April Has Been Interesting:

What this month has been like-

1) To-Do Lists: I don’t have a lot to do while in quarantine, let’s be real but this app has been a little more than just lists. I have ideas when I’m shelling eggs or in the middle of my bath; some really great ideas that I often times let slip off because my mind can’t seem to function to help remember.
I use the To- Do app from Microsoft and synced my phone and laptop to it since I have atleast one of them cemented to me at all times of the day. I feel super important doing the bare minimum so it’s really good for my soul.

Microsoft To-Do lists
Anya Abraham
My favourite feature: The striking out of completed tasks and adding pictures to it.

2) Journal-ling: With all this time on my hands, I can’t not want to do things that take a lot more effort than I give credit to. I don’t know how many of these habits are going to stick till the end of the lock-down because let’s be real here, this is me we’re talking about. My commitment to habits is questionable. But hey, I’ve tried atleast.
I use the Morning! app which is very similar to the 5- minute Journal book that you get. The app is FREE so you know I had to clap my hands on that ASAP.

Bonus- The daily affirmations are my personal favourite. (THEY HAVE REMINDERS TOO!)

Morning! app
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From the left you have the day you’re writing (It also includes what are some of the great things that happened and what could have made today amazing), the entries from the entire month, quote of the day and settings where you can add reminders.

3) The Law Of Attraction: So now this all makes sense, doesn’t it? And if it doesn’t, you probably haven’t read/watched (Ebook/Netflix) The Secret which throws light on LOA. Prepare to have your mind blown.

I’ve only recently been introduced to it and I find myself strongly believing in it already. Backing that up stands my religious and spiritual self. (I choose both.)
For anyone that’s drawing a blank, The Secret talks about how the greatest inventors, the people behind success stories and common men that rose to fame all believed in ‘The Secret’ which emphasises on the power of affirming your dreams and thoughts to make them into their physical equivalents by having a strong desire for it. Not just hoping, but by having a BURNING DESIRE even though your dream might seem impossible. The desire opens up paths toward it if you already see yourself living it.

“Your imagination is an extremely powerful tool.”

The universe will start to rearrange itself to make it happen for you.

4)Looking for jobs: The down time really started to stir the lazy in me. (Vigourously) And so, I sat down one late night, surprising my family with this rather sudden determination to start earning from home.
I applied to a couple of typing jobs secretly and got a call back from three of the hundreds. Sadly, once I’d broken it to the family on how I intended to earn, they brought that to a screeching halt because of the nasty stories they’d heard.
However, that wasn’t all that stopped me. Each of those jobs required me to a pay a ‘minimum’ amount as registration. ????? (Rs. 750-4000) How convenient to pay for a job when you need the money. But what I did take back from the experience is a shady looking resume that no one would consider even for a job involving just sitting and existing.

Protip from someone who hasn’t done it: Check the legitimacy of the sites before you go ahead. It appears like easy money which is why you need to be absolutely sure that it’s not dupery.

5) Soneva Jani, Maldives: Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamt of the bioluminescence beach in the Maldives. I dreamt often about it because it had caught my eye either on television/social media. It’s stuck on to me for all these years even though many places have come and gone on my ‘Places to Visit Before I die’ list.
I’d promised myself I’d take myself there if that was the last thing I’d do. That looks a little bit distant in the future right now but, that’s okay because it most definitely is on the cards. Here’s a little peek of a place that caught my eye recently.

Situated on a private island in Noonu Atoll, is Soneva Jani, a detail of my dream.

6) Books: You remember how I told you about my sudden impetuous decision to go looking for jobs? Yeah, after that happened, I forced myself to reflect on how richly educated I was about personal finances, again randomly. I wasn’t ‘richly’ or for that matter even slightly financially literate. *drum rolls*

I got my hands on an ebook of Rich Dad Poor Dad. It has finally happened at the age of 21, going on 22.

My dad comes from a background of finance and while I never felt in touch with that, reading this book exposed a side of me to myself that I didn’t realize existed. And so I dived into an alternate universe of finances, leaving behind my fictitious ‘happily ever afters’.

An afterthought: If you see me after this, a romance novel in my hand and smiling to myself, just let me be. The finance stretch may not have lasted too long.

Books I’ve read this past week (I’m starting with basics):
a) Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyoski (I did a book review that you’ll find here.)
b) Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill (I recommend the five chapters that I’ve completed till today.)

7) The Mangoes Hath Arrived- I don’t know why I find this so Indian but I’m leaving room to include anyone else that does this. April and May are our hottest months but it brings with it the scent of Mangoes, a real hit with us here at home. Although the ripened fruits are heavenly, we at home love raw mangoes.
Since before I can remember we’ve been cutting up raw mangoes, adorning it with chilli powder, salt and our ‘secret’ ingredient for the best no hassle, easy pickle ever- SUGAR! You read that right.
However, not a lot of people I’ve told this to love the idea or encourages it because it’s not typical. But, if you can get your hands on two raw mangoes (One to do it your way and one to experiment it with our way), add sugar in with the other two and prepare to have your mind blown.

Mango Pickle
Anya Abraham
Tip from the chef: Let the mango ripen a teeny tiny bit and I promise, the flavors will have your eyes rolling into your head with pleasure.

I tried to keep this concise but doesn’t look like I did a very good job at that but here’s some inside deets on how the month went by. Why does it matter, you ask? Because I put myself to use 4 out of 10 times and tried to do new things. Give a girl some credit.
Thanks for reading :’)

Our lock down got extended till the 17th May. How good/bad is yours getting?

PS- I’ve gone and done something otherworld-ly and completely reckless this past weekend. I’m running a website besides the one you’re reading this on. If you want to check that out, for more of my charm, here’s where you’ll find it.

54 Comments on “April Has Been Interesting:”

    • I’m sorry I didn’t reply earlier. WordPress’ troubles have caught up with me too and your comment went straight to spam.
      You’ll find them both on the App Store 🙂


  1. I like the way you write with such simplicity and an amazing vocabulary.Its amazing.Keep up the good work Anya…Reading this blog was amazing….The links that you provided for the books that you mentioned are really helpful..Thank you so much

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  2. “For anyone that’s drawing a blank, The Secret talks about how the greatest inventors, the people behind success stories and common men that rose to fame all believed in ‘The Secret’ which emphasises on the power of affirming your dreams and thoughts to make them into their physical equivalents by having a strong desire for it.”

    I have never heard of this although I believe in and practice it myself. What caught my attention is the name, The Secret. In my experience, making the world bend to your will is more likely to happen if you can keep your major goals a secret from humanity. It seems as soon as you tell someone what you desire, the entire cosmos turns its attention to preventing your vision from becoming a reality.

    Finally, as others have noted your (writing) ‘voice’ is interesting. Your personality plays peek-a-boo with the reader. Even more impressive is your writing if English is not your mother tongue.

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    • Firstly, thank you very much :’) for noticing my writing voice. My mother tongue is not english however, I’ve always grown talking english at home must be why I have a slight hold on the language.
      Secondly, to back your experience, I know of a saying ‘Hustle in silence and your success shall be the noise.’ The Law Of Attraction works when you really desire something so strongly. Fine line between desperation and a strong desire. Desperation to get something might drive one to shout it out on the rooftops (Not quite the same but something like that)
      You can affirm it and live the reality you want to achieve in ‘secret’ too. Just don’t let it turn into desperation. I’m definitely not explaining this well. There are some stories I’ve linked within the post, take a look at them and you can decide how you want to feel about it. 🙂
      (Ps- My experience has made me realize what yours did too. Sometimes.)

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      • (Ps- My experience has made me realize what yours did too. Sometimes.)

        Thanks for the detailed and prompt response. The ‘Sometimes.’ is a pure Anya touch, and you have much more than a slight hold on the language. You have a native level command of English. I only guessed it was not your first language because I have some experience working in your country.

        Do you also blog in your mother tongue?

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      • This means everything to me, thank you so much for taking time off to read what I have to say! ❤
        My mother tongue is Malayalam, and although my folks at home speak it I just can't seem to get it. It's not because of lack of trying haha xD. I don't blog in Malayalam because I'm so bad at just speaking it. Such a shameful thing to admit but yeah, just English for now 🙂

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      • “This means everything to me, thank you so much for taking time off to read what I have to say!”

        It is my pleasure, young lady, because I enjoy your voice. Don’t let anyone try to convince you to change your style. Just have fun at this, at least for now. There is no reason to ever let writing become tedious or suffocating.

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      • I’m guilty of letting that happen the last time I attempted blogging. I was doing so many things wrong and absolutely hated it and went on to give up.
        Not that I have it all figured now but I can actually say this is where I’m at peace the most. I’m loving every minute of it here 😁 Y’all make it that much more lively! ❤️

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  3. I worked with your civilian and military senior leadership in New Delhi, Lucknow, and Trivandrum to initiate a battalion level military to military annual exercise called Shatrujeet. The goal was to have both your and my (USA) country host the exercise every other year. The time frame would have been along time ago (before you were born) way back in 2005-2006. I enjoyed working with your military and the Kerala food was to die for, albeit a bit spicy.

    The idea was to strengthen the bond between our two countries in anticipation of China becoming more ‘muscular’ and aggressive.

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    • I’m glad you found our country welcoming. What are the odds that you add your liking towards Kerala food. This is a little funny to admit but I’m 3 quarters a Malayali. (Any south Indian would find this ridiculous but the data is not mine. It was from someone trying to figure out where I fit.) I’m also glad you like the food there. I must agree some of the dishes are amazing. Our tastes are used to a truck load of spices which explains why you must’ve found it spicy.

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  4. “It was from someone trying to figure out where I fit.”

    I hope it was a good thing but it doesn’t sound very wonderful from where I am sitting.

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  5. Nice post! I haven’t been to the Maldives yet, but a bioluminescent beach is a sight to behold. I saw this in Koh Rong, a Cambodian island in the Bay of Thailand. Pretty amazing. I hope you get to see it soon!

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  7. I’ve read a whole bunch of personal finance books over the last few years. A more recent one that I really liked was Quit Like a Millionaire by Bryce Leung and Kristy Shen. It’s now the one I recommend to everyone! 🙂

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  8. I didn’t see the new link? Maybe I missed it. To answer your question, I’m in Florida, so we’ve been opening back up in phases. Not sure which phase we’re in, but I’ve been kind of waiting to do anything extreme, like eat out.

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