no reason to.
  22. Trust in God and take a leap of faith, very often.
  23. Be the person you would be friends with.
  24. Treat yourself, quite often!
  25. Celebrate everyday of your life, as if it’s your birthday.
  26. Shower your betterhalf with utmost affection, care, joy and best things possible.
  27. Pamper all your near ones who care for you. They are your true supporters.
  28. You will eventually become like a mother to your mother, and that’s ok.
  29. Your kindness and hard work will take you far in life.
  30. Above all, be true to yourself.

 

These are some great toppings that I wish to swear by, while going ahead. I believe, it’s all about growing better and better every day, loving yourself for all that you are, and embracing all those imperfections in you, which actually make you perfect! Furthermore, having a good health, body and soul, are the biggest blessings by God on us…aren’t they? And it’s such a great thing to accept this gift whole-heartedly and rise above those bleak inner voices which keep us holding back on our dreams.

This year, I wish for much joy, tranquility and positivity to illuminate in life. For now that it seems the time is right, just push through yourself missy, and know that you are awesome and you can do it. It’s time to take that leap of faith, and move on afresh to the brand new chapter of your life. Amen!

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(“Always embrace flowers like the girl in pink” – is one special quote that my father had written to me in a Greeting Card on my 18th Birthday. And I live by it, even today 🙂

Photography: Harnoor Singh
On the way to Nandi Hills, Bangalore, India

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#Review #Dearfoams – Step-up with comfort from Feelinwow.com


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Heylo everyone!

Today I am reviewing a product that is perceived to pamper your feet with care, and make you feel happy with that soft fur surrounding them with comfort. Available in India now, this product will squeeze away your fatigue, and cuddle your feet with softness and smiles. So here we go, as I tell you about the super comfortable flip-flops from Dearfoams, exclusively available at feelinwow.com.

Feelinwow.com is an amazing destination to shop some of the most innovative international products, especially in the footwear category. They also hold the credit of introducing Dearfoams for the first time in India.

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Oh well, Dearfoams understood the fact that our feet deserve all the care and comfort in the world. And there, they came up with their amazing furry footwear collection that is surely one of the must-haves in our closet. Their entire range of flip-flops and booties are made with a perfect blend of style and comfort.

Sometimes, we don’t even realize how much we demand from our feet! We go hard on them while running around to complete the household chores and also need their strength in those work-out sessions. We make them scream-out-loud for rest when we walk on those pencil-heels poking harshly, and during those rainy days when we walk into those muddy puddles on the way. All this and much more, ends up taking a heavy toll on our feet. Isn’t it?

In all these scenarios, our way of relaxing our feet is either soaking them in warm water, or getting them treated with a foot massage, or at-most treating them with a nice pedicure. But well, what if you could get that treatment everyday? And that too in just a few seconds?!

Well, Dearfoams is the answer to everything that will lead you to an amazing comfort zone.

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Pros:
  1. Very comfortable, soft, and cozy to soak away your long and tired day at office

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  2. Strong soul with a beautiful silk lining at the edge

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  3. Good quality fur that doesn’t come out easily or stick on your feet

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  4. Well flexible and adjusts to your foot’s bending activities nicely

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  5. Best comfort for your feet, be it any weather

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  6. Perfect to make you feel warm on a cold winter night

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  7. Light weight

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  8. Available for all age groups

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  9. Washable and durable

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  10. Value for money
Cons:
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  3. It can take them a few days time to dry up completely after a washMSP_0099
Ammu's take:

In my view, they are a must have in your closet as they are too cozy and comfortable to be missed. The plus point is that they are avaible in so many styles! One can choose from a variety of options – from ankle length booties, fluffy clog slippers, boot slippers, or trendy flip-flops. They are superb and worth every rupee spent.

You can shop them here!

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I hope this review helped you out. For any reviews or features, you can get in touch with me here. As always, I will be happy to connect with you 🙂

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Thanks for reading!

Live. Love. Laugh. & Keep Smiling.

Yours Lovingly,
Amrit Ammu

#Review: Shop till you sign out!


Hello ladies and gentlemen!

Happy Sunday to you! I hope this post finds you in the best of your health and “shopping spirit” 😉 ‘coz as promised, Ammu is here with her list of most amazing shopping websites to surf around! Are we ready?!

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Yes, there are plenty of online options available for shopping accessories, makeup, and clothing, but when it comes to buying some online stuff, we mostly end up purchasing from no further than Amazon/ eBay/ Flipkart/ Myntra/ Fashionandyou / Koovs/ or Snapdeal… Isn’t it? Not that they are not good, but if you just uttered ‘yes’ for any of these, then this post is just for you! I’m sure it will help you in widening your web-shopping experience… so let’s get started!

Well, these shopping websites are the ones that I have tried in the recent past and they are trustworthy and value-for-money, so you won’t have any issues when you order. Of course the list below was not an easy extract as I had to think through various options, before I could finally arrive at the top 5 names!  So here we go!

The first website on the list is…

  1. 1. TheTrunkLabel.com

The recent popular “Trunk Label” by Bipasha Basu is definitely not to be missed! I ordered an alluring gold and aqua parcel from the 60 second makeover collection, It Kit (Such an interesting rhyming name it is). Well, right from its packing to its signature, the kit is really fabulous and I am delighted by its statement essentials, that were packed up nicely in one stunning gold pouch.     

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‘it kit’ from The Trunk Label by Bipasha Basu

2. FeelinWow.com

Have you ever landed to any page and felt wow about it?! Well, true to its name,  this website is all about feeling wow in every aspect! Be it in trying out some super cool stuff, or be it in celebrating yourself! They have got some really trendy merchandise stocked up for every pocket size.

And did you know, they are the first ones to introduce dearfoams in India! So I went ahead and ordered the cool and comfy, cozy and flurry, Furr Slippers from dearfoams! They are sooper soft to soak away your long and tired day at work and cushion your happy feet with a walking on cotton kinda experience!

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Dearfoam ‘Furr slippers’ from FeelinWow.com

3. in.StrawberryNet.com

Get ready for pure delight in just 2 steps! Open this website, click on “Shop by Brand” and there you go! Whao! There are soooo many exclusive makeup brands that are rarely located in India. You call it Burberry, Benefit, Bobbi Brown, Bourjois, Giorgio Armani, Make Up For Ever, NARS, or Too Faced! All these products are available at free shipping!

So like me, if you also can’t wait to travel all the way to Sephora Delhi for stocking ’em up in your closet, then this is the place to be! And good news! They have some amazing deals and good brands stocked up for men’s cologne as well!

4. BeautyBay.com
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Urban Decay ‘Naked’ eye-shadow pallete from BeautyBay.com

 If you are looking for some high quality international brands for hair care, skin care, or make-up then this is the place to click-click! They stock a few brands like Stila that are neither available nor shipped to India by any of the websites like Amazon or eBay! The best part is that the shipping is free worldwide, and you have over 200 classy brands to choose from! Prices are worth the brand buy! 

They stock some of the most amazing collection of eye-shadows, contours, professional brush-sets, blushes, and you name what! I had ordered my favorite shadow palette ever, Naked from Urban Decay from BeautyBay and I got it at an amazing deal that time! It was shipped to me on time and without any hassle.

5. BuyInCoins.com

Here it is, the website which lets you buy directly from China, without any shipping fee! This is a place where you can find almost anything under the sun, that you need in your daily life. There are variety of options available, from your home care need, beauty care, car accessories, cameras and gadgets, electronics, toys and hobbies, to stationery and everything else!

I ordered a high end brush-set and a jumbo blush kit that makes me feel like a princess, every time I see it or use it. It is a smiley experience for me!

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Brush-set from BuyInCoins.com

Having said that, I will be posting separate reviews for all these products one by one and share my experience on using or receiving them. In the meanwhile, do write in for your feedback on this post, I’ll be happy to receive all your opinions.

For Brand Features or Reviews, you can get in touch with me here!

If you know about some more trustworthy and pocket friendly online stores that ship to India, then feel free to share your inputs below.

Yours Lovingly,
Amrit Ammu

There’s this new something!


Hi everyone!

Surely, I have to begin this post on a special note by extending my gratitude to you, for supporting me all this while and for being an awesome part of my world!

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Thank you! It’s only because of your support that now this blog has climbed to over 10,000 hits! What looks like yesterday, has been running for 2 years now, and it’s beyond words to express, how enchanting and beautiful it feels to live this dream, Amrit Ammu Photography together.

In the upcoming days, there are plans to revamp this space, and give it a better look, by playing with the theme and adding a little bit of glam here and there. Ofcourse, I might also surprise you with some exciting things along the way!

Hold on, coming your way is the first exciting news! And that is… from this week on, I am going to start up a special ‘Reviews’ section on the blog.  

Wondering why, is it?

Well, in the recent past, my love for colors, lifestyle, food and make-up has multiplied manifolds…and perhaps, that’s one of the side effects which wedding bells have rang on me! And bingo! One fine day, I got fascinated with this idea and thought, why not start up a separate Reviews section on blog to share that?!

IMG_1109_ABcSo this week, I will debut my first review post, which will be dedicated to some of the most amazing online websites, where you can find trendy and pocket friendly stuff.

And did you notice, I have also launched an exclusive merchandise collection from my label! In case you have missed, check out Ammu’s Gallery here!

Live. Love. Laugh. & Keep Smiling

Yours Lovingly,
Amrit Ammu

Daughter of a legend


Being a legend is a rare blessing which God bestows on a very few people. I smile with innocence and my eyes sparkle with pride when I tell everyone that I am a daughter of one of those blessed souls, and that Prof. Kanwaljit Singh Dhudike was my father. A mourning 28th date of September 2014 painted a big black stroke of sorrow everywhere, as far as my eyes could possibly see. How would a little birdie feel when the parent birdie just vanished away like a click of a finger and never came back? For me, the charming colors of my life, was papa. No matter wherever I went, whether an exam hall or a party at my friend’s, I always felt that he is along me and watching over, like what we feel for God. Be it the colors of rainbow or be it the shining stars; he often talked about deeper meanings of life. How else would I know about saluting the rising sun, and the importance of sunset before beginning of a new day in the beautiful blue sky.  He taught me and my brother about different shades of life, through changing seasons of the Mother Nature… the blooming season of the Spring, the freezing of the Winter, the scorching heats of the Summer and the falling leaves of the Autumn. He only talked about the bright colors of life.

The world still adores him for his unique and independent style which only he could carry. Throughout his life, he wrote thought provoking articles and poems, with pen also and camera also. Being blessed with these immense qualities, he indeed was a noted Punjabi poet, a writer, an artist, a photographer, a news broadcaster, and an Electronics Engineer professor. He travelled the whole world through his literary work, his websites, his talking photographs, his ever speaking pen, his distinct voice and his pleasing personality with that ever smiling face and untiring attitude all the way. Through these 50 years of life that he lived, I believe that he has lived equivalent to the life of a100 years old!

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The chirping of the birds and the morning sunrise often woke him up before all of us at home and by the time we all would be getting ready, papa would already be seated on his pet place for work and preparing news bulletin for radio stations abroad. His signature news columns and articles ‘mahul te mausam de jharokhe cho ikk gufat gu’ , ‘kisse titroo de’  and ‘tadke waale chaul’ were cherished by the Punjabis worldwide. His thought process and the clicked photographs, reflect his connection with the Mother Nature. Be it the foggy winter mornings or the rainy days, he would be ready with his gear on his hunt to find and click the dew laden spider webs in our garden, blooming flowers, petals laden with rain droplets and so much more that only his eye could selectively pick and capture. He was a true magic, my father!

His dreams in pipeline lie before me, inscribed on a paper, in his beautiful running handwriting. He wrote, drew, and clicked so much, but most of it still unseen to the world. The loose papers I find in his writing from different corners of my home, speak different things to me altogether. As I try to feel even closer to him through all those writings, I often wonder if he already knew that his time was short. He completed the artistic works in his limited time; however his further dreams speak about the exhibitions that he wished to display, the books to be printed, the song album of self composed songs and so much more which can be linked through loopholes.

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Like every other girl, my feelings of being my daddy’s lil girl have still not vanished and I often feel as if talking to him, when I try to feel his belongings lying in every corner of our home. One of the best compliments received by me in my life has been, “You are a carbon copy of your dad”! My face resembles his, and to feel him closer, I have started spending some more time with the mirror on the wall. I also cherish those hundreds and hundreds of pictures he clicked right from when I was just 2 hours old. In a sequence, the whole of my 25 years have been thoroughly captured by him and he gave me those memories, which I can adore for the rest of my life, but without him being by my side. Be it the new attire I wore, or the game I played with my friends, the milestones I achieved, or my cuddly memories with my mother, my lively pictures with my brother, or the festive celebrations at home, from all my birthdays to my D-day as a Bride, he captured all these memories for us. He is close, but now still so far to talk to and get guidance from. If I have seen life, have lived it or will live it now; it will be only through him and his vision.

Well, the color Black, which he never spoke about, was the only thing that I saw on his departure…the black smoke, the dark ash, the grey water, my dull soul, the prickling pain and so much darkness everywhere. Maybe his talks about the colors of life were valid, as he knew that till he was there, he wouldn’t let the gloomy black harm me or our family ever. I miss you, I miss you dear papa. You were a living legend.

By Amrit Ammu

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Joining The Right Dots – An Interview


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To her, limit is not the sky and there is a will to travel that extra mile. Know more about this young star
Noor Sandhu, while Amrit Ammu finds out about her profession as an artist, a photographer, a play director and also a writer.

Something very bright, enlightening and radiant is named as “Noor” and so true to the meaning of her own name; this youngster from Amritsar has all these qualities intact! Meet Noor Sandhu, a versatile woman artist who is much talented in various art domains and well focussed to follow that light, illuminating inside her. She is definitely a bundle of joy, creativity, positivity and knows well how to connect the dots along her way. More than being just an artist, she is a dreamer, a believer and an achiever all the way!

She has been interested in Art ever since childhood and in her own words she describes how her pocket money would often go into buying new crayons and drawing sheets. An avid learner, Noor took her lifelong lessons on the colour schemes, balance and composition right during her school days which she kept on polishing while working in different creative areas she is now involved in. School also helped her in discovering her talent in writing.

A graduate in English Honours, She went on to pursue her Masters in Mass Communication, post which she started her career with a leading newspaper in Chandigarh as a features writer in 2008. Along the journey she also discovered her interest in photography and sooner she started enjoying and experimenting in this newly discovered talent of hers. With her own new style of taking self portraits, no wonder she started gaining recognition as a Self-portrait photographer in the online community. Things kept moving and in 2009, she moved back to Amritsar, her hometown. It was during this time that the destiny had even bigger things in store for her as she ventured into theatre for education writing and directing educational plays.

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“During this entire phase, My photography also reached a new level wherein I used it as a personal diary, expressing the deepest of my emotions and experiences.” Moving further, with all the creative bells ringing, she mentions about her current project and says “I started writing my debut novel about a year ago. At the moment I am in the process of editing it. The idea of the novel was a small one but gradually I realized that it had the potential of something bigger. So I thought of a before and an after of the part that I already had developed. I plan to write the story in three parts.”

As a newcomer to the field of art, she had to face some hardships too, but then she kept going on with confidence. She is thankful to all her supporters for being there to help her and even promote her work in her initial days. On asking about her mantra that keeps her going, she says “The one rule that I live by is, to continue learning and keep improving myself in every aspect whether personal or professional. I look for lessons everywhere I go and in everything I do.”

Talking about her commendable ability of delving successfully into different areas of art from photography to theatre to writing, she says “It has always been about prioritizing my tasks and then putting all my energy and time only onto one thing at a time. Even for my current project, once I have the first book of the trilogy out, only then I plan to take up new projects. I have been working on several ideas but don’t wish to divide my time as of now.”

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She also points out that it is important for an artist to understand the nature of one’s work, so as to locate the right kind of audience for their work. For her, in photography the social media websites served as a right platform to reach to her audience while she also held 4 exhibits of her work across Punjab. Her unique identity in photography is that she is a self-portrait artist and the whole theme of self-portraiture being different and complex helped her gain the overall recognition and helped her to develop a niche for herself.

About her work exhibitions, Noor has had three solo exhibits in her name: THE DOOR WIDE OPEN in Chandigarh and Ludhiana (May 2011, April 2011 respectively) and ALEPH in Chandigarh (May 2010). She also exhibited her work in a group exhibition INSIGHTS in Amritsar (February 2010). She is planning to get back to photography projects, as soon as she finishes up with the release of her first book “The Sunset Traveller”.

Interview by Amrit Ammu

This interview has also been featured in the May issue of the Online magazine : Rang Punjabi (Refer Page 09-10 of the magazine)