HYDERABAD: It has begun. Facebook has reviewed the past year for all of us – making most of us smile and some of us regret. Taking cue, people have started to decide how they can make the best of 2015.
While some want to complete unfinished tasks from 2014, a few others want to begin afresh, and let bygones be bygones. Shruthi Tumma who spends all her time in checking updates from friends, wants to deactivate all her accounts. “I am happy for all the people who are travelling around the world. But now, I want to focus on myself and my career. I want to do something productive,” she hopes, adding that she has been trying to shut herself from this for a while now.
While Shruthi wants to break free from the clutches of the virtual world, Disha Singh a yoga instructor, a health coach and an avid blogger, put up a list of things she wants to practice in 2015 on the virtual space – from learning to ride a bike to listening to stories of people around her. Out of the 30 things she listed, she points out to one and says, “We are all caught up with our own lives and our own problems, we forget about people around us and that everyone goes through all that we do. I want to practice compassion, consciously by talking to them and listening to their side of the story,” and adds, “This is also my way of being grateful to things around me and make an effort to fall in love with all those small things,” she says. As a yoga instructor and someone who believes in taking care of oneself, Disha also wants to try out different workouts. “There are so many fun ways of taking care of ourselves,” she points out. Apart from this, the 25-year-old also wants to learn to ride a bike. “When you travel to places like Goa, it is so easy to get around the place when you can ride a bike,” she explains. (For the rest of her quirky-list visit, dishaa04.wordpress.com)
Like Disha, another 24-year-old, Deepika Shanker says that she wants to try and learn 12 new things in the coming year. “I want to take up a baking class or may be a cooking class. I may not excel, but I at least have the satisfaction that I made an attempt,” she says. Deepika who loves reading has been juggling with her job and also preparing for exams. This has left her with no time to read. But she feels that this will probably change this year. “My friend shared a list of close to 50 books with me and each one belongs to a different genre – one that has a number in its title, a graphic novel, a banned book and so on. That looks interesting and I want to see if I can finish that list,” she shares adding that she also wants to visit places that she hasn’t visited before. “Even within Hyderabad, there are places I haven’t seen. I would like to pay a visit them,” she says.
Neidhi Kumaar is a foodie and gauges every place with its local cuisine. Having been in the city for quite some time now, she plans to conduct food walkathons. “I know that there are so many dishes that define Hyderabad than just biryani. Through these walkathons, I want to show people all those finer, smaller places that make the real Hyderabad cuisine,” says the 28-year-old. While that is what she wants to give back to the foodie community, her personal plan is to visit three countries -- Morocco, Egypt and Turkey with focus on exploring their local cuisines. “I am curious to know what they have to offer and these three countries are on the top of my list,” she beams excitedly.
While Neidhi is all set to travel, 21-year-old Aishwarya Balasubramanian wants to do something around her garden. “We have a lawn at home, but I never bothered to attend to it. The other day a flower blossomed and I was really happy. I then decided to plant one sapling every month,” she shares. But that is not just to make her garden look more beautiful. “Taking care of plants lets us develop a sense of responsibility. That is another reason why I want to do this,” she explains.