Sibling Love

Hello!!!
Hope you guys are having a great start to the week!☺️

Let's start off with something random about me:
I was born in Australia but my parents are from India, and I feel so blessed to have an Indian heritage and background.

I have an 'Ethnicity Tag' blogpost idea in the works, but it won't be up for a while because I have a perfect, well-timed week that I'm saving it for (Incentive to keep hanging around my blog till end of November? I think so!) :P

But until then, here's a random Indian thing, this past Saturday we celebrated this festival called Rakhi (or Raksha Bhandan, if you want to get technical).

Simply put, it's all about spreading and celebrating the sibling love! Awww haha.
But basically, it's pretty much where the sister ties a decorative thread on the brother's wrist as a symbol of love and protection and they give the sister a gift back, hehe not a bad deal :P



Back when my brother thought I was 'cute'.



This was taken about 3 years ago now :) My brother and I have a seven year age gap.

But yeah, every year my brother and I celebrate, and I also make cards and send rakhis (decorative threads) for all my cousin brothers. So I send mine to India (and the UK and Phillipines, cause our extended family is everywhere!) a month or so before the event. 
My other girl cousins do the same for my brother! :)



I get serious about Rakhi Arts and Crafts :P



Ready to ship off for all my cousin brothers!

About two years ago, all of us cousins created a Whatsapp Family Chat so we constantly keep each other updated with photos and what's been happening, and I adore it.

Most of my cousins on my mum's side are married with cute little kiddies, because mum was the youngest of six siblings! So I always get adorable photos and videos hehe.

Every year on Rakhi, our group chat is flooded with messages to each other and Rakhi selfies. 
Now, I'm proud of this concept, because two years ago my brother and I were being silly and goofing off - and sent a selfie with him showing all the Rakhis on his wrist...and so began, 

The Rakhi Selfie. 
It took off :P

Haha, so now every year on Rakhi everyone sends a family Rakhi selfie. 
What can we say? We're trendsetters :P
Our Rakhi Selfie usually consists of me trying to take a good photo and my brother deliberately ruining it by making the stupidest faces haha...brothers.



This year's blurry, but funny addition.

Here's one more Rakhi Selfie cause this curly haired niece and nephew of mine are so stinkin' cute :)



Tying rakhis.

And just cause the brother did well this year, he got me this beautiful Guess necklace.


It's rose gold, so obviously I love it! Haha.

Hope you guys liked this little bit random post!

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Have a great rest of the week!

❤️Raashi
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Why I just love Photojournalism!


At university, I study journalism (amongst some other things) - and more than ever before, I'm realising that I am truly passionate about journalism and communication, and the power it possesses. 

There are so many things I could talk about relating to this - and I feel that over time, I will - but today's post relates to my yesterday! 

Yesterday, I ended up randomly (or fatefully) watching a documentary about a magazine and journalism.  One part of it talked about photojournalism, communicating news through photographs, and it reminded me just how much I love photojournalism. I only (naively) properly became aware of Photojournalism as a practice at the beginning of last year - when I learnt about it and completed a piece of work on it.

After discovering it, I decided it was probably one of my absolute favourite news forms. I could write more and explain more about what Photojournalism is, but in the spirit of it - I'll just show you :)

Because of an assessment, I found this website:


 I mean it when I say, this is legitimately one of my absolute favourite websites. I look at it ALL. THE. TIME. And you'll see why.
















As you can probably tell, I really had to restrain myself from showing you every story's cover photo :P.  I so strongly encourage you to check out this website every now and then!

The thing about Photojournalism is it shows you the good, the bad, and the ugly, in its truest form possible. It's SO easy to understand the news story from it.

The other website I love is:


"Each week, TIME LightBox presents one news photograph selected from among the thousands shared on the news wires. Published in the magazine, these images, now featured in this gallery, offer a close look at the world’s most impactful events..."

They select the most striking photograph of the week...and I just love this one!


Do you guys get what I mean when I say I love Photojournalism? 
Photographs are powerful. 
They can instigate emotions, change behaviour and impact the way society operates. 

As for the story I did my assessment on that cemented my love for it?
My piece of writing on it follows below:

This photojournalism series composed by Lloyd Young captures the day Boston marked a year since the attack at the Marathon with tragic and uplifting photographs.
The news values evident in this story are entertainment, surprise, bad news, good news, magnitude, relevance and follow-up. As a human interest story it has elements of entertainment. It is simultaneously bad news through the tragedy it documents, and good news through the healing it depicts. The photographs reiterate a sense of surprise by highlighting the calamity that had occurred, and contrasting that with the present anniversary. Much of its significance rests in its relation with the bigger news story of the Bombings, demonstrating its follow-up value. It also has values of magnitude and relevance, as terrorism affects everyone who hears about it and is relevant on an international scale.


The story angle is set on the symbolic events associated with the flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence, suggesting a focus on triumph over adversity. Although melancholy is an overall theme reinforced by images of grief, the story also represents the anniversary positively in the context of unity. Unity is signified by the masses of people at the commemorative ceremony and the ‘Boston Strong’ blue and yellow banners. Moreover, courage and hope is represented in the images of bombing survivors standing at the finish line – creating an uplifting sentiment. Capturing the movements of the masses – their sorrow and healing – evokes compassion and empathy from the audience. The story suggests we should think about the event in terms of strength and resiliency now, exemplifying the ‘Boston Strong’ slogan.


The medium is significant because visuals affect how people perceive a story, correspondingly photographs capture the subtlety of situations whilst creating immediate emotional impact. Moreover, a series of photographs can encompass several themes. For example, one image accentuates the distress experienced, by positioning a crying individual in the centre of the image. In another example, a low, close up shot of shoes reading ‘Boston Strong’ and a prosthetic limb represents the situation in its entirety of despair, heroism, recovery and unity. The visuals provide the experience of the event for the viewer to see for themselves.



Hope you guys enjoyed this post, even though it turned into a essay...I tend to do that a lot, whoops :P

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What I've been upto! (A.K.A. Food Adventures! :P)

Hi guys! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and a nice start to the week! ☺️

I'm about to head into a few study-heavy, busy weeks now…so I thought I would use this opportunity to reminisce on some recent, random, fun moments from my mid-semester holidays and the first few weeks of University - before I head into social oblivion, that is :P.

I've already done two photo journal-y blogposts on the main things I did these past holidays, Our "Camping" Trip and My Melbourne Trip - you can click on the links if you haven't already seen them!
  
But, here are some other bits and pieces! ☺️

Disclaimer: While I was organising the photos for this post it's almost embarrassing how many of these photos are photos of food :P. BUT, notice how I said almost hehe - food is the best so I don't even regret it haha, no shame whatsoever.



Am I right, or am I right? :P

Plus - most social interactions are based around food, and since I haven't got proper approval to put photos of all my friends and I on here yet, photos of food is not a bad way to show you guys what's been going on (or more like what I've been eating…maybe I should just succumb and make a foodie page/instagram/blog :P), anyways - here goes some random photos!


Some of my friends and I went to a place called Doughnut Time (it's gotten super famous in our city, and for good reason! It's YUM!)

I also attempted cooking a bit these holidays, vegetable pies... 


And a homemade Italian feast for my mumma's birthday!


Crumbed Pepper Poppers, Napoletana Penne Pasta, Pumpkin, Rocket and Feta Salad, and Garlic Bread of course!

With a pistachio and cinnamon cake with cream to finish off!


Speaking of my mumma's birthday, since it was on a weeknight I just cooked dinner at home on the day (as you can see above) - but we had a very food-filled celebrating weekend as well! :P

We went to this place called Shouk Cafe for breakfast.




Needless to say, I wasn't mad about it :P.

Later on, I took mum out for a fancy birthday dinner ☺️


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Mum is vegetarian so I had booked a vegetarian degustation dinner (a tasting of small signature dishes) at a restaurant called Bacchus.







The food looked SO beautiful, but it was so, so yummy too!


A random photo I took - I love, love, love beautiful scenery.

Just before the end of the holidays a bunch of us went to something called the Noodle Night Markets!




How cute! Hehe.




Along with all the Asian food there, they also had waffle sticks!? 
We had never seen these before and felt that was good enough justification for us to have to try one! :P



Let's just pretend this photo isn't blurry, ok? :P

After that Uni started back up and that weekend some of us went out, because we just knew it would get harder to do this later on!


How pretty is that tree! 
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm obsessed with fairy lights...or anything sparkly, to be honest :P)

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And now to this past weekend!
One of my best friends turned 20!




  We went to this place called Spaghetti House and it had such a cool ambience! I've definitely explored Brisbane's eating scene more than ever this holidays haha, as you can see :P 


I probably could just stop studying business/psychology/journalism and become a food blogger? :P

Anyways, just one last thing, a while back I wrote a post on how lovely it can be when strangers capture random moments, and the other day I was meeting up with some of my friends and saw this! 



The person was, I'm assuming, waiting to meet one of their loved ones to celebrate their birthday and I thought it was the cutest thing ever! 
Just loved knowing that someones' day was about to be made!

Anyhow! Hope you guys enjoyed scrolling through ALL the photos (of mainly food :P)!

P.S. My blog's regularly programmed scheduling has shifted to Monday night postings (in Australian time :P), so wherever you are in the world they will be up by Tuesday mornings ☺️

New blog post will be up next Tuesday!
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Have a great rest of the week!
❤️Raashi

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When life gets busy!

Hope you guys are having a great day!!! ☺️
It's been a while since I've done a more personal post, maybe at some point I'll do a compilation of random photos from my holidays, but as for now I am back to routine!


I FEEL SO BUSY RIGHT NOW. Haha. I have not had a day off for the last two weeks (university and work during the week, and work during the weekends as well haha) - I'm surprisingly holding out pretty well actually, but I'm definitely having to dig deep now!

Hahahaha, this made me laugh a lot!

This week I'm working 30 hours in the retail store I work in, doing full-time university, organising group presentations, tutoring sessions, planning birthday and work dinners - I'm not even going to finish the list just to keep my sanity haha. BUT - only four more days and I will have a complete day off, YES! SO EXCITED! (I'm probably going to celebrate it with a blogpost haha, I'm thinking of changing my weekly posting scheduled day to Mondays for the rest of this year ☺️ )

ANYWAYS - enough about me! The thing is, this week got me thinking that sometimes our lives can get SO busy, and SO hectic - and it can be good and bad.

GOOD: I have obligations, and responsibilities, and expectations to meet - and I need to uphold them. This teaches me so many things:


BAD: I can get so caught up in getting everything done for everything and everyone that I forget about myself and taking care of myself, I make myself the last priority. 

"Busy is a drug that a lot of people are addicted to."



I think every individual can relate to both situations. 
We all benefit from, and/or sometimes get disadvantaged by, being so busy.
And yet another double-edged sword in our lives, haha.

Two things are for sure: For now, personally, I am embracing the chaos, trying to have fun and taking it day by day; and, I am going to appreciate Monday SOOO much next week! Hehe :P

New blog post will be up next Monday!!!
Until then, you can follow me on - 
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Have a great rest of the week!

❤️Raashi
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