About Me

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Hi there!

Welcome to Om Nom Nirvana, a blog that seeks spiritual satiation through food, health, wellness and travel. Come away with me as I traverse through life in the sandpit that is Dubai and occasionally take a break with me as I vacation (or do a famous UAE staycation) in different places all around the world.

To start with, my name is Aneesha and I’m really pleased to meet you! I’m a journalist by profession with a master’s degree from the University of Wollongong. During the day, I’m a content editor & PR Executive. Occasionally, I assist brands with their PR & social media strategies or write on a freelance basis for publications. I’ve been a writer all my life, and began to write for lifestyle magazines way back in 2009 while still in my undergraduate program (believe it or not, I have a degree in Finance too!) I also hold mobile photography workshops. Here’s a bit about my blog and why I named it Om Nom Nirvana:

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My element so wonderfully captured by Lester Jonson 😀

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The first aspect of my blog is directed at health and wellness. For the past year, I’ve started to eat wiser and exercise more. The main reason beyond this lifestyle change was that I needed to take my health seriously. In 2011, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, a condition of hypothyroid where my body attacks the thyroid gland. This means my metabolism struggles (and I gotta admit, my food habits don’t help either). I’m actually supposed to stick to eating non-processed, gluten-free,sugar-free food. Which if I did follow, would make me really upset because as my cousin Poushali says, ‘CAKE IS BAE.’ Later, in 2017, I was also diagnosed with PCOS (Poly cystic ovarian syndrome).

I have an incorrigible sweet tooth, which I reserve to satiate atleast once/twice/thrice a week(oops). Either ways, I’m all about fighting the good fight and I’d like to take you on this journey to getting healthier with me. 🙂 I enjoy yoga, dancing, various group training exercises and meditation. I also review the occasional spa and occasionally interview professionals from the wellbeing and mental health history, because health is not just physical.

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I have lived majority of my 27 years in Dubai and it is truly home to me. During the other years, I’ve spent living abroad in India, the U.S.,U.K. and Malaysia where I began to develop my palate.

Being exposed to different cuisines since childhood (and mostly because of eating food all my life like most people), I truly enjoy reviewing restaurants and discovering new cuisines. I’m an avid eater of all things junk and not. I’m also looking to become a WSET Level 1 Award in Wines & Spirits this year. Wish me luck!

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Ah, travel! It stirs the soul. I’m all about journeys and slow travel.  And so far, I have accomplished it! I’ve visited 28+ countries so far (but, hey, who’s counting?) and don’t ever plan on stopping.

Come, be a part of my life and cherish just..being and living what life has to offer. ♥

-Aneesha

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