Unlearning to learn.


I’m Ananya (Un-un-ya).

I reside in Delhi, the capital of India, I am in my late twenties (26), and I’m learning to take life, one day at a time.

The picture was taken at Sandton Mall, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Academically, I’ve completed my Bachelors of Arts (Honours) in History from the prestigious Delhi University and a Masters of Business Administration specializing in Marketing from a B-school in India. I’m a full-time consultant in a big-4 finance organization and work on solving complex challenges by analyzing data. …

Change begins at the end of your comfort zone.

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I lived by this saying. It made so much sense (in my head). If you love someone, you don’t give up on them. You keep trying, you keep putting yourself on the line because giving up is not an option.

Wrong. Incorrect. Hurtful.

You can’t hold onto people, long after they’ve let you go or in fact ever. You have to give up on them at some point because if you don’t, you’re just creating this magnanimous god-like image of yourself in your head which is…

It truly changed my life.

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I’m a hoarder. Oh wait, I was a hoarder. My coping mechanism for the most part of my life has simply been to add things to my cart and proceed to checkout. Anytime, I’m low, upset, or even in a slightly bad mood, shopping lifts my spirits up.

So when I decided to clean my closets at the end of 2020, I was surprised to find things that I didn’t even remember getting. It was terrifying. Not only to clean my closet but to look at all that money that I’d wasted on shoes and clothes that I’d obviously not…

And I will never try to get them again.

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In November 2020, I took it upon myself to work out every single day and get lean and achieve six-pack abs. So I started with an insane training schedule. I would work out between 1–2 hours every single day, eat the right macros, do everything that I should do to take my body fat percentage down, and achieve my aesthetic fitness goals.

In April 2021, despite an injury, which derailed my goals a little and pushed me to not work out for 1 month (I compensated with running), I achieved my goal. …

Playing by your principles makes you a person of value.

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Disclaimer- This might seem like it’s written by a daughter who loves her father the most in this whole world. It just doesn’t seem like that. It’s true.

I’m the youngest of three children. My family isn’t your typical, happy-go-lucky merry family. If anything it’s a family that taught you to grow a thick skin and fight with an open heart. Slowly, and calmly.

My dad’s a pretty cool guy. He’s graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from one of the top schools in my country but calls his education worthless. In fact, he’s always pushed my siblings and…

Darling, don’t be afraid, I’ll love you, for a thousand years.

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6 full months.

6 full months of not hearing your voice every night before I fall in deep slumber. 6 full months of not waking up to a “good morning” message from you. 6 full months of not stealing kisses and planning dates or holding your hand when we go on a drive. 6 full months of not knowing who to call or text when something good or bad happens. And, 6 full months of hoping you’re in a better place and loving you from afar.

Everyone should know what it’s like to live in India in 2021.

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I write this today after having spent the last 10 days taking care of everyone in my family because they all tested positive for Covid-19 and are in isolation.

A couple of weeks ago, my Dad was returning from his office, when he casually called me and told me to come down to their house because there might be another “Lockdown” in the city. I said it wouldn’t bother me, and I’d be okay to isolate in my apartment for a month or so if need be.

The following day, he started running a high fever and there was a…

Is anything in life permanent after all?

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I woke up on a Friday morning with 5 missed calls from my parents. I wasn’t waking up very late, I hadn’t even missed anyone’s birthday or sent something over to them. Yet why would they call me so many times? I woke up in a haste and immediately called Dad back. He didn’t respond. My heart rate was through the roof and my smartwatch kept telling me to calm down. I call Mom next, her phone’s busy. Panic’s through the roof.

I walk around my living room, taking large steps. Not knowing how to react. My mind starts racing…

How a shoulder injury helped me ace an activity that I wasn’t exactly a fan of.

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On February 27, 2021, I had an injury on my shoulder and the doctor told me that I couldn’t pick up weights or do any strength workouts for at least 1 month. I was devastated. Despite having picked up strength training seriously a few months ago, I had no idea that it would become so important in my daily routine.

“But.. but…” is all I said. I didn’t know what to do at 6 am in the mornings ever. Not being able to work out was certainly a setback in all my goals.

On the second day of cribbing about…

“Alexa, How does a lion roar?”

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It all started when a 4-year-old, watched an animated movie about lions and fell in love. No, I don’t mean infatuation. I don’t even mean attraction. I’m talking about love. Real, deep love. and 22 years later, she’s still at it. It was, love at first roar!

Fast forward a few years, the first time I ever saw a lion was probably when I was 6, in a zoo. Unlike all my classmates, who were petrified and ran away at the sight of one, I admired them. The mighty lion, strong and powerful looked…

Ananya Dube

Full-time Consultant. Part-time writer. Avid reader. Fitness & wildlife enthusiast.

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