This Summer, when most of the people are Staying Home to Stay Safe. Most of the releases are on OTT Only, people spending their time binge-watching ‘Netflix’, ‘Amazon’ and Hotstar, and more. Netflix is testing the Indian content ‘low budget’ content to stay tuned with the small-town crowd. Jeetender Kumar, A Popular face from the TVF ‘ Pitchers’ has an earlier release on Amazon Prime Video ‘Panchayat’, and Now ‘Chaman Bahar’ both represent the youth from the lower working class with dreams.
‘Chaman Bahar’ Story
चमन बहार, एक कहानी हर एक छोटे बड़े गांव कसबे की | कहानी में मुख कलाकार हमारे आपने जीतू भैया , प्राइम वीडियो की पंचायत के बाद फिर से है भैया तैयार |
चमन बहार की कहानी हर एक लड़के की है जिस के अरमान तो आसमा छूने के है, पर न तो ऊपर जाने की सीडी का पता है और उड़ना आता नहीं | छोटी जगहों पे एक तरफ़ा इश्क़ और प्यार राह चलते हो जाता है, अगर न भी हो तो भीड़ में खड़े सब है | कुछ ऐसी ही है हमारे बिल्लू की, शाहरुख़ का दोस्त बिल्लू नहीं | जीतू भैया इन एंड अस बिल्लू पान भंडार वाले ‘चमन बहार’|
बिल्लू यु तो चौकीदार थे , आपने पिता जी की तरह | भल्लू से एक रात दर गए और पान की दुकान उधर के माल के साथ खोल डाली | खली सड़क पर बिल्लू का ठीया , जहा न कोई गाहक और न ही कोई रुपइया |
एक दिन सब बदल गया , बिल्लू की दुकान पे शहर के लौंडो की भीड़ हो गयी | दूर दूर से लौंडे लपड़े का जमखत लगने लगा | कियो की बिल्लू भइया के सामने एक शहर के मॉडर्न स्कूल की खूबसूरत कन्या रहने आयी | इलाके के सभी लड़को की नज़र, उसी लड़की पे थी | बिल्लू उर्फ़ जीतू भैया की भी , मन ही मन पसंद करने लगे थे |
लड़की का नाम था रिंकू |
शहर के बलि और भाहुबलि भी रिंकू के दीवाने थे , जीतू भैया ने जुगत के साथ कुछ को रास्ते से हटाया पर एक नामयाब आशिक़ छिछोरे आशिक़ की तरह एक गलत हरकत कर डाली | और बिल्लू की हरकरत ने रिंकू और उस कर परिवार कोई सेहर से जाने को मजबूर कर दिया |
बिल्लू की भी बहुत बदनामी हुई और पिटाई भी पुलिस से |
‘Chaman Bahar’ is the light as air Movie for every one with low esteem and belongs to the small town. And also raise the female school children who have to go throuht because of the cheap and pervert behaviour of town males in indian society.
UK is the most well-liked country for foreign students followed by the US. According to official sources, 19.6 percent of total student populations are foreign students and makeup 458,490 in numbers. International Students in UK get Global exposer and experience.
OECD reported the UK as a second-best destination for international students in the world in 2016. However, it has dropped from 0.5 percent to 0.3 in 2016 as compared to the previous year.
How many international students choose the UK?
If we talk about the academic year 2017-18, 139,145 EU and 319,340 Non-EU students were enrolled in UK HEIs. Almost 70% of students were undergraduate, 20% postgraduate, and 10 percent research postgraduate in EU, 51% undergraduate, 39% postgraduate, and 10 % research postgraduate students in Non-EU respectively.
According to HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency), 485,645 foreign students pursue their education in the UK for the academic year 2018-2019. This is 6% more as compared to 458,520 students the previous year.
International students not only face many difficulties after securing the admission but also tolerate hardships of long admission and visa process. When international students secure admission in UK universities, they go through some defy to adjust themselves.
Here are some biggest challenges that international students may face:
Linguistic barrier for International Students in UK
Language is the mean of communication between people. When international students pursue their studies in foreign universities, they face the biggest problem which is language barer. Because they do not belong to the same culture and do not have command over foreign language and intonation, resultantly they came up with poor communication and flow of information. However, most students have an IELTS test and can understand English well, the problem is with the familiarity of a British inflection and specific country phrases.
It could be difficult for international students to learn with the full core when they are from different languages.
British Cultural Values
Cultural contrast includes the coordinated and kept up an arrangement of socially gained values, beliefs, and rules of direct which sway the scope of acknowledged practices recognizable starting with one cultural gathering then onto the next. Cultural contrasts cause conduct and character contrast like non-verbal communication, thinking, correspondence, habits, standards, and so on.
When students belonging to different cultures communicate, these factors become berries. Everyone is affected by the culture, they brought up in.
International students from different cultures pursue their education in UK. They may have different cultural values and norms. However, when they came to the UK, it has its own cultural values, which is a big challenge and cultural stun for foreign students. Foreign students mostly lack cultural knowledge when they go for study in the UK.
Living Expenses for Internation Students in UK
UK is considered one of the expensive destinations for study. As UK has a high fee and high residential cost for foreign students. International students have to show their financial position even before getting admission in order to finance the degree. Most of all, meeting other living expenses other then education makes it too expensive in the UK to survive.
UK study average expenses ranges from $17,000 to $25,000 (13,500 to 20,000 Pound sterling) for graduate and undergraduate studies for international students. However, the living and traveling cost includes $1300 to $1600 per month. Cost may vary depending on the city you are living in.
Finding & Getting a Job in UK
United Kingdom is considered the hub of international businesses, ultimately provide huge job opportunities. That’s why it is the most attractive destination for international students to study and get a job in the UK.
One of the top foreign student destinations in the world is the United Kingdom and it is also considered as an international business hub with a diversified and rich employment market
Nowadays students (undergraduate and graduate) face many difficulties in the United Kingdom to get a sponsored work visa from the employer. Most of the students have to rely on part-time jobs to meet their study expenses. It is because of the high study expenses in the UK.
Due to changing policies of UK government (Uk’s Immigration and student work permits) for international students, it’s become more challenging to get a job. Secondly, foreign students even are not aware, how to get a job in the UK has an adverse effect in this regard. In this regard, the UK has categories of job offerings based on international student visas.
However, the United Kingdom government has allowed international students to work 20 hours in a week where they get the pay on an hourly basis ranging from $10-$12. Although, good universities have their own carrier centers to guide foreign students who are interested in part-time jobs.
It is a natural phenomenon that international people always look for their similar culture, region people to collaborate and make friends. The main reason they find is a different culture, social norms, dissimilar language, food, and behavioral patterns, etc. All these factors restrict them to grow and manage their time to find a good job and people around him/her.
The best way to get out of this situation is to make new friends from diverse cultures or join clubs in universities to be close to friends with similar interests.
International students came from different regions and have strong affiliations with their families and friends. Resultantly, many foreign students feel homesick and want to meet their families and love ones.
Universities, therefore, have a counseling army to assist international students in this regard. The professional personnel at universities collaborate with the homesick students, make them feel better, confident, and motivate them back to their core objectives being in the UK.
Reading Time: 2minutesA heartbreaking and Shocking News from the Mumbai, Shakes the Nation. The demise of Bollywood Actor Sushant Singh Rajput again brings the ‘Mental Health‘ and Depression as a Serious Health Hazard.
Sushant Singh Rajput (21 January 1986 – 14 June 2020)
When I heard this news…The first thing came in my mind…..Our Parents, Our Education System, Our Social Education failed… But Why??
Sushant Singh Rajput Background
At a very early age, he found Success, Name, Money. He was an Award-Winning Actor, He had ranked Seventh in the DCE Entrance exam in 2003 & secured admission in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) class in Delhi College of Engineering. He was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics.
His Demise left us with few questions….
Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless…I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore and telling my friend Sajid, its producer how much I’d enjoyed the film and wish I’d been a part of it. Such a talented actor…may God give strength to his family 🙏🏻
What else he wanted? Where did he fail? What he should do instead of suicide?
Since birth, We learned only How to get Success and Success is everything. You are not worth it if you fail. Our system, Thinking process, Our Education System, Our upbringing they all are the culprit because they feed us only about success, but they forgot to tell us about failure,
How to handle your failure, Always remember that
“Failure is the Key of Success”
Don’t Panic from your failure. Do not hesitate to talk about your failures.
Mental Health: Time to Talk
#Depression…#Anxiety seeks help… Talk to your parents, your friends, your doctor or call your loved ones & best in my views call a stranger or Call randomly and speak out……but talk,
Please, just Vent out & Do it now, Leave Everything behind, because your Mental Health is very precious…
Mental awareness is very important, I think We need to teach the Young Generation that Suicide cannot be the solution, We have to fight with any worst condition.
Always remember one thing that
Take out time to reach out to the ones who really DO MATTER…those who call you…..listen to their silent unexpressed or expressed talks carefully…
TRY TO BEFRIEND WITH YOUR KIDS, DON’T BE JUDGEMENTAL, MAYBE YOU CAN’T SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS BUT SOMETIME LISTING IS THE BEST THERAPY.
Reading Time: 5minutesWho doesn’t know this Successful Woman Entrepreneur? She has literally shaken the roots of the Indian Cosmetic Industry. She has shown to the world the true meaning of equality in labor, which is often said.
India has produced some amazing women leaders in business. Be it any industry- herbal, banking, cosmetics, etc. However, things were not as good as they seem today. There are tiring struggles behind these successful faces.
Earlier, the women in our country were the focus of our government only as service takers. There was hardly anything done to support them independently. But the Welfare model that was followed during Independence times wasn’t sufficient. According to this model, no employment Centric development was done.
But things changed with the coming up of 4th five-year plans ( 1969-74) when education was given priority.
Yet, the ultimate impetus was given by the 6th five-year plans( 1980-85), when the Welfare model transformed to the development model. Thus, the period between the 1970s and 1980s gave us some amazing entrepreneurs.
Most of them being women as a ‘Successful Woman Entrepreneur’.
Let us closely look at their startups and efforts!
Often dubbed as India’s first women entrepreneur, she is a woman par excellence. With her wonderful business skills, she has managed to create a niche for herself. Born into a Dalit caste called, Mahar, she was subjected to utter discrimination. She tried committing suicide by intaking poison, but life had some good news stored for her.
She started working in a garment factory at the age of 16. After that, she went through Govt of India loans and got a loan under the Scheduled Castes for opening up her tailoring business in the 1970s.
Saroj was however subjected to death threats in the form of ‘ Supaaris’ from the upper caste men in her village, who resented her. The reason was that she expanded her business in the real estate sector too and there was a fight over a piece of Land.
But as a woman of grit, she didn’t back out. Rather she dived into other businesses like Furniture Store and Film Production. She set-up the KS Film Production under her name and produced the first dubbed movie in English, Hindi, and Telugu. While talking about her old times, she recapitulates how her sister died in front of her, in her arms. She also doesn’t remember many dates, so there is little accuracy about the years in which she started certain ventures.
Life hasn’t been kind to her, but she didn’t stop. Saroj went ahead to take over the Kamani Tubes in 2001, which was in debt. Owing to her excellent contact skills, she removed the debt. To date, she leads the Kamani Tubes.
Today, Kalpana Saroj has a turnover of around $112 million. This has prompted people to call her the ” Realslumdog millionaire”. She also received the Padma Shri in 2013. From child marriage to abuse and from gender bias to Casteism, Kalpana has seen it all. But impediments in life made her what she is today!
Another ‘Successful Woman Entrepreneur’ is The woman with the heavy red-brownish hair with Dark kohl in her eyes. Yes! It is Shahnaz Husain. An entrepreneur who was married at the age of 15 and became a mother at 16. Yet today her annual turnover is worth billions of dollars.
Shahnaz was born in a Conservative Muslim Family. Yet she received part of her education in Allahabad and then went to London with her daughter Nilofor. It was there she studied Cosmetology and began to start a herbal venture. She was dejected to see the side effects of chemical products.
Back in New Delhi, she opened her first clinic in 1971. After a few years, she named the company under the banner of Shahnaz Husain Group. After that, there was no looking back. She went ahead to set up her first franchise in Calcutta in 1979. The first foreign franchise was also set up in 1982 in London.
It was not all plain and simple for Husain to achieve this much. Shahnaz did face hurdles but never stopped to grow. It is estimated that the company’s growth in the period of the 1970s and 80s was around 15-20%: quite remarkable. Her group produces therapeutic products for skin and hair.
Shahnaz regularly writes in various columns of the news journals too on beauty and fashion. Today she has around 400 franchises in different countries.
She was also awarded the “Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur- 1985″ by FICCI.
Altogether, Shahnaz is the perfect example of the woman entrepreneur who bloomed in the age of 70s, just before the liberalization. She has a Padma Shri in her kitty too.
Kiran Mazumdar Shah
This Indian leading business lady is the present Managing Director of Biocon Group which deals with biotechnology. Her journey started in around the mid-1970s when she came back to India.
Kiran Mazumdar Shah is a Poster Lady of ‘Successful Woman Entrepreneur’
She was earlier working as a trainee manager in Ireland. However, to learn more she returned to India. There she started the Biocon India in 1978 in a garage of a rented house, with only Rs 10,000. The garage was in the tech capital- Bengaluru.
While trying to set up an efficient biotechnology startup in the country, she faced loan and infrastructure challenges. It was difficult for her to educate people about the need for good drugs that were cheap.
However, her persistent efforts paid off when she finally set up a Research and Development Team ( R& D) in 1984. The team was assigned to research on finding new enzymes to develop affordable drugs.
But she received her major breakthrough when in 1987, Narayanan Vaghul of ICICI helped her with a humongous financial aid.
Obviously, Kiran didn’t only find success but also did face bankruptcy at times when finances were low. Yet her hard work paid off as she set up two subsidiary bodies – Syngene and Clinigene.
They both had the functions of research and trials respectively. By and by, she competed with other companies in the Stock Market and raised Biocon to the level we know today. She partnered with Unilever also and today
Biocon is one of the leading biotech companies. Today Mazumdar is the billionaire lady of Indian entrepreneurship. Her ideas of affordable innovation have inspired many. With the Othmer Gold
Medal, she received in 2014, she has won many accolades. She even got featured in the TIME’s 100 influential people list.
Although, there are many big names in the entrepreneurship field, be it Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo or Simone Tata of the Trent beauty Industries. Yet these were women who began their entrepreneurial career around the 90s and 2000s when liberalization had set in.
Liberalization made things easy, but what the above 3 women achieved in the age of no- opportunities is remarkable.
The period of the 70s and 80s was challenging given that not much aid was given to women then. The credit, loans, etc. were very limited. Growing in those times was commendable. Those were times when gender inequality came together with limited options available.
Yet it’s wonderful to see that the journey these entrepreneurs commenced so late, is still a success. It is a testimony to every aspiring woman that education combined with skill can help you touch skies.
However, not all is cool when it comes to the entrepreneurial sector even today. Be a ‘Successful Woman Entrepreneur’ in their own Domain.
Only around 14% of the enterprises are by women in India, as reported by NSSO. Besides that, a report says that in India only 8 million women have their own businesses as opposed to global 126 million. So it’s high time that we take our old ladies as our role models to grow.
All these lovely women have managed work and homes together. Let there be more Kirans, Kalpanas, and Shahnaz!
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Mrs. Mansi Gupta is a woman with a strong aura to her name, with determination and talent being a few remarkable traits. The co-founder of the lifestyle brand ‘Tjori’ founded in January 2013 in India. She created this brand with the idea of promoting the traditional Indian handicrafts with the touch of modernism to get global recognition. A plan built on the whiteboard in a room of the Wharton university housing has now become a global e-commerce website with ever-expanding future plans.
Mansi Gupta Opens up with ChaaiCoffee in a recent e-Interview.
What are you truly passionate about?
Mansi Gupta: Passion is nothing but dreams you see with open eyes. I’m extremely passionate about my work and my family.
What motivated you to start your company?
The need for Indian art and craft to be on a global platform with the best interest of the artisans. The other motivation was to help revive some of the heritage art that was dying out with time and no acknowledgment. These factors motivated me to start my company.
What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?
Tjori, my first baby, and Ryan my first child are the two motivations for me to get out of bed in the morning.
Have you been in a failed start-up before? Why did it fail? what would you do differently?
Tjori has been my first start-up and I work very hard on it to ensure it is a success, and if you ask from my existing experience I wouldn’t have done anything differently from what I’m doing right now.
How many hours a week do you spend on work? What about family/hobbie/s?
When you are running a start-up there are no work hours and self-hours you put in all your time and effort in helping the company grow and reach the peaks of success, but that doesn’t mean my family isn’t important or I don’t give enough time to them, I try and balance out my life so that everyone is happy. I have hobbies and I do like to try new things out whenever I have the time for it.
Describe your first sale/customer
I can never forget this moment, Mrs. Cynthia Ross, from the USA was the first customer we had and she ordered a Kutch tote bag from us. The feeling of this purchase was more rewarding to me than anything else until that point in my life. I micromanaged everything for this to be a very smooth experience for her. I personally wrote her an email to learn about her experience with Tjori and her kind words still motivate me whenever I hear some negative feedback.
Describe the first customer you lost and why?
The first customer we lost I remember was because of a technical issue on our website, the overwhelming response on day one and after Mrs. Cynthia ross made a purchase the website crashed and we did lose out on a few customers but with an excellent tech team, we were able to revive it back in a few hours.
Can you tell me about the tough day at Work & you pushed through?
The begging days are the crucial days and we have seen the website have a very high number of orders which became difficult to fulfill because we were short-staffed and I would myself do all the inventory management, procurement, packaging, etc. in order to meet the delivery deadlines and then there were days where we barely got orders and I had to keep the team motivated and make better marketing strategies to boost the sales back to normal.
How Do you learn?
Every day I learned something new, from negotiating with vendors, to speaking to customers, helping my co-workers through thick and thin and learning the biggest lesson of my life, that the work you take on a certain day needs to be finished that day so that you can call it a day, or else that specific job will never be completed, with the zeal you wanted it to have.
When it’s all over, how do you want to be remembered?
When it’s all over I hoped to be remembered for a good human being who achieved everything she set her eye upon, without hurting anyone or jeopardizing anything.
Who are your biggest competitors and how do you differentiate yourself from them?
We are a lifestyle brand and our biggest competitor is Fab India and they do an excellent job. The best way we like to be differentiated from them is for the true value of Indian arts and crafts that are seen in our designs and cloth selection and also we don’t believe in charging exorbitant prices so that these products can reach everyone possible.
What is the biggest risk facing your company?
Well, the current scenario with COVID-19 at its peak, is the biggest risk the entire world economy is facing, and we being 0.0001% contributors are also facing the same risks.
What are your goals over the next 1, 3, 6, and 12 months?
With the prevalent lockdown in the country, these past 10-12 days has given us the opportunity to plan our year ahead better than ever before, we have tasks and viable plans to help the business survive this whirlwind. In the first month, we choose to launch our new collections, sort out our disrupted supply chain and make everything functioning better than ever before, and the longer 6 and the 12-month goal is to bring investments into the company so that we continue with our plans for physical retail. Tjori had already lined up it’s offering for the season. We are selling sanitizers, handwash, and mask at the same time.
The Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions on the delivery of non-essential items have hit the fashion and lifestyle e-commerce industry hard
It also highlighted that the company had to pay its weavers and craftsmen. The lockdown sale has helped the company achieve 70% of its normal sales. These sale events help us in overcoming the liquidity crunch caused by the lockdown.
Tjori was Founded in the Year 2013, how do you describe the Market then and Now and Future after the Corona epidemic?
The market trends change every day and it becomes almost impossible to forecast what would work and what would not, but thanks to the data-driven company that we are we reply on our data and hence pinch of change are felt less, but to answer your question yes the market than in 2013 was a little difficult as people did not trust e-commerce companies and now everyone wants to shop from the comforts of their homes making it easier now. The Corona epidemic did prove to be slightly less painful for the e-commerce sector as compared to physical retail, but post the pandemic the future of the entire economy is at a very vulnerable state so the prospect of our market is also going to be unpredictable.
Mansi, You Practice Yoga, and Meditate, what is your Mantra during Lockdown?
My mantra during the lockdown is working extra hard and getting each and everything aligned in the organization in order to battle the forthcoming storm. Yes, this does give me a lot of stress and then I revert to doing some Yoga in order to relax and get back to work.
Tell us more about your Category ‘Mother & Child’
This is the closest category to my heart as I help built it when I was expecting my now 8 months old son Ryan. The ingredients, the formulation, the details in packaging, the designing of clothes and home essentials, etc. were all researched for over 6 months and each product in this category is perfect for my child, so with great assurance, I advise everyone to use them for their children.
How does your company develop talent?
We are not an organization at Tjori, we are a family, and like how any family will help their family members to develop and grow we do things exactly the same way.
What personal characteristics do you look for in an exceptional candidate?
The personal characteristics I look for in an ideal candidate is a sense of belonging, who would not work in the company for the sake of it but rather work towards it like matters and obviously become a part of the family.
Do you believe in developing an employee’s weaknesses or strengths?
I believe in helping someone who wants to be helped and if the help required is killing its weakness ill help them with that and if the need is to encourage its strengths I would do that. The need of the hour trumps the want of the situation.
Reading Time: 2minutesIs that not the usual question, the most obvious one? Anyone who considers oneself to fall within the brackets of ‘near and dear’ asks you this question if your ride or a Passionate Rider –
“WHY DO YOU RIDE?”
Oh, wait, just about anybody who hears your story asks this question.
Especially, with India being India and roads being Indian roads, the question is more perplexing to the one asking.
And my answer –
I ‘AM’, BECAUSE I RIDE
The answer can be further construed into passion, purpose, search, etc, but all these emotions just spell out one word to the world – Madness!
So be it. Kun Faya Kun!
Madness it is, for when did a rider fall in and go by the norm. And if you ever come across a person who says, “I am a normal rider”, never trust that person. For a rider has bid adios to the norm, the day she put her hand on the accelerator.
My madness is none less than divine, a poem difficult to recite. Yes, I am the fool who let the wind roughen up my skin when it hits me straight on the face. But I like it when you hear my stories with shock and awe, your feet warm in your socks and your shoulders wrapped in the Kashmiri shawl, bought at the local store. You think it is foolish to eat yak butter in Leh when you can have Amul butter at home. You see, one doesn’t risk their life by going to the nearest supermarket. Isn’t it?
But I choose to risk it; I choose to see it all. So be it, Kun Faya Kun!
It’s indeed true, that you would realize how dear this moment is if it’s taken away from you. The world is open to you, for you, by you. And the current moment that you are living in would be the greatest time in history if you will it to be so. For what if you did not live it?
Reading Time: 3minutesIndira Gandhi, Former Only Female Prime Minister of India and Only Daughter of First Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru. Indira Gandhi’s Grand Son Rahul Gandhi is the Current Indian Congress President.
ChaaiCoffee Curated the Best Quotes of Ms. Gandhi
“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist”- Indira Gandhi
“People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights”- Indira Gandhi
“There is no love where there is no will”- Indira Gandhi
“The power to question is the basis of all human progress” – Indira Gandhi
“Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning”- Indira Gandhi
“Happiness is a state of mind, you know. I don’t think you are permanently happy.”- Indira Gandhi
“Ability is not always gauged by examination”- Indira Gandhi
“Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave”- Indira Gandhi
“The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive”- Indira Gandhi
“To become capable, one must have faith in oneself” – Indira Gandhi
“Every new experience brings its own maturity and greater clarity of vision”- Indira Gandhi
“To become capable, one must have faith in oneself”- Indira Gandhi
“Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something”- Indira Gandhi
“Popularity is not a guarantee of quality” – Indira Gandhi
Reading Time: 6minutesA Visit to Iceland is truly a complete surprise. The ever-shifting landscapes, the unpredictable climates and the surreal northern lights are a fantasy for most travellers.
However, sincere courage and determination are needed to explore and visit Iceland.
Vijayalakshmi & Thiagarajan certainly did! These adventurous travellers took a chance on temperamental Iceland and traversed the whole place.
Read on to find out Vijayalakshmi’s Top Five Reasons to Visit Iceland
5. Value for money, and how
Iceland is not known to be pocket-friendly. However, with some research, car rental and air travel can be obtained at inexpensive rates.
Notwithstanding this, eating out and the cost of accommodations are rather steep. We worked this out by balancing our meals and stay for items ranging between budget and luxury.
How did we do this?
We made breakfast at home, had snacks for one meal, and then painted the town red with dinner at high-end restaurants.
While in the city, we stayed in hostels and then splurged for a country house, complete with a horse farm.
What helped us was that we are flexible travellers.
The best thing you can do while travelling is to Enjoy and Soak up all the experiences.
4. Serene Sceneries
We knew that changing vistas in Iceland are to be expected, but the speed of the change was a surprise to us. Each time I looked up in between checking routes/changing songs, there was a totally new landscape.
On instinct, I kept turning back and looking in awe at the scene we had passed by. I needed to believe that I was in reality. It was indeed that fantastic.
Iceland has no Forests, but there’s more than enough nature to satiate you. With acres of sprawling grassy terrain and moss-covered lava boulders unravelling across the horizon, Iceland is at once both calming and uncanny.
Fact: The world’s northernmost capital city is Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland.
3. An explosion of Flavors
We didn’t have much expectations when it came to Icelandic food.
We wondered what could an island in the Arctic possibly offer. Well, we were pleasantly surprised, indeed.
A Smorgasbord of Seafood, Iceland blew us away with the flavor palette. Whether with a Hearty “Lobster Soup” or their iconic “Pan-Fried Arctic char”, Icelandic dishes are a sensational treat.
Take a look at the photos to see their splendor. There’s no concept of a Cheat Meal in Iceland, not once!
Of course, there’s always a Packet of Chips from the Grocery Store, but you’ll not find a McDonald’s here! From what I’ve seen, Icelanders are quite a health-conscious bunch; I was once offered Oat Milk/Hemp Seed Milk with my Breakfast.
You must try Food on your Visit to Iceland
1. Hot Dogs in Iceland! Available even at gas stations, make sure to ask for crispy onions on top.
2. Many places also have lavish lamb or seafood soup as a side, all ideal after a full day of escapades.
3. Do check out the traditional Icelandic food, for instance, the Slow-Roasted Lamb (Hangikjöt) with Buttered Dark Rye Bread.
4. Hot Cider and Hot Chocolates are excellent to keep you Warm and Cosy.
And when you’re all out of food, there’s always fresh water from the glacier!
Fun fact: Our Airbnb host informed us that Natural Spring Water and Premium Arctic Char are exported to the USA and Europe. Fifteen years ago, they had seafood meals a minimum of 4 times a week, and abundant number in comparison to the current pitiful and more expensive twice a week. Why, Blue Lagoon Island used to have free entry and anyone could fill up their bottles with fresh spring water! A drawback of large scale globalization, perhaps?
2. Travel itinerary gold
Thanks to Iceland’s Generosity, many items from our Bucket List were crossed off here. And in a quick time frame!
Iceland Visit Bucket List
1. Drinking glacier water
2. Swimming in the Blue Lagoon
3. Spotting rainbows
4. Discovering secluded waterfalls
5. Taking a ring road drive
6. Admiring the Icelandic horses
7. Stopping at the Geysir and counting down to the explosions
8. Gazing at the Northern Lights (if they appear!)
9. Uncovering idyllic terrains along the gravel roads (Close Google maps and take any of the F roads, you’ll find a different surprise every time!)
Take a dive at the Þingvellir National Park and you’ll find yourself in 2 places, rather 2 continents – the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates!
Immersing in the “Game of Thrones” atmosphere. You’ll spot many landscapes from the set here in Iceland.
A little research will fetch you professional tours you can add to the map before hitting the road.
Fun fact: The Icelandic police don’t use guns. Wondering why? Well, it’s due to Iceland’s low crime rate, of which violent crime is almost negligible.
1. Step out of the world!
You’ll step into space at Iceland, a country that looks like another planet.
Certainly a Unique Place, the Icelandic Atmosphere is “Ice” cold, but right beneath the freezing surface lies boiling springs(100 degrees!)
We wouldn’t have been surprised if we saw a dinosaur on our trip! A road trip along the winding Icelandic roads is the path to solace and mental peace.
Rooted firmly in its old ways, Iceland is a traditional country.
For instance, the oldest breed of horses are still stable at Vikings. Observe the local sheep as they graze and you’ll soon see that they are in ‘Nirvana’ mode. The more you stare at them, you become increasingly aware that you are the odd one out in the serene landscape.
I can continue droning on about Iceland, but the reality is a whole other ballgame.
Clean and Crisp Air, Freshwater, Black Sand, Red Stones, Volcanic Ashes, Basalt Pillars and Mysterious Medieval Messages are sure to elevate the entire experience.
Fun fact: The Vikings pronounced Iceland to reroute their enemies to Greenland, which was considered to be “Ice” land. It definitely should have been the other way around!
Now that you’re aware of the top five reasons to visit Iceland, get started on planning your trip!
Best Time to Visit Iceland
Visiting Iceland Means going with the Wind, Can visit any time of Year. Every Season has its Beauty and Challenge.
Iceland is Land to explore and pushing yourself. So, it depends on what type of Activity you are Comfortable in and Enjoy the Most.
Activities to Do in Iceland According to Season
Experience the Best in the Month of May to September of Any Year.
2. Northern Lights
You Can Plan for Northern Light with Whales in Late September.
3. Hiking and Summer Festivals
Weather in Month of June through August Have “Endless Days”, Makes these Days natural for Hiking and exploring on Iceland visit.
4. Brutal Winters
Snow Starts Earlier from Month of September and Remain till Month of May. Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) in Long Dark Winters.
Road Closures are very unpredictable and limits the access to many Places in Iceland.
Iceland Trip from India
Air Flights are Available from All Major Metros from India to Reykjavik, Iceland.
With Millennial are looking for Overseas Adventure Travel, Most of the Travel Companies are Offering Very Lucrative Tour Packages.
How much will it cost to take a trip from India to Iceland?
Based on 12 Days Solo Trip to Iceland from India
Schengen Visa fee: Rs 7800 (Agent fee included)
2. Flight Tickets: Rs 60,000
3. Car Rental: Rs 60,000
4. Stay: Rs 40,000- Rs 50,000
5. Food: Expensive, Pref to Have Bag Full of Ready to Eat Food. Must Try Hotdogs at Filling Station Cost around 300 ISK( Rs 170-175)
6. Diesel: Rs 17,000-Rs 18,000 for around 2400 K.M. Ride