Sasural times – straight from the heart!!!

I hope I won’t be killed for writing this post by my in laws. For those who are still wondering, Sasural is a Hindi word for in-laws place. Having been married for more than 3 years, it has been ethereal journey so far . . .  I am blessed to have a lovely family (hope they have the same thoughts !!) Though I live far away from them, but they do visit us often.

Married to a chartered accountant who has seven siblings and he being the youngest one is not an easy battle to fight. But with time and experience you learn the tips and tricks of keeping few people happy. So I sharing the five awesome tips which worked for me :

  1. You can’t keep everyone happy – trust me, once you adopt this philosophy in your life, it’s all SORTED. Get to know your in-laws  to understand them better.
  2. Don’t over promise -Be brutal honest about your capabilities on how much and what all will you be able to contribute at home. When I was asked if I know certain fancy dishes, I used to say “No” to most of them and felt guilty that I don’t know enough cooking but I am happy that I never over promised and made a mess in my kitchen.
  3. Build on your signature dishes – Do some cooking and be good at at least 5 different dishes, trust me this will work. They won’t complain that their daughter in law doesn’t know any special dishes but they are going to cherish the time when you cook them.
  4. Have a hobby – Build on any hobby you like and spend time on it after you are done with household chores. I love reading books, and whenever I get time I spend time with them. My in laws are completely okay with it and even take interest in what am I reading and is it even worth sharing. They value me for investing my time in doing something fruitful.
  5. Have zero expectations – Don’t expect everyone to love you from the day one, it takes time to build on relationship. Especially in arranged marriages, there is too much of expectations from a girl to take care of everyone, in turn the girl would also expect (it’s a human nature). Take care of yourself, coz you are special & strong women.

That’t it and you will be sorted. Thank you for reading so far, if you agree or disagree, leave your comments in the comment box 🙂

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Selfie with my Mother in law which was taken in Sep 2016

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Europenama

Going to Europe and travelling countries is every girl’s dream. And I am very happy that I have been able to fulfill my dreams this early!

My friend and I planned a trip to Europe in April 2016 where we would be covering three countries – France, Switzerland and Rome. So the first one was Paris and this blog would help you to understand how to plan a trip in Paris, how much expenses to expect and what should be your budget.

How to arrive in Paris : The best way to get to Paris from Charles de Gaulle Airport is to take the train. Carry your map or download the app for navigation.  Uber is available in Paris, but would advise on traveling by tube.

Stay : You can go for Airbnb or book a hotel, we stayed in Hotel Sainte- Marie. This is a budget hotel. The hotel is close to Bonne Nouvele metro station and is walking distance from Rex. We stayed here for two nights, and the cost came around 108 Euro (7k INR)

Places to visit :We visited Eiffel tower, Norte dam church, Catacombs, River cruise. My recommendation would be Eiffel tower for sure, do visit in the day and night as the view is different. Complete the river cruise, this is just worth it !!! Visit the Louvere museum, Nortedam church. You can skip the Catacombs, for us it was just waste of money.

Our next stop was Interlaken :

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We took a flight from Paris to Zurich, once we arrived in Zurich then we got our 4 day train passes made. Trust me the procedure is very easy and you get the passes from the airport without any hassle. The train from Zurich to Interlaken is breathtaking !!!! It took around 3 hours to reach from Zurich to Interlaken but the journey was beautiful.

Stay : We stayed in Central Continental hotel, which is walking distance from Interlaken Ost station. The stay in the hotel was around 347SF. The room which we got was view facing rooms, had a bath tub and was quite spacious. Interlaken Ost has a lot of Indian restaurants which are quite cheap options. Interlaken is heaven , is safe for girls to go out and roam around.

Places to visit : We went to mount Pilatus which is totally worth it. So your one full day would do in going and coming back from Pilatus. The second day we roamed around Interlaken, shopped and ate. We also took train and went around Lucerence, Basel, Bern. The third day, the weather was really bad so we missed Mt. Titlis but this is a must visit place.

Interlaken is heaven on earth, have never seen such a beautiful place in my life. 

Our next stop was Rome for which we had to take the train till Zurich. In this blog I am not covering much about Rome as it was just a one day stay where its was quite convenient to cover the entire city in just one day. But Rome was one place where the food was really cheap and affordable. In case you have any queries or questions, do feel free to ping me !!