How blogging helped me to pass my English proficiency exam

Initially, when I started writing blogs, I did not know what I am doing or did not have any idea how writing anything (any content) would help me to accomplish a few things in life. I still write because I love to write, it helps me to focus on certain things that establish consonance between my mind and my thoughts.

Being said that, I am not over the moon but still, this blogging journey, especially writing has brought out some significant changes in me. Something has really helped me to realize that this is the right time to pursue some online certification courses (Short-term). But before that, I did not know I will have to appear for an English proficiency exam.

Now at this point, somewhere deep down I really wanted to quit the idea of getting into academic commitments, even if it was a short-term (6 months) course. As I was so insecure about my academic performance. I knew that, once I get a bad score in the entry-level English proficiency exam, I won’t be able to rise again.

My educational background

Here, I would like to go back and talk about my school days. I did not get a chance to join any convent school where students could speak relatively fluent English language or might have been able to write a good English article/Essay from an early age back then. I was a student where my native language was a primary subject followed by foreign language English. Since spoken English has become an integral part of Indian society, it was mandatory to crack the English examination for better prospects. So here I can say, I knew the grammar part very well as it was the only thing that mattered those days in the examination instead of how to use it in daily life. After that, I did my diploma in Electronics and Telecommunication. That was technical education with very little exposure to promoting language skills.

Therefore, looking at my educational background “English” was not an Alien language for me but understanding the phrases of the “Oxford” English exam was a bit challenging and tricky.

As a result, my own insecurities were dragging me down into some unknown abyss where I could see myself sitting in Pajama and chilling out with no future plans. Believe me, the pressure was immense because this was happening after 17 years. Yes! I was preparing to appear for an examination after 17 years (Yes! That was a long time).

How Blogging helped me to pass the examination.

One thing everyone will agree is that writing is like a meditation. When you write, you train your mind to concentrate on a specific area (Topic) for a certain period. Believe me, this practice has bestowed a cosmic effect on me.

After enrollment, being a citizen of a non-English speaking country, I got automatically registered for an English course. It continued for 8 weeks and then proctored exam.

As it was an online platform, they did not have an online classes facility. It was a purely web-based platform, all about self-study, self-evaluation, and improving performance using our conscience, except the grading part.

Now everything was new for me including how to write a “Thesis & Abstract”. I wish could write an entire experience about my 8 weeks journey.

Anyways, I started my blogging journey in 2020, April. In the beginning, I knew about my writing hobby that I happened to realize in recent years and this was the perfect platform for me to express my mind. Since I did not know what to write, I started writing reviews. As I have mentioned earlier, writing is like a meditation, we train our mind to stay focused on one thing at a time.

Likewise, when I was writing assignments, I could see that blogging is helping me to think actively on certain topics of the assignment. I still don’t believe that it has increased my thinking capacity.

For Example, reading the stories of Anton Chekhov or Sherman Alexie and summarizing them in just 4-5 sentences. Now I knew that instructor is going to check and analyze students’ level of framing the story in brief. This task used to give me goosebumps. Usually, before making a final draft, we make changes and trim down the superfluous information into meaningful content. Subsequently, I could use the same logic while writing for assignments but still could end up writing a 6-7 sentence summary of the story. Not that bad, right!

Not just I’m getting better at expressing myself via blogging, but somehow it’s mending my persona to become a reader as well. Nowadays, my eyes usually get hooked on good articles. My hunger to gain advanced vocabulary is becoming insatiable. And so all credit goes to “Blogging”.

And therefore, I can say that this habit of writing is somehow transitioning my brain into someone who always thinks before writing or speaking. It works like medicine for my wandering thoughts. It might not be as a professional blogger, but deep down I know that now I can sum up my thoughts way better than what I used to do before starting to write “Blogs”.

In my opinion, every individual should start to write their feelings, at least once in a blue moon if not regular. Why I am saying this? Because I was the person who never tried to pen down my thoughts and never felt the necessity of writing on a piece of paper except in exams. And I strongly feel that writing words really gives meaning to your thoughts, so your personality. It could be in any language, not necessarily “English”.

So anyway, this was the blogging experience that has turned out to be an English auxiliary guide and is indeed reforming my life.

Thank you.

Namaste!


Best Concealer for Indian skin “Tarte shape tape concealer”

Today, I am going to review the most popular concealer that is approved by many bloggers and vloggers. People vouch for its incredible performance. It’s a Tarte Shape tape concealer.

Let’s see what I think about it.

I have been using Tarte shape tape concealer for over 2 years now. I must say, I never felt like switching it to another brand.

In this post, I have especially emphasized Indian skin tone because I know the weather in India is very unpredictable and at times it becomes very risky to wear makeup while commuting by public transportation during sunny or Hot/humid days. So girls I understand your pain. That’s the reason I thought of dedicating this post to all my Indian friends.

So my skin tone is Medium-Tan, foundation shade in MAC NC 35/NC37, Estee Lauder is Tawny, just for your reference. Tarte shape tape in the shade 36S Medium-Tan sand works like a magic for me. I just love the result when I look into the mirror at the end of the day.

Let’s talk about the formula.

Tarte’s shape tape concealer is the most sought-after concealer in the United States. But region-wise every product has some pros and cons. Speaking about India, most people prefer to commute by public transportation (Viz. by Bus or Train) and the situation could get worst in Summer. So ladies, let’s see what I have for you in this post.

Tarte claims :

  • full-coverage formula with natural matte finish – Yes! That’s right.
  • smooths & brightens to make eyes appear lifted – Yes, but I have noticed the product has a tendancy to settle into fine lines & crease so setting it with powder perfectly is important.
  • crease-proof formula won’t cake or settle with 16 hrs of flawless wear – Can’t say 16 hrs but I have tested it for 6-7 hrs and it stays put.
  • tape technology™ helps smooth & blur appearance of fine lines & wrinkles – Not sure what is Tape technology but yes it certainly helps smooth & lifts the under eye area and thats what a concealer is supposed to do .
  • applies easily with jumbo speed smoother™ – True but I feel the smaller domed end of the sponge would have been great like maybelline Fit me to apply easily.
  • ideal for normal, combination & oily skin – Yes! I would say it is true.

Yeah, it is full coverage formula with a natural matte finish. I have tried best seller Maybelline Fit me concealer as well. But somehow it did not work out for me. When I tried Tarte Shape Tape concealer in the Ulta, I just fell in love with it. After a long time, something had worked on me like magic, especially concealer with exact shade.

As mentioned earlier, I use 36S Medium-Tan sand and I don’t think I am going to change it anytime soon. Winter or Summer, I can use it all year round.

The formula is great and blendable, and most importantly it is super easy to apply for even a newbie. I personally feel that the smaller tip of the sponge applicator could have been a great choice to pick less product. Having said that, you can always prefer to use the desired amount of product if applied carefully. For me, less is more.

I mean, initially, when I started to use concealer, I knew the perfect blending is the key to achieving flawless under eyes. On top of that my low confidence was keeping me away from using such concealer ($30 USD), as I knew that I am not confident enough and did not want to waste my money.

But honestly, Tarte shape tape changed the game. It works best with its best buddy “beauty blender” and I can say it will suit any skin type if you find your perfect shade. Like mine, I have combination skin and so far my eyes are loving it more than me. Anyways, I have tested it in hot summers and it stays put for around 6-7 hrs. But make sure you set it properly with a setting powder. Sometimes your eyes might need a touch-up to avoid settling it in the creases or fine lines, especially in the hot scorching sun.

An easy-peasy formula can be directly applied to the area that has discoloration, pigmentation, dark spots, and of course dark circles.

I have incorporated pictures of hand swatches in this post to understand the color of the shade I am using. I hope it would be helpful to you to understand the color if you are trying to pick one.

So, I personally feel this concealer would be a great choice for my Indian friends, who are really looking for a go-to concealer with fewer efforts. Believe me, this will save you tons of time if paired with the right setting powder. And yes, I would recommend it to my friends & family.

That’s all for now. I will be back with another review.

Namaste!


The best Hyaluronic Acid face cream for all skin types by fresh

Sometimes it becomes a confusing task to decide on creams, especially moisturizers that contain Hyaluronic Acid. This is the reason I always prefer to read reviews before buying anything. I hope this blog will help you and give you some idea if it is worth buying a product.

So let’s jump into it.

I remember, six months ago I was looking for a moisturizing cream that will get along with my acne-medicated cream routine. So, again after reading good reviews on Sephora, I decided to splurge on it.

This brand advertises it with the caption “Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer”. And indeed it smells like a bouquet full of roses and for people who really love to inhale the rosy fragrance, it will be their holy grail cream. That being said, it is not very long-lasting so people who do not appreciate it can also buy it.

Nowadays, “Hyaluronic Acid” is the highly emphasized word being used by the skincare industry, and even reading it on the label seems quite appealing.

As mentioned by cosmedica skincare, “Hyaluronic acid is truly an ingredient that gives benefits to twenty and eighty-year-old skin. Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles retaining moisture to the skin, creating a plumping effect. When the skin is protected and hydrated, increased skin cell production can take place, as the skin isn’t busy fighting for hydration. This leads to smoother, plumper skin cells” (n.d., para. 20).

Now, what do I think about it?

Frankly speaking, for about 2 years I had been using Clinique moisturizer. But I really wanted to change it as it was making my skin oily. Sometimes, our skin needs something different than what we expect.

As stated earlier, after using Clinique moisturizer for a very long time, accepting this new addition into the routine skincare regimen I was a bit hesitant. The “fresh Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer” is quite thicker than other cream base or gel base formulas. Of course, gel base creams are very light and quick absorbing. So if I talk about this, it is not a very fast absorbing cream. However, you will need a very little amount to hydrate the skin. The formula is thicker and it will take a time to blend in so do not expect a featherweight feel (in my opinion).

As long as its performance is concerned, I am glad that it never made my acne worst or irritated my skin. It’s indeed a very hydrating formula that has the ability to quench the thirst of dry skin. Being said that, I am lately experiencing dryness as winter is getting at its peak here in Texas. Since my skin type is Normal in winter and the combination type in Summer. Hence, sometimes, I need to apply it 3 times but not every day. Otherwise “Hyaluronic Acid” serves its purpose being a main ingredient in the cream. It offers soft and supple skin, and better hydration by locking it to create a barrier. This part is really fascinating. I have never experienced any moisturizing cream like this that provides good strength and locks the skin to retain hydration as it is.

Overall its performance is top-notch, it works best under makeup, even in hot summer. A portion of great hydrating food for dry skin as well as the best companion for dull skin.

I use it in the morning and at night, (but sometimes in the afternoon in the winter season). Usually, First I use my Lancome serum, Curology acne treatment, and then moisturizer. Every morning I see great skin that is actually plumped with hydration. Indeed fascinating!

It is without parabens.

What I don’t like about it?

In my opinion, the recipe of cream is more on a thicker side. Being said that, in summer I feel a little bit of extra oiliness. The exact opposite, in winter I feel dryness. I genuinely think the formula should be lightweight by thinning it to make an easily blendable cream, Viz. IT cosmetics moisturizer confidence in cream, just to compare if that makes sense.

My Recommendations:

Yeah! it is quite pricey. You get 1.6 oz/ 50 mL of jar for $45 (USD). But I would suggest always keeping your eyes open for discounts. There are high chances you will hit the jackpot in the new year.

Yes, I will recommend this product, especially to those who have dry skin. It is the best option and on top, it does not cause acne. So yes you can embrace it with all the love.

Thank you so much for reading it. See you with some new other posts and reviews.

Namaste.

Reference

Cosmedica Skincare. (n.d.). Cosmedica Skincare. 10 BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID. Retrieved from https://www.cosmedica-skincare.com/pages/10-benefits-of-hyaluronic-acid


The best natural face powder MAC Mineralize skinfinish

This year Black Friday (2021), I wanted to grab a few cosmetics, and for that, I was setting my eyes on emails for discounts, and guess what! I got 50% off on MAC face products. Finally!

That was a moment I could not hold back my temptation to grab Mac mineralize skinfinish powder, after seeing so many good reviews. So I ended up ordering Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter and Mineralize skinfinish natural powder.

But today, let’s talk about MAC Mineralize skinfinish natural powder.

My views on mineralize skinfinish natural powder

Mac describes it as “A luxurious, slow-baked, domed natural face powder with low-level pearlized pigments – M∙A∙C Mineralize Skinfinish Natural provides a dimensional yet natural finish. This baked powder can be used alone, to set the foundation and touch up makeup throughout the day”.

I bought the shade medium-plus. Now I don’t know what’s slow-baked means, but I could understand the texture and its efficiency after using it. 

So first, I tried it on its own, as foundation powder. I could see the beautiful natural sheer coverage powder blending into my skin flawlessly.

I really like its result. The lightweight formula provides the “pretty face” look but not the “no-makeup” look, hope you get my point. As I always mention on my blog posts about my acne problem that keeps coming off and on, and that’s the reason I could see some prominent marks/dark spots on my skin peeking through it. So this powder will probably work best as a setting powder instead of using it as a (foundation powder). Moreover, it does not settle in the fine lines/wrinkles that make me a happy customer 😀.

It could be a great choice as a powder foundation for those who encounter very few acne issues in their lifetime. Again, it is a sheer coverage powder, so one can not expect full coverage, or for that matter, any flawless result.

For me, I am going to use it as a setting powder. I am glad that sheer coverage won’t change my foundation color. I have been using Too Faced setting powder for a while. So now I can say that MAC mineralize would be my next go-to face powder to lock my look for the day.

However, my biggest concern is the dome shape of the powder. It gives me a real hard time swirling around the brush to pick up the product, especially a big fluffy face brush. I could see that it picks up more product than needed, and during the process, some of the powder disperses in the air that gets utterly out of hand. However, I am trying to make it work.

My recommendation

I see this setting powder, a lot better option than spending on loose setting powders that sometimes could result in time-taking work. So I would highly recommend MAC Mineralize skinfinish natural powder to my friends and family. Being said that, kindly make sure you choose the right shade. My shade is NC 35 in MAC studio fix foundation. So medium-plus shade is a perfect match for me. In addition, you can use it as a bronzer by selecting a deeper tone shade according to your skin tone.

Last but not least, it is not a “Matte finish” powder, so ladies with oily skin type, please be aware! Especially in summer, so I would say, try before you buy.

Otherwise, it is a very great product to splurge on.

It’s retail price is $37 (USD) for 10 G / 0.35 US OZ.

Hope you find this post helpful.

Thank you so much.

Namaste!


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What do I think about the drugstore Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder highlighter?

“ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD!”

Likewise, all that shines is not a “Highlighter”. So let’s see if it’s true about Wet and Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder.

I am sorta fancy all makeup products, and always very enthusiastic to swatch everything if I could…you can call it my madness. Being said that, I wanted to refrain from spending too much on cosmetics, especially highlighters as I barely use them. After searching for the best drugstore highlighter, I came across Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder.

What do I think about it?

So the shade I bought is Golden Flower Crown. I chose golden so that I can use it as an eyeshadow as well.

Wet and Wild mega glow highlighting powder looked appealing when I first took a glimpse of it at the store. Yeah! It was indeed very shiny and shimmery. I knew this highlighter would solve its purpose by sitting on the top of my cheekbones, brow bone, and cupid’s bow and reflecting light to give me that natural glow.

It is a beautiful drugstore highlighter that gives a subtle glow. Unlike some highlighters that give a prominent shine and are hard to apply (viz. Revolution). Again it depends on how you apply it. However, I love to use a regular brush (Not a fan brush) or fingers to the rescue. It is pretty pigmented. Being said that, you need very little to use it and that will last you long beyond its expiration date 😅. It goes like an easy-breezy highlighter powder. Meaning, it blends effortlessly and won’t let you engage in front of the mirror for a long time.

Undoubtedly, it is a fan-fav highlighter and always in demand.

As far as the color is concerned, I got the Golden Flower Crown and I think this one is way too shiny for me as it has a golden hue but is good for using as an eyeshadow though. I think the “Blosson Glow” would have been a great choice for minimalists like me. Being said, I am still happy with my purchase and looking forward to keeping it in my bag forever.

Final thoughts

Honestly, I think this one is the far best drugstore highlighter available in the market. Everybody knows that we all try to accommodate according to our budget and convenience. Hence, I would definitely recommend it. After all, it’s an art to pull off what you wear.

Retail price varies but I bought from Target at $4.99 (USD).

Pictures and swatches are given below.

Wet and Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder

Just for fun – Do you know that Wikipedia has an info feed about “what is highlighter (cosmetics)” too! Yes! please check it.

I will see you soon with another review post.

Thank you so much!

Namaste!

Must-have MAC eyeshadows for every skin tone

Cult-favorite MAC products and their variety in make-up line make it stand out in the crowd. A glimpse of its collection and arrays of colors are breathtaking, and simply molding us to “want more”. However, a few single eyeshadows are indeed recommendable if decide to splurge on them.

I am a big fan of MAC and I would like to buy everything if I could. But that’s quite not possible. But I am glad to share my viewpoint on the single shadows that I own. I hope it will help some of you to decide if MAC single shadows are really worth splurging on.

In MAC, my foundation shade is NC 35 ( recently recommended by MAC artist). Just for your reference so that it will help you to understand the shade. Well, I am going to emphasize the color than its texture. I believe these eyeshadows will suit almost all skin tones.

From Left Bronze, Sable, Honey Lust, Antiqued and Woodwincked

MAC Woodwinked – Veluxe pearl finish

Mac described it as a Warm antique gold. A very beautiful eye shadow that works like a magic and gives a subtle look. I would say it is warm with a tad bit of rustic gold. It is pigmented shadow and swipes across the lead easily. A single shadow is a solo warrior and works like a magic. My go-to eyeshadow and hooked to it forever. Your daylight look is ready in no time. Give it a try.

MAC Sable – Frost finish

It is described as a Gold-plum w/bronze pearl eye shadow on the MAC website. A great combination of plum with bronze, all-day wearable. However, it can be your savior, especially in a daytime. Rushing somewhere and need a dash of color on the lids, just go for it followed with mascara & eyeliner. Princess is ready! I love this shade.

MAC Bronze – Frost Finish

It is a dark brown with a frost finish. A warm-tone eyeshadow is a perfect blend if you love the touch of a smokey effect. It blends flawlessly and gives a perfect smokey effect in no time. Use it with Kohl or black eye shadow in the outer corner to get that killer sultry look. Voila! you are ready. You will look fabulous no matter how you apply it. A must shade for the to-go pick.

I am wearing Bronze eye shadow in the below images.

MAC Honeylust – Lustre Finish

Honestly, this one is a very common shade & probably dupes will do the same job. Except for one reason, I adore this Bronze-dipped peach shade, as it illuminates & gives a perfect center eyelid shine for a day’s wear. Besides, the shimmery part is best, it does not fall out. Since I have tried some other dupes where it makes application difficult, so for me, “Honeylust” is truly my BFF.

MAC Antiqued – Veluxe pearl finish

MAC described it as an Ash brown with bronze. Instead, it is a reddish bronze eye shadow that is so antique and very pigmented, just don’t forget to make the outer corner of the eye Smokey to enhance your look. Day or night! Show your swag with pretty eyes.

MAC is pricey and it’s recommended to try it before you buy it. Checking shades in the sunlight is the best thing if you want to see the real hues and color of the eye shadow. In fact, even lipsticks are the best if tested in natural light.

Further, I always spend mindfully when it comes to cosmetics. MAC is one of them. Besides, recently I read that make-up products like powder foundation, eye shadow or for that matter, anything which has talc in it, have a life of max 2 years. After that, it is best to stop using it or in other words declutter it.

This post was all about eyes and I hope you like the swatches & find this post helpful.

Thank you so much!

Namaste!

Check out my other Tarte remix palette https://revivelifewithme.com/2020/10/19/tarte-pro-remix-amazonian-clay-palette/

My staple skin food is”Aloe-Vera” Gel

Healthy skin and good health, are prime goals we set and try to accomplish in our life. When thinking about natural remedies first thing that comes to mind is Aloe Vera. Surprisingly, it is a very popular plant in the world. East or west, people have recognized its Supreme power & its importance.

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It is always recommendable to use natural products for our skin as well as for our health. Why? because we know, our mother earth offers the purest form of life, so be it a succulent plant like a Cactus or a supreme plant like an Aloe Vera. By the way, Aloe vera is a distinct species of succulent plant.

Despite knowing its characteristics & benefits, I was staying away from it for no reason. Yes! perhaps it is an easily available plant or product, and I was chasing around expensive products in the market for quick solutions.

Unfortunately, I have been facing acne issues for the last 2 years and no matter what I use, the acne issue rises again after endless trials. So in my story, Aloe vera was a game-changer, not in terms of curing my acne but for giving a relief from irritation and inflammation.

This is the reason, here I am going to explain how Aloe vera helps me in my day-to-day routine.

First, it is an excellent remedy for irritated skin. After shaving my face or cleaning my upper lip. Since my skin has become sensitive nowadays and reacts badly even to face shaving or threading. I immediately apply the Aloe Vera gel to the affected area. Instantly, it gives me a soothing & cooling effect.

I use it as an under-eye moisturizer. Yes! you heard me right. I have tried some other brands but so far I get this cooling effect only by applying Aloe vera gel. Instantly, it gives me soft and healthy undereye skin, but then don’t forget to wash it off, or else it might get into the eye causing burning or itchy eyes.

Further, I also like to use it after removing makeup & cleansing my face. I apply it and let it sit on my skin for 10-15 min then rinse it with water. This way, I try to get an extra level of hydration, and the end result is satisfactory.

Since I have already mentioned my acne issue earlier. I have been using Aloe-vera gel for the last two years and I believe it is supporting me to fight against acne (not solely). Whenever I apply it, every day it gives me another reason to use it. Meaning, the irritated & inflamed acne gets a dose of icy effect. Subsequently, its phenomenal soothing property makes my skin sip some gel and calm down my angry & irritated face a bit.

Acne or no acne, this wonderous & all-purpose plant is just outstanding. Just give it a try if you haven’t already.

It is indeed a miraculous plant with so many benefits.

Let me know how you use Aloe-vera in your daily life.

Thank you!

Happy Diwali 2021

Today, I wish you all a very Happy Diwali! May God give you the great success you deserve in your life.

May God brighten up your future with positivity & prosperity. Happy Diwali 2021!

Diwali is the time to spread love and joy, it is the time to make hearts happy…. Make this Diwali a special one by making someone smile… Happy Diwali.

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Night of “jack-o’-lanterns”& spooky tales, “Happy Halloween”!

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I hope you all have already decided how to celebrate Halloween. For me, it is more about making my daughter happy and letting her know that it’s her day to enjoy face make-up and not to continue it until Christmas. Hahaha!! She loves it and my lipsticks too. Anyways, I bought myself “vampire’s teeth” so that I can flaunt in Red lipstick. Besides, it was the only choice left for me as becoming a vampire is all about showing off some fake “Teeth” and exaggerated blood-sucking expressions like “vampire Diaries” Bingo!

So, my friends, wishing you the best Halloween ever. I hope you get to spend a great time with your loved ones & get a spooky night. After all, it’s Halloween!

Enjoy this celebration with good laughs. Bring some of your childhood memories back, play tricks-treats and relish your day with lots of candies.

Wish you the spookiest Halloween ever!

Thank you!

Sharad Purnima (Kojagiri) Moonrise time, an Indian Celebration

Being an Indian, diversity is a key that invites different occasions & festivals, and Sharad Purnima is one of them. Purnima means “Full Moon”. Before we start, I would like to clarify that everybody knows the moon does not have its own light. But the festival like Sharad Purnima has some other theories mentioned in Ved Puran Shastras & people have been practicing it for thousands of years in India.

Recently we celebrated it. So, yes! It is an auspicious day for us. Usually, back home in India, we celebrate it with our family and extended friends & family. It is all about bringing food to one table and enjoying the feast with a special dish known as “Basundi”.

“Basundi” is a dessert that is just like condensed milk, but a little a bit runny mixed with all the favorite dry fruits and Kesar (Saffron).

You will find plenty of other variations to perform this pooja (worship). Since I belong to Maharashtra state (MH) India, I would like to explain how we celebrate it.the videos on it.

On this day, we (My family) worship Lord “Shiva” and Goddess “Parvati”. It becomes “Shiv Parvati”. Food choices vary from snacks to preparing the main course. In the evening time, all friends gather and sing devotional songs, perform a pooja. This way family & friends come together to greet each other and enjoy the evening. “Basundi” is a must-have dessert, else Sharad Purnima will be incomplete without it.

As soon as the full moon rises, at night we take a small or medium pot/container full of milk and put it on the terrace floor or take it somewhere out in the open so that moonlight (beams) can hit the milk in the pot, and gets infused with it. This process takes 10-15 min. Once we are satisfied, we return to the kitchen and pour the milk into another milk container, which is already sitting on the burner for the last approx 1 hr (Medium flame). Then there will be the series of episodes where family members will come and suggest that dessert is ready, but sometimes all we can do is disagree so then it takes a little more time to serve dessert of the night aka “Basundi”. Once it is ready, now it’s time to dig in and enjoy the night with food, snack, and dessert.

Our ancestors say, Sharad Purnima (Moonrise) possesses powerful beams & when it blends in with a Milk, it becomes holy-Milk (Like holy water). A pat on my back. Yes! I explained it pretty much well.

So, on this day I clebrated it & made special “PAV BHAJI” & “BASUNDI”.

Here I have presented my thoughts that I believe in. People celebrate it distinctly as per their practice and rituals in various parts of India.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading post!