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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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We Are Not What We Were Called


It takes a long time, perhaps a lifetime, to overcome childhood stigmas. It is up to us to remind ourselves that the we can, at our will, scrape away every label which was given to us without our consent.

Because the only label that sticks, is the one which we allow.

Have an amazing weekend! ❤ 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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Made In India


Happy Indian Independence Day Jai Hind!

The more I live away from India, the more I value the inherent kindness amongst my people. Although India is struggling to bridge many gaps in the modern world, it has never and (here’s praying) will never struggle to be a country of appreciation, generosity, celebration, family and tradition. I love you India and I am more proud than ever to be rooted in your land! Happy Independence Day! ❤ Shilpa

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The Other Black Hole


Comparison imprisons the brilliance of countless individuals around the world like a black hole.

Imagine the light caught by this black hole.

Now imagine how the world would be if it’s gravity was released. ❤ Shilpa

I’ve seen some brilliant people sink to terrible depths because of bearing the heavy burden of self-comparison. I don’t subscribe to the ‘gold star’ attitude where people applaud themselves for waking up in the morning but I definitely think that it’s better than slowly witnessing our hopes and dreams diminish due to countless hours spent looking around and trying to one-up everyone in sight. It sounds trite but it’s true-we are unique to the world, no matter how slight. If we can remind ourselves to shine a little brighter and wear our skins a little better everyday, nothing can stop us from escaping the terrible void of comparison and shining like the stars which light up the world! ❤ Shilpa

P.S. Happy weekend!!! XX

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 I have learned something tremendous from some very special dogs that have jumped and kissed their way into my life and heart, which I had to share with you: even when someone walks through that door ten times a day, you should go crazy with joy and show them your unconditional love. ❤ Shilpa


Stir Crazy Love

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Of Loosing Our Inner Narratives


Anytime you say, “of course it turned out like this, it always does!” Pause and recognize your narrative. Just like in an editing room, a footage is useless unless placed in a specific order under a cohesive narrative. If we think about our lives and our experiences, the painful truth hits us in the face-our life is a random order of events under our vigilantly crafted narratives. Depending on our tendencies, our narrative can bring us closer to bliss or towards self-destruction. It is truly our choice. The closer we hold our narratives and the more emotion we feed them, the deeper our pain. Perhaps that is why some of the most depressed people I meet have a very precise record of events in their lives and reflect constantly on how each event changed them, what it ‘taught’ them and how they choose to ‘avoid’ or ‘tackle’ these situations in the future.

If we take charge of our narratives, we realize that we are the people responsible for bringing cohesion, duplication and replication into our life. No one else.

Can you imagine the day we relinquish our narratives and stop worrying about connecting the dots? For a civilization that sustains itself on stories, it almost seems like an impossible task, right? I optimistically reckon that foregoing our internal narrative could possibly allow the events in our lives to scatter past easy connectivity-out of comfort zones and patterns of fear. On the flip-side, it may leave us without motivation because there is a danger of negating the meaning we have projected onto our existence.

Shouldn’t loosing the narrative be our goal rather than to have our lives be a series of almost-identical events choreographed by comfort and fear? Must we aim for the familiar montage of our lives to feel like they matter? Do we really need to follow the standard trajectory, hoping to be toasted as someone who was x,y or z at our funerals?

If we were to embark upon loosing our narratives, how would we even begin? ❤ Shilpa


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Those Who Do

Adobe Spark-3

Remember the saying, “those who can’t do, teach”? Boy has that changed. Today, doers write, express and connect, leaving a beautiful web of education for those who wish to benefit from their expertise. It is amazing to watch education being symbiotically reformed through platforms that echo experiential information through the digital world in real time. There is no reason for anyone not to partake in it, after all, it only solidifies your position as an expert in that field! If you know how to do something well, share it, even if it is the ability to thread a needle faster than anyone you know-You never know who may benefit from it! Because only those who do, should teach! ❤ Shilpa

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