Akshata Shanbhag

30 day Self-care Challenge

Recognizing the significance of self-care is crucial, yet in the midst of our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook. To initiate a positive shift, let’s embark on a 30-day self-care challenge together, starting with small steps that can pave the way for a consistent routine. Day 1: Set a personal Goal for yourself this month …

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The Doll

In a tranquil suburban neighborhood, Lisa and her daughter Irene embark on a fresh start following the loss of Lisa’s husband. Their lives take a bizarre and chilling turn when Irene forms an inexplicable bond with a doll named Sharon, who seems to have a sinister influence over the young girl. As the story unfolds, …

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Visit to my Hometown

Haldipur, situated in Honnavar Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka, India, holds a special place in my heart as it’s my father’s hometown. During my childhood summer vacations, we would make short visits to this charming village, creating wonderful memories. The ancestral house, nestled amidst lush greenery, featured a sizable well inhabited by frogs, a cowshed …

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Let’s Laugh Together

On the final day of college before their exams, the 12th class students aimed to create lasting memories. The juniors organized various activities to bid farewell to their seniors. Khushi, eager to showcase her talents in dancing and stand-up comedy, had been looking forward to this day. Unfortunately, her plans were thwarted when her classmates …

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Transformation through Forgiveness

Shivam, a young boy, carried an air of arrogance around him. Polite phrases like “please,” “sorry,” and “thank you” were foreign to him. He had an entitled demeanour, expecting respect while showing none to others, especially his elders. Despite relentless efforts by his parents and teachers to mend his ways, his behaviour remained stubbornly unchanged. …

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SIBLINGS

During my mother’s pregnancy with my younger brother, the question from friends and family was a constant refrain: “Do you want a baby brother or sister?” Despite lacking a solid reason, my response remained unwavering: “I want a baby sister.” In the hospital’s reception area, alongside my father, we awaited news while my mother was …

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A Half-Decade of Joy

Towards the end of November 2017, I received the life-changing news that I was pregnant after taking a urine pregnancy test (UPT). Having faced disappointment with negative results throughout my journey of trying to conceive, I was inclined to dismiss the test strip without a second thought. However, to my utter disbelief, I was greeted …

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LOVE vs MATERIALISTIC AFFECTION

We all have unique life priorities, and they can change over time according to our individual preferences. I had a conversation with a friend (not particularly close) one day, during which she expressed a viewpoint that caught me off guard. She said, “It’s crucial to have life’s luxuries. Money is everything.” I nodded, not necessarily …

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COFFEE SCRUB

“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.” – Jessi Lane Adams Many of us enjoy the delightful fragrance of coffee, don’t we? What if we incorporated it into our skincare routine? I personally appreciate it for two main reasons: the first being the unmistakable coffee aroma, and the second, the rejuvenating effect it imparts to my …

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You gotta start somewhere

On a beautiful Saturday evening, as I sat by my window, relishing the gentle caress of the fresh, cool breeze on my face and observing people strolling by, children on their bicycles, and vendors peddling fruits and vegetables from their carts, I found myself reflecting on my writing. I have a habit of jotting down …

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