Life-Changing Experiences in the Decade Gone By #DecadeHop #RRxMM

Every day gives rise to new hopes and paves a path to your final destination. We pick the threads of our past learnings which helps us evolve to a better version of ourselves, the only difference is sometimes it takes multiple experiences of a similar situation to understand a few things and sometimes it clicks in the first instance. Remember, God has better plans for us than we think! Why this gyaan? Well, this is one of the most important learnings of my last decade.

The Decade went by has been a fruitful journey with a lot of crests and troughs but has made the person than I am today. Today, I savour and re-live these life-changing moments with you.

Let’s begin with the rollercoaster down the memory lane…


2010-11: The year with the professional focus…

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The beginning of the decade was not so happening for me, I met my colleague/ boyfriend/ husband at the beginning of the decade. However, things were not so smooth and professionally also nothing seemed exciting. Finally, in December 2010 I changed gears professionally. 2011 was totally focussed on managing the new turf in hand. Since it was a senior position I got to learn a lot of things which were instrumental in my professional grooming.ย 

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2012: The year of few firsts…

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Professionally, the high of the year was heading a multi-country project for the first time which went off damn well. I did two solo travels to Chennai & Hyderabad thanks to work and my first and only travel with friends to Pune. I realised my love for travel and learn about new places. In Chennai, I squeezed in sometime post work to have a flying visit at Mahabalipuram while in Hyderabad it was a hectic schedule and was travelling even on my birthday.

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2013-14: Not so Momentous…

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The high point would be my bestie’s wedding in these two years. On the personal front, health played a spoiler in 2014 when I had to be hospitalised for Tonsillitis, trust me its not a good condition to be in.ย 

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2015: Dreams do come true…

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2015 was a game-changing year for me, with lots of struggles and more drama than Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States I got married to my love. Phew… I could not believe it happened! 2015 was a mix of a lot of things – marriage, a good amount of travel however there were few strong downs too I had to give up on my job as my organisation got acquired and its a long story for another day. I lost my maternal grandfather which was a heartbreaking moment as he was my biggest inspiration and still is and lastly, the year ended with my mother-in-law going through a major health crisis.

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2016-17: Walking new paths…

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Stepping into a new journey, life was more concentrated on the personal front with setting up a lot of stuff. I worked for a start-up for a brief period. My brother got married towards the end of 2016. I embarked a new journey in October 2016. Zarahatkeblog was born! I penned down my first post for my blog. I was a newbie and writing was random but it gained momentum in 2017. I fulfilled my passion for travelling in 2017 you can read about my great and not so great experiences here. However life is not always a bed of roses, my father was diagnosed with cancer. He is a strong man and a fighter, a lot to learn from him. He is truly an inspiration for me!

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2018-19: Beginning of the motherhood journey…

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Shuruvat hue ek naye kahani ki…

Giving birth to a new being is a life-changing experience. So, 2018 was going through the pregnancy phase and finally having our bundle of joy in September. You undergo a lot of changes as a person mentally and physically so it has been a total dose of that in the last two years. On one hand, you’re witnessing a miracle in your hands and on the other you are experiencing some new downfalls. Thanks to this little miracle I completed my first Ebook – “Anaaya and I – My Journey to Motherhood” which is available on Amazon Kindle too which was a super high for me.

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Life is an encapsulation of happy moments and trial times. My takeaways from the “Decade” gone by is fulfil your passions and live for yourself too. I always put everyone else first than myself which should not be the case. This post has been an emotional one with few words written, a lot more re-lived and felt again.

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Hope everyone can get the best of every decade henceforth and God Bless Us All ๐Ÿ™‚



โ€œThis post is a part of โ€˜DECADE Blog Hopโ€™ #DecadeHop organised by #RRxMMย Rashi Royย andย Manas Mukul. The Event is sponsored byย Gloย and co-sponsored byย Beyond The Box,ย Wedding Clap,ย The Colaba Storeย andย Sanity Dailyย in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjeeโ€

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Do read Noor Anand’s post which was one of the winning entries in this Blog Hop – Read here. And don’t miss Vidya’s post about the decade gone by, penned beautifully in her style – Read here.


  1. The lives of so many of us have run the similar path on last decade, but everyone had their own setbacks and achievements. Beautiful pictures and you have a lovely family!

  2. What a lovely photo-journey through the decade. I love how you’ve used pics more than words to highlight the big moments through the decade. May the next one be filled with even more photographable moments.

  3. wow! I am so happy to see you in picsโ€ฆ feels like a personal connection now. ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for such refreshing post.. May your daughter be โ€˜Ananyaโ€™ and brigs anany joy in your life.

  4. Amazing journey Manisha and I really love the style you had presented it. lovely clicks too.. for me, the last part of journey was so emotional, as I has already read your book and now, your ups and down. wishing you lots of luck and success for upcoming decade.

    1. Thanks so much Surbhi. Life has it ways to connect with new friends and I am glad we could connect ๐Ÿ˜Š. Hope the best of everything for all of us in the coming years.

  5. Your journey reminds me of a train moving towards its destination from its originating station. In the beginning, it is slow and then it picks pace only to get stopped at some major junction or a railway signal. But surely picking pace again, and moving along scenic route. Cheers!

  6. Amazing journey of a decade gone by, I was like watching some pic album soooo beautiful captures you have in your collection Manisha, thanks for taking us on your decade journey through pics… yeah! agree ups and downs are the part of life, we shouldnโ€™t forget to live and love, least but not the last I must say that at the end of your post your hindi poetry stole the show, very nice ,I so loved it well penned!!

    1. Thanks so much Archana for your kind words. This post was an emotional ride for me in many senses. ๐Ÿ˜Š Cheers to another decade ๐Ÿฅ‚

  7. Ah! Such a lovely virtual tour of your life in the past decade.
    Your progress on both, the professional, personal front is commendable.

    The pictures too speak a thousand words in themselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers and love!

  8. The photos you have included has made this post very special. Congrats on all the achievements of the decade. I do hope your father will get better soon. Lots of love to the little one. Cheers

    Meena from

    1. Yeah it was difficult shortlisting the pics. I just wanted to remember special moments of the decade gone by. Lows are always there but the highs give us the motivation and strength to move ahead. Cheers to another decade ๐Ÿฅ‚

      1. Such sweet post!! Ups and downs are a part and parcel of life thats what makes life interesting. Your story is so sweet specially your marriage being compared to 2 states. Hope you have all the happiness in the coming decade.

      2. True, ups and downs are part of life. It’s just that those phases of being low feel like a lifetime in itself. Thanks so much for your kind words and wishes. Hope we all have an eventful and fulfilling coming years ๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. That sure was quite a roller-coaster ride. Great to see you tide over the losses and become stronger. Wishing you loads of happiness for this decade. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I enjoyed reading your decade but more I enjoyed were the pics that showcased all your life.
    Nice way of penning it with pics. 10 years comes with a package of ups downs happy sad new old everything bundled up. Keep enjoying your travel passion and many more memorable photographic journeys to you.

    1. Thanks so much… I just tried to focus on the good parts of the decade through my pics.
      Travelling is always on my mind hope I am able to get chances to do more of it.
      Here wishing all of us another fun-filled decade. ๐Ÿฅ‚

  11. Quite an eventful journey this past decade, but quite a positive post as well. The pics you added were a cherry on top, giving us the ring side view. Wishing you the very best.

  12. Hey…That was such an eventful journey and the pictures that you added made it so enjoyable. You had your lows but it’s so evident how you rose above them and enjoyed your journey. That’s what life is all about, isn’t it??

  13. u had a roller coaster decade indeed. The pics showcase the transformation so well.. u r beautiful inside out and it was a pleasure to read your journey. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. This is a wonderful decade journey full of lovely pictures. This is like Like I am watching a photo album with quoting words. Agreed! life has a rollar coaster ride. โ€œZindagi Sukh dukh ki rawani hai, Kabhi chehre par Khushi to Kabhi aankho mein paani haiโ€.
    Best wishes and God bless you.

  15. You seem to have a very eventful year with an eventful marriage thrown in. My marriage was also full of turmoil. So I identify with your feelings. Great post.

  16. I donโ€™t know but despite all the problems your post is reflecting a tone that itโ€™s ok hota hai life hai bhai. .. I donโ€™t know you personally but it feels like even during crisis you are a cool cat. thats what I felt from the blog

    1. Not a cool cat though..but learning to one hopefully. Glad we could connect through this Blog Hop. Let’s wish the best for all in upcoming decade ๐Ÿฅ‚

  17. Hey Manisha, it is actually emotional to read through your life journey the last decade.But as you said, life is all about rising, falling getting up again and taking away lessons from every circumstance.
    Wish you loads of luck.

  18. Ek decade ka journey aapne itne khubsurat shabdo me piroya hai , sukh aur dukh sabki life me aatey hain per aapne unko itne balance se is blog me print kiya hai ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Wish hai ki sabki life me khushiyan n sukh sukun rahe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

  19. What a journey!!But it delights me to that you rise above all problems and did well..Life changes every minute but our attitude defines how we live each moment..Beautifully expressedโ€ฆ

  20. I loved your story of the last decade and the pics just made it more beautiful. You have had your share of ups and downs, but you have managed all like a fighter. Hope the next decade brings you lots of happiness and good health for you and your loved ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. You truly did have life changing experiences last decade. Congrats on your lovely munchkin and an amazing blog. Have a great decade ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. A decade story penned beautifully with your experiences. Nice to know the journey and to me it was like watching a decade picture through timeline and photos..

  23. It has been a pleasure knowing you, Manisha. I got to know more about you through this post. I would say your past decade has been an eventful one. I wish you an awesome next one, wishing it brings you all that you desire..

  24. Loved the way you succinctly captured the decade…the pictures made your story better and made us understand you even better..hope this decade brings you much love and happiness!

  25. In life we see many ups and downs, it depends on us how we take it. It taught us the lesson of life, motivate us sometime.. Feeling good to read your story, the journey of motherhood and a writer. Best wishes and nice pictures

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