Lesser-Known TV Series That Are Worth Watching

It is a perfect time to catch on some of the lesser-known TV series which are worth watching somehow it missed the radar of a lot of people because of the unavailability of the internet or lack of promotion. However, that doesn’t mean they are less than the other best TV series. These TV shows will completely patronize you, emotionalize you, & can tickle every emotion there is in your senses. These TV shows are amazing, to say the least, some of you must have watched it. In case, you have not heard about these names, fasten your seatbelts, you will in for a ride. For the record, I have not seen every TV series ever produced. However, I have watched a few & I believe these TV shows are worth a shot. So, here are lesser-known TV series that are worth watching.


The Wire:

A DEA team is set up in Baltimore to capture drug traffickers. The story seems to be simple, but it contains all the drama. The difficulty in finding loose ends & to decode practices is thrilling to watch. I have never seen any TV series which build side characters as much as this has built. The story is fantastically written & one can experience the fabulous acting of Idris Elba. Even after the season ends, you will feel to know about the characters more. You are so much engrossed in the characters that you want to live their life.


The Wire

Chernobyl:

Chernobyl had an accident in a nuclear reactor that resulted in the death of few people as per Russian Govt records. However, this was a cover-up story. As per unofficial records, the accident was massive & it resulted in the death of thousands & there is no counting as such. This series will take you through the horrifying journey of accident & its after-effects. Chernobyl is considered as the worst nuclear disaster in human history. The story is intriguing & exciting & hard to put down once started. This also symbolizes the downfall of the soviet union.


Chernobyl

The Office:

A satirical comedy will tickle every bone in your body. The storyline is very simple but the punches are simply awesome. The setup is of the office where a bunch of people works, the story revolves around each one of them & in parts will cover their personal life. Each character lives in his own & bring joy to the existing scenes. The madness of this office will have a lasting impact on you.


The office
The Office: An American Workplace (NBC) season 1 Spring 2005 Shown: B.J. Novak (as Ryan Howard), John Krasinski (as Jim Halpert), Jenna Fischer (as Pam Beesley), Rainn Wilson (as Dwight Schrute), Steve Carell (as Michael Scott)

Dark:

A time-traveling concept is mind-bending & exciting at the same well. There is hardly any time travel story that will glue you to the screen. The dark is a german TV series that is on high ranks. The story is pretty complex to explain. A child vanishes & his father starts to look for the clues. The story takes a turn when he realizes his son is his friend’s husband. The shocking plot will take you to much farther than this for more you will have to watch this series. The storytelling is great & also fantastic plot makes it worth a watch.


Dark

Wild Wild Country:

Osho was a cult guru in his time. His story is somehow hidden to this world. Some unfortunate incidents force him to abandon India & move to the USA. However, this is not all, his followers are madly devoted to him & one of those followers is Maa Sheela. Wild Wild Country is an epic disaster tale of a cult. The whole group moves to a ranch & how things take a downturn is mentioned in the series. The high flier of this series apart from the storyline is music. A wonderful journey inside the religious practices & what makes them so successful.


Wild Wild Country

Band of Brothers:

Band of brothers is a mini-series created by Tom Hanks & Steven Speilberg. The mini-series is based on the novel & interviews of the easy company; a company that was posted on the European front during the time of world war II. The story covers their journey after they are dropped in the war zone. Tarrifficly shot & great storytelling make this a must-watch series. The drama will capitulate you with emotions & thrill of war.


Band of Brothers TV Series


These are some of the TV series that is not hyped enough but are worth the shot. Watch these at right now & feel free to share it with your friends in need. Don’t let this quarantine time make them feel sad & bored, do your part. The best place to find these TV series are Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar.


Bitcoin New Money or Not?

The currency is one mode of exchange that has changed throughout the time, from grains to coins, to paper & latest to digital. Currency has always looked to keep up with the pace of the world. The more efficient the money system, the easier it is to transact that eventually helps one to become rich. Having an agreed mode of transaction, played an important role in globalization. It not only changed how we transacted between the countries but also opened new avenues like remittance, credits, etc. But, the financial system was about to be changed forever. This change was not from any government or banks but by a single person or group of people with the introduction of Bitcoin (a digital currency).


Bitcoin Mark My adventure
Bitcoin came into the picture after the meltdown of 2008. The reason for its introduction was primarily the banks. Banks who thought they are the supreme power & can make or break government, change things or, in simple words, can rule the world. By having a centralized entity to look after your valuable is a norm in the current scenario. But, after seeing, that very central entity is corrupt & gullible. It was a necessity to search for alternatives & that alternative was introduced to the world by Satoshi Nakamoto, with the introduction of Bitcoin.


Please note that I am a nontech guy & hardly know the technical aspects of it. But, reading about different topics hooked me to bitcoin & the rise I saw from Dec 2017 to Jan 2018 made me curious about this technology which led me to read all about it. I still feel the if you want to learn about this topic you should listen to only Andreas Antonopoulos, bitcoin Jesus according to me.


What Is Bitcoin?

In layman terms, Bitcoin is the internet of money that can be transferred to others over the internet (just like email) without any intermediaries. Also, this is not owned by any bank, government or corporation.


Decentralized:

There is no central entity overlooking or controlling the prices of 1 bitcoins. Thus, No One actually controls it & it is not possible to inflate or deflate the value of one bitcoin. Several nodes spread across the globe are working across the clock are verifying the transaction. Thus making is truly decentralized.


Scarce:

Every scarce thing is valuable hence Gold is considered an important commodity till date. Bitcoin’s total supply is limited to 21 Million & there will be no more or less than the mentioned supply. The 21 million bitcoin will be mined through the time with 1st bitcoin mined in the year 2008. it is estimated that the last bitcoin will be mined in the year 2140. As there is a limited supply it is scarce.


Expandable:

In the current provision, every bitcoin can be expanded to 8 digits from the decimal. Each least one is referred to as a satoshi. So, if you are sending 0.00000001 BTC, it is equivalent to 1 satoshi. However, there is an option to increase the divisibility but that is too far from the current position.


Transaction Time:

Usually, to transfer an amount across borders takes days to reach the receiver. Bitcoin transactions are confirmed on average 10 mins & hence it is super quick. Recently introduced lighting network is trying to reduce the time further. Also, transaction charges are less than 1% which is currently 3 to 5 %.


Intrinsic Value:

The funny thing about the intrinsic value is, it is derived if someone else can derive the value from it. Like Gold, like fiat, the currencies that are mutually agreed on.


How to obtain Bitcoin?

There are many ways through which one can own a bitcoin, exchanges like WazirX (India), Binance (world), Kucoin (world), etc are few of the existing pool of exchanges doing well.

Another method is through mining, mining is a process through which a computer solves problem & if authentic wins a few bitcoins. The reward is halved every 4 years. Currently, a miner wins 12.5 Bitcoin for solving one problem, the interesting part is rewarding will be reduced to half i.e to 6.25 this year (2020).

This is a layman guide to Bitcoin. This doesn’t cover any technical terms like blockchain, public & private keys, hash rates, & many more. However, a brief about why this is important. If interested in this technology read these books from amazon for the in-depth knowledge of the topic. On the other hand, if you are still not able to fathom why this is critical to you. Please spare a few minutes to read Currency wars by James Rickards & you will be amazed with the things you will find out.


Things To Do During Self- Quarantine

It is not often that we are faced with something as massive as this, a point when everyone in the world is worried about one thing only that is stopping the flow of this new virus. Covid 19 is taking a horrendous turn & the hour demands to stop this pandemic. As of now, the best solution everyone came up with is self-isolation. Self-isolation is defined as a practice to keep your self at a safer distance from another human being. People are practicing this by staying at home & avoiding non-essential traveling. However, considering we are so much connected with the world through social media, distancing oneself from the most lured thing in the world is pretty much impossible. The news like an increase in the number of divorces in China due to home quarantine is surfacing all over the world. Is it that tough to stay indoors & spend some time with our selves? This made me write this article. I feel these things will help you a lot in self-isolation.


Books:

Books are the best friend of humankind, which is rightly so. Books have the ability to transport you to some other plane & it also encourages you to think differently. All the top people in the world have vouched for this. As per the data, the richest persons in the world are the most educated ones. Everyone wants to read the books, but because of lack of time, they are never able to start. So, this is a perfect time to resume what you have left.


Read Books Mark My Adventure

Play Station:

Video games has a different fan following altogether. When games like PUBG, Fortnight, etc are growing like tsunamis & with e-sport regularly organizing gaming events, the gaming industry has never been in a better place. Also, Go Pokemon shows how VR will change the coming years for the better. So, scratch your gaming itch by buying the latest play stations & conquer the virtual world.


PS4 Mark My Adventure

Musical Instruments:

Music touches those nerves, which can’t be touched otherwise. It requires patience, dedication, & hours of practice. This was possible only in school & college but now is the time to restart what was left. While, at home with access to unlimited content & free classes, this could be the trigger point to start again & practice it again. So, pick up an old instrument & start practicing. This will not only calm your mind but will also sharpen it.


Learn Guitar

Online Courses:

In the place like India where the competition is cut-throat in the literal sense, this forces you to upgrade your skills with the current practices. With online courses growing continuously, this could be the perfect time to learn a few new skills or upgrade the existing ones. Coursera is one of the biggest platforms to learn new things from the experts. Not so-called experts but the professor who teaches in ivy league colleges. So, a good time to brush up some of your skills.


Online Courses Mark My Adventure

Yoga:

Yoga not new to the world. This art is highly popular among all the age groups. There is an unlimited health benefit to Yoga & slowly but surely this is rising among every age group. Rishikesh in India is known as Yoga Capital of World. However, traveling all the far to Rishikesh is not possible at this time. But, the benefits of the same can still be availed by sitting at home. There are many channels on youtube that teach you yoga at home. Not just youtube, an app like cultfit will also help you to be fit while staying at home.


Yoga At Home

Hobbies:

All the above points are for the people who love to do those things. Not necessarily every one of us is having a hobby. A hobby is not something that every one of us develops. But, it should be developed. It will keep you active & happy & also provide a much important purpose in life. It is time to introspect yourself & find those hidden interests which once made you smile, an activity that you wanted to pursue against all the odds of success. It is often said there no best time than now, & precisely this is the time to form some new hobbies for your older self.


Hobbies




Here are the best things that you can do while self-quarantine at home. Don’t be afraid to try something new & exciting. There is an opportunity in tough times. Rather than wasting it doing nonessential things, choose essential things. I hope this will help you to figure out your true self.


Where Is God – Part II

After an unsuccessful meeting with a one-sided love with Alizeh, Ayan is crying his heart out & then at the moment he meets, Saba, a widowed woman. Soon, after this, they fall in love & Ayan moved on from his previous relationship, or this is how he thought. Eventually moving back to his previous relationship, during the course of time. This is a scene from a popular movie in India. I also felt the same during one of my visits, but major ingredients missing like a good looking widowed woman & me being, extremely handsome.


Love is the most painful of the emotions among the all that we experience. But still we fancy being in love. The reason for that is the feeling that compliments love. Love will make you complete, happy, out of this world & every other emotion that is written, shown & explained in books, movies & poetry. It really does bring the best out of you. But, falling in love comes with sacrifices & compromises which anyone hardly takes into the account, but this is for later.


Coming from a middle-class background & with an inbuilt ambition to achieve something great in life. It is always difficult to balance things & also which part is important in life & which is not. Love is in a grey area for me. I want to have it, but I don’t want to have it also. But, teenage is a place where the blood is boiling hard & you don’t want to listen to anyone’s thoughts. In the midst of uncertainty, I jumped in the boat of love. To start with, the girl used to stay in a different city from where I stayed. So, it was going to be a long-distance for the longest time possible. But, who thinks like this, once in love, you can climb mountains, move air & can do all kinds of superhero stuff.


But, falling in love is not a hard thing to do, staying in love is tough. As love is not one-way street, it requires efforts from both individuals. Having a long-distance is tough. But, the tougher is the time to plan meetings. Now, people will say, what is so difficult in planning a meeting. So, the crux is, it is if the other person behaves as per her comfort. A year consists of 12 months, 365 days; eventually. Ideally, people plan a meeting each month. But, in my case, I restricted meeting to once in a quarter. But, the funny part is whenever I planned for a meeting, it was ruined by some factor or the other & my success rate of the meeting was around 20 to 25% of all the planned meetings. I was loyal, caring, attentive in the relationship; so why God didn’t allow me smooth sailing. For once it is ok, but canceling of plans consecutively for 3 or 4 times, rips your heart apart & you start wondering what have you done that you have been treated in such a way.


Here are the few of many times, I have been ditched at the last moment.

At one time, I booked tickets good 2 months before my traveling date. I informed her, that I will be there on that particular date & guess what, she got typhoid that week & I had to cancel my tickets at the last moment. This was among the first, last moment ditches I received.


Another time, like the previous time I booked the tickets in advance & informed her I will be there. But, as usual, God lightning struck again. This time her parents planned to visit out of India during those days. I used to wonder how come there is always something or the other to ruin my plans. How rare are the chances that people make plans on the same dates from the whole year? Is it some time coincidence or something else. But, I tried to get this over my head thinking it may be some coincidence or maybe pure bad luck.


So, like a warrior, I tried again, this time I booked my tickets a week before the meeting. Thinking all is planned & now no more rejections. But, every time I feel I am acting smartly I am beaten more badly. This time just before boarding my flight. I got a call & the voice from the other side said, “I am having anxiety attacks, don’t come.” I had packed my stuff & was about to leave & then this came. It was shattering to hear that sentence. So, again I looked to the sky & wondered, if is it for real or I am being dumb, or is it you playing all these games. What have I done that I have to be treated like this?

This was not all, there were many instances where I felt helpless & vulnerable & questioned myself for being in a relationship. Why is it so hard to get the same respect that you offer to someone else. But, this is how life is; it is not meant to be fair. For some, it will be a smooth ride & for some, it will be walking on thick muddy sand with kgs of weight tied to your ankle (tough & bruising). At this point, when you are lost in life, you hope for some help or some miracle. This is the point, where you can do anything to get help from God.


This was not all, there were many instances where I felt helpless & vulnerable & questioned myself for being in a relationship. Why is it so hard to get the same respect that you offer to someone else. But, this is how life is; it is not meant to be fair. For some, it will be a smooth ride & for some, it will be walking on thick muddy sand with kgs of weight tied to your ankle (tough & bruising). At this point, when you are lost in life, you hope for some help or some miracle. This is the point, where you can do anything to get help from God.

So, why one keeps on trying in love even after falling for an infinite number of times. The reason is within us, love gives us joy & the way we react is the main reason why we want to be in love. Anyway, after experiencing numerous failures, I prayed to God for something better or maybe to pull me out of this rug. It is situations of difficulty which bends you towards God. A supreme power which is meant to help you or so the world say. So, with tears in the eye & all hope lost I prayed to God for some opening or some bright light. As it must have happened with so many of you. I heard nothing. Absolute nothing.


Anyone who feels that God is there should talk to people who have fought through depression or are depressed. You want to hold on to that single thread of hope, but it is not so easy to overcome such dreaded position. Even after failing miserably previous times you wish to find the one & in today’s world, finding the one is as simple as swiping right. But, I must have been something else, as I hardly matched with anyone. The place where everyone is getting is something I am left stranded alone. Is it me who is the problem or there is something else.

When nothing is going well in life, your love life is next to null there is not much to hope for & I wonder if he is even there or it’s just creativity of our mind. You pleaded, shown aggression, done all sorts of a tantrum, but in reply, you only get a thunderous NO. It is tough to see why your voice is not being heard..




Sitting dejected around the corner you see a couple holding the hands & exchanging cute gestures & in that moment you wonder what had hit you so hard in your love life that you are deprived of all the lovy dovy things & suddenly a eureka struck my mind. That it is there & you have to find it. You have indeed failed zillion times, done & dusted another millions of times; still, there is hope. Some people have done the unexpected in love, people have traveled oceans to make someone special. Maybe it is not in your life but it is there. There is some power which gives you the strength to cross all the borders, limitations & give you the power to think impossible. This little sentence is enough to confirm there is some power entity above you. Not everyone is made equal & everyone receives the same love & affection. But, the hope that you can also get it is the biggest gift humans can ask for. This HOPE of finding something better, who values you & your thoughts is an undying one & this is where God lies. Nobody will be alive forever, but hope will travel far from your vision & this hope is where God stays that even after losing for zillions time you wait for that one victory.

Check out the previous version here. Where Is God – Part I


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Best Books I Read In 2019

I have read 24 books in the year 2019 & I believe these books are the best books of 2019, out of all the books I have read. You can check my complete list here. Book reading is an essential part of today’s life. So, read often & read effectively to win in life. So, without wasting any more time, lets dive into the list.


Life’s Amazing Secrets

Having trouble in your life. This philosophical book about life is amazing & will clear your life concepts. The book is written by a guru Gopal Gaur Das. His videos are popular on youtube & most of his views can be learned from there only. However, this book is written fantastically & will clear your mind. So, I would recommend buying this book, just to have access to it all the time. There are many gems in this book that will help you to maneuver your life during tough times.


Tuesday’s With Morrie:

Another book that talks about life. This is a book about a dying man & his student, who comes together for the one last time to record his thoughts. The student asks about the questions related to various topics, like life, love, relationships, money, religion, etc. These topics touch everyone in some way or the other. A very short book that can be completed in a day. But, it contains lots of great ideas & some new aspects of the daily situation.


Money Master The Game:

How to live a life is one aspect of life & how to make money is a completely different one. This book by Tony Robbins is an eye-opener about money. The money is hard to earn, but it is doable & if one follows certain steps & stick to the rules, they can make it big. This book will teach you about the game that is not taught in schools or colleges but is the most important aspect of one’s life. With money, life becomes smooth & fulfilling. So, reading this book becomes a must, as if you don’t know the rules you can’t beat it.


Principle:

Principle is a book by a hedge fund manager & how he lived his life. After creating a successful company, he wanted to continue it. But, how could he ensure, same productivity & same problem-solving process? So, with all his experience & support of his team, he wrote down a list of principles that should be followed by the company in the future. This list was highly appreciated by people not in the company but by outsiders as well. This encouraged him to publish the book on the same topic & this is how principle came into the picture. A great book to read that will help you to figure out ways to deal with difficult problems.


Educated:

It is tough to come from a family, where a father feels getting an education is against the norms of Christianity. But, 3 people from that family self-taught themselves to become Ph.D. holders. How this becomes possible? Read about their story in this book & in particular about a girl who had written this book. After completing the book, you will be shaken by the journey she took. A great read & an inspiring story about a person with a strong will. A must-read book.




Apart from these, there are many more books which are worth mentioning these are Bad Blood ( a story of a startup that tried to fake it till make it; a page-turner), Animal Farm (a sarcastic take on politics which is relevant in today’s scenario as well), HBR 10 Must-Read on Analytics, AI & More (a great book on how technology will shape your world in coming future). You can check all the list of the books I read in 2019 here.



Where Is The God? – Part I

Where is God
I am a middle-aged man working in a reputed firm. However, I don’t see a life working in a 9 to 5 job & dragging myself to the weekend party burst. So, I started a side hustle to reinvent myself. To see if I can make a dent, not in the universe but at least in a few people’s lives. I wanted my side hustle to become big & be a role model for others. So, I started it (a travel blog) without giving it another thought (Remember always start once you are in the urge of doing, it will be valuable in the future, irrespective of the audience feedback; if you wait even for 10 seconds there are high chances that you will not do that thing again ever). I started writing dedicatedly for many years & I won’t say that I only did it without looking towards the monetary side of the project but for my passion. But, I knew it will take time to get the desired results & this is the funny thing about starting something by yourself, you will have to put efforts, time & resources to the uncertain results & irony is, results are the ones which don’t allow us to take steps in the first place. This vicious cycle of putting results over processes is ruining our mindset. This was few years back.


I started my side hustle with much enthusiasm & overlooked all the distractions that can derail me from reaching my goals. I kept on working on it, with an intent to change something, either in my life or somebody else’s. It is a miracle for a person not as talented as other counterparts in school, college or in corporate but is brave enough to try something new or at least has the vision to do something remarkable (It is important to visualize goal & then work towards it). Few years hence, I am still writing with the same energy but with a minor doubt peeling inside my head. A thought, Is it worth it? Is it worth trying things whose results are uncertain? Sacrificing little pleasures of life to work on it? Is it worth the pain? All these questions arise in mind when the results are according to your liking.


After fighting numerous wars inside my head, about my side hustle & many times, I wanted to quit, but somehow I kept my nerves. When you have done everything in your capacity there is the only way, UP & literary this is the time when we look toward God. A supreme force to help you or to give you some signal whether to continue or not. Here is a twist though, people say if you ask something from the bottom of your heart it shall be fulfilled. I tried the same that too in many ways. I tried challenging God, begging God, avoiding God, admiring God, just to get the desired results. But every time I did, things got worse. So after rejecting several times, a question arised, is God really there or some people are luckier than others?


I mean if you are asking for something from God & it is still far from your reach, then why people feel that God is there. Days after days, I prayed to God for positive results but never succeeded in getting one. The funny thing is when the person starts losing, the confidence drops, & you start to question the steps you took to reach this point. So, every day I went to my bed, feeling dejected, lost & uncertain about the future & thinking of how I will survive tomorrow. It is one thing to say, time will fly & parallel universe to live it.


It is hard to fight this sinking feeling considering how much hard work & sweat has been put in building this. And over that, you have to fight new problems daily, which may or may not be related to your work. It can be anything that occupies your mind from thinking clearly. It is like a domino effect; if one piece falls others follows the suit & one everything falls apart. Once things fall, one looks for the supreme force to help them in their dreaded situation.




Even in the dreaded situations, one tries to motivate him or herself. So during one of those days when the battle is already lost. I was reading books, & while reading one of the books I came across, a line where the author of books asked various CEO’s that how come they are successful, & rest are not. Then, he said the only difference is I didn’t quit. This seems to be a very simple sentence, but it holds the lesson for life, that you should not quit. I was wondering how I came across this line when I was going through a rough patch. Maybe there is someone beyond our sense who keeps you upbeat. This is not the first time, that something like this happened to me. Every now & then, I came across some line, song or quote which motivate me for the next day. Incidents of finding something randomly which motivates you is an act of something. After failing numerous times, how come I stand up to fight again the next day. Then like a eureka moment, a thought crossed my mind. God doesn’t lie in giving you output, but it lies in motivating you to fight once again. Failure is inevitable, but how you fight it & prepare for the next battle is where the God is. And this is mentioned in Indian mythology as well, one can only do work but should not crave for results, as results are not in your hand. God is not present when you get the desired results. God is present when you are done & dusted, failed, miserable, out of thoughts, but still dress up & show the fight, because of a little voice inside your head, telling you to fight for one more time. A little voice, which still believes today you will win & beat the odds. A voice which says, ONE MORE TIME.

So, everytime you will lose, just say to your self. Let’s try ONE MORE TIME.


Work Is All You Have To Do:

So often it happens that we think something & keep on thinking about it. Rather than doing something about it we are wondering in our thoughts. People know this by the word of “Procrastination”; which means that our monkey mind just wanders here & there & opt not to focus on the goals we set for ourselves. Our minds are trained to focus on the end game & the pleasure it will give us. We are blindfolded to the process & our only focus is to win. As our main motive is to win, we align our behavior accordingly. One’s effort is determined by results.

This is how we are taught, that every effort should bear fruits. But, we forget a simple fact, that results are not in our hands. We can only perform an activity to the best of our ability & if we do things based on our love for that activity, then results will merely be a formality & the moment we start cherishing the efforts we will change the concept of winning & losing. This small point is a big differentiator between average workers & geniuses. Average workers align work with respect to the results while geniuses just work to make it better or for the love that they hold for that activity.
Once results become irrelevant in the game it takes away a lot of players with it; as most of us are looking for validation; validation from the people who matter little to use. Validation from some neighbor who has yet to figure out his or her own life & validation from ourselves that we are not losers. Most people don’t try stuff, as they fear they will be perceived as a loser for not achieving goals.

Fear is the greatest obstacle in our lives. Fear is good if one knows how to construct it & but most of us rather than embracing the uncertainty, we are engulfed in it. But, here is a thing if we do work for the love of if the fear vanishes. Work makes us comfortable & prone to new challenges; as our mindset is continuously thinking about the work & not the result.

Our minds are tuned in such a way, that it wants to hold on to the negative part as much as Romeo wanted Juliet. The moment our mind stop thinking about the love of the work, it went back to all the negative thoughts, like what is the use, what if the results is not in our favor, & many more. But, if we are able to rub off these initial obstacles we can achieve our goals.
Confidence is one trait everyone talks about. This can also be developed by working. Work on your craft & polish it. The more you work the more confident you get & with the confidence you can move mountains. Thus, it is said amazing things happen once you start working. This is the single, most important piece of advice; that you can gain confidence by working which will eventually help you win.

Work is the single most important work to achieve something. Success is not guaranteed if you work, but there are 100 % chances that you will not succeed if you don’t work. So work should be on the top of your list.

You only have to take one step at a time & with step by step, you can walk a marathon. But, rather than focussing on the path we focus on the end. For once, we should embrace the path without thinking about the destination; we should embrace the loss & should treat it as a learning, that we lost because we were not good enough. But, with hard work, focus & some shift in the mindset we can win. A loss can not make you a loser, but the attitude of not trying again after losing makes you a loser. So, change your mindset about things, so that you can change the outcomes. Who knows you are among the few who actually change something & even if you don’t it doesn’t matter, because you will be happy with yourself which is the most important part of your life. Being content & happy not because of the result but because of the path. However, this doesn’t mean we should not have destinations. Fixing a destination is as important as anything else in the life. It helps to determine in which direction you need to go.

Ideas To Condition Yourself For Your First Travel Trip

If you’ve decided to go on your first travel trip to escape the daily hustle-bustle of the complicated thing called life, you are on the right path. Whether you plan on visiting the Swiss Alps, the Statue of Liberty, or the Taj Mahal, you will most certainly have a lot of fun and recharge your internal battery.

One of the lesser-known factors of an enjoyable and memorable trip is meticulous planning. While an impromptu trip may also work out for some of us, it’s very rare as the odds against this are generally higher.

Then, of course, the nerves of traveling for the first time settle in, leaving you in a state of constant paranoia. But, don’t you worry! We have compiled a list of ways you can use to condition yourself for your first travel trip ensuring it turns out to be successful.


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Decide The Budget

It’s important that you create a budget before you start planning your trip to help you understand the constraints within which you should operate. This way, you can plan your trip and enjoy it without any fear of disappointment. Also, contrary to popular belief, you can have one of the best vacations on a low budget, as well, due to the presence of the internet and the research that you perform to help you get amazing deals.

There are definitely some locations that are cheaper than others with regard to their hotels, food, and transportation. Our tip would be to travel during the off-season or just pick budget accommodations. And yes, always keep your estimation on the higher side when you’re making the budget.


Choose The Destination Carefully

Once you figure your budget out, you can easily narrow down your destination options. Try to pick up location that includes all the experiences that you would want to have and, accordingly, plan the vacation around it. This will also help you get a specific goal and you can work within the guidelines.

Also, the experience that you are trying to get out of your vacation plays an important role when looking for holiday destinations. If you want to do something adventurous, look for options where you can try scuba diving, rock climbing, or bungee jumping. In the same way, if you want to relax on a beach, look for places such as Maldives, Barcelona, or Bali.


Get The Documents & Insurance In Order

It’s important to have the necessary documents handy before you leave for your trip. If you plan on going overseas, you need to ensure your passport is ready. In addition to this, you will also need a valid visa.

All in all, make sure that you find out all the important documents that you may need and if you don’t have them ready, start filing applications for the same. Keep them in an easily accessible place as you need to show documentation before you enter the airport. You can also have a file where you keep your documents along with your flight tickets.

Ask for insurance, though note that there are several types of travel insurance. You have to make sure that you have medical insurance at all times. You can also get one in case your flight gets canceled or something gets stolen. After all, it’s always better to be prepared for the worst. While this may look like extra expenditure, it will help you save money in the case of an emergency.


Prepare A Rough Itinerary That You Can Follow

Having a planned schedule can help you tremendously to remain organized and calm. Firstly, book your flight tickets as they are usually an expensive part of your trip. Try to be flexible with your dates. You can also look for different travel sites that offer complete holiday packages that include flight tickets, accommodation, transportation, and even attractions!

Once you have the dates finalized and flights booked, make a list of the things and sites you would want to try once you reach your destination. Again, be careful with your budget. The internet is full of possibilities to help you save extra bucks, so be very thorough with your research.


Book Your Accommodation Beforehand

Getting a comfortable hotel room can be an additional task that is both time-consuming and exhausting if you don’t book one before – not something you would want to do after you land from a long and tiring flight. There might also be situations where you may not find a room that will put you in a huge predicament. Having no place to sleep doesn’t necessarily spell out a relaxing vacation now, does it?

To avoid these situations, we would recommend you book a hotel room before you start your journey. Look for the best possible hotel that is both safe and has essential amenities for your comfort. In fact, by booking hotel rooms in advance, you will also be able to save a lot of cash.


Pack Lightly But Efficiently

Having a huge suitcase will not only make your journey tedious, but it can also be a task when you are changing hotels. This is precisely why you should take the initiative to pack light whenever you plan on traveling.

Keep only the essential things that you need and try to include outfits that can be mixed and matched. In addition to your wardrobe, don’t forget to take into account other traveling essentials that include a neck pillow, eye mask, earplugs for sleeping, medication, and some snacks.


Lastly, Enjoy Your Trip!

Always keep an open mind whenever you are traveling. Keep your mind away from work or any other issues that may restrict you from feeling free. Remember, your vacation is the time to unwind and relax. You can always pick up with these issues once you return. So until then, keep your daily life at hold and sip that Pina Colada under the golden rays of the Sun.

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First Time Trip Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Club Mahindra: One of the best resort chains in India.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

How To Plan A Budget Trip

Budget is one of the most important things while planning a trip & it is probably one of the main reasons why people avoid traveling to their dream locations. However, is it hard or impossible to travel on a budget? Especially, at this time when most of the information is available with just one click. The answer is a simple “NO” period. There are ample ways which can help you to plan a budget trip. So, how to plan a budget trip?. This post will help you plan a budget trip in an affordable & doable way.


Table of Content:

1. Choosing destination:

When the world is at your disposal, choosing the right place is always a tedious part & with so many options to work from it corrupts our minds for expectations of better places. The best way to choose on the destination is based on your interests. If you like places with natural touch search for similar options. As the mind will always play games & you will miss an opportunity to travel to a place you always wanted to travel to. Shortlist the place & do not deviate from it. Research about a destination like what all you can do. Choosing a perfect destination is 1st step in planning a budget trip.


Choosing destination how to plan a budget trip

2. Visa requirement:

After shortlisting the destination read about the visa requirement, fee & process involved. As some destinations requirements are high compared to the others. Of all the destinations I traveled so far the most difficult was of Europe. So, it is better to research visa process & then go ahead with your plans.


3. Duration of travel:

Not every destination requires a month-long duration to explore. Some can be completed in a few days as well. I believe that one must spend at least 3 days at the same place to enjoy it fully. However, the duration of the travel must be in sync with your things to do & budget (which will be covered later). It is not required to do all the activities, you can only do those activities which you really want to. So, prioritize your activities & calculate the duration. In the case of multiple stops, it is recommended to consider extra days for each stop.


4. Travel budget:

Planning for a budget is the tricky part. But, if you want to travel sustainably it is recommended to stick to the budget. I know it gets lucrative to spend on all the activities once on the road. But, this is what will decide your fate of budget traveling. Search for basic prices of items & liquor this will help you to decide the upper limit of the budget. Suppose, if the meal prices are high then it is better to cook your own food. You can buy stuff from supermarkets which will significantly lower your expenses. Decide on the maximum amount you are willing to spend & work per day expenditure backward. This will help you massively in planning a budget trip.


5. Saving for the trip:

Once your budget is fixed it is time to save for that extra amount. Keep a check on your expenses. This is an entirely personal way of money management. Not spending is also one kind of savings. I personally don’t like to spend on things I don’t require. I don’t watch movies in the theaters, don’t eat outside, don’t shop much until & unless it is an absolute requirement & invest whenever possible. Along with this keep certain money aside each month & spend the rest. This will help you to plan your priorities. You can check the following books if money really matters to you.
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6. Seasons for traveling:

This is probably the most underrated & most missed point while planning a budget trip. As most of the people are aware that during the season prices of everything rises 2 or 3 times from the normal season. Traveling during the season has many benefits but those benefits don’t sync with the finances. I traveled to Cape Town during winters & it helped me to save on my accommodation by at least 50%. This is the impact of in season& off-season traveling. If budget is constraint then traveling off-season is highly recommended. It will help you to save at least 20 to 25% of the amount & with that amount you can travel to some new destinations. Deciding season is important step in how to plan a budget trip.


7. Book cheap flight tickets:

When all the above steps are done, it is time to book cheap flight tickets. You can check the following article which helps you to find cheap international flight tickets. Also, during off-season, there are massive discounts on flight tickets.

How to find cheap flight tickets.

If you run out of the breath while reading the article, you can check the following link which will directly help you to book cheap international flight tickets.
Skyscanner
Kayak
Kiwi
Jetradar


8. Booking hotel:

Stay is one fixed cost that will be surely there. Hostels are the perfect place to stay for solo backpackers. It not only saves money but will also help you to interact with the other solo backpackers. A great way of community building. Here is a post to sites which you should refer to before booking a hostel.

How to book hostels at affordable prices.

If hostels are not your cup of tea, then you can book hotels or Airbnb. These will be slightly costlier if compared to hostels but it comes with luxury. Use the below links to book a hotel with a discount.
Agoda
AirBnB


9. Travel Insurance:

Traveling solo is unpredictable. So, one must be prepared for any mishappening. The best way to protect yourself is by taking travel insurance. There are many sites which help to book travel insurance at discounted rates. This is an important aspect as this can really protect you from anymishappening & will allow you to plan a budget trip.


10. Memories:

After planning rigorously for a budget trip. It is time for some fun, each new destination brings new memories & new experiences. Visit the places you want to & paint the white canvas of your life with the memories created by traveling. As traveling might rob you with some money but it will enrich you with experience, thrill, amazement, excitement & energy. So, don’t waste life counting days, go out do things that excite you & make it memorable.

These steps are essential & will teach you how to plan a budget trip. I hope this really helps you to plan your budget trip with minimum efforts.

After reading this post, if you are not ready to take that next step I don’t know what will motivate you :P. Don’t wait, book your next destination right now & travel world.


Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Club Mahindra: One of the best resort chains in India.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

How To Apply For Dubai Visa

Millions of visitors flock to Dubai every year to soak in its luxury, extravaganza and entertainment. The city is packed with the hotel giants, tall skyscrapers, affluent neighbourhood, swanky malls and private beaches.
To visit this iconic emirate, Dubai Visa is essential, unless you are from the GCC nationals that have been given the privilege of visa on arrival.
When it comes to applying for the visas, people usually begin with scratching their heads, because it’s burdensome and confusing. But what if, you could get Dubai visa in a mere 3 steps at the comfort of your home, and also if we aren’t kidding? Apply for Dubai Visa online!


Here are the fast and easy steps to apply for a visa like never before-

1. Fill the online visa application with the proper and correct details, such as name, nationality, primary contact address, travel date, etc.
2. Upload the scanned copy of required documents as photograph and passport.
3. Pay the fees through the secured payment gateway.


How to start the visa process?

The first idea is to search for a reliable and reputed visa agency. Contact them for the details. They would make you familiar with the steps, how to fill the forms, what documents are required and how many days will it take. The multiple payment gateways, quick action and hassle-free update make the visa application a fun process to indulge in. Also, you would know that a dedicated team remains available 24*7 and has got your back through the entire procedure.

You can keep in touch also when you are updating the details or finding a problem in payment.




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What are the required documents?

  • Application form should be filled and submitted duly. Any discrepancies can invite delays.
  • The application is supported with a photograph, not older than 3 months. It should be a coloured photo taken against a white background.
  • A passport of a minimum of 6 months validity is acceptable.
  • Scanned copies of the first and last page of the passport are submitted.
  • If your current address is different from the nationality mentioned, the permanent residency address could be asked.
  • Covering letter from the applicant stating the purpose and duration of the visit are presented.
  • Travel itinerary like dates of travel, copy of the confirmed flight tickets, and details of the hotel is required.


  • In some cases where you are off for business or meeting a resident, the following documents may be asked from the bearer-

  • Valid address proof of the residence in Dubai.
  • Scanned copy of the work permit.
  • Scanned copies of the first and last pages of the resident’s passport.
  • Covering letter and invitation letter from the company from the UAE.


  • Optional documents while applying for Dubai Visa online

  • If you have travelled to UAE within the past year, a copy of the entry and exit stamps on your passport is needed.
  • If a female is travelling alone, she must submit NOC from her parents or spouse.


  • Once everything is 100% correct, a copy of your visa will be sent to your email. So, provide email id to which you have access.


    Handy Resources:

    Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

    Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

    Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

    Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

    Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

    Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

    Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

    Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

    Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

    Club Mahindra: One of the best resort chains in India.

    Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.