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One Chance. Speak Up. Put Up.


If Trump and Clinton’s messy battle has taught me anything, it’s that in America, you really can do what you want and find like minded individuals to help enable you to do so. The land of opportunity is also the land of the great gamble. So, we must find that crazy animal within us and find the courage to put up every single day. If there is something we stand for, we must work. If there is something we want, we must work. And if we want to make a difference, we must work, work, werk it. 

Here’s to personal greatness & collective greatness, without the hatefulness. ❤ Shilpa

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Of Sugar & Light: The Year When Diwali Led Halloween


Diwali may actually be the direct opposite of Halloween. And yet, here are these two festivals, being celebrated within a day of each other in 2016. The light and the dark. The good and the supposed evil. As Hindus around the world light the world with diyas and pray for prosperity, graveyards pop up on the front yards of the western world. As spiderwebs are cleared to make way for clarity in Indian homes, fake cobwebs are places over wooden door trims and corners in America . But there is one thing in common…


Whether it be in the form of candy or pedas, sugar is the high that makes everyone feel happy, and both traditions make it a point of exchanging lots of it! So have something sweet and be merry. After all, a festival is merely a means for communicating with the people who matter to us, whether it be in costume or in spanking new gold jewelry. Happy Diwali & Happy Halloween! May you conquer evil, find joy, revel in prosperity and enjoy a decadent meal with the people you love…<3 Shilpa


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Birthday Hike


Leave it to my dad to want to celebrate his birthday at the Stanford Dish! Happy (belated) Birthday daddy, may we continue to climb higher peaks!!!! ❤

P.S. For anyone who hasn’t looked into Charity Miles, it definitely beats Pokemon Go at providing an impetus to go out there and break a sweat!!! Although, my sister did catch 2 Pikachus and overtake a Pokemon gym at the Dish!! ;P


Level 20??! @_@


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In Search Of the Muse

Growing up, I filled my head with romantic stories between cafes and artists, stories of a period when Parisian cafes would play sponsor to the growth of creativity, one cup at a time. It’s not surprising that I continue to haunt cafes, chasing the muse… 

Here’s today’s cafe experience…I hope it inspires you as it did me!!! ❤️❤️ 🤗🤗🤗

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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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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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It took me forever to realize that every version of me is a part of me and that I don’t have to bridge the gaps between these versions for the sake of people’s comprehensibility of me. Change is our greatest instrument and it is our only constant. If we don’t change, we stagnate. And I still have miles to go before I sleep. 🙏  ❤️ Shilpa

No Bridges Please

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