About

The Lifester is a blog about relationships, karma, Kriya yoga, and managing depression and living happily. Life has its ups and downs and you’re definitely not the only questioning life. Sometimes the meaning of the weird and wonderful, high and low moments in life can be found through explanations about karma, sometimes in meditation, and sometimes there will be no answer at all and you will feel like you’re stuck in a dark cloud, and that’s OK too.

Even in your darkest days, remember that you are not alone. Someone else has experienced the depth of the pain you are feeling. You are not alone.

Life has its highs and lows and there are days when it feels like staying in bed would be easier than facing life. Even on those days remember that you are not alone. I hope this blog and some of my stories will remind you of that. 

My story

Ritu Swiss blog

My name is Ritu and I’m a writer, an Atma Kriya Yoga and meditation teacher and an English Language teacher.

I set up The Lifester because I felt that there was not enough support for girls going through a quarter-life crisis and I wanted to help. I felt this way because I had a super challenging quarter life transition when I felt completely alone and nothing made sense.

As I grew, so did this blog and I found myself writing more about spirituality and meditation. Now, I write mainly about the transition of moving to a new country and dealing with the emotional journey of a major life transition. I have also dealt with depression in the past and blog about dealing with depression and positive mental health.

I usually post once a week and also vlog on my youtube channel. If you don’t want to miss any posts and videos, sign up for free updates by entering your email below:


Nice things people have said about me

“Ritu is like a ray of sunlight! Her dedication to personal growth and to helping others live happier lives is inspiring. Her positive energy is contagious, and I always feel more hopeful and uplifted after spending time with her.”

Jenny Sansouci
-Publisher, HealthyCrush.com

My favourite blog posts

These are the most popular blog posts on this site. You can read these first to get started if you like:

Oh, and hey! Since you made it this far…

Here are 5 quirky, delightful & totally true things about me:

  • I can say “I love you” in 10 languages.
  • I’ve swum in the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
  • My best friends in the whole wide world were born in Japan, Nepal, United Kingdom, Canada, and Thailand.
  • I once dropped my cell phone in the toilet at the Guggenheim in New York City. It still worked for months afterward!
  • My favourite number is 22.

Other ways we can hang out (in order of use)

Where I live in the real world

I was born in Bangladesh, grew up in India, went to high-school and university in Canada, started my working life in New York City and lived there till 2011. I moved to London and lived there until early 2013 before leaving for sunny Sydney in 2014. I moved to my “hometown” of Toronto, Canada in 2015 until finally moving to my new hometown of Zurich, Switzerland.

Stay in touch!

I hope this blog inspires, encourages and comforts you when you need it. I trust that the Universe will give you exactly what you need from this blog, right when you need it. If this happens, write to me and let me know! And enter your email address below to receive regular updates from me with insider news and personal love notes.


I am so happy that you are here!

With all my love,

Ritu