What is happiness to you?

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What is happiness to you, someone asked me? What brings a smile to your face. I thought – food? family? career? cheese? peace? love? What really stood out for me was one word: Freedom!
When I feel free, I am truly feel happy.
Freedom about being me. Being who I want to be. without being confined to the rules, stigmas & taboos set by society. Without worrying about being judged. Just showing my inner-self more than my appearances. That is what freedom is to me.

I did not feel the need to tie myself to societies ways, of dressing, of eating, of choosing a partner, of choosing a career… I just wanted to follow my own heart. It wasnt meant to defy the society or challenge the ways. It wasn’t meant to break rules. I just thought of experimenting with my life on my own terms, at my own cost, knowing fully the consequence.

It was never about crossing legal boundaries, or bending ethical boundaries. But yes, I questioned
moral, social & cultural boundaries, age old rigid customs, rites and rituals. I questioned all the things, which I did not feel comfortable doing. And so I did just that.

And everytime I was able to do so, not be fake, be who I am, not change for anyone, I actually became a much better person. I was able to give more, help more, be more kinder. I was able to rise above my fears and insecurities… be more in control of my own life… fully charged, alive and motivated. I was able to grow more, I was able to reach new heights… My relationships strengthened like never before. The people who could accept me, stuck by.. and I consider them the real angels of my life… The rest moved on… finding their own path.

Freedom is truly happiness for me. Sometimes though, the state of mind happiness is not always constant. It oscillates like a pendulum between highs and lows. And I have succumbed many times to the crutches of society… whenever I was mentally week. And it took courage to pick up the pieces and find myself… to follow my own path.. my own journey… and look within my soul for my true calling.

Does any of this resonate with you? What are the things that make you happy? Is there one word that describes happiness for you?

By Dhvani Desai

Hey there! After Making & selling cheese for over 10 years under the brand – Casa Del Cheese , I decided to document all my processes, including every single nuance, tips and tricks… that I followed, every failure that I had stumbled upon… every magical experience… and decided to share this pool knowledge through this mini Cheese Academy that I have created. I am very very passionate about teaching Cheese Making, and extremely happy when the students are able to create their own signature version of this beautiful amalgamation of art and science called Cheese. My aim is to simplify it as much as possible, so that one can get started and dive right into the process. For me cheese making was more of an art, than a science. It was more of a creative journey… than a scientific one. However, you are free to make this journey yours, and create the perfect balance between the two. (marry both art and science… in your unique way and create your own magic!) I will be honest, Initially I was a little bit hesitant on sharing this knowledge… which I thought was extremely precious to me. However, I realized that Cheese is a vast and expansive ocean… where no matter how many of us make cheese… everyone interprets it in their own way… and hence will make something that is so unique to them. And within the Indian scenario, or in Indian landscape… incorporating our the diverse culture, into the world of Cheese, will certainly take it to another level. And I cant wait to find out how!!! So do join me in my workshops and lets explore the journey together… into the world of Cheese 🙂 !!! Dhvani

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