10 hours

by Hetal Shah on June 4, 2014

in Life

Can you believe that we have the power to change our destiny and life in under 10 hours?

I’ve lived in the UK for the last 14 years. And in under 10 hours, I will be living on another continent with a very different future. It’s a future that I’ve chosen. A life that I have consciously decided to live. Sounds simple enough right? Buy a ticket. Pack your bags. Fly. Land. Live.

But it took me over 5 years to convince myself that it was the right choice. Most of the simple choices in our life are made complicated because we don’t believe in them. We believe that what we believe can’t be right because surely there are more intelligent people out there doing the exact opposite of what you’re thinking and will consider you a fool for taking such a step.

The greats of yester years didn’t follow the crowd. They followed their heart. In a world where we are governed by practical knowledge, abundance of information, technology, news, media, social networks, we still remain hugely disconnected from ourselves. The irony can’t be any more in-your-face.

I digress. It’s the heart that won in my battle. I decided to reprioritise my life and my goals. Because at the end of the day, if we have to have a goal or aim for something, might as well be that which agrees with our heart.

So, in under 10 hours, my life, destiny, future will be completely rewritten. By me. I’ve made the choice. I’m trading UK for India. It’s taken a complete rewiring in my thinking and attitude to jump, but I’ve jumped now. And this free fall feels great.


Take the step

by Hetal Shah on July 17, 2013

in Life

Do you believe you can?

Then why are you standing still?


Fear of failing?
Fear of starting?
Fear of success?
Fear of trying?

By standing still, the fear stands with you. Right next to you.
By taking the first step, you start to leave fear behind.

Make the move.

Take the step.


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Inspite of us

by Hetal Shah on August 22, 2012

in Life

Are we alive because we believe we are, or are we alive because we know we are?

Do you feel you are alive because you breathe, walk, shit, talk, write, laugh, love? Being alive means being-a-part-of-life. It means feeling connected with the world around us. Imagine how connected you feel to nature when walking through the woods, with the sunlight beaming through the tall oak trees straight on to your warm face. Time stops. And life happens. You feel alive.

Every day, life is happening around us, within us. Yet it is not in our consciousness. Our life is happening, but not because of us; it is happening inspite of us. Try holding your breath for two minutes. Life will kick the shit out of you and take over.

It is happening inspite of us.

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Life just is

by Hetal Shah on July 19, 2012

in Life

Life finds a way. It appears that our arrogance has clouded our mind to such an extent that we think we are the masters of the game. Reality is, we don’t even know the rules of the game.

The image you see here is that of mustard seeds soaked in water for a few days in a petri dish and then transferred to a soil pot. I didn’t expect much. But I still got it. Life happened. Not by my doing but by the very nature of life itself. It just happened. Because it was meant to.

Survival is inbuilt in every living being. And when it comes to it, we find a way. Through darkness. Through dust. Through life itself.

So next time you feel like giving up, think of the mustard seed that survived days in a petri dish only to be transferred into a soiled pot to then sprout through the top soil as life and hope itself. It’s in your nature to survive.



Rodrigo y Gabriela – in concert

by Hetal Shah on April 9, 2012

in Photography

This post has been a long time coming, but… Well, it’s here now. 24th Feb 2012 marked the date when I saw one of my all time favourite band live. In Concert. Unadulterated.

Their music is purely acoustic based and the duo Rodrigo and Gabriela are a magical marvel with the guitar. You’ll see what I mean in the videos below.

The energy and electricity of their music can really be felt when you are standing there in the crowd and the strum of the guitar and the bass hits your ear drums. It is truly something else.

Not allowed to carry any photographic equipment, I tried to capture the essence of who these guys are with a few iPhone shots.

The images and video you see below are all shot on an iPhone 3GS. Images edited using Snapseed on an iPhone 3GS. Video edited using Splice on an iPhone 3GS. Blogged using the WordPress app on an iPhone 3GS. You get the picture!

To know more about this awesome band, check out their website: http://www.rodgab.com







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The emoting machine

March 11, 2012

What are we without our emotions? If you listen to majority of the spiritual speakers and thinkers, they preach the principle of the “no emotion state” of mind. This is the stage where you are not reactive with your emotions, but are in full control of your senses and emote when you want to emote. […]

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In exchange for today

February 28, 2012

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” – Sandy Puc Oftentimes I really do wonder what I’m giving up today to make today possible. Then I realise, if today didn’t happen, the regrets I would have of all those things that aren’t going to happen […]

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Through the Indian gap

February 24, 2012

My recent trip to India in January was an experience to say the least. It was as much a spiritual journey as it was a physical and emotional one. More on that in my future posts. I’ve never been much of a photographer, but have loved the medium as a form of expression and story […]

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The oyster man

February 22, 2012

A few weeks ago, I went shooting around Tower Hill in London (I’m getting into this whole creative photography thing you know. Perhaps mid-life crisis, I suppose!) So on my wanderings, I happened to go through Borough Market where I came across this fantastic gentleman selling oysters. Richard Haward is the seventh generation oysterman of […]

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Push button to open

February 21, 2012

So here I am standing in front of the door, waiting for it to slide open for me to walk through. And it doesn’t. The sign reads “Automatic Door”, so I wait patiently. Nothing. Then I read the sign underneath that says “Push button to open.” And it hits me. Is this how we live […]

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