Brotherhood of the World Blogger Award!

The Blogging community has always been very kind & supportive throughout my blogging journey. Each award that has been given to me by the community has brought with it such encouragement & inspiration to continue with more enthusiasm! I am so very grateful to the two amazing Bloggers who nominated me for the ‘Brotherhood of the World Blogger Award’!  Thank You so much Francesca & WordsCoffeeandLacedresses for this honor! I will happily receive it & add it my little collection!

You can find the rules here 

Here are Answers to Francesca’s Questions


What prompted you to start blogging?

Travel has always been my most favorite thing to do. I was also greatly influenced by Samantha Brown’s Travel Shows growing up. Viewing the world through somebody else’s eyes is always fascinating. As I started traveling, I thought why not give the world a glimpse into my travels. Its also a great way to document my most favorite places & memories.

If you had a time machine, would you travel to the past, future or not bother?

I would travel back to my childhood & relive it again! It was an amazing childhood.

What triggers your muse?

Mother Nature

Do you have a favorite piece of Architectural brilliance?

The Taj Mahal, India.

When does your Mind come to life, Dusk or Dawn?


Here are the Answers to WordsCoffeeandlaceDresses’s Questions 


Where do you most of your writing and does it help you stay focused?

At my writing desk with a cup of tea in hand, that’s the only place where I can work without a break for hours at a stretch.

Do you prefer music or silence while writing?

I prefer silence

How has blogging benefited you in terms of personal growth?

Its made me more confident in terms of my writing skills. The thing I value most is the love of my readers & my connection with them, its made me more responsible as a blogger to give out quality content.

What is your favorite book?

The Kite Runner – Khalid Hosseni

What do you do when you need to de-stress?

Take a nice warm shower with lavender bathing salts.


I hereby Nominate the following amazing Bloggers for this award!





Reiva geen

Congratulations guys!!!


Here are your questions!

What inspires you the most in life?

Whats your favorite childhood memory?

Whats your favorite book?

If you could spend a day with a famous personality, who would it be & why?

Whats the story behind the title of your blog?

Thank you once again for the nomination & Congratulations to the Nominees, you guys are amazing bloggers & deserve the nominations!

Warm Regards,


Living Through The Lens

Living Through the Lens

We are a self proclaimed Selfie crazed generation! Every beautiful place we visit, its almost out of instinct we grab our cameras to try & capture the perfect image or click that perfect selfie!

I have to admit, I am no different from the rest.

Being a Travel Blogger I have my focus on taking that perfect picture as well.

However, I realized during my trip to Thailand, when we were visiting this beautiful garden. It had the most gorgeous flowers, fountains & butterflies!

However, instead of enjoying the greenery or taking the time to appreciate the beauty with which mother nature had graced the place, most of us were busy clicking pictures! Click Click Click everywhere!

For me, that was then I realized that many times when we travel, we almost, all the time, live through the lens! May it be the lens of our camera or of our phones! We are just in the mad craze of capturing everything, everywhere. We forget that the place where beauty can be best captures is in our minds as memories!

I did not click many pictures in that garden from that point on & have very few images of that beautiful place.

I could not post a lot of images o n my blog, just a few & you know what? Its okay, because I have the images of the most gorgeous flowers, fountains & butterflies in my mind.

I just want to say to you guys, take in the beauty, appreciate it, really look at it. Lets enjoy the experience exclusively for sometime. I am not saying don’t take images at all. But don’t let your travel be all about image taking.

You might lose Images from your camera or your phone, but never the ones from your mind & memories.


Arpita xo

Sunshine Blogger Award

I am very happy to announce that I have been nominated to receive ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award’ by Rashmi . One reason why this award is so special to me is that I have been nominated by someone whose name in itself means ‘A Ray of Sunshine’ -Rashmi! Please do check out her blog. She is a total Beyonce! Just read her Bio! Thank you so much Rashmi for supporting my work & being such an awesome person!


Here are the Rules for the Award

Thank the person who nominated you.

Answer the Questions from your Nominators

Nominate 11 other bloggers & give them 11 questions.

My Answers to Rashmi’s Questions

If you were given a time machine would you use it to go to the Future or the Past?

I’d go to the past & relive my amazing childhood.

If you could meet one person (Real, Imaginary, Live or Dead) who would it be & why?

Maharani Gayatri Devi , Rajmata (Queen) of the Kingdom of Jaipur, India. One of the most beautiful Women in the World & A Fashion Icon.

What according to you is a good day?

A day spent with the people I love.

What is your favorite Music Genre & Why?

I am not into Music really.

Complete the sentence, ‘Life is… ?

Life is to be lived with all of your heart.

What is your best memory?

This day when my dad took me for a small trip to the Beach.

What is the source of your Inspiration?


What was your choice of career when you were a kid?

I wanted to be a Journalist.

Your all time favorite book or movie?

Under the Tuscan Sun.

If you can meet one famous person who is alive? 

Oprah Winfrey

How has the Blogging experience contributed to your life?

I have met some of the most amazing people here & I have some of the best subscriber friends in the world!

Keeping up with the Tradition, here are my Nominees for the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’. Shine on Bloggers!

Nelia de Villers


Navigating Dad

Reiva Geen


Hope Leissa



Ivan Proust




Questions will be the same as the ones put to me by Rashmi.

I think awards like ‘The Sunshine Blogger Award’ are a ‘welcome to the club’ kinda initiation ceremony from one Blogger another . I think the thought behind it is to give encouragement & provide a support group of sort to bloggers & its really nice.

It is up to the nominees whether they want to receive the Award or pass it on. Do it now or at a time convenient to you. Or hell, just display the Badge! You are a winner anyway!

Liebster Award!


I have amazing news to share with you guys! I was nominated for the ‘Liebster Award’ yesterday! This nomination means a lot to me! Especially being recommended by a blogger as talented as Anand is an incredible honor. I am very very grateful & I thank him from the bottom of my heart.

For those who are not aware of the ‘Liebster Award’ – ‘Liebster Award’ is an online award given to a new blogger by the Bloggers Community as an appreciation for the blog.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Once you are nominated, Make a post thanking & linking the person who nominated you. Include the ‘Liebster Award’ sticker in the post too.
  2. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they are nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you as well.
  3. Ensure all the bloggers have less than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make 11 questions of your own for nominees or you may use the same questions.
  5. Lastly copy these Rules in your post.

Here are my answers to Anand’s questions:

What is life according to you?

Life is a beautiful opportunity given to us by God to make the earth a better place.

What Is your goal/ mission in life?

To be a good human being.

What is your favorite film?

Under the Tuscan Sun.

What quality do you most like about yourself?

My friendly nature.

Who are your heroes /Role Models?

Oprah Winfrey & Robin Sharma

Which is your dream destination?


What do you prefer in life Peace or Success? Are they different for you? Why?

Peace. Without Peace, success has no meaning.

What are your hobbies?

Travelling, reading & meeting new people.

Do you feel good about yourself, people around you & life in general?

Yes, I am very happy with my life. I feel very blessed.

What is the importance of Gratitude according to you? If any?

It is extremely important to be grateful. If you are not grateful for what you have, what makes you entitled to more.

And The Nominees are!

  1. Sheetal – A fashion Blogger plus Tarot reader. I love her unique style & writing.
  2. Avril – A new blogger on the Block! Do follow her for everything Scottish!
  3.  ApaoRemai – I love his Travel writing.
  4. Shilparya – An expat blog, follow her journey as she settles down in a new country.
  5. Deeksha – For Poems & other beautiful posts.

Here are my questions for my Nominees!

  1. What motivated you to start a Blog?
  2. Which book are you currently reading?
  3. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  4. Your dream travel destination?
  5. Your favorite food?
  6. If you could witness any past/ future event, which would it be?
  7. iPhone or Android?
  8. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
  9. Your Favorite Movie?
  10. Your Role Model?
  11. If you could have tea with anyone in the world, who would it be & why?

Once again I am very grateful for the nomination. And I am especially very thankful to the readers of my blog for their continuous support & appreciation. Without you guys, this would not have been possible. Thank you!