Solo travelling! Why is this considered as a big milestone? For a long time, solo
travelling was considered to be too outrageous, especially for women.
In the last decade or so, with the advent of different trends in the travel industry – it can be said – has received a facelift. Women have embraced their adventurous side like never before. Paradox had a live session with a very young and passionate person who is
enthusiastic about travelling since her childhood and nowadays has become a
blooming limelight because of her journeys in different parts of the world. She is an Actor, Model, Vlogger, and a Traveller- Aarya Vora.
Aarya Vora, social media star formerly known as Trupti Vora, started her career as a model in Ahmedabad. Graduated from HL College, and have been pursuing her dreams for a couple of years. She starred in multiple platforms: My Friend
Ganesha (lead role), south films like Padaharella Vaysu, Nirdosh and
Tirumandiram, TV Serials such as Devo ke Dev Mahadev, and multiple Gujarati
productions, some of which were successful and moved ahead with about
No doubt this pandemic was troublesome for many of us but was also an opportunity for many to turn their life around. The sultry actress launched her YouTube channel in the times of lockdown with her Vlogs like ‘Mumbai during Lockdown’, ‘Lockdown Shopping’, ‘and Finding love in Lockdown ’,‘ Lockdown Trap ’,‘ Quarantine Effect and Online Marriage’ got immensely popular. OTT and YouTube channels are breakthrough mediums for entertainment for the
people nowadays. So Aarya decided to capture her solo travelling moments and bring out something entertaining for people. “I am hoping to bring quality entertainment and right information for them through my vlogs,” says Aarya. This ambidextrous actress enjoys solo travelling and is in a love with this wonderful world. She has already stepped into exploring cooking, travelling, fashion, dancing on her channel.
Arya’s journey being a travel vlogger left her scrutinizing Udaipur, Amritsar,
Himachal Pradesh, and South Goa in 2020, all she did by taking precautionary actions which were required during these lockdowns. Apart from Indian destinations she has been to Turkey, Ukraine, Dubai, and Singapore.
Let’s get enrolled into her travel journey and know-how, a trip can be scheduled and enjoyed to the fullest.
Q. You are a multifaceted girl with multiple dreams! From a Successful actress to a successful fashion blogger & solo traveller, how has the transition been?
Aarya: It was an amazing experience. My transitions from being a model, actor, business person to a blogger and solo traveller taught me a lot. I always loved solo travelling and I already used to travel from before. I love to travel just by myself and take up challenges. So sooner or later I was going to turn my passion into a profession, and now finally I did it. So I am happy about it.
Q. Being a solo traveller, how do your research and planning take place? What do you think is the most difficult part of planning a solo trip?
Aarya Vora: Doing a solo trip, however, is easier said than done and even more so
when you are doing it for the first time. There are a lot of things – from budget to itinerary – to be planned. Definitely research is very important before I decide to travel. I have to note down all the main points, where to go, how to explore the place, in which hotel I would stay, how to book tickets, transportation to go from one place to another.
Managing everything on your own is somewhere the most difficult part of being a solo traveller. Especially when you are sick you feel very helpless. Talking about budget, two things that determine your solo trip budget to a considerable extent are transportation and accommodation. Accommodation, however, is the trickiest part of all. In every city or small town, you will find luxury establishments as well as budget boarding places. So, be sure where you have to stay before you leave.
Q. What is the best thing about being a solo traveller?
Aarya Vora: I believe you will be free of the term ‘Dependency’. Best thing about being a solo traveller is that you don’t have to depend on anyone. When you’re on vacation alone, the lack of familiar people to interact with forces you to engage much more directly with your surroundings—on where you are rather than who you’re with. Since you have to take care of everything on your own and handle difficult situations on your own, it makes you more independent and brave. Solo travel is an opportunity to discover yourself as you discover the world. You can inject a bit of challenge into your life which might otherwise be on autopilot.
Q. The old saying states that travelling makes the world feel smaller. What do
you think, the world grows beyond expectations or it just shrinks when you travel to the other end of the world?
Aarya: I feel like the world grows. Travel also makes the world feel bigger.
Exponentially. The more you see, the more you realize there is to see. And it
feels like crazy exploring the habitual of any place. I have read a lot of
information about India and everyone would have had an intellectual concept of it. But now I have smelled the hot stench of the streets of Delhi. Got the beautiful experience of loud jangle of the music and admired the way the sun makes the marble of the Taj Mahal glow. Any place I visited is real to me now, in taste, sight, sound, feel and smell. This excites me to explore more, because the world is infinite.
Q. Does traveling make you a better person?
Aarya Vora: The way travelling helps us is unique. It increases self-awareness.
Being more open to others while on our journey, also makes us more open to
ourselves. You learn to embrace the unexpected when things don’t go to plan. As I missed my flight while returning from Canada, anyhow I managed the situation. You learn to trust your instincts and follow your own path with a deep respect for
others. In simple words you become more genuine and a nice human.
Q. Is it hard to become a Solo Traveller? Do you worry about being a solo traveller before setting off?
Aarya Vora: A solo traveler needs to learn many new skills, and among the many skills required, is the talent to take your own pictures for the perfect memoirs. It is not only the places that matter, but your presence in them that makes the difference.
People who have never traveled alone often describe their first solo trip as a
most wonderful experience of life.
Of course, traveling alone has its perils too— There’s the mental hurdles to
overcome. And then there’s also the practical stuff that makes travelling that little bit more difficult when you’re alone. Such as safety concerns, loneliness, and the dreaded single supplement. Also, solo travel might be boring for some, or in certain cases, but to others (like myself), it could be quite fulfilling. Solo travel can be the ultimate in self-indulgence; you can rest when you want and pour it on when you’re feeling ambitious. And there is no one to judge. It’s your own day to salvage or chalk up to a learning experience. You can do exactly what you want to do—all the time.
Q. Is it better to plan out a trip or just leave everything open-ended?
Aarya Vora: Solo travel is a pretty sweet deal. But it can be hefty.
When I’m going to a new place and have a short time-frame, I prefer to plan out some of the bigger things that I want to do, especially if I need to purchase tickets ahead of time…like I did in Ukraine or Dubai. Honestly, planning helps you to sort out the thing you wanted to do. It makes the process easier and the trip, more enjoyable. Flight Tickets, Accommodation, Traveling locations, everything
needed to be sorted for an assured safe journey. Pointing out my life, planning
works best for me and my travel style.
Q. What is your idea of success or your mantra in life?
Aarya Vora: “There is no mantra to achieve anything in life. It’s hard-work and your dreams that make you different from others. For eg: I travel solo, there are a lot of girls who travel solo and I’m not the only one who is doing this. I’m different because I go for experience, do something adventurous and explore unexplored parts of the world.”
Q. What are some common items that travelers bring with them?
Aarya Vora: According to the point of Travellers, we really don’t know what will be needed at what time. So, be ready for the worse.
When it comes to traveling, we are indeed to be practically aware of the items to pack. To avoid any inconvenience on the go, research about the place where you are going. Suppose if it’s a Hill station, then make sure you grab everything to make yourself warm. First Aid and some light snacks.
Q. When you see yourself as a Vlogger and influencer, what does that mean to
Aarya : It fits in as a great responsibility. Being an influencer means people follow you and believe in what you say. At present I’m promoting plenty of big and famous brands. So, I feel it’s my responsibility to count on the Right one for them. Right now the blogging industry is booming and I’m glad to be a part of it and be able to reach out to people. Since our fan followers get influenced by what we post or blog, so whenever I blog or post something I make sure I keep my fan
followers in my mind.
For Aarya, travel is Freedom, Elation and Discovery!
She feels like traveling allows her to grow. In a weird way it gives her permission to be herself. Discover a deeper level within!
Follow Actress Arya Vora’s YouTube videos, that are always incorporated with lots of fun experiences and this will help you with some awesome tips to get to know about adventurous mode trips. So, do Subscribe to her channel to see more exciting videos of her traveling and make your plan to make some adventures and memorable trips in the year 2021.
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Meenal Jain- Voice that reaches souls
Meenal Jain- Voice that reaches souls
Meenal Jain is a fantastic singer who started her music career from being a girl who participated in Indian Idol 2, who made it to the top 6 finalists. And has been seen in many other reality shows such as Music Masti and Group. And here she is inspiring each and every one of us. Let us look at what Meenal has to say in this exclusive interview.
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Q1). Tell us about your journey, you participated in Indian Idol 2 and now Meenal Jain is a singer.
Meenal Jain: I came to Mumbai just for the music and to be something in Music. I was 10 years old and I was with Suresh Ji for a few months. Being the youngest sibling in my family, I’ve always been pampered by my mother which was the reason why I couldn’t live there, as it was a Gurukul system there. I’m basically from Indore, I went back and came to Mumbai. There’s a saying “jaha ka dana pani likha hai, waha pe aa hi jate ho aap kaise bhi” There I found my first ever Guru- Shri. Manohar Raiji & Smt. Krishna Raiji who agreed to teach music to me.
And the moment they came to know that financially I’m not able to sustain the expenses of Mumbai along with my family’s expenses living in Indore, they never talked about the money required to learn music ever again. I believe finding a Guru like them is no coincidence, I might’ve done some good deed, good karma to find them.
Also the age when I started learning music was perfect as there’s no burden of any kind of responsibilities. I just have to study and Riyaz. And that’s how Indian Idol came into my life, before that I participated in all the competitions whether it be in Jai Hind College, or Malhar etc. I studied in Mithibai College and by god’s grace I always won. And Indian Idol 2 was such a different experience, the reality show where I have to put make ups. I’ve never put on makeup before, or known how the cameras work, where to look. You have to take care of a few things, present yourself glamorous on stage,and that is it.
Q2). Were there anybody before you, from your family who played music or are you the first one?
Meenal Jain: In my family, it is like they have a good taste in music- my father and my uncles but they never learned music. Music as a profession… nope. I’m a Jain Marwadi Malvi from Indore so I don’t think there’s any kind of connection with music here. I think my father was always meant to be an artist or a sportsperson. When he heard me singing for the first time he thought that I have something, some blessings for music. So he thought what can he do? All he can do is to make sure I get proper guidance and knowledge about music.
Becoming a successful singer was a different thing. Because today’s definition of success is getting 1 million views on the songs, reels that I post or being popular on social media. I’m a little laid back in social media though I try to push myself. I don’t see it as wrong but that is how I am. Off camera, I’m a very very jovial person but when it comes to camera I’m a little laid back in all these things.
Q3). At what age did you realize that you are ready to step into reality shows?
Meenal Jain: The time when Indian Idol 1 came I could have participated but I think it’s good that I didn’t participate because I still have a little bit of time. As I said I participated & performed in Mithibai since the first year itself but when it comes to reality shows, it’s a whole different thing. I think in today’s music world, especially for female singers, they want us to look like Kareena Kapoor and sing like Lataji, which is difficult. And our main thing is singing, so that should be our focus. This has been divided into different departments because being an actor is not easy. If you’ve naturally been that beautiful it is a different thing but to maintain that needs a lot of time and effort. Everything takes time and giving time to music is never enough.
People are always in a hurry to finish tasks, going from one reality show to the other. And they expect us to have loads of money which I wish and pray that we have. One of my friends used to say that it is necessary to be in love with music. Loving something takes time, whether it be a thing or a person, profession, or passion, it takes time. One should understand that the only competition is you, yourself. Because if you want to learn something, it needs time.
Q4). How did you manage to learn singing along with your school and college life?
Meenal Jain: That credit goes to my mother and my father. Especially my mother, she stayed with me. As I said, that was the age where I had no other responsibilities on my shoulders. The younger audience who wants to ask me about singing, I would always say take advantage of that age. You can practice singing, do Riyaz for more than 10 hours. As you have your parents, no need to worry about earnings, etc and your life is easy. Trust me these are extremely practical things which I’m talking about. Because today if I want to do Riyaz for 5 plus hours, I won’t be able to do it. As I have ten thousand other things to finish… I have responsibilities. And that was the time where I had no responsibilities.
Q5). Being from a different state & place, it is very difficult to manage our voice tone. How did you manage your voice tone?
Meenal Jain: Voice? It’s the same. As I said, I used to do Riyaz when I was younger, I have put a lot of time and effort… which helps me even today. That was a really important part of my life. And I really wish I could’ve given more time when I was younger, then I would be much better now. The more you practice and love your voice, the more others will love it.
Q6). Many viewers want you to sing, but before that I want to ask a question, what are the genres or languages in which you sing?
Meenal Jain: Honestly, I’m a singer. And I would love to try all the genres possible in this lifetime. I don’t want to restrict myself. I especially love to sing Ghazal, Sufi and of course old songs. But I also equally enjoy dance numbers. I want to sing everything… As a singer,I have sung in Punjabi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi of course,.. Also I love western songs.
Q7). What encouraged you to work so hard for you to make your dreams come true?
Meenal Jain: You get inspired by a lot of people in your life… of course the people who are already there, who you look up to as successful musicians and singers. But yes, my parents, my sisters, my guru inspired me. And my friends,they do so well in their lives and inspire me to do better everyday. We tend to learn some things from various people in our lives. And yes we somehow find inspiration… if we look at it, and use the inspiration, we tend to do better things than we already are.
Q8). From your family someone got inspired by you and started a career in music.
Meenal Jain: There is a nephew of mine. He really wants to learn music but of course he is studying as well. However, he is also doing music of his own. His name is Yash. And I’m so proud of him because he’s trying to find a way on his own.
Q9). What is your personal favorite genre in which you like singing?
Meenal Jain: As I said, I like to sing in every genre.. It mostly depends on my mood, sometimes I feel like I want to sing old songs and sometimes I just want to sing dance numbers… upbeat songs.. There’s no particular genre, it is all about mood.
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Shridhar Mankar: A saviour who takes just 5 minutes!
Shridhar Mankar who fairly is regarded as the saviour by many Computer Science students and related branch students, it does justice to his work! From making their academics easier with 5 minute videos to helping quick revise some topics this 5 minute engineer is a boon to the online community of students who prefer learning complex concepts through youtube. And with this interview you will know why he enjoys so much following and love from his students and subscribers!
- How has your Engineering background influenced the content you published?
I finished my engineering degree with a background in computer science, and now that I’m talking about my channel, 5 Minutes Engineering, I aim to provide answers to questions concerning CS. Since it took me 4 years to complete my CS engineering, I strive to provide solutions in my channel in a matter of five minutes. Both are connected because I am applying what I have learned over the course of my four-year journey and providing topic-related solutions within five minutes in the most easy manner. Additionally, I picked up time management skills while studying engineering, and I try my best to represent that in all of my videos. so that it takes less time for those watching, who also get the solution, and can also enjoy learning from it.
- What difficulties did you overcome to transition from Engineering to Content Creation?
I absolutely will not deny that it wasn’t difficult for me. Since it was something I had never done before, it was challenging. I had a difficult time changing from being an engineer to a content creator. I was the first person in my family to enter this industry, therefore I knew less about it and there was no instructor or someone to guide. Additionally, there are many challenging phases that people go through when you begin something new. However, I wanted to start a new and fresh concept for the people that could help in their growth as professionals. In the beginning, it was challenging to record using my camera because at that time, not everyone could afford one. I used to record it using my mobile instead, but it was challenging to look at the camera constantly, so I used to keep my toy nearby while recording and used to teach it so that I could record my topics’ related solutions. Students used to visit my channel throughout examination season, and that gave me the inspiration to keep going. It’s my turn to help the students in the finest and simplest manner possible. It was definitely challenging, but I’m glad to see that it benefits so many people broadly. I started this during my third year of college engineering, and I plan to grow my channel enormously.
- Could you briefly describe your college life?
Speaking of my college experience, I actually started crying during the first lecture on my first day of college. I cried because I was unable to respond to my professor’s basic conceptual questions on computer science. I wasn’t even sure I understood the questions he was asking at the time. due to the fact that I completed my 12th grade education through PCMB and had no prior experience of computer science. Above that, I noticed that my classmates were answering questions with thorough justifications and even engaging in debate with the professor. I got scared when I saw the scene in my class, but I didn’t give up; I kept working on myself and began making changes. Because of my persistence, I have reached this point in my life where I am doing interviews and people are watching my videos and learning from them. I went from being a student who struggled to understand basic computer science engineering topics to now making videos on YouTube and assisting many students in passing from it. All of this is a result of my perseverance and mentality of never giving up on myself. I was completely focused on my studies during my time in college, so I didn’t participate in any cultural activities and, when I did, it was only to enjoy as an audience. I ranked among the top students in my department. I first started interacting with people when I went for my masters.
- Which of your YouTube-related experiences have you found to be the most rewarding, and how have those experiences benefited your life and career?
YouTube has given me a lot of things. First of all, it has given my life direction in ways I could never have imagined. In addition, while working on it, I have learnt a lot from YouTube. I’ve discovered through YouTube that I can be a teacher who can simplify complex concepts. I used to teach the subjects during exam time, so learners would write and do well on their exams. Therefore, I then considered turning everything I had learned into an audio-visual format that would be helpful to many students taking exams. There is no alternative for YouTube, in my opinion, and it is the finest platform for those looking to start for a larger audience. It is the most priceless compliment a student can give to a teacher, and YouTube has made it possible for me every time I post a video and get to see those three magical words, “thank you sir.” When you receive feedback from others, it greatly motivates you to work more. For this reason, I am truly thankful to God for the learner’s feedback that I am currently receiving. YouTube has been extremely beneficial to me.
- What are your YouTube channel’s future goals, and how do you see its content evolving over the coming years?
We need to keep up with the times in this fast-paced world. As you can see from my youtube videos, I attempt to teach topics simply but in a more practical approach because students are more engaged in practical ways than in other ways. This also applies to the teaching profession. We must remain current in teaching as well, first in terms of knowledge, then in terms of upcoming new technology, and finally in terms of curriculum. As I previously stated, if you compare my current videos to those from the past, you will see a difference in the amount of practical advice I tend to give with conceptual solutions. I constantly work to integrate new technology and curriculum updates as the students become more involved. I’m working on it and will continue to work on it because the process is ongoing.
- What made you want to pursue a career in engineering, and how did you begin?
I’ve never considered becoming an engineer, and when I was younger, I didn’t even know what engineering was, so I didn’t consider it. However, I achieved grades above 90% in both maths and biology during my 12th grade year. People assume that if you are good at biology you will enter the medical field, and if you are good at maths you will enter the engineering field because maths is the dominant subject there. After giving it some thought, I decided on engineering because I had read that while medical required a large budget, engineering could also be accomplished on a smaller budget. This was my only goal, therefore I chose engineering with the idea that I would find employment after finishing my studies. But after enrolling in engineering, I discovered that we must specialise in a specific area. There were many alternative areas, but I decided on computer science because everyone around me told me it had a wide range of opportunities. As I previously stated, when I chose computer science as my area of speciality, I knew nothing about it. However, because of my persistence, I am now the person teaching on this subject.
- What led to the start of 5 min Engineering ?
5 minutes engineering has a pretty interesting backstory, When I was in my third year of college and it was examination time. I used to study everything at home before coming, and I never saved anything for the last minute. In order to ask me to clarify a few issues to them before the tests began, my classmates would gather around me at that time. I used to explain things to them so they could score marks. This was routine, but one day my peers informed me that although you were explaining concepts to them, there must be more people outside of this college campuses who needed assistance. They suggested ideas for videos because I had real proof—my classmates—that the topics I was discussing would help them do well on their exams. I can even make videos about the topics and assist people after that. I started making videos and posting them on YouTube because, as I’ve already stated, it’s the finest platform for reaching a wider audience. I didn’t receive much feedback at first, but as soon as the examinations started, my videos received a lot of views. At that time, I had only posted 25 videos, but I still received a lot of views during exam time. I was inspired to work harder after that. People began to give me positive feedback and create memes. The journey that I began when I was in my third year of college is still going strong and will be working on it much more effectively.
- How do you bring your expertise to your videos?
I create information in a way that requires that it be knowledgeable, simple to grasp, and short to create. I make an effort to create videos that students won’t view under stress but instead learn from in a more efficient and entertaining manner. The planning, updating, searching for examples, and creation of visualisations that take place behind the scenes are what give the camera its simplicity and flexibility. My whole focus is on making sure that the students understand the material on a deep level, especially so they will never forget it and so they can achieve good grades. Since the name of my channel is “5 Minutes Engineering,” it is maintained in a way that considers people’s mindsets. They would assume that it would be simple and quick because it only takes five minutes. It then says engineering, indicating that I will solely cover engineering-related topics in my five-minute presentation. However, because some topics are too broad and can be challenging to cover in five minutes, we still provide the best answer we can.
- Who is your favourite youtuber ?
I typically watch the videos of one particular YouTuber, whose channel is called Craylyf Rohit. He is Rohit Sharma in real life, and he is one of the persons whose videos I enjoy watching. I spoke with him and found him to be such a wonderful person. He tries to portray a cheerful existence through his vlogs, plays practical jokes, and engages viewers in his work. And this kind of content is something that people nowadays actually need. I like viewing his video, and he is like a genuinely nice person.