My vision in life is to be a Better Version Of Myself Every Day. And my purpose in life is ‘Learn, Grow, Inspire and Contribute’.
Everything that I do ties into this vision - including my writing. Check out anumorris.com for more info!
When Your Tribe Is - Not Belonging
I belong to nowhere. This realization came to me when I was living in London, United Kingdom. I had managed to save up enough holidays to make a month-long trip back to India. I excitedly told my colleague - 'I am going home.' He looked surprised and said, 'Well, you do that every day.' And that's when I realized that home to me had many meanings, unlike other people. And a little bit of introspection, and I realized I had a PhD in not fitting in.
Mise En Place - Everything In Its Place
I am a woman. I grew up in India. And when you put both these words in the context of Indian culture, the equation is Woman + Indian = Cooking. As a girl, society expects you to learn cooking by the time you are of age so that when the time comes to find a groom, this qualification is complete. Cooking is a must-have criterion for marriage eligibility. Indian moms feel they have done right if their daughter can cook a full Indian dinner by the time she is sixteen. To quantify this, let me present you the number of rotis (the equivalent of naan) that my mom made in her life for my family. Ten rotis every day for four people for 40 years on average comes to 584,000 - and this is a conservative estimate.
Mom and I - Acquired Relationship
I am my Father's daughter. And as I grow older, I am finding how much like him I am—hopefully, an improved version. I have so many of his mannerisms that I can predict with almost 99% accuracy what he is thinking or saying. Growing up, I looked up to my dad, and he was/is my best friend. I would tell him everything and still, to this day, do so. And he never judged me or told me what to do - which is probably why I told him everything.
- Second Place in Vegan Bake-Off
A Nice CuppaSecond Place in Vegan Bake-Off
I grew up in India, and chai is a staple diet. We have chai in these cute tiny steel tumblers three times a day. Making proper chai involves freshly grated ginger, cardamom, cloves and a few cinnamon sticks. When I decided to go vegan, the hardest thing to give up was diary just because of chai. I had no issues giving up cookies/cakes or ice cream, but I had trepidation when it came to chai. For the longest time, I was vegan except for a cup of chai.
Let It Change You
Bianca shrank into the hood of her coat even more - she wanted to slip by the 'popular' girls group at school without getting noticed. The comments about her nerdy glasses, braids or her grandma's sweater didn't bother her anymore, but she could do with a break from them today. Could the day have gotten any worse?
Namaste - I See You
Big Bang A long time ago, there lived an entity whom we shall call No-thing because words cannot express that entity's essence. No-thing was the only thing that existed. Humans, planets, aliens, universe, sun, birds, microbes, animals - whatever you can think of did not exist. To look at it another way, No-thing was every-thing too.
Daily Journal Entry - Another exhausting day! Wake up at 5:00 am, meditate, dance, shower and open the cafe. I work all day long, take orders, brew tea or coffee till 6:00 pm, clean up afterwards. And finally, sit down with mint tea to journal before bed.