The #AllINeedIsLove Project! It’ll Make Everything Right

Evidently, I’m not having a good day. I’ve expressed myself on Twitter and Instagram too.

But while moping, I remembered something and it caused me to take on this project.

I was going through my Hotmail inbox (yes, I still have one) and I found an email from a wonderful lady who’s the co-founder of a singles’ community. It was an invitation to write for their blog. I replied much later with one of my famously long emails and signed off with love. I literally typed ‘Love, Dhruvi’.

I had no idea then what I had started. But she wasn’t having a great day and she read my email and smiled. She thought to herself, ‘Of course, love can make everything okay.’ And she told me the story of how this little gesture altered her communication with others. I had no idea what I had started.

If there is one thing I know to be true, it is that ‘love’ is kind and it can grow if we share it. It can heal and it can blossom if nurtured. So, I’m going to take on this task of spreading love. Simply message me privately here or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with your postal and email address. In no time, you’ll received a handcrafted love note from me. And when you do receive the love note, upload a picture to your own social network and hashtag it #AllINeedIsLove.

#AllINeedIsLove

Sounds good? Let’s do this!

Why Your Next Getaway Needs To Be At Sula Vineyards, Nashik

I first went to Sula Vineyards at Nashik in 2009. I was obviously charmed and enamoured. I have been visiting every year after that and the place has only become bigger, better and more beautiful. On a Tuesday, last week, Sula Vineyards invited me to spend the day there. My sister, Himani (whose photographs you often see on the blog) accompanied me. Also, I have deemed her the official photographeress for everything I do. 🙂 Check out her work at www.himanishah.in.

So, here’s a photo story on how we spent the day in wine and food heaven.

After a long, 4 hour journey from Mumbai to Nashik, we lunched at the Soleil by La Plage.

Lunch at Soleil by La Plage
Lunch at Soleil by La Plage

Fun fact: We celebrated our arrival with a Sula Brut Rosé bottle. And we learnt that what we see in the movies about popping open a bottle of bubbly is not the right way to go about it if you want to drink the wine. We actually saw a demo on how gently the cork comes off if done right.

Opening the Sula Brut Rosé
Opening the Sula Brut Rosé

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Wait. Breathe. Read. Now Join Me In This Journey To Embrace Yourself.

I’ve often heard that what sets apart children from adults is their innocence and worldview. They are not corrupted by practicality and a way of life that caters to adults. They do what their heart desires. They dream without any limits. And they don’t wear masks.

I have always been open about how I feel. And in a recent conversation with an admirable woman, I learnt about the legacy she wants to leave behind. She said she wanted to be remembered as honest and kind. In that spirit, I have written a micro story on Instagram today.

I want to tell you a story. Of a girl just like Alice. It was 6 years ago. She had a pretty pink bow in her hair and she was happy. She was in love. With a boy who took this photograph of her. She thought she would never find love again because they went their separate ways. It took 6 long years. For her to realise she had found love again. Only this time it wasn’t a boy. It was spring and she was in love. With the weather, the colour pink and most importantly, life. She had chosen to embrace everything about herself. And she was truly happy being who she was. She was in love. She was her best self. The little girl, like Alice, had grown up! She still wore a floral tiara but her heart was golden like the sun. ❤️

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I want to take you along on the journey as I find myself in this new avatar. And show you how you could embrace yourself too. Will you join me? Double tap on Instagram, shout out to me on any social media platform, leave a comment below. I’ll be waiting to hear from you. :*

3 Fascinating Stories About Embracing Yourself!

Now that you know what has been putting a spring in my step and keeping me up at night with excitement, it’s time to hear the stories of the women that have magically partaken in this journey with me. I asked them 3 very pertinent questions. Their replies were honest, instinctive and had me at hello.

Himani Shah | Photograph: Dhruvi Shah
Himani Shah | Photograph: Dhruvi Shah

Alice:When someone asks, what do you do?, what is your reply?
Himani: I’m a multiplex tycoon. Jk… I work with my dad who owns Gold Cinema, a chain of cinemas across India. Gold takes the multiplex experience to lakhs of people who have never experienced it before. The unique concept not only provides entertainment to 2 & 3 tier towns but also leads to development & urbanisation. Along with this I am also a freelance photographer specialising in portraiture, landscapes & travel photography.

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