Travelling, Uncategorized

The Best Surfing Spot in India

Pack your bag and catch a bus to Mamallapuram, a.k.a The best and the cheapest surfing spot in India. The town is a tourist attraction and is just 80 km from Chennai. Serene beaches and ancient temples mark this quiet city.

As for the food, I have simply no words. The quality and taste were just amazing. 

Go to the beach when the tide is right, and you will find smiling people surfing and having fun. Enticed, we decided to give it a try too. Just right by the beach was Mumu Surf School. 

Run by Mumu, a very friendly and welcoming person. He is not only passionate about surfing but is using it as a way to help his community too. As we were talking to him, he told us about a program he runs called “Surfing for Healing”. Where they teach children from backward backgrounds to surf. 

You can find them here Even though I didn’t go in the water, my dad did, and this is what he has to say about it – “ Amazing, a simply amazing experience, must for everyone at least once.” Their studio has a beautiful aesthetic Bohemian touch to it. 

Travelling, Uncategorized

Reached home today!

Reached home today!

After 40 and half hours of traveling we finally reached home. We came by train and it was one of the best journeys I ever had. 

The girl on the lower berth was exactly my age, so we instantly became friends. There was going to be a really big architecture event in bangalore, so there were many college students who were traveling to attend it. We made friends with students from ‘The Hindu College’ and ‘IIT Roorkee’.   

We all played chess, cards, and talked a lot. Thus, the journey was filled with laughter, smiles, and jokes. It is a wonder how much we tend to enjoy when we put down our phones and connect with the people around us. 

Personal, Uncategorized

Just a Small Observation

I wanted to post this article yesterday but I had some stuff to do and by the time I finished it, it was already 23:35.  So, anyways I will post it today. 

As you know from my previous article, I recently repotted my plant, which inspired me to take on the bigger task of starting a small vegetable garden. As I was looking for some good sunshine-receiving spots, I realized unlike before there were very few. Since we live in a flat and there is another flat attached to our east side, all the balconies are naturally west facing. Before I think in the rainy season we used to get plenty of sunlight between 13:00 upto 17:00 in all the three balconies, it was the best time for my plants. Then came winter which was the worst time for them, almost 5 died due to lack of sunlight, everyday there was just a gray, gloomy bunch of clouds hanging over the city. Sometimes when the sun used to shine though, It had slightly changed its angle and we didn’t receive as much light in the main balcony as before. In summer it has changed even more:- we have stopped getting any sunlight on all the three balconies, just a little spot in one balcony for 1-2 hours. 

Such a subtle thing I never noticed before. The sun had just changed its route in the sky a bit we can say. If you think about it, it has absolutely no effect on our daily lives, on our work, or on our routine. I don’t think so, I would have noticed it at all, if I hadn’t taken my plants more seriously. 

This is one of the many advantages of gardening. We inevitably get more in contact and knowledge about our environment. Which is actually very critical. 

So tell me if you are an avid gardener, what have you learned from it? And if you are not, do you plan to become one soon, I definitely do! 


Hello Again!

I know It has almost been 2 ½ months since I last wrote and I am sorry for taking such a long break. But there was some stuff going on and I was hardly able to find any time. But these are all just excuses so I am back here again to write and tell all about being a homeschooled teenager! If you want you can read my Unschooling Diaries In which I have already covered my lessons, experiences, and routine. I also plan to post many more exciting stuff like my experience with gardening, traveling alone, chess, etc. So please stay tuned. I will see you again tomorrow.

As always I am more than happy to read you suggestion and ideas, which you can send me on :-  Contact Me


The Best Chess YouTubers to Watch Out for to Step Up Your Game

Find out how the internet has evened out the playing field for everyone

Recently, I have participated in a few OTB tournaments. Over there I met many people who had not received any professional coaching yet had a 50% win rate. Even more than some rated players! I asked them their secret and they told me YouTube had helped them a great deal. YouTube has made knowledge accessible and affordable for everyone. Browse through many FM’s, IM’s, and GM’s posting quality and knowledgeable content online.  The best part about youtube is it adds a fun twist to learning. All of this aside I have to say YouTube can obviously never equal a teacher but can only make do. Let us now dive into the world of Chess YouTubers and streamers. 

  1. ChessBase India 

ChessBase India is an organization that helps boost chess in India. They also have a YouTube Channel which is very Informative and contains games sorted according to openings and players. They have more than 100+ videos on how to improve your chess, 100+videos on endgames, and even opening preparations. The Founder and host IM Sagar Shah and his wife, COO, and co-host WIM Amruta Mokal also cover all the major tournaments happening around the world. The best players in the world like Anish Giri, Teimour Rajdabov, Garry Kasparov, etc make regular appearances on this channel. They also have a members feature which one can join by paying a monthly fee of anywhere between 1 to 10 USD, depending on the person’s wish. The entire money which is collected by the end of the month will be given to financially weak chess players to help them on their journey. 

  1. GothamChess

GothamChess will be one of the first YouTubers whose name comes to mind when talking about chess channels. Founded and hosted by IM Levy Rozman, the channel is named after his hometown New York. GothamChess stands apart from others because of his unique way of explaining things, which is fun and very to understand. He not only analyses master’s games but also games of lower rating ranges like 1200 or 1400. Let us see few of his series

  1. Win At Chess
  2. Chess History
  3. Guess the Elo
  4. Endgames
  5. Chess Tips
  6.   Chess Lessons Collabs
  7. Magnus Tour 2020, Lindores Abbey, Chessable Masters, The Legends of Chess, The Final
  8. How To solve Chess Tactics
  9. GothamChess Openings
  10. GothamChess Guide

3. Agadmator’s Chess Channel

Agadmator is a channel founded and managed by Antonio Radić, a Candidate Master from Croatia. As of April 2021, his was the 2nd most famous chess channel with 1.16 million subs only surpassed by GothamChess with 1.23 million subs. Antonio analyzes Master Games on his channel. There is rarely a game you won’t find there:- Old Games, Recent Games, Just Played Games, World Championship Games, First encounters, Last Encounters, and many more. His explanations are lucid and deep. One learns openings, chess facts, and chess history from his videos. I guarantee you will keep coming back for more. 

4. Hanging pawns

I have returned to Hanging Pawns numerous number of times for opening repertoire and preparation tips. Tomic, Stjepan the founder and host describes his channel as ‘ a chess channel for players who are trying to improve (by a player who is trying to improve).’ If nothing else his own story is very inspiring and motivating. Stjepan started playing chess very late (his first tournament game was at the age of 26) and his aim is to work hard everyday until he becomes a GM, his current elo is 1984. His channel is very organized and contains videos on many openings, almost all the openings one can think of. He also has game analysis and endgames on his channel. 

5. Remote Chess Academy 

Founded by GM Igor Smirnov, Remote Chess Academy is a great YouTube channel for newbies trying to improve. It has many traps, opening lines, and game analysis. His explaining style is clear, distinctive, and easy to understand. Even other titled players come and give guest lectures on the channel. He also has a blog and a website, where you can shop for his courses. 

6. ChessMood 

I was really confused about whether I should choose Saint Louis Chess Club or ChessMood to write about.  And although Saint Louis definitely has more content, It is for the more serious players(a.k.a It is kind of hard to keep awake till the end of the video). ChessMood on the other hand has short, lite, and engaging lessons which keep the interest of the viewer and appeal to them to come back again and again. Mainly hosted by GM Avetik Grigoryan, They have an entire team of 5 GMs who regularly post videos, answer their viewers’ questions, etc. They even have a website which is definitely worth checking out, and I even recommend subscribing to the newsletter. Their motto is ‘Right Mood = Right Move’. What makes them great is the fact, they just don’t want to make a few bucks, but sincerely want their students to improve.      

Some other, must-see YouTubers

  1. Eric Rosen
  2. Saint Louis Chess Club   
  4. Chess Talk

In summary, 

So guys, there you go, I have covered all the chess YouTubers, I hope I didn’t leave out anyone. If you have any suggestions, please do drop them in the comment section below. If you like my content please like and share. Remember Vladimir Kramnick once said “ Chess is body-building. If you train every day you stay in top shape. It is the same with your brain- Chess is a matter of daily training.”