The glass blower’s secret

Just as the glass blower molds glass

and fills it with the rainbow

seconds before it hardens,

our innocent years fill us up

with habits,

with dreams to fulfill.

Perhaps after the formation,

we must break apart into a million pieces,

so that we may pick up the ones

which resonate with our soul

and glue them back together

with the hope of creating something resembling

the truest expression of our self.

We mustn’t fear the breaking,

because only after the breaking

comes the re-formation.

❤ Shilpa

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“What, Miss Brooks, are the chances for a girl, fairly pretty, fairly intelligent, to come to the city and make good?”

“The chances” said Louise, “are the ones she takes.” (Louise Brooks)

I’ve held on to the quote above for almost a decade and it still makes me emotional. Louise Brooks is a great inspiration because she just didn’t care to fail or succeed. All she wanted was to do herself good. I mean, this lady said that she learnt to dance by watching Charlie Chaplin act and learnt to act by watching Martha Graham dance! #icon ❤️ Shilpa

Miss Brooks

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I was watching an interview of the global rights activist Zainab Salbi. I was struck by her radiance and the fluidity with which she expressed the concerns she had for liberating women from oppressive societies all over the world. I was mesmerized by her observation that:

fighting for your rights can be as simple as wearing red lipstick. 

In her earlier years as an activist, she assumed that in order to help and understand women, she had to become androgynous, only to discover through experience that the greatest thing a woman can do to rebel against oppression is to celebrate her right to be female. 

To celebrate herself.

So wear heals, put some lipstick on… And smile… Happy Women’s Day! 

I hope you make all the wonderful women in your life feel special, beautiful and loved! ❤️💋🎉

Celebrate Her

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I Dream Of Context

A dreamhouse is a house but a dreamboat is a person.❤ Shilpa

The greatest lesson I’ve learnt from studying for the GMATS, except for the fact that I really cannot remember enough properties of a circle at a given time, is that context is EVERYTHING.

It makes me rethink every judgement I’ve made… Ever…



I know of many people who don’t create or express themselves because of their fear of not being heard. Because of their fear of ‘wasting’ their time on creating something that isn’t appreciated.

But who am I to impede the creativity in me, in it’s multiple expressions?

Who am I to judge it’s effectiveness or it’s worth?

Van Gogh took his life, pained by his perception that he wasn’t seen or heard. Today, his name is written in the golden letters of history. A creator, of any kind, (I’m talking any thing: a product, an invention, a piece of art or even (and most of all) a child- a creation truly in the image of it’s creator), must be revered and loved for what it is- a miracle.

❤ Shilpa



I want to make and say beautiful things.

Until everything in my mind is in front of me.

Regardless of who listens.

Despite who sees.

❤ Shilpa


Who Listens? Who Sees?

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Have you ever seen an unhappy flower or a stressed oak tree? Have you come across a depressed dolphin, a frog that has a problem with self- esteem, a cat that cannot relax, or a bird that carries hatred and resentment? The only animals that may occasionally experience something akin to negativity or show signs of neurotic behavior are those that live in close contact with humans and so link into the human mind and its insanity.

Watch any plant or animal and let it teach you acceptance of what is, surrender to the Now. Let it teach you Being. Let it teach you integrity which means to be one, to be yourself, to be real. Let it teach you how to live and how to die, and how not to make living and dying into a problem. – Eckhart Tolle

Just another way in which Mr. Tolle has enriched my world.❤ Shilpa


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Sing a happy happy song…

  Happy birthday baby sis!

 Thank god you’re younger than me because I can’t imagine my life without u! Here’s to the many amazing decades to come… Love u lil sis! The world is better because you are in it…I know I am for sure… Love you! ❤️ Shilpa 

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Between You and Them


People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,

people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful,

you will win some false friends and some true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank,

people may cheat you.

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building,

someone could destroy overnight.

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness,

they may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,

people will often forget tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have,

and it may never be enough.

Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, 

in the final analysis it is between you and God;

it was never between you and them anyway.

-Mother Teresa 

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