Use this guide to reflect on your past quarter & plan for the upcoming 90 days!

This Google Doc Template will guide you through the simple process for breaking down your business goals into actionable steps you can focus on each week!

    We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.

    India – The Good & The Not So Great

    February 19, 2019

    I’m Manali
    Business coach, editor & brand photographer based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. When I'm teaching about systems or editing, you'll find me at a vineyard or cuddled with my cat Keegan on our cozy couch!
    Top categories
    Tried & true business tips  and systems to save time
    Behind the scenes of not just business, but LIFE as well.
    My best tips for getting them ,most out of your brand session!
    I Want To Tune In!

    Recapping all of my India trip would be quite A LOT so I started keeping track of my favorite and least favorite parts of visiting my parents hometown of Thane, India about an hour outside of Mumbai. My mom and I were there for about 2 whole weeks so I definitely got a taste for what it’s like! Here’s a little bit of what I loved and what I wasn’t as big a fan of!


    1. FAMILY – Getting to see my family that I hadn’t seen in about five and a half years!! It’s nice to see and understand better how my parents grew up and the family, traditions & values that they were raised with.

    1. CITY BUSTLE – I loved the vivacious and colorful street life that peppered every day! There’s constantly a buzz of rickshaws driving by, a street vendor yelling to sell food, shops for everything and anything around each corner!

    2. ANIMAL LIFE – I love how animals and people live side by side even in a crowded city! There’s a crow that comes to eat at our kitchen window every day, my grandpa confuses pigeons by making pigeon noises & has mini “conversations” with them, I have such nostalgia for the sight of bats flying around at dusk, and am always surprised to find kittens walking on top of roofs every day.

    3. THE WEATHER – I’ve visited India at least a handful of times before but this was my first time not coming the summer season of Monsoon which is NOT my ideal type of weather. Think raining every day, dirt & potholes everywhere because it’s constantly raining and so humid you FEEL wet even when you’re dry. NOT A FAN. But this time it was their winter which is like an absolute DREAM with temperatures in the 60’s through 80’s and not a drop of rain and no humidity!

    4. TANDOORI CHAI – So despite being Indian and growing up with it, I’m not a huge fan of chai. I always got smack for this from my best friend but I definitely have to admit that I drank so much chai over coffee in India since people know how to do chai really well (and the coffee was not very strong)! If you ever cross a place that sells Tandoori Chai, you absolutely have to try it!!

    5. RICKSHAWS – OK, I have a love hate relationship with these so you’ll have to read bullet number 4 below as well. BUT it’s super cool how you can get around the city for super cheap compared to any transportation in the States! That being said, make sure you know how to navigate where you’re going by landmark (they don’t really use street names here) or else you’ll go for quite a ride and end up paying double what you should have.

    6. SMALL BUSINESSES – There’s SO many different stores, a lot of which are local and locally owned and run! There’s not a whole lot of chains peppering the streets, at least near where I live which makes for such a unique shopping experience! Also, people come straight to your door to sell things like fresh veggies, milk, and eggs, how convenient is that?! 

Also, the trip proved how much I really love working on my own business! I definitely rested a lot but also found myself super inspired to get some good blogging in during my downtime!

    7. COST OF GOODS – I loved how affordable everything here is compared to the States! I loved living in Arlington but often would cut back on expenses as to not have additional costs pile up on top of already expensive rent. This made it hard for me to feel like I could really experience everything the city has to offer but it’s quite the opposite over here!


    1. COFFEE – Strong coffee was not a concept here and I really miss a good cup of joe!

    2. BUGS – Gonna be straight up and say that there were a TON of cockroaches that came out at night at the place I was staying!! I’m generally okay with bugs after a bit of history with them but this was a LOT of cockroaches crawling over EVERYTHING and I had to make sure I kept things like my toothbrush and contact lens and stuff tucked away neatly out of reach. My mom and I became best friends with a spray that we would spray along the walls to ward them off (which we realize is not the healthiest to breathe in). Just keeping it very real here.

    3. SCOOTERS / RICKSHAWS – Great to get around in, but NOT GREAT when they DRIVE ON THE SIDEWALKS!!! The road that my mom’s house is on is a major road and during rush hour traffic scooters would literally drive over the sidewalks WHILE people were walking on them to get around! NOT COOL. Also, I almost got run over multiple times by rickshaws & they drive STRAIGHT at you during rush hours, lanes are just not a concept!

    4. POLLUTION – A BIG issue, made worse by the dust that covered everything due to roads being reconstructed. There’s definitely a push against plastic bags there and making the city clean BUT at the same time there’s a lot of places that will light a fire to their trash IN THE STREETS sending toxic fumes everywhere! Also, noise pollution is a thing. People honk to let each other know they’re driving by or to ward off pedestrians from strolling across the road so there’s A LOT of honking.

    5. POVERTY – It’s definitely reduced a lot from what I remember the last couple of times I’ve visited but it DEFINITELY still exists everywhere. It’s super humbling to see slum areas and how little people live on and is a constant reminder to be grateful and thankful for what you have in life.

    That’s it for now! If you liked reading this, definitely check out these travel posts as well!

    Dubai Part One
    Dubai Part Two
    New Orleans & NYC Recap


    Start drafting a photography-friendly timeline & get to know the couple better so you can best personalize their experience with you from the start!


    Photographers, tune in to this masterclass to learn how to quickly build your photography business and consisntely raise your prices.

    LEt's work together

    Thinking of investing in a branding photography session? Read about branding sessions & how to get the most out of yours!

    Browse By Category:





    Search by Keyword



    I help growing photographers feel  calm & confident behind their business with intentional systems & templates inside the Behind the Business Course for Photographers.


    Craving Support?


    Helping ambitious and growing photographers tackle their schedule and systems to create a uniquely freeing and fulfilling business. My mission is to help you spend more time on what matters most to you - both in business and in life!


    Manifesting generator, cognitive & computer science major turned business coach + editor

    I went from charging $600 per wedding to $5-10K and went full-time within 1 year of starting my biz! Now I help creative small business owners show up confidently behind the scenes with 1:1 business coaching, editing and elevated brand imagery to build a life and business that's equally freeing as it is fulfilling.



    Weekly emails packed with business tips and behind the scenes. The MP Email Fam gets first dibs on new offerings & sweet savings sprinkled along the way!

    Leggings, messy buns, cups of coffee ALL encouraged 'round here

    Swipe My
    Weekly Photography Business Schedule

    business tips dropped weekly


    Latest business tips, BTS, travel & cozy life with Keegs 🐱 over on the 'gram! Have a question? Just wanna say hi? Shoot me a DM!