5 Ways how Solo Travel can increase your EQ

Travel to new cities, new countries usually entails traveling with groups of friends or a traveling mate. Its also how routine ads depict travels, with a smiling carefree couple sun bathing on beaches or friends clicking beer mugs in a bar. Travel in any form can be rewarding but if done solo, it can heal up old wounds, open a whole new world in front of you and help you see other side of the continent efficiently.

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Badass AND Spiritual …?

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Our typical understanding of a Spiritual person is someone who is devoid of ambition and lives a life of peace, calmness and easy path of life. But that can’t be further from the truth. Think of any great personalities through history – Moses, Mother Teresa, Yogi Iyenger and Gandhi.  Continue reading Badass AND Spiritual …?

What makes Michael Phelps a beast and a true champion

Photo Credit: Simon Bruty
Photo Credit: Simon Bruty

If you live on the bleeding edge of competition like most Olympic athletes must,  you need to be solid strong inside and out.  The weight of expectations, from your own self as well as world around you, can peg you to the ground. At some point in life, we all need to fight our inner demons and defeat them.  We need to come out victorious and prove to the world who we really are, how strong we really can be.  We need to quiet those voices inside our own heads and those on outside. Michael Phelps is no different. Continue reading What makes Michael Phelps a beast and a true champion

Luxury Travel is a Viable Option in India, Here’s How to Experience Royalty

India is land full of awesome. Much diversity exists within geographical areas, economy and people. Forziani’s co-founder Mark recently went on a personal trip to India and had a chance to experience Royalty! Here’s a first hand account from him on how to feel and live like royalty in India.  Continue reading Luxury Travel is a Viable Option in India, Here’s How to Experience Royalty

Modern Yoga is a Sport

Is Yoga a Sport? Some folks, especially men doubt that it is not. Maybe since Yoga inspires you to get in touch with your inner spiritual self and most men are averse to that. Today, although women are still a majority in most Yoga classes, men are increasingly practicing yoga, including some famous dudes, for fitness and well being. Continue reading Modern Yoga is a Sport

5 New Rules of Layering Bracelets for Men

Sure, Watches are the most common accessories worn by men. But a lot of men are now making wrist wear choices which are more engaging and personally empowering to them. Layering of Bracelets is one of them (sounds too much, looks awesome) . These are five new style moves to add to your trend game  Continue reading 5 New Rules of Layering Bracelets for Men

Holy Smoke – Ancestry of term 420

Its 04.20 and just the right day for us to start a discussion on cannabis and its ancient origins. The numbers “420” have become synonymous with marijuana consumption. On April 20th of each year, folks from all over the world light up at 4:20 pm in honor Continue reading Holy Smoke – Ancestry of term 420

5 Ways to Gift Diamond Jewelry so it doesn’t look like you’re proposing!

Holidays signify a season full of anticipation and love and music and romance. But you’re NOT yet ready to propose to her. We get it! So, here are 5 best ideas to gift Diamond Jewelry so it spreads joy and wonder instead of well, disappointment … Continue reading 5 Ways to Gift Diamond Jewelry so it doesn’t look like you’re proposing!

Black Panther

An Animal of Ancient Native American legends and residents of Florida, Black Panthers are revered and often featured as leaders or warriors of animals. Fearless, Powerful and Natural Hunting Leaders, Black Panthers signify self-power and propel human spirit towards Success, Achievement and Strength.

Is true happiness a metaphor?

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All our lives, right from our childhood to youth and then well into adulthood, humans aim for various  things which they believe will lead them to the ultimate goal – happiness. Dressed up in many forms e.g. a new phone, a new car or a great job, our goal as humans is to just somehow acquire that one thing which will make us happy. And so on it goes…

I remember at a very young age of 6, wanting a dress similar to one worn by my friend so badly. I would pray for it, whine to my mom about it and in general be obsessed with it for hours at end. Those were the days when mom still stitched at home, and somehow by miracle of manifestations, I did get that dress made out for myself. Now, it would be normal to assume that happiness at acquiring that much wanted dress would last for a while. But not so, within 2 days of getting that dress, my friend had a shiny new pink bike which became my latest object of desire and ultimate happiness.

Recently, I found myself introspecting about this particular incident and I realized things haven’t changed for me so much really. I have been wanting one thing after the other, a dream vacation, a well behaved child, a home as clean as a picture or maybe just a great sunset view while on a trip to the beach. But as soon as that moment is over, irrespective of fact whether I got what I wanted or not, my heart starts to want the next thing. Sounds familiar?

This unsettling feeling resonated with me so much that on my next trip to India, I spent some time in holy city of Haridwar trying to figure out what I really wanted from life. Surely, it had to be something beyond material possessions, or someone else’s behaviour, or someone else’s achievements which would make me happy. In fact by this time I was even wondering if true happiness really existed or was it just a metaphor we are made to believe in to keep functioning.

In Haridwar I met a Shaman (native healer) sitting on the steps of river Ganges during evening prayer times. There was unending peace and compassion in his eyes and I put up this question to him. And his answer did and did not surprise me at the same time. He said, this unsettled  feeling comes from the fact that I am following and chasing the wrong thing. It is not happiness that I should seek but Peace. That moment is etched crystal clear in my mind to this date. Suddenly it seemed like the mist had cleared and sun had shone through bright and shiny. I spend more than three hours with him that evening, taking in the beauty, the noise and the lights of the ghats by ganges. My discussion with Shaman changed my entire life purpose, and it seemed I did get my answers that evening.

Seeking of happiness is a futile and indeed a metaphorical exercise. This is because happiness lies in material things and feelings. If we change our focus on achieving peace, our outlook towards life and our relations takes a 360 swing. We start spending our days not focussed on being happy but focussed on being peaceful and spreading peace around us. Here are my biggest learnings from that evening and I sincerely hope they will help you in someway.

  • Make peace with your past so it doesn’t spoil your present
  • What others think of you is none of your business
  • Time heals everything – so give the time, some time
  • No one is the reason for your happiness except you, yourself
  • Don’t compare your life with others, you have no idea what their journey is all about
  • Stop thinking too much, its all right not to know all the answers
  • Smile, ’cause you don’t own all the problems in this world

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please drop me a note and let me know!

Secret to Accepting Change

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Big Changes coming to Forziani in the Year 2015. Thanks for all the support from our freinds & customers and we are very grateful that you are a part of our journey.

“Nothing is Permanent Except Change – Elbert Hubbard” and sometimes you have to change directions so as to reach a better place and fulfill a bigger purpose. Our Corporate Philosophy is Changing for the Better and we hope to make an impact by giving more to charity foundations and working closely with them to uplift sections of our communities which are most vulnerable.

We realize and as many of you have mentioned in your messages to us, we need to make a bigger contribution to the society and work more with artisans and brands which are on a journey to make a change in this world. We heard that and have decided to change the direction and focus of our products in the right direction. We will keep you posted on all details in coming days and hope for the same support and love from you as we’ve had so far.

2014 has been a wonderful year in many ways and has taught all of us at Forziani so many things. We eagerly look forward to 2015 and are excited about things to come.

Hope this year was good for you as well and cheers to new beginnings. From all of us at Forziani – Wish You A Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year!!!

7 Tips to Make your Last Minute Gift Shine

 

Some of us are eager beavers, planning out what for who and purchasing our holiday gifts well in advance. With black friday madness, holidays seems to start in November these days. Continue reading 7 Tips to Make your Last Minute Gift Shine