Source: <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;">Delhi is the heart of this beautiful nation. And Connaught Place, or fondly known as <i>CP</i>, is the heart of this amazing city which I am trying to cover during the course of this challenge.<br /><br /><div style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://sushmitamalakar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2523AtoZChallenge1.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1080" data-original-width="1080" src="https://sushmitamalakar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2523AtoZChallenge1.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div><br /></div><div>CP is love. Period. </div><div><br /></div><div>I have spent a lot of my time in CP during my undergrad days - doing nothing, just sitting on one of the pavement benches with my bestie and introspecting about life! I have some amazing memories attached to this place and there is absolutely nothing that I can ever hate about this place. </div><div><br /></div><div>If I open my box of memories, CP is the centre of so many things:</div><div><br /></div><div>I have spent the most amazing times here with <i>Mahima</i>. I have had crazy drinking nights with my oldest friend, <i>Umang</i>, in CP. I have had loads of pointless discussions with my love <i>Christina</i>. I have been a host to my best blogging friend and life coach, <i>Roshan</i>, and took him to this place to give a flavour of Delhi during his short stay. I have memories of the important people in my life here. I had my first drink with my family here. Our first car was brought from CP. I can not stop counting the memories I have associated with this place. </div><div><br /></div><div>I have spent days getting lost here and still finding my way around this beautiful circular maze - which is houses some Imperial historic building. CP is THE place for any reunion with friends because of its location (central Delhi, d-uh!) and its connectivity. </div><div><br /></div><div>The face of CP has changed through the ages. </div><div><br /></div><div><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Before the development of the NCR region - majorly Gurgaon and NOIDA - major Indian firms had their central and corporate office in this part of the city. Many still have. But now CP is the hub of many pubs and bars and amazing restaurants</li><li>CP was the hub of movie theatres after the introduction of talkies in India. There were four major theatres called the Odean, Rivoli, Regal and the Indian Talkie House. Now there are just two - Odeon and Rivoli. Regal closed down recently and I feel sad that I never watched a movie there. </li><li>CP was thought of being made as a marketplace in the shape of a horseshoe to bring luck to both shoppers and shopkeepers. But presently, CP not just has the big showrooms sprawling in the inner circle but also the Janpath Street Market and Palika Bazar rule this place - the shopkeepers here are definitely luck. </li></ul><div>Whenever I seek some peace, I go and spend my time at the <i>Bangla Sahib Gurudwara </i>located here. My hangout zone with friends is definitely CP but the traffic here makes it unbearable sometimes. The most feared metro train station - <i>Rajiv Chowk - </i>houses in CP. </div></div><div><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sushmitamalakar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/brace-yourselves-agla-station-rajiv-chowk-hai-thumb-jpg.png" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="212" data-original-width="304" height="278" src="https://sushmitamalakar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/brace-yourselves-agla-station-rajiv-chowk-hai-thumb-jpg-1.png" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://sushmitamalakar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/brace-yourselves-agla-station-rajiv-chowk-hai-thumb-jpg.png">Image Source</a></td></tr></tbody></table><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>Some historic and traditional shops here (Gangaram and Sons for Cashmere woollens and Shree Leathers for leather goods) are definitely the reason to be in CP. Then the elusive revolving restaurant, Parikrama, giving a view of the places around is definitely an amazing place to be. The Central Park with the huge national flag in the middle gives a very patriotic vibe to this place as well! Then there is Oxford Bookstore which has been MY place for a long time.<br /><br /><div style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://sushmitamalakar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/10321049_10152567479144769_3319654835688011693_o.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1067" data-original-width="1600" src="https://sushmitamalakar.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/10321049_10152567479144769_3319654835688011693_o.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>If you come to Delhi and you have not been to CP, you will definitely miss a lot! </div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div>
What Does Modest Fashion Really Look Like?
My Li'l Travel Book | Mahaballipuram
Source: <div dir="ltr" style="text-align: left;">I travelled to this place completely unplanned and then I realized that this place is a perfect destination for a good and peaceful getaway!<br /><br />And it is only after travelling to so many places now that I could identify myself as a beach person. Mountains are beautifu, they are majestic and they make you realize your (null) value in this big vast universe. Beaches on the other hand make you forget about everything. I know I can loose myself in the seas of the world to find myself.<br /><br />Well, that is my personal view!<br /><br />Before I write about my experience in this beautiful town near Chennai, let me share some travel tips:<br /><br /><br /></div>
What Does Modest Fashion Really Look Like?
Secrets of Safe Online Dating
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<div>Before anything else, I need to clear one thing - I have never considered online dating an option. Though Tinder gained popularity when I was too single for my age, I did not really support the idea of online dating. In fact, I don't believe in the concept of online matchmaking - for dating or for marriage - alike.</div>
<div>And I was living my life happily with my own set of principles.</div>
<div>However, the latest news about a guy from Jaipur being killed by his Tinder "date" made me think about the nuances of online dating. I realized that I might be of one opinion but it is very difficult for the millennials to not to try out this form of dating. We have to accept that to keep people away from falling as victims of the online predators, limiting the use of the internet is important - which is completely impractical in the world where we live today. Also, Facebook has now levelled up the game by announcing their in-app dating. Facebook has the largest penetration, now online dating will too!
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And this simply came up because whenever I see the technology taking over, I imagine my own next generation using the technology and falling a victim of something completely uncalled for. And thus, this post.
Millions of people worldwide use online dating services in order to find casual hookups or even a soulmate to engage in a serious relationship. Regardless of whether you are using <a href="https://www.16best.net/match-com">Match</a>, Tinder or another dating site, we all know that online dating can be annoying and frustrating at times.
<div>So, before I started to write this post, I talked to a lot of people in my circle who have or have not used online dating. And everyone had amazing experiences to share! I am diving this post into two parts. In the first half, I am going to talk about making an effective profile. And then, how to make that profile and your habits a li'l safe to save yourself!
<div><b>Use great photos</b></div>
<div>In order to be noticed, profile photos need to be close-ups of you in your best “light,” instead of bad quality or group photos. Group phots are a strict no-no!
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<div><b>Keep it simple</b></div>
<div>Write an introduction about yourself which describes you in a brief and substantial manner. Again - only if you are not there for casual hookups!</div>
<div>Don’t brag by posting photos. This might create an unrealistic picture of you.</div>
<div><b>Use humour - Not sarcasm!</b><b>Set your goals </b>
You need to be clear to yourself in what kind of experience you’d like to engage - casual dating or looking for a relationship.<i> Just personal advice - don't go there just to make "friends"!</i>
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In order to be successful in online dating, you need to find a person who matches you perfectly. <i>Be aware of the fact that this is not an Amazon for dating - you just can't look for what you have imagined (objectively) and just go and get it - just because you have the app!</i>
</i> <b> Expect everything</b>
You need to be ready for every possible scenario since you can’t be sure with whom you are making contact. <i>And you need to respect the other person's choice and consent!</i>
When I said choice and consent, I very consciously have in my mind how most of the sex - offenders are present on online dating websites. While there are a lot of statistics available for how many serial rapists and killers have been misusing the apps, the recent case of Jaipur brings to light that safety measures are to be taken by men and women alike when they decide to find their matches or flings via online dating.
Here are the few things you should always keep in mind when you decide to venture out into online dating:
<b>Keep your chat restricted to the app</b>
There is no point in sharing the number. Blocking wouldn't help in that case. Similarly, there is no point in a baring way too much that you regret later.
<b>Block any suspicious person</b>
Better be safe than regretting later!
<b>Do online research</b>
Show your stalking skills and take your time to know about the person!
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<b>Take your own time to decide whether to meet in person or not!</b>
</b> <b>Always meet in a public place</b>
And if possible, travel with a friend. And no, this is not too much to ask for. I know you can take care of yourself, but then again - why not just play safe!
<b>Don't get too much intoxicated on the first date</b>
See, you can always read about these pieces of advice but it's your judgement as well that what all you should do!
<b>It's okay to get up and leave</b>
If you feel that this is not what you called for or it is too uncomfortable for you, get up and leave.
Be it online or traditional dating, you know that leap of faith is all that it needs. Traditional dating had lesser dangers because you meet your date via "someone you know". It is just that online dating demands a li'l more attention and carefulness! Despite everything, you might find someone whom you like or, better still, love!
There are many elements of Charlotte D’Alessio’s life that read like a teenager’s fairy tale. Instagram didn’t exist when I was in high school, but I imagine I’d be pretty fascinated by the beautiful, leggy 17-year-old with more than 174,000 followers and a Wilhelmina Models contract, too. For the legions of aspiring Cool Teens™, D’Alessio, who has been modeling full-time for the last year, is living the dream — though her Cinderella story has been anything but conventional.
At Coachella in 2015, pictures of D’Alessio (above, right) and her friend, 18-year-old model Josie Canseco (left), flooded the Internet, winding up on places like the festival’s official Twitter and The Cobra Snake’s Instagram, among others. BuzzFeed spoke to D’Alessio soon after, resulting in a viral article that has since garnered 1,479,600 views. Wilhelmina reached out to D’Alessio from there, and the rest is history. In the 12 months since D’Alessio was discovered, the Canada native has landed a slew of commercial campaigns, left Beverly Hills High Schoolto pursue homeschooling and launched a YouTube channel with her friend and fellow model, Abby Champion. And with a secret project in the works for this summer, I imagine that D’Alessio’s stake in the California modeling pantheon will only deepen.
On the eve of Coachella 2016’s first weekend, I hopped on the phone with D’Alessio to get caught up on the last year of her life, from her social media strategy to her dream campaign.
You obviously gained a lot of attention at Coachella last year. What can you tell me about your experience there?
I went with my friend Josie — it was my first year going — and we barely took photos. I think we took 10 photos, but people really responded to them. They ended up everywhere. I saw them on Facebook, and not just [from] friends, but random people posting them. And then The Weeknd and the Coachella Twitter reposted [one of their photos]. It was so surreal because I was just a normal girl from Canada who was going to Coachella. I had, like, 16,000 [Instagram] followers, and now it’s [174,000].
Coachella really got me started in modeling. Wilhelmina reached out to me from the [BuzzFeed] article — that’s how they saw me.
Fragrance is great, but it’s hard to write or read about because your computer screen isn’t scratch and sniff—also because I can’t talk about base notes or top notes without feeling like a fancy sommelier. I prefer to think of fragrance in terms of anthropology, which is much more fun. Have you ever thought about your personal fragrance history? Well, here’s mine.
And when Wilhelmina reached out to you, how did you feel about going forward with the process?
Basically every single one of my friends in L.A. is a model, with Next or Wilhelmina or whatever it is. I was the non-model in the friend group because I wanted to go to UCLA. I didn’t have that much of an interest — well, I had an interest, but I didn’t think I would be successful so I didn’t really pursue it.
When they asked me to come in, I went with my dad because I was 16. I almost didn’t sign because I was so scared. But I’m happy I ended up signing with them, because they’ve been a really great agency. I had the contract in my room for two days — like, I was scared they were going to tell me to cut my hair or lose weight or something like that, but they’ve been so supportive. They never told me to change anything.
Fifth Grade: Tommy Boy
I’m not kidding, I won Tommy Boy after I aced a quiz contest in Sunday School. The ultimate bounty. If you find yourself deep in the attic of my parent’s house, and you pay close attention, you might be able to smell it.
Puberty: Abercrombie and Fitch Fierce
Don’t even pretend like you didn’t.
College: Kenzo Homme Sport
My college years were timed with the heyday of the Kenzo sweatshirt, so this was a very fancy scent to own. You can now buy it for $30 on Amazon.
I can look back at them like a tiny museum of me that smells really good—literally, because I still have them all. But enough about me and how (great) I smell. I want to know your fragrance history—tell me what scents you love and why you love them. Tell me when you wear them, and how you apply them, and why they’re special to you. Tell me everything.