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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

I’m super excited to accept the nomination for the Black Cat Blue Sea Award this time! Awards like these are one of the things that keep bloggers going. Thank you Riddhi from whisperingstories for nominating me for this one. She writes pretty cool book reviews and does lovely book tags regularly!

The meaning of the Black Cat Blue Sea Award:

“This award is for bloggers who strive to write for everybody, and no matter how many viewers they get, make an impact on a reader. This award is an expression of gratitude to the nominee. It should be awarded to anybody that you choose deserves it, and it doesn’t mean that they must have hundreds of followers and likes.”

The Rules

  • Anybody nominated can nominate seven (lucky number) other bloggers.
  • Anybody nominated answers three questions.
  • The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions.
  • If any of the questions asked are offending or the nominee simply does not want to answer them, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Riddhi’s Questions:

  1. What is the one thing you like and dislike about my blog? Hey, I really enjoy reading your blog. Your reviews, especially, movie reviews accurately analyse the film, which I like a lot. I don’t think there’s anything I dislike as yet though.
  2. What are your 5 all-time favourite songs? Um that’s difficult lol. Gimme more by Britney Spears, Love you like a love song by Selena, Dark Paradise by Lana Del Rey, Cheap Thrills by Sia, it’s you by Zayn and Shape of you by Ed Sheeran?¿
  3. Which language would you like to learn completely? I know the basics of French, so I would love to be a proficient French speaker some day!

Bloggers I am nominating:

  1. Simran Totlani
  2. Pragya Khokhar
  3. Ste J
  4. Kushal Gorti
  5. Nehal Jain
  6. Vonny
  7. Grace

My Questions:

  1. Which book have you read most recently and how did you find it?
  2. What is something you’ve tried your hand at during the lockdown?
  3. Which movie is your current favorite?

P.S. Please feel free to accept or decline the award 🙂

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About the chilling Hathras rape case and why you have to care, no matter your gender

Trigger Warning: Rape, Sexual Assault

A man rapes a woman in India, every, 15 minutes. While you’re living in your pretty, little bubble and reading this particular article, at least one rape would have been committed.

The Who, What, and Why? The country is grieving the loss of one two well, I’ve lost count now, but hey, we Indians are back to mourning the rapes and murders of more women this October. Two that shook the whole nation all over again are the Hathras and Balrampur rapes followed by murders. These are proof of just how well-developed of a state our country has grown to become! It’s surprising how people still argue the necessity of gender-upliftment programs and, well, feminism. They fail to recognize the increasing gap and crimes against women, which, in turn, is lowering the bar of equality and upliftment of them to a greater extent. Even worse is the condition prevailing amongst the Dalit women, as they face the atrocities inflicted as a result of their caste, in addition to gender-based discrimination. Rape isn’t just a pathetic violation of human rights for the victim; it is more of a way to establish dominance by the rapist over another human. And so, this incident forces us to look at it in a way that includes the viewpoint of caste. In India, casteism has existed since time immemorial, and so has the oppression of the lower castes by their upper counterparts, more so, in rural areas.

For those who say: CaStE-BasEd ViolEncE DoeSn’T ExiST AnYMoRe

Originally tweeted by Suraj (@IronicSalt) on October 2, 2020.

The Cruelty of the Crime and What the Police have done About it: Back to Hathras, which gave birth to the age-old discussion again, here, the rapists cut the victim’s tongue, broke her spine, paralyzed her body, and shattered her lungs. Even though the public has accustomed to gender-based violence news, the outrage is slightly higher this time because of the extremity of the brutality involved. As if there wasn’t enough frustration for the victim’s family already, the regional police officers added some more by cremating the girl’s body during the wee hours of the night. They barred the family from entering the cremation site, didn’t allow them to perform the last rituals, and the reason was said to be ‘avoidance of violence problems‘ later. The police have now arrested the four accused on charges of rape, murder, and violation of the SC/ST act. Most certainly, the convicts deserve more torturous punishments, and I was positive that they should hang… until I read this article, which made sense. Sadly, before serving justice to a young girl who was wronged, the authorities must think twice solely for fear of the consequences that might have. 

  • September 14, 2020: Date of rape of the girl

  • September 17, 2020: Victim gestures that the criminals sexually assaulted her.

  • September 22, 2020: Medical examination takes place. (8 days after the heinous crime, which means plenty of time for evidence to get lost)

  • September 29: She succumbs to her injuries and dies.

The Reaction of Citizens Hundreds of people took to the streets, protesting for the victim, and spreading awareness about the now widespread rape culture. Netizens did their bit by demanding justice on their ‘millennial streets’ called Twitter and Instagram. The COVID-19 couldn’t stop them from raising their voice on the internet by conducting Twitterstorms, creating ‘carrds’, and flooding platforms with relevant information connected to the mentioned subjects. While the younger generation is fighting for a good cause, shockingly(not really), there are literally people out there standing in support of RAPISTS. Sadly, this is no news to us Indians for it’s the second time we’re seeing a community come forward to save criminals; first being the Kathua case. As long as people with such ideologies exist, rapists need not fear 🙂 That said, we still hold out hope considering that there are numerous better men trying to change as well. 

How can I help? The fact that YOU are eager to change a problem says a lot, and there are a few things you can do concerning it. Along with suggestions, I’ll be adding a few resources to help you contribute something meaningful for everybody. So a safe place to start would be by 

1.Educating yourself and the people around you. Begin by studying about how societal differences took birth and how they took the form of such social curses. Learn about the cruel deeds the UCs(upper-castes), the men, and the Male Brahmins have practiced on the Dalits, the women, and the Dalit Women, respectively. Links:

1. Background Info on Indian Dalit Women 2. Dalit Feminism 3. Dynamics of Caste-Based Sexual Violence 4. Love Letters to Jyotiba by Savitribai Phule

2.Acknowledging your privilege. Accept that you have rights based on your identity, and that there are disadvantages which other groups get to face, also based on their CASTE and/or Gender. Rather than being anti-reservation with absolutely no knowledge of the caste system, strive to be anti-caste. Comprehend how your ancestors might have treated their lower equivalents, and think of ways to empower your Dalit friends. Links:

1. Male Entitlement in India 2. Male Privilege 3. Caste and Gender Bias

3.Helping initiatives by your female/’lower-caste’ friends. Believe it or not, many casteists amongst us would never support a Dalit’s business even if they found it deserving of recognition. Same goes with misogynists and women. Several of them must be finding it difficult to sustain in such an environment with all the financial pressure adding to it. Therefore, YOU need to be there and encourage them to keep going. Be a good person and stop oppressing them even if their ambitions intimidate you. Links to some Dalit venture stories:

1. Monthly Magazine and Youtube Channel by Ashok Das 2. Pipe Supplies Kamani Tubes by Kalpana Saroj 3. Freight Forwarding Company MCS Logistics by Raja Nayak 4. Engineering Company DAS Offshore by Ashok Khade

4.Using your Platform for good It’s okay to send funny memes to your friends on Instagram but it’s NOT okay if you do not concurrently talk about serious points. If you have a thousand followers and all you share are Spotify playlists, I hope you lose those followers. Post about everyday struggles women go through, post about the pedophile who raped a 3-year old the previous day, post about everything that you should actually be caring about. If someone can start using a product because YOU advised them to, they can definitely change their mindset if you convince them to.

P.S. Stop calling yourself a feminist if your feminism is not intersectional. INTERSECTIONALITY is the point here. Let’s not divert from that.

Also, if this took you 15 minutes to read, know that another woman just got raped by a man and by the end of the day, it would be a total of 6-7 DALIT women. So before you demand the removal of reservations, ask yourself a simple question. Would you demand the removal of caste and gender inequalities the exact same way?

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#BookReview: Mystery: Bay of Blood by A.M. Potter

Hello fellow humans! This is an honest review for the novel published in February 2019, ‘Bay of Blood‘ of the detective Eva Naslund series by A. M. Potter. First of all, a thank you to Mr. Potter for sending me an ebook copy in exchange for my sincere thoughts for the same.

Blurb (from Goodreads): World-renowned painter Thom Tyler is murdered in Georgian Bay, Canada. The consensus is that Tyler had no enemies. Why would anyone murder him?
Detective Sergeant Eva Naslund goes to work with a homicide team from OPP Central. They find no useful blood, print, or DNA evidence. They turn to financial forensics and criminal psychology. Tyler’s paintings are worth millions, yet he’s deeply in debt to banks and his art agent. Just as the investigation opens a new lead, courtesy of Tyler’s friend, J.J. MacKenzie, MacKenzie is murdered. The team is back to ground zero—with two murders to solve. 

Review: In a nutshell, Bay of Blood is one of those page-turning mysteries that get you thinking about who the perps really are and I’d have loved to give it a higher rating if I didn’t have certain complaints that I’m going to talk about later in the review. Despite the book being placed in the mystery genre, I believe it would fit better in the crime procedural book as it mainly centers on the investigations by Detective Eva Naslund and Inspector Moore. The A. M. Potter book of 350 pages is written simply in the third person narrative and does contain a few profane words as well. As you can see, the interesting plot pulled me into the book which was managing to keep me hooked very well till like 70% of the thing, but after that, I kind of felt like it was being dragged. Really short sentences make up the whole book, which is exactly how I prefer fiction, so bonus points for that, and the dialogues were snappy at times, which is cool too. If you’re interested in boats and docks related jargon, you could pick this up for that as like the name suggests, the murders take place at the bay, which gives plenty of scope to include water and boats.

It won’t be much to give out that family acceptance and greed are discussed in this one as we see that the main motive to kill the renowned artist, Thom Tyler could only be money-related. And then comes the topic of not liking it. Now everywhere that Naslund goes, grown-ass men are present to flirt with her, and wtf was Tatyana even (read the book to know who and what I’m talking about). I see no man/woman, for that matter, hitting on inspector Moore, so is he unattractive, or is this plain sexism where a woman police officer isn’t taken seriously and is kept just for the sake of it? I would have loved it if the officer were represented properly; doing her job nicely. The ending fell a little, little flat for me, as it was an extremely abrupt disclosure that didn’t last long, but I did enjoy getting to know who the culprit was, the execution of the plan, and where the killer came from.

I had fun imagining the chemistry between Eva and her love interest, Hal and their dialogues added humour to the otherwise serious scenes. In the end, I’ll suggest it to anyone in search of a breezy mystery and even if I didn’t like certain aspects of the story of Tyler and Mackenzie’s murder, I won’t back away from recommending it to my readers, and hence I look forward to reading more from this writer.

I Rate This: 3.4 bloody stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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About the Author: A. M. Potter

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A. M. Potter

From website: I write detective fiction, which I call North Noir, aka Canuck Noir. You know what I say? “Leave your Scandinavian Noir in the sauna. It’s time for North Noir.” On the bio side, I grew up in Canada and the USA (Nova Scotia and Boston). I’ve traveled the world, working dozens of jobs. Like any good detective, I know both sides of the thin blue line. I’ve used numerous aliases (for non-nefarious purposes, of course). You’ll have to take my word on that.

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Bored in the house? 15 things to do to fix your boredom

Yeah I get it, you’re bored in the house and you’re in the house bored. I’ve done a post on being productive at home which you can check out here, but a little fun never hurts anyone, does it? And well, since it seems like the lockdown isn’t going to be lifted anytime soon, here I am with 15 fun things to do while you stay grounded within those four walls.

  1. Learn to cook! As you might have already seen so many people you follow on SM trying new recipes now, it’s time even you get into the kitchen and experiment with new cooking methods. We can’t eat out, but we sure can bring the yummilicious food in!
  2. DIY crafts! There are tons of Youtube channels as well as blogs that teach you how you can DIY (do-it-yourself) everything from clothes and shoes to notebooks and pads. I’m too lazy to diy but if you want to do something new, you can try your hand at it! Check out Sara’s Beauty Corner!
  3. Shop from the comfort of your home! A few stores like Amazon and Myntra are still taking orders with Myntra allowing COD. Plan out all the outfits you’re going to wear once this lockdown gets over. Or buy other stuff! Lucky you if you live in a safe area, you can now binge shop all the products lying in your cart for ages.
  4. Sort your clothes, books, or shoe racks out! I know it’s been ages since you last cleaned those shelves in your room and it is likely that your closet is even smelling bad. This is the perfect time to take everything out and perform a little wardrobe clear-out, isn’t it?
  5. Read an ebook if not a physical one! In some areas, bookstores haven’t opened yet and you possibly don’t wish to come in direct contact with new people, but you have Kindle books by your side! Get under the blanket with your device and a hot cup of tea to sip on, while you read your heart out!
  6. Watch that movie or web series you had been dying to watch, but didn’t have enough time for. There’s so much new content being released by influencers and entertainers out there and of course, all these shows streaming services have your back for that matter. Prime members enjoy unlimited free delivery on eligible items, video streaming, ad-free music, exclusive access to deals & more. Click here to get Prime at Rs. 129 per month/Rs. 329 for 3 months.
  7. Play fun board games with your family! This is almost like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity we’ve gotten, so make certain that you spend at least some amount of time with the people you share your DNA with. Play Ludo, Monopoly, or any other fun game you’d like to, together.
  8. Discover new songs and make playlists of the best ones out of them! There is a wide range of songs and artists waiting for you to recognize and listen to them. Who knows, you might even find your next favorite in the journey! Hunt them down through YouTube’s recommended videos or reach out to that friend who has got an amazing taste in music! You’ll find my playlist here: Spotify Playlist
  9. Call your squad! No doubt you miss hangouts at pretty cafeterias, but you know Zoom Group Calls are the new cafes, right? Hang-in and plan one of those with your gang and don’t forget to capture screenshots. Hope your people won’t ditch you this time!!
  10. Take a walk down memory lane! Revisit your childhood by fetching old family photo albums and videos of when you were little. Spend time being nostalgic and analyze how your life has changed over the years. Share the photos with your friends to have a good laugh…
  11. Start a diary and/or journal! ‘Diary, form of autobiographical writing, a regularly kept record of the diarist’s activities and reflections. Written primarily for the writer’s use alone, the diary has a frankness that is unlike writing done for publication.’ Don’t prefer writing? Express yourself in artistic ways by doing an art journal!
  12. Inculcate a hobby you’ve totally forgotten about, back in your routine! I bet there is that one thing you loved to do as a kid, it might be playing a sport, painting, organizing shelves, or doing calligraphy. Start over with that again, trust me, it’s something your heart needs right now.

13. Practise Selfcare! We are always too busy to find time for pampering ourselves but now that you’re bored, make a list of relaxing activities, plan 3-4 selfcare days or weeks, or months and pick one activity a day. Some selfcare ideas: Spa day, Movie Marathon, Reading before bed, Baking competition with parents/kids.

14. Set a skin and body care routine! Now is the time to prepare yourself to go back to school/work with that visible glow up. Try to remain consistent while you work out, do yoga, or Zumba at least once every two days, and don’t forget to wash-moisturize your face before bed.

15. If you’re done with all of the above and are still bored, well, head over to the ‘Bored Button’ website where you click a button and they generate for you a random thing to. I think it’s a pretty jobless thing to do, so I suggest you rather make a new Social Media account, maybe on Instagram or Twitter and you’ll be booked with memes to see all day!

Ah! Wrote a post after so long (did you notice that I was gone, if yes, did you miss me?)

That’s it for today, I’ve been reading a lot of blogs written by the amazing people I follow, everyone just has so much to share! If you’re looking for suggestions, I enjoy reading Kushal’s posts as they talk about science, books, and other interesting topics. You can find his blog BarelyWise here. You could also consider subscribing to posts of thewitheringblog here for reading about books from this absolutely lovely blogger Rain.

Thank you for reading 🙂

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Review of the touching hindi movie ‘The Sky is Pink’ by Shonali Bose starring Zaira Wasim (Aisha), Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar

Hey guys! Hope y’all are doing well in your houses. During the lockdown, I bet you’ve been watching movies all the time, and if not, what are you even doing? I have, too. Here is a review for ‘The Sky is Pink’ which you can watch on any movie website that you know of.

The Sky is Pink failed to make an impact on the box office for no apparent reason, but that doesn’t change much about my opinion on the film. This is my first movie review, and I’ve watched this one twice, so I’m sharing my views, starting with the plot. Over 2 decades, Aisha, who had a very different life than ours, narrates the romantic tale of her parents in this drama. Aisha Chaudhary, the protagonist was a famous motivational speaker who talked about love, life, and happiness. In January 2015, she died as a result of an in-borne lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis. The film focuses on how Aisha’s mom and dad make sure she lives her last days of life to the fullest.

OFFICIAL TRAILER

My Rating: 8.5/10 stars

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

Despite being based on the TRUE, heart-wrenching story of Aisha, director Shonali Bose did a great job at making the film a light-hearted one, so you could leave satisfied and smiling (or not crying). I liked the screenplay and acting very much and the direction came straight from Bose’s heart as she too, had lost her young son. It was good to see Priyanka on-screen after this long, and she did justice to her role as Aditi as well. Farhan was perfect at his job; portraying the overprotective dad who’d work the hardest to save his daughter. For certain, the Shonali film will make you cry your eyes out, especially during 1 or 2 scenes. Amongst all, the most emotional part has to be when Aisha is dying which will crush your heart, and that’s when most of the actors arrived at their apotheosis of performance.

”It feels like i am watching my world from above. Sometimes, i like to paint my pain.”

Aisha Chaudhary

The director kept humor alive by the witty voiceover of Aisha and the pre-marriage struggles of the couple. At the same time, the movie succeeded in not modifying the story and presenting it as it was; tragic and traumatic. ‘Dil hi toh hai’ was one of the best-released songs of the film. Niren Chaudhary’s middle-class family was well-showcased with a house in Chandni Chowk and the later upper-class family was depicted aptly too with a big farmhouse and the well-paying job in London. The only issue where I agree with the several critics of this work was that even though Aisha had SCID and must’ve struggled a lot in real life, in reel life, her obstacles were sidelined and her comforts were in the limelight. I think that was an intended move from the director to keep the story a bit cheery and surprisingly, that worked for me. Overall, this watch was thoroughly entertaining and Aisha’s story teaches the all of us to value our families, healths and lives while they’re there. She managed to leave behind a beautiful book for us to read her thoughts, and appreciate her doodles. Scroll down to see a preview of the book.

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Aisha Chaudhary
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The real faces behind the inspiration of THE SKY IS PINK

SHOULD I WATCH? Having said all that, ‘The Sky is Pink’ is surely worth a few hours of your time and should be given at least one watch. Highly recommended for all types of audience except the ones who prefer really fast-paced shows.

WHERE SHOULD I WATCH? Netflix.

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Let’s talk! Have you watched ‘The Sky is Pink’ and if yes, did you like it? Do you wish to watch it now or not? Should I do more film reviews or this sucked? I’d love to know your opinions! Stay safe 🙂

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Life is short and unpredictable. Secret advice: Take the plunge and start living now so you don’t regret later!

With the death of many of our favorite Bollywood stars whom we looked up to, it becomes extremely important to appreciate what we have and start relishing our existence. As much as we hate it, the harsh reality is that the inevitable does come when it’s least expected. At times like these when there is uncertainty all around, I want you to cherish what you still have. Every moment. Every experience. Because as cliché or quoted as it might sound, life is indeed, too short to be sad. Actually, it really depends upon the people you hang out with. With the right ones, 70-80 years can be too short, and with the wrong people, the same can feel limitless.

Many a time, we stress over things which seem very important at that instant, but in the long run, hold the least importance. All I ask from you is to stop worrying too much about those and start taking such problems lightly. Try and learn to move on, and take life as it comes because trust me, you don’t want to regret not doing something you wanted to. It’s never too late to begin doing what your heart says as it’s always the right time to do what you love.

There is a listicle I’ve created that I wish to keep in mind while I live life. You should add these to yours too:

  1. Do what makes you smile. Your friends might make fun of you, but honestly who cares? We all, I repeat, we all are either born with certain passions or we develop them over time. It is too important to ignore the fact that to stay happy, you have to follow your fire. If you haven’t decided on a career yet, great, you have lots of time to listen to your heart and pursue one accordingly. You’ll see, life will turn out so much better for you. If you think you still don’t know what fascinates you, try out your hand at every single job. That brings me to the next point which is
  2. It’s never too late to take different experiences. Packing your bags and taking off to ethereal sights, learning and playing an instrument you’ve longed for, meeting someone so special you forget all your gloom; are all THRILLING experiences. 72-year old Meher Moos from Mumbai, India is a foodie and traveler who has been to 180 countries out of 195 in the whole wide world. Now tell me what’s your excuse?
  3. Try to be excited about every damn thing, even the littlest ones like going to school after a long weekend or maybe waiting for the next Sunday and planning how you’re gonna spend it. Being excited makes you want to live. If you feel like your routine is monotonous, you can always bring that excitement yourself, like plan a virtual date with your best friend and look forward to that.
  4. Once we grow up, it’s the ordinary life we gonna miss the most, so try not to complain when there isn’t much happening. Appreciate that normality while it’s there. You might be feeling like your school, college or workplace is the worst place ever, but once you’re out, you’ll reminisce on the same places. Like they say, “We didn’t know we were making memories. We were just having fun.” So why not take pleasure while you have it?
  5. Express love through non-materialistic as well as materialistic ways. If you hug your family frequently, I’m super proud of you. If not, that might be because it’s been reaalllyy long since you guys last did and now, physical affection is an awkward process. If that’s the case, you could send them pretty notes saying ‘I love you’/ ‘Thank you for everything’, or you could give them gift cards and allow them to buy their thing. That’s not awkward at all!
  6. Set aside any three worldly pleasures that you absolutely adore, and make sure you never think twice before investing in them. In my case, it could be books, clothes, and yummy food. If I really like something expensive but reasonably priced which falls in one of these categories, I’ll buy it because it makes me happy. For you, it might be art supplies, video games, makeup, or just anything worth the money. Go ahead and make that small investment in your happiness.
  7. Start absorbing the little things around you. Remember the last time you were on a car ride, and you actually peeped out of the window, instead of scrolling up your phone screen? If not, you’ve been missing out on such wonders the world has got to offer. Promise yourself, even if you’re simply commuting, you’ll be on the lookout for the beauty outside your world. Seeing little kids playing or a group of friends clicking selfies will definitely bring a smile to that beautiful face of yours.
  8. Practise gratitude. Here, I might be guilty of not practising what I’m preaching, but I’ll try and I know you will, too. The reason that most of us are unhappy is this: we aren’t satisfied with what we have. Start your morning by penning down 2 blessings you’re grateful for, and do this everyday. Seek to make things unique, but repetition is allowed. Think of the thousands of refugees and people in crisis, and you’ll know exactly what to write 🙂
  9. Enjoy the journey! After all is said and done regarding the destination, one mustn’t neglect the beautiful ride which is going to take them to where they desire to be. Be hopeful, make new friends, take on adventures. There will be struggles and there will be times when you wish like giving it all up, but at times like those, remind yourself, that it is worth it. The endurance for a better future is worth it. YOU are worth all of it.

There shouldn’t be decisions you regret when you’re old, but even if there are, stop regretting and start living. It’s never too late to learn; learn to stop caring about what others think, learn to do what gives you that thrill. It is rightly said,

You will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.

Agreed?

That was a loooong post, thank you for staying, my friend! We all crib about how life sucks and how unjust the world has been to us, but if everyone feels that way, who is life really fair to? See! No one. I could do another post on a list of things that are worth living for, let me know in the comments if you’d like that!

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Book Review 4 of the month July: A paranormal fantasy ‘First Touch’ by Teyla Branton

Hellooo! Here I am with another book review for a book I read, ‘First Touch’ by Teyla Branton which is a recent release of 2018. These are my own views on the book and you may or may not agree with them, so read on to know what I think.

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FIRST TOUCH BY TEYLA BRANTON

Blurb: The protagonist named Autumn Rain is a gifted personality, she possesses the ability to read the emotions imprinted on objects. But our investigator, Detective Shannon Martin is suspicious of her talent as he doesn’t believe in such ‘gifts’. Now a girl who Autumn Rain knows, goes missing and the detective is hired to find her out. Because of their different opinions, the pair find it very hard to team up to find her, but it’s really urgent.

Can they put aside their differences and find her before it’s too late?

“We had so little when compared with the rich of the world, but we’d had everything that mattered.”

Teyla Branton, First Touch

Review: This one’s a short mystery of 117 pages in total, so you can finish it in just over a couple of hours, because of its quality of keeping you hooked right from page one. Written beautifully in the first person POV of Autumn, or Ms. Rain, as our Detective likes to call her, the book has a storyline like none other I’ve read before. The language is such that any kind of reader is bound to keep reading without break, and there are mentions of kidnapping and abuse. Coming to the characters, Ms. Rain’s emotions were quite realistic and so were Shannon Martin’s, and hence they made for good personas and I absolutely enjoyed this piece of occult fiction because of their combined efforts. Undoubtedly, the best part of the book lied in reading the imprints left by various individuals, which felt like standing in someone else’s shoes and experiencing those moments the exact way they’d done. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the book but when it comes to giving a solid score to a novel, I’m not very generous, also, the book would have been better a little longer, and with more twists towards the end. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and look forward to reading more from the author, who was kind enough to provide a realistic ending to the plot. The lesson was to not underestimate your powers and to learn to trust people with theirs, and I think the rating I’m giving it does justice to this work of metaphysical fiction.

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Star Rating: 4.5/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Book Review 3 of the month July: A Classic Murder ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie Murdee Novel Queen

Hola! Here I am with another book review for a book I read yesterday, ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ by Agatha Christie which had been published by HarperCollins UK in 1926. These are my own views on the book and you may or may not agree with them, so read on to know what I think. This is my second Agatha Christie Book Review, the first being that for the really engaging Hickory Dickory Dock.

Blurb: Mrs. Ferrars’ secret of poisoning her first husband is exposed to her lover, poor Roger Ackroyd. She killed him by poison and yesterday, she herself has been found dead by suicide. Her secret is no more a secret, and even Roger is unable to live long enough to find the murderer.

‘Key is in the lock all right, sir. On the inside. Mr Ackroyd must have locked himself in.’

Who had been blackmailing her before her death? Had it really driven her to suicide? And would it all be revealed in the letter that arrived in the evening post?

“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”

Agatha Christie

Review: 305 pages of suspicion jumping from one person to the other; the book reads from the first POV of Surgeon James Sheppard, which is actually the best part about it. Written by the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, the book is an amazing detective fiction that sets about at a slow pace with little suspense, and only picks the latter once Mr Ackroyd is found dead, which is (un)luckily real soon. The main characters are Hercule Poirot, a retired detective, Roger Ackroyd, a wealthy businessman, and James Sheppard, the family doctor out of which I can’t really choose a favorite. Christie is known for the usage of easy-to-read English in her books and the British culture shining through the words of her pieces, which by the way, is quite prominent in this one as well. As you must’ve read in the book blurb, the storyline is a murder with twists all throughout the book, with everyone hiding not-so-dark secrets from each other. So I have a confession to make here. I spoiled the entire mystery for myself halfway through the book by reading a review containing a spoiler-warning. Moral: Don’t be me, do not spoil thrillers for yourself. Anyway, if you do read this masterpiece, I’m sure you’ll find the best elements in the suspects and the unraveling of family secrets one after the other, that is truly fascinating.

Having said that, I also disliked some components of ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ such as a handful of unrealistic twists (the dictaphone among others) and a few unnecessary scenes which made the book longer than was needed. E.g. The Evening at Mah Jong. The book obviously puts an end to the suspense with every detail being cleared out by our very own Poirot, and the disclosure will leave you dumbfounded, I guarantee you that.

My final verdict would be that the book has been written very well and my opinion might be biased because of my stupidity but I really expected more ‘Edge of the Seat’ moments. Had it been a tad easier to keep up with, it’d have won a solid 5/5. Anyway, if you’re just a beginner at C/T/M/H, you have to read it as this work is just another lesson learned, that of not trusting people easily, however nice they may seem at first.

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Star Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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10 things you too can do to make your day productive during uncertain times of self isolation (COVID19)

If you’re employed somewhere as of now, I can’t tell if you’re going to your workplace or not. But if you’re a student and you think your schools and colleges are going to reopen soon, lol no one can really put the records straight but most agree that it’s not gonna happen anytime in July or even August. So we still have a month to work on ourselves, don’t we? These tips will be really beneficial for youngsters but even working oldies might benefit (haha, just kidding). So here are some things to do to make your days at home worthwhile. Also, a little reminder to take your vitamins! No time to spare for this LONG post? I doubt that, but if you find these too boring, skim through the post rather than reading it in its entirety.

1. Write Down Your Doable Goals for the Month like 1) Complete 5/6/10/100 chapters of Math 2) Write [number] blog posts 3) Start a youtube channel or anything achievable that you’d like to add for the month in consideration, you got the idea, right? Look at the list every single day and make sure you’re putting in efforts to succeed with it. Cancel out with a pen, the tasks you’ve finished dealing with and at the end when you go back to analyze how much you were able to adhere to the list, I hope you feel proud in that very moment.

2. Brush up Your Language Skills, do a bit by bit. If you’re reading this, I can safely assume you know at least the basics of English and are willing to improve. There’s an abundance of resources to help you in your learning journey, for instance, Duolingo is a language learning app suggested by so many of my friends, might as well try it out…! Not only English, but you could study other languages like French, Spanish or Chinese also. Add these to your CV or just make a great impression on people you meet, all you have to do is choose the level suited to your existing linguistic ability and you’re good to go!

3. Find out What you are Passionate About by Trying Your Hand at Everything. I’m truly grateful for the lockdown as I’ve started drawing and coloring once again and even though I’m not great, it always lightens up my mood. Try painting, writing stories or cooking, and starting a food blog or any other hobby you would like to have and see which ones resonate with your heart. The next time someone asks you, ‘What are your favorite pastimes?’, you won’t freak out.

4. Explore Conventional Job Areas and Discover Newer Ones. I’m pretty sure there still remains a pinch of dilemma in your mind, if not more, regarding your career choices for the coming future. Plenty of available opportunities make it even more difficult to finalize the perfect profession. Now is the time you can use to get to know more about your own talents and values and which fields would help you fulfill the dreams for your future self. Career decisions can sometimes be tough to make, so get cracking to decide what’d work for you.

5. Participate in Online MUNs and Other Contests. Despite the lack of physical accessibility, many kind people are taking initiatives to conduct Model United Nations simulations and various competitions in writing, quizzing, drawing, etc. Simply type in ‘Online [Category] Contests 2020’, click the search button and go sign yourself up for at least a couple of them because once you register, there is a sorta mental pressure to get up and start preparing for the same. Make a note of it and remember to not just participate, but work hard towards winning the competition as well, so that it actually benefits you, thank me later 

6. Enroll Yourself in at Least one Online Course. As has been mentioned in my previous post on ‘Jobs’CourseraFreeCodeCamp, and Codecademy are just to name a few of the many institutions providing FREE skill enhancement courses. How cool iz dat? These are some of the best sides of the whole lockdown, and I’m keeping hopes that you wouldn’t want to miss an opportunity like this one.

7. Educate Yourself About the World’s Problems. With so much of time to kill, you could make your day count by learning some mind-blowing facts about ANYTHING, there is so much information on the web! Read about Racial Injustices, The Point in Feminism, Our Education System, or just fun facts even. Another great topic to research about could be the sole reason you’re at home, yeah you guessed it right, the COVID19! Do this only if you want to sound like the intellectual one when your group starts discussions about worldly issues!

8. Focus on Building a Healthy Bod. On regular days, craving junk food such as burgers and street food after a long day is to be expected but in the long run, that could prove to be harmful. Now that this junk is unavailable, when can be the perfect time to start eating healthy and get that body in shape, if not right flipping now? Not asking you to go on a diet or throw away the Maggi noodles in the trash, but try to make the number of components in your daily meals look something like Healthy>>>Junk. Doing it for as less as a week or so will put you into a healthy habit for the coming days and your body will thank you forever. Don’t forget to add some physical activity and workouts in your daily routine to see actual results.

9. Get That Skin and Hair GLOWING. If you ask me, I do not follow any skincare routine and it SHOWS! When we go out, we remember to cleanse our faces once we’re back home but are you taking good care of your face now? My acne scene worsens multifold on holidays as I forget to wash my face while I stay at home alone. Moreover, there’s no one to watch us, so we skip our shampoo days and keep that greasy hair for DAYS. Been there, done that. DON’T do that. Know your skin/hair type and get your research done regarding what enhances your existent beauty, and please keep up with it. (I’ll try too.)

10. Remember it’s not a Race of Productivity. As contradictory as it may sound, stressing over ‘being productive’ is simply not worth it, trust me. My personal experience turns out that I produce much better results on normal days as compared to those on the days I decide to be ‘productive’. So just do your thing, and set realistic targets for the day so you can go to bed with a sense of satisfaction. Burnout is not what we’re aiming for, and that can easily happen if you abstain from taking a break to sip tea/coffee in peace, away from the surrounding chaos.

The post was a little longer but you still made it till the end, cheers to YOU! Now I would like to add that these holidays aren’t only about being productive, so even if you haven’t done something you think you’d be proud of, that’s okay. Be happy that you’ve made it till here and you’re reading this post, I guess that adds as well. 🙂

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Book Review 2 of the month July: A Murder Mystery ‘I Know What You Saw’ by Gillian Larkin

Bonjour! Here I am with another book review for a book I read last night, ‘I Know What You Saw’ by Gillian Larkin which had been published last year. These are my own views on the book and you may or may not agree with them, so read on to know what I think. And have fun!

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I KNOW WHAT YOU SAW BY GILLIAN LARKIN

Blurb: Maggie Kleburn is just like any other woman who lives on just like any other boring street. Until a neighbour is murdered. She mistakenly captures the killing whose footage is shown to her by Sam, a surveillance expert. The device goes missing and the killer invades her house only to leave a creepy message for Maggie. Sam helps Maggie flee to another town but Maggie finds it hard to trust anyone, including Sam. Maggie travels to another place in search of safety for herself and justice for her neighbour. But someone is following her all the way and that person lets her know she can NEVER escape. A thrilling mystery full of twists and turns.

Tagline: First, there were hedgehogs. Then there was a murder. And now, Maggie Kelburn is on the run from a killer.

“Someone was looking right at her through the window.”

Gillian Larkin, I know what you saw

Review: With 195 pages in total, ‘I Know What You Saw’ is sort of a short, grasping murder mystery which begins ordinarily but develops plot along the way. Written with the third POV, the book presents the story of Maggie Kleburn to us in the best way possible. Basically, the Larkin book is a collection of many twists and turns with a little bit of romance and comedy. This was my first book from this author and her writing style in this one was in the form of simple, short sentences that don’t mess things up, and it gave me exactly what I’d expected. My personal favorite character was the surveillance expert Sam, but even Maggie was cool if we ignore her dumbness at some points. In the Gillian Larkin book, I hated how stupid Oscar and Carmella behaved and also the unrealistic reactions the characters had to gunshots. In the two shooting scenes, bystanders acted like yeah it’s all cool, gun shots are an everyday-thing, and the mentions of hedgehogs MIGHT annoy you, though I was okay with it. The chapters are short and the author tried to end every single one of them on a mysterious note, which worked for me and not gonna lie, it will give you chills too (it did to me).. The mystery had the most satisfying ending, that will most certainly leave you shocked, and I would just say, I do not regret investing time on this one, at all. A detailed background of the killer would’ve been appreciated and information about Sam and his son Jake’s occupation would make the story better and easier to connect with, rest was fine. If you would like to understand why you should not trust even people close to you blindly, you could pick this up without second thoughts and it will keep you interested for certain!

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Star Rating: 4.3/5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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Just a spotify playlist for your ears! The blog finally hit a 100 followers today YAY!

Hola! This post is a bit, maybe a lot different from what I usually do and it’s a list of 25 Song Recommendations from me! Guess what? I’ve touched the 100 WORDPRESS FOLLOWERS mark! I know it’s no big deal for most of you but that’s just the first milestone I’ve made to and hopefully there are more to come. While I remain isolated at home, music is the only thing maintaining my sanity, so here are some of the songs I have as a part of my playlist, as a thank you to you. I am attaching the link for the Spotify Playlist below but in case you do not own that app, play the samples and of course, there are youtube links for the same under:

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

I could’ve just made a youtube playlist and added the link here but I actually just proved my dumbness by copying and pasting links for each of the songs.

YOUTUBE LINKS :

  1. Let’s fall in love for the night by FINNEAS
  2. Ily baby by Surf Mesa ft. Emilee
  3. IDK you yet by Alexander 23
  4. Stay by Gracie Abrams
  5. Blow your mind by Dua Lipa
  6. Supalonely by BENEE ft. Gus Dapperton
  7. Whenever by Kris Kross Amsterdam x The Boy Next Door ft. Conor Maynard
  8. Head First by Christian French
  9. Play date by Melanie Martinez
  10. Jeet by RITVIZ
  11. Loving you gets hard by Alexander 23
  12. It’s you by Zayn
  13. The Water fountain by Alec Benjamin
  14. Make it right by BTS ft. Lauv
  15. On by BTS
  16. Entertainer by ZAYN
  17. Say so by Doja Cat
  18. Like that by Doja Cat ft. Gucci Mane
  19. Savage love by Jason Derulo
  20. Young Shahrukh by Tesher
  21. Mad world by Riverdale Cast
  22. Wasabi by Little Mix
  23. Bilionera by Otilia
  24. Hotter than hell by Dua Lipa
  25. Don’t start now by Dua Lipa
  26. Nightcall by Kavinsky

Some of these are like from a decade or more ago, but they just hit DifFeReNt and NOSTALGIA, obviously. It’d be tough but if I were asked to choose favorites, they would be Water Fountain, Stay, Let’s Fall in Love and Whenever. Yeah, no one asked but anyway.

Fun facts: 1) FINNEAS is Billie Eilish’s real brother and 2) Alec Benjamin’s song Water Fountain is dedicated to his real-life old love interest!

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Here are the books I read earlier this year but did no reviews for, due to some reason

The reason mentioned above is purely fictional or you could consider it a result of my indolence, so don’t overthink. Back to the point, some of the books are by Indian authors and a few are free to download too! Some of these have kindle app versions of books that can be read online in under a time of three hours, and there’s no need of a bookseller or to visit a bookstore. So without further ado, let’s dive into it!

  • Summer Unplugged by Amy Sparkling (2013)
    • Genre: Contemporary Romance, Teen Fiction
    • Pages: 90 ( 2 hours read)
    • My Rating: 3.2/5
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Blurb: Bayleigh is addicted to her cell phone and her mom has had enough. Bayleigh thinks the summer will be torture without social media but that is until she meets the boy next door.

  • My Friend the Murderer by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1893)
    • Genre: Adventure Fiction
    • Pages: 27 (Less than an hour)
    • My Rating: 2/5
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Blurb: This is the story of a doctor and his meeting with a killer named Maloney. The killer told him his story and also that he wanted to start a new life. Doctor met him years after he narrated his story. To know the ending of the book you have to read it.

  • Those were the days by Jenny Bravo (2015)
    • Genre: High School Romance
    • My Rating: 3.6/5
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Blurb: Don’t fall in love in high school. Don’t fall in love with your best friend. Don’t fall in love. At all.

  • Change Your Habits, Change Your Life in 21 days by Paul Goleman (2016)
    • Genre: Self-Help Book
    • Pages: Uncertain
    • My Rating: 4/5
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Blurb: With the help of Change Your Habits, Change Your Life in 21 Days, you will learn how to change every bad habit into something good, and how to work toward success in every aspect of your life. Never again will you feel stifled by the bad habits you have gotten hooked on.

  • Inner Engineering by Sadhguru (2016)
    • Genre: Non-fiction
    • Pages: 207 (5 hours read)
    • My Rating: 3.9/5
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Blurb: A time-tested path to achieving absolute well-being: the classical science of yoga.

  • The Valkyries by Paulo Coelho (1992)
    • Genre: Fictional Mystery
    • Pages: 212 (6 hour read)
    • My Rating: 2.9/5
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Blurb: Haunted by a devastating curse, Coelho confesses to J., “I′ve seen my dreams fall apart just when I seemed about to achieve them.” This is a Magical Tale About Forgiving Our Past and Believing in Our Future

  • 5 Daily Reminders to Change Your Life by Birister Sharma (2019)
    • Genre: Self-Help Book
    • Pages: 28 (Less than an hour)
    • My Rating: 1/5
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Blurb: The problem with us is that we forget to motivate ourselves every day. We forget to inspire ourselves every day. We forget to encourage ourselves every day. We forget to wake up our inner-strengths and inner-potentials every day.

  • You Never Know by Akash Verma (2017)
    • Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense
    • Pages: 160 (5 hour read)
    • My Rating: 4/5
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Blurb: She was my true love, I knew that. I hid it from my wife and colleagues. I told lies so I could be with her-it was that amazing! It happened to me and if you think it won’t happen to you-think again.

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Book Review 1 for the month July: A romance novel ‘I Temporarily do’ by Ellie Cahill

Hola amigos! Here I am with another book review for a book I read last week, ‘I Temporarily do’ by Ellie Cahill which had been published just in 2017 by CreateSpace. These are my own views on the book and you may or may not agree with them, so read on to know what I think. And have fun!

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I TEMPORARILY DO BY ELLIE CAHILL

Blurb: Just when Emmy was going to join a prestigious graduation program, a con artist takes away all the money from her bank account. Beckett’s day is even worse because he applied for married student housing and now he’s single and ineligible for it again. They plan to get married secretly and are carefree as they will get an annulment soon. Beckett knew the apartment was going to have a single bedroom but forgot to inform Emmy. She finds it much more difficult to play this platonic ‘newlywed’ game than she had thought. So what are a girl without a home and a guy without a wife supposed to do? What could go wrong?

Tagline: A little white lie. A little white wedding. A pair of roommates in over their heads.

Holy. Shit. I could not believe what I was hearing. “Oh my god Beckett, that sounds awful.”

I temporarily do

Review: With 240 pages in all, ‘I Temporarily Do’ was a two-sittings book for me and I don’t wish it was any longer, or shorter for that matter, and it reads with the first POV, that of Emily, better known as Emmy, and hence the fun story is told through her eyes. First of all, I loveee the name and the cover is also okay. The storyline is pretty cliche by the way, but not bad in any sense, in fact it just lives up to its genre i.e. a Stand Alone Romantic Comedy. The author Ellie Cahill’s writing style is kind of different and precisely precise, so we aren’t left with much idea about the characters appearances even after it’s all done with. The english usage is quite chatty if anything, with a considerable number of cuss words and there is one love scene as well. I loved the characters, my fav was of Emmy and her dad John Black and the light humour during serious moments made the Cahill book interesting. What I didn’t like was that the blurb gave out too much of the EC book because novels with the fake-wedding plot are common and the uniqueness of this one was revealed in the synopsis itself. The ending is quite basic or predictable and the lesson that it gave us could be to confess our feelings to people before it’s too late, so I’d say overall it was a good book. Although it could have been better if the situations would have been a little more relatable, I would suggest this piece if you like contemporary romance but wouldn’t if you aren’t a fan of cheesiness in rom-coms.

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Star Rating: 3.6/5 stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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A list of few things to start doing now that will help you deal with anxiety due to job loss during times of COVID19

While most employees in government jobs and essential services are still working even from their homes, there are thousands of people who have lost employment during these times of isolation. Because most people are quarantined in their homes, there really aren’t many people out there, spending money or enjoying other services because of which, the workers at those shops or offices aren’t getting any customers. There are many amongst us, who do not have jobs or aren’t getting paid and are looking for anything to do in order to make ends meet.

From the core of my heart, I hope you all are among the fortunate ones and have enough money for you and your family to survive and get through this whole pandemic. But if you have no employment and you’re anxious about how you’re going to get the required sustenance for your families and deal with the ongoings, read on for a few simple tips that might help. All these are things you can do from the comfort of your room without spending a penny, but maybe earning some dollars!

  1. Cut down on your expenses! Right now, hopefully you and your family members aren’t going out, which is where most of your money’d be spent anyway. Take advantage of that and practise minimalism by spending very little to nothing on clothes and entertainment and instead only buy grocery and other essentials like masks.
  2. Exercise and meditate! They are amazing stress-relievers and the best part is that they cost nothing! It is important for you to stay active and healthy which will help build immunity. Remember, health is wealth? Do some yoga or just go for a walk around the neighbourhood but make sure you sanitise your hands and the things you take along.
  3. Boost your skills online! There are so many free platforms like Coursera, Edx, FreeCodeCamp and there is plenty of time to invest and learn what they have to offer. Skills like communication, writing and coding will look great on your resumé and lectures on healing, literature and art will help you grow as an individual. Great opportunity!
  4. Make accounts on Indeed, Glassdoor and LinkedIn! These are sites occupied by lakhs of employers and recruiters who are in search of employees for their companies. Prepare an impressive profile of your professional side and keep in mind to add your valuable expertise. I can guarantee you’ll get scores of jobs suited for you.
  5. Start a blog/podcast/youtube channel! These are social platforms where millions spend most of their time, so try and make use of this statistic by creating content and focusing on growing audience. These will take a lot of time to make money but again, we cannot say how long everything is going to last either. So start right away!
  6. Make money from home! You could do this by selling items that are no longer in use, like books you’ve read, or old electronics like an old-fashioned TV or a now-useless phone. You could also come up with a business strategy specific to the lockdown. Maybe delivering essentials to people’s homes or selling aesthetic masks! (Scroll to the end of the article)
  7. Sell your skill set! You think you write well? Sign up for programs like the one on Medium where you get paid for your write ups! If you’re good at teaching, send a pitch video to Unacademy and wait to see if you get hired. Think you can dance well? Put up a collection of dance tutorial videos for sale. You could even make money out of your advice as counselling..
  8. Form professional connections in your niche! The entire world is on social media like twitter, instagram and facebook, so why not use that in your favour by meeting new people, not in real life, but on the internet! There are hundreds like you in your field, you’ll make friends and who knows, they might help you land an awesome job later!
  9. Grab Work From Home chances! Byju’s is hiring 4000 people in various fields and you can be one of them! Other IT Companies are also in need of employees and are providing jobs to tons of people, so go ahead and send your applications! Just search ‘Work from home jobs in [Your City]’ on the web engine and get your results 😉

If you’re on the dispensing end of salaries, you’re humbly requested to not stop paying the people who work for you, during serious times like these and please keep the pay cut to the minimum so everyone is able to come through the problem in a positive way. I hope you all are doing well and stay safe, stay healthy!

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Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award #2

I’m utterly thankful to Jevannel for having nominated me for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award which is luckily my second nomination for the same. Do go check his blog out, which is about teaching and learning various subjects.

My Answers to The Questions

Describe your writing style.

I don’t have a specific writing style but I try to make my blog posts very chatty and informal, unless the topic is a grave one. Whenever I sit to write, I just make sure the words are easy to understand for all kinds of readers, including those who are unfamiliar with jargon.

Do you plan your blogs or is it more so have free style?

My blog posts are scheduled, so I post once every week or if something needs urgent attention, I make an exception. They mostly consist of book reviews, so they are also planned as per a particular format but I write freestyle when it’s anything other than that.

What is it that you enjoy most about being a blogger?

It’s lovely how I’m able to express myself and my opinions are able to reach out to a larger audience. Also when I meet other amazing bloggers whom I connect with, those are times that make blogging worthwhile. Appreciation and genuine comments are wonderful too!

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received from someone?

Every piece of advice is great, just depends upon the situation you are in. Currently, I think the advice that is helping me the most is that of taking control of my life. Once you understand that you’re responsible for most of what is happening to you, things become easier.

Do you see yourself blogging in 5 years?

Definitely, a yes! I’m slowly getting the hang of it and when the audience starts growing, it just becomes all the more motivating. So yes, I really hope I continue doing this that I love!

What been the highlight of this year?

This year is anything but normal and even though it has brought tonnes of bad things, it has its own good stuff as well. The highlight would be obviously me starting my blog and I think growing as a person because of the tremendous amount of time been given!

What do you miss about last year?

Last year, there was a lot happening compared to where we are now. I changed schools, cities, made new friends and lost a few old ones. I miss having fun with my people back in that city and of course, I miss my previous school. Not to mention my better grades as well lol.

If you could change one thing what would it be?

I would change all the bad things, mainly the lives that we’ve lost this year, be it because of the virus, suicides, injustices or whatever. Also, I would’ve tried undoing the growing acne on my face haha. If I could, I’d be glad to make everyone more accepting of and kind to each other!

Would you encourage your kids to become bloggers?

Course I would! This is one of the few things I’m proud of and being an adolescent myself, I think it proves highly beneficial in various fields apart from boosting writing skills, opening up to people and learning things. So, YES!

If you could snap your fingers right now and change one thing about the world what would that one thing be?

If it has to be something magical, I’d just wish for karma to do its work and give people what they deserve. And the miserable to lead better lives. I’d want the COVID19 to be gone but students be given more holidays hehe.

The bloggers I nominate for the award will have to abide by the following rules of this nomination:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Make a post of the award (with a photo of the logo).
  3. Post the rules.
  4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice.
  5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.

My Questions to the nominees:

  1. What message are you trying to convey with the help of your blog?
  2. What pushes you to sit and write posts for your blog everyday?
  3. Do you have a follower/subscriber goal you’d love to achieve?
  4. Who are your favorite bloggers who write on topics like yours?
  5. What’s the best experience you’ve had as a blogger?

I’d like to nominate the first 10 followers I gained on thatgirlwhospeaks, who are as mentioned:

  1. Alchemical One
  2. Clary Rouge: Clarrouge
  3. Nerdyall: Gali
  4. Banny: Arnav Banerjee
  5. Tanishka and Gunisha
  6. Bibliomedico: Lana
  7. The Godly Chic Diaries
  8. Bingequeen’s Lair
  9. Productive Pepper
  10. The Social Vigilante

Looking forward to knowing about you guys! Thank you 🙂

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Book Review 3 of the month June-A bestselling romance: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Hey guys! Below you’re about to read a review for the Simon & Schuster published book ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han. These are my personal views based on how I felt while reading the book and yours might be very different from mine, so fill me in with your thoughts, which are most welcome! Please don’t come at me for reading books late if you’ve already read them. I read whenever a friend suggests me a book or I find one with an irresistible plot, so it might even be 6 (or 10) years after the book has been published loll.

To all the book adaptations I've loved before 
Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky
Covey's scrunchie and John Ambrose
TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE BY JENNY HAN

The 2014 Jenny Han book of 312 pages centers on Lara Jean who never confesses to her crushes but instead writes them love letters about how she feels and hides them in a box under her bed. One fine day, Lara Jean discovers those letters have been mailed to her crushes which results in all of them confronting her about it. The recipients include her first kiss, a guy she met at summer camp and her sister Margot’s now ex-boyfriend, Josh. She has a difficult time facing her past loves which ends with the realisation that whatever happens, happens for good.

“You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”

Jenny Han

Written with the first person POV and some slang thrown in, the JH book makes for a comfortable read making you feel like it’s all happening right in front of your eyes which might be the reason it’s a real favorite amongst most high-schoolers. My reason for liking it was the adorable bonding Peter and Lara shared, not to mention the fabulous character of Kitty (Katherine), Lara’s younger sister. Lara is someone we can all relate to; a ‘quirky’, nice and shy teenage girl and Kitty is utterly clever and acts as per what the situation demands, despite her stubbornness. Even though the plot is a great one and the events are realistic, I hold the unpopular opinion that the book as well as the movie are SORT OF overrated. Not saying it wasn’t worth it, but TABLIB is a very basic teen romance with nothing extraordinary or exciting attached to it. Having said that, this Han book along with its second and third sequels keep you wanting to know who and what Lara Jean actually ends up with. I think the first part of the series has a better storyline than the second and could have been even better if the ending were different. Recommended if you like cheesy teen rom coms but not if otherwise. Overall, ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ is a legible book you should read at least once, if not more than that.

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My Star Rating: 3.7/5

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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10 of my favourite feelings

Hey guys, so today I am here with another nomination for the tag: 10 of my favourite feelings. Thank you Jofina for your constant encouragement and of course, this nomination. Please check this confident 18-year old girl’s blog who puts in so much effort and shares such positive write-ups on her website.

1. Winning an award I’ve been working hard for and sharing the achievement with the ones I love

Family Quote Images
FAMBAM WITHOUT ME, OBVIOUSLYYY

You know that feeling. When that hard work pays off and you’re surrounded with loads of congratulations. The pats your parents give and the proud look your siblings carry on their face.

2. Touring a beautiful place and looking around mesmerizing cities. Just pure bliss, isn’t it?

Touring Bikes India
Australia, Activities Show
MIGHT AS WELL ROLL DOWN INTO THE WATER

Feels like ages since I last went to some place nice. Miss the packing, boarding, shopping, visiting and every part that has something to do with travelling!! The best part is just living the moment.

3. Having a nice time with my friends, family and relatives especially on festivals and special occasions

Facts, Games, Quizzes
JUST A PIC WITH ONE OF MY BFFs AT THE GROCERY STORE

With corona, it’s all about social distancing now but throwback to the days when all of us talked, ate and played together as one. You certainly make memories when fun people get together!

4. Finding the size that fits just right when I’m out shopping or window shopping at malls

Mall, Sites, Online
India, Amazon, App
WE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH CLOTHES, CAN WE?

You know that feeling of eyeing a dress and not getting an appropriate size for the same! Arghh. The struggle is real and harder than Ananya’s, or maybe not. A cute outfit with good fitting=Happiness!!

5. Coming through (math) problems and other tough questions of my academic interests

Quotes, Online, Images
A PICTURE OF MY NON-TEXTBOOK

You definitely feel like a genius when you’re able to do the soporific back exercises ughh or ace an exam or just manage your studies well. Disclaimer: Events like these are highly superficial.

6. Having great food. I’m no ‘foodie’ like Jofina but good food is the recipe (literally) for good mood!

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Flavours by Shilpi
I MEAN WHO DOESN’T LIKE SOUTH INDIAN FOOD?

The first bite of a delicious meal in front of you wins the award for everybody’s favorite mood-lifter, be it in a restaurant or at home. Even better if you’re the chef! Am I right or am I right?

7. Reading a gripping book or watching a really interesting movie

Kids in Hindi
YEAH, ME TOO BUT I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE BOOK

Add discovering a melodious song to the list! It has happened with each one of us. Knowing a story so epic you wish you forgot it all, so you could read it for just one more effing time! BLISS.

8. Swimming a.k.a. Having fun by the water! Beaches are absolute bliss, if only we could go daily

Pool, Costume,Classes
Effects and headphones and exercises
NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED ABOUT THE WATER PART!

Cold waves kissing your legs while you stand with your feet half under the sand. Going to the pool too. I’ve gone to the beach just 2-3 times but it was heavenly. And did I mention bliss?

9. Sitting on roller coasters and other rides at amusement parks. Columbus and Ferris Wheels!

Animals, Meaning , Car
GONE ARE THE DAYS OOF

I was little when I went to a lot of theme parks, so thanks to height restrictions, I was unable to enjoy most roller coasters but I still managed to have fun in awesome Spring Rides! *Screams*

10. Walking through the airport as well as being seated in the plane while it runs on the runway

Authority of India
Battle, Business Booking
GO CORONA GO SO I CAN GO TOO 😦

As a kid, I hated the airport for its formalities but now, I’ve grown to love exploring the shops and being there. My favorite part obviously has to be on the runway and just when it starts to take off, that stomach rumbling (minus the ear pain), me and my sister are huge fans of that!

11. Long drives at night, though not more than a few hours (Motion Sickness duh)

Drawing amusement park
WHEN WILL THE LOCKDOWN END?!

All long drives are excellent but those at night hit different, agree? Sticking your head out of the window, which is fun but unsafe as hell and then hooting and hollering to the trucks side by side. The kind of music can make or break the moment, and finding the track is a real job.

Only a few of them are in order but all of them are experiences that make me very, very happy. Take notes, guys. Sorry for the eleventh unasked one but the indecisive me couldn’t pick one. Also, I am pretty excited to know what makes my fellow bloggers happy, so spill it friends! Keep smiling y’all :))

Nominating you all:

  1. Shadawss Shadawss
  2. Kriti
  3. Kushal Gorti
  4. Akshita
  5. Vincent Ehindero
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List of 5 LGBTQ+ Youth Movie Name Recommendations of Genre Romance

This is definitely too late but hey, Happy Pride Month to all of you out there! Many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBTQ people have had in the world. On the auspicious occasion of that, I’ve brought to you a collection of 5 special LGBTQ movie recommendations that you have to watch at least once in your life. These are all based on same sex relationships and are downright adorable films and I hope you enjoy watching or bingeing like I did. So let’s delve right into it.

Call me by Your Name (Drama-2017) by Luca Guadagnino

  1. Language: English, French, Italian
  2. My Rating: 9/10
  3. Duration: 2 hours 12 minutes
  4. Film Synopsis: It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
  5. Where can I watch? Prime Video or Netflix.
Call me by your name
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Playing, Rules
Clips
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

In a heartbeat (Short Film-2017) by Beth David and Esteban Bravo

  1. My Rating: 9.5/10
  2. Duration: 4 minutes
  3. Film Synopsis: A boy has a crush on another boy and he is too shy to confess, but his heart is not so reticent.
  4. Where can I watch? Youtube.
In A Heartbeat
Full Movies ki duniya
Movie Time, Cast
IN A HEARTBEAT

Blue is The Warmest Color (Drama-2013) by Abdellatif Kechiche

  1. Languages: French, English, Spanish
  2. My Rating: 10/10
  3. Duration: 3 hours 7 minutes
  4. Film Synopsis: A French teen (Adèle Exarchopoulos) forms a deep emotional and sexual connection with an older art student (Léa Seydoux) she met in a lesbian bar.
  5. Where can I watch? Prime Video or Netflix.
Blue is the Warmest Colour 
Movie Video, Addiction
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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR

Love, Simon (Drama-2018) by Greg Barlanti

  1. Language: English
  2. My Rating: 8/10
  3. Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
  4. Film Synopsis: Simon Spier keeps his sexual orientation a secret from his family. However, when a blackmailer threatens to reveal it, he goes on a roller-coaster journey to come to terms with his identity.
  5. Where can I watch? Prime Video.
Love, Simon
Starting with L, Comedy
Movie buddy Channel on tv
LOVE, SIMON

The Way he Looks (Drama-2014) by Daniel Ribeiro

  1. Language: Portuguese (with English subtitles)
  2. My Rating: 8.5/10
  3. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  4. Film Synopsis: Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.
  5. Where can I watch? Prime Video or Netflix.
The way he looks
Movieflix, Hulu, Bollywood
HD Site fmovies
THE WAY HE LOOKS

That’s it guys, show them to your homophobic peers and other friends who think belonging to this community is ‘abnormal’. Two of these have sad endings, while the rest have happy ones, sure to keep you guessing until the end! A warning: Keep a bunch of tissues ready too, just saying. After watching these, all I want to say is WE NEED MORE LGBT MOVIES! Comment below if you’ve watched any LGBT stories or are interested in watching one anytime soon. I’d love to hear from you. Also, start accepting people the way they are and make efforts to respect their preferences in life. Until next time 🙂

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Book review 2 for the month June-A self-help: Three Things I’d Tell my Younger Self by Joanna Cannon

Hello gorgeous. Below you’re about to read a review for ‘HarperCollins’ published book ‘Three Things I’d tell my younger self’ compiled by Joanna Cannon. These are my personal views based on how I felt while reading the book and yours might be very different from mine, so fill me in with your thoughts, which are most welcome!

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Released in 2018, Three Things I’d Tell my Younger Self is a new short self help in the form of an english e-story available on Kindle. With ninety pages in all, it can be almost read in a couple of hours which is a major plus point. It is a compilation of wise words from a group of people including Joanna and her mum; advice that they’d give to their younger selves. The book consists of answers of various grown ups to the question, “What three things would you tell to your younger self?” and it forces the ones reading to question themselves the same.

“Comparing yourself to other people will never make you happy. Run your own race.”

Joanna Cannon

The Cannon book is suitable for any age group, but will prove highly beneficial to teenagers, as many have shared advice to their adolescent selves. The tone used by the various authors, journalists and doctors is very casual which is loved by the younger generation. Everyone gave handy advising and I’m pretty sure you, the reader, will find at least some guidance suitable to your own present self too. The only area where some of you might get bored is when a few people start narrating their long life tales in place of giving three pieces of advice. Their stories are in all honesty, very pure and motivational, so it wasn’t a big problem but you may not like that very much. Other than that, this book is somewhat like an emotional roller coaster because it will leave you happy, inspired and at some points, crying for sure. Lessons learned through this one will help you live life to the fullest and so I recommend it to each one of you. All-inclusive, this is a great book to be put in your tbr with roughly five or six mediocre pages.

Overall, the gist of the entire book could be summarized in the following three points:

  • Remember who you are.
  • Try not to care so much about what people think.
  • Understand that everything happens for a reason.

My Star Rating: 4.8/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

For more from Joanna Cannon, click here: All Your Joanna Cannon Books

For general bestsellers on Amazon, here: 100 Best Sellers.

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Comment below if you have come across, want to read or already read this one, would love to hear from you. Also, if there are books you want me to review, please let me know which ones. I love book review suggestions from you guys, so keep them coming!

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4 topics Sushant Singh Rajput has forced us to ponder about

2020 is cursed, right? The guy who never thought twice before contributing to the welfare of society is no more with us. His bucket list consisted of tasks like ‘fulfilling the last wishes of a hundred people’, who knew we’d never be able to know what he wished for during his last moments. The news says that our beloved Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was diagnosed with clinical depression and was also seeing a psychiatrist. Whether it turns out a murder or a suicide, the incident has left us questioning our ideologies and reactions to people suffering from mental issues. There are 4 subjects related to his life and death that call for our attention during times like these. Let’s dive straight into the matter.

#1. Call it nepotism or just partiality towards some of the actors, there’s a huge audience who believes that Sushant was one of the many underrated actors in Bollywood. Despite contributing to the film industry an otherwise superhit motion picture like Chhichorre, he never received an award for it. Same goes for Kedarnath and MS Dhoni which were lauded by a lot of his fans. A video of Kangana Ranaut made rounds a day later, in which she talked about how the public doesn’t accept and rather attacks non-star kids while remaining biased towards the rest. She feels Sushant was a victim of the same which might have triggered suicidal thoughts in the ‘Kai Po Che!’ actor and viewers don’t oppose the theory either.

#2. Men are the much more likely gender to commit suicide. Women are twice more depressed than men are, but the suicide rate in men is extremely high. For the most part, the reason behind such statistics is that men are used to bottle up their emotions while women prefer to communicate their feelings to close ones. Reasons for that are quite obvious which are the prohibition to admitting they are struggling and of course, the ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ they are fed as little children. Also, twice the number of females with substance use disorders makes once the number of males diagnosed with diseases due to marijuana, alcohol and other drugs which in turn, play a primary risk factor in suicides too.

#3. While many believe Sushant Rajput deserved more fame than he got, many fans also agree that he had managed to make it real big in the industry. Being a person with no ‘godfather’ must have made it difficult to enter this sphere but once he did, he proved himself to be no less, if not more, than other actors of his age. His career inspired hundreds like him to go for cinema and the tremendous positivity he spread was taken in by all who followed him. As compared to other celebrities, he did not get much hate which is because of his humble nature and down-to-earth attitude towards us admirers. This is solid proof that if you got skills, common people will praise your work and love you for the person you are.

#4. Mental health of every individual!! It’s definitely a pity that it took the suicide of an amazing actor to fuel the conversation about mental health, but at least it did. The highly-debated topic of mental health made headlines right after the news of his death was given out. Sushant was seen as some of the most confident of stars and looking at him, no one could say he was suffering from an illness as serious as this, which pleads us to notice anything wrong with people around us. If all seems well, we should still be on the lookout for any warning signs our near ones might be sending because we really never know what they are going through and things might go downhill any time.

Sadly, Sushant’s suicide attempt was a successful one and we’ve lost another precious guy who can’t be brought back, but we can do our part by becoming more aware in respect of nepotism and mental health. We all gonna have a hard time trying to understand why things like these happen and we already miss him dearly, but that could be a little tribute to him.

CTA: We need to go watch movies of deserving artists (especially non-star kids) in theatres and say no to nepotism. We need to allow our dear ones to express their feelings openly with special emphasis on depression and anxiety in males and help everyone cope with such illnesses in a healthy manner. We need to work hard ourselves while simultaneously ensuring unbiased recognition of real talent and knowledge. And last but not the least, we need to normalize mental health issues and always be there to listen to what our loved ones have to say.

Comment below if you agree or disagree with any of these. Until next time.

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Here are a few quick activities to do on a day you feel down and anxious

Mental Health is priority for men, women and children alike. Taking out a self care day for yourself when you watch cartoons, do diy face masks or focus on beauty is good. Some of these ideas are the last things you’d wish to include in your routine on a bad day, but trust me, that is why they work, well, at least for me. None of them involve stepping out of your house, so that’s a plus…? Also, I’m no depression therapist, just a teen telling you what makes her feel better on a day not going well.

  1. Get up and take a shower! When you aren’t feeling your best, it is extremely important to clean your body as that plays quite a major role in your wellbeing. Have a shower and put on freshly washed clothes. That makes a hell of a difference, really. Wear well-ironed clothing and you’ll set the mood for the day.
  2. I get it, don’t come at me. Physical activity is the last thing you want to do but give it a try, please! Turn on some cool pop or your favorite music and do aerobics or just any light workout. Science has my back here, you can’t argue.
  3. You will not feel like working and surrounded by ‘Take a break’ posts will make you feel like you’d just take a leave and go to bed. That might even work for you, but even if you take a day off, make sure you work a bit. Just a tad, maybe an hour. It will make you feel normal and keep you distracted from those negative thoughts trying to take over.
  4. DO NOT watch anything depressing, be it a tragic movie or your friends’ instagram stories flooded with sad quotes. This is a time when cheerfulness is what you need the most and refraining from sadness is the first step towards that. Instead, put on a comedy show on netflix or watch inspirational videos on youtube. Inspiring videos could be the ones where people talk about how much they’ve dealt with in the past and the great place they are in now. Or it might be a TED talk! TED talks are quite amazing, aren’t they? When I want to watch something light hearted, ‘Cut’, ‘Hiho Kids’ are some of my go to youtube channels. Jimmy’s ‘Kids Explain’ videos like the one below also rarely fail to crack me up.

4. Get dressed, get ready and do a mini photoshoot! Applying lipstick does wonders for some reason, so do it if you use makeup, and click some cute pictures of yourself having fun. Not for others, but for yourself.

6. There’s a reason your elders are after your life to meditate and practise yoga. It has been proven that these activities increase the production of your ‘happiness hormones’ and twenty minutes of the same won’t hurt, would they?

7. Read a book or an ebook! Stories take you to a whole new fictional world even if it’s for a few hours and chances are you’ll return to the real world with that beautiful smile on your face. Books are indeed, our best of friends.

8. Doodle! Just draw anything that comes to your mind or hunt inspiration down from Pinterest and get your creative juices flowinggg. Make a portrait, caricatures or a scenery, that’s up to you. Bonus points for coloring!

9. (This one needs stepping out of your house.) Take an evening stroll around the neighbourhood but do not take your phone along. It has to be just you hanging out with nature. If you can, smile at acquaintances or even strangers while walking and if they smile back, I swear that will warm your heart.

10. Last but not the least, talk to someone! You feel like no one loves you, but you got friends. If not them, you got parents and if not them, you always have the option of making a little diary or journal and maintaining it by entering your feelings daily.

Note: If you feel it’s something more serious and long-lasting, please visit a psychologist or get counseling. These can all still be done while you’re at home to make you feel better, but they can’t treat a bigger issue. Take care 🙂

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Vincent Ethindero Blogger Award

Wordpress Blogger Award for Blogging

Can’t thank Harbans sir enough for thinking of my blog as deserving for the Vincent Ethindero Blogger Award. This award will go a long way in inspiring and motivating. Harbans sir is a great writer who writes about positivity and happiness. Make sure you check his blog EmulateMe out as well. Also, thank you to Vincent Ethindero sir for starting the chain of the award.

My Answers to his Questions

  1. Would you enjoy life if there were only happiness?

Um actually that seems like a lovely life, but then we would obviously take the happy moments for granted. Also, I believe feeling things is a blessing to humanity, even if the feeling is a negative one like sadness, or anger. It is extremely important to have a balance of all to appreciate a good life.

2. How can we enhance the circle of our friends?

I think that happens with age. As we grow up, we tend to choose our companions wisely and we must make sure we are surrounded by people who make our lives better by being a part, not worse. The key to happiness is surely finding the right friends.

3. The best way to come out of a difficult situation?

The best way in my opinion is to seek help and try to remain calm. Talking it out to someone will certainly be of huge help and judging the situation with a third-person perspective is another useful way as well. That way we can view the condition differently and sort it out.

4. Is not the specter of fear one of the main causes of our downfall?

Indeed, it is our own fear holding us back from doing the best for us, but at times it isn’t just fear of failing. Sometimes, it’s the fear of being judged by others. After that initial fear is overcome, there isn’t much chance of a downfall except if there’s lack of effort. We just need to face our own fears, that’s it.

5. Is there is a limit of trusting others?

Obviously we need to trust everyone in limits, by which I mean our blood relations as well. In this world, there isn’t anyone you can blindly trust except for the close family members you love the most. It is exceedingly human to put out blind trust in them, but just be a little alert there too.

6. How can we attain balance in our lives?

Most importantly, we need to assess ourselves and our lives. There will be a field where we’re extremely flourishing, while there must be another sphere which we are failing at. Work on improving that one, and don’t just focus on one part. Set realistic life goals and try your best to achieve them.

7. How can we remain cool in dire situations?

Firstly, we should avoid drastic steps and we’d not take to bad things to get distracted from the crisis we are in. Even if it seems like neverending, we’ll just have to stay strong and it will soon be gone. Also, if it’s taking a toll on mental health, we ought to ensure that we take care of ourselves and stay in the best surroundings possible.

8. Your idea of a happy life?

The secret to a happy life will always and always be staying truthful to yourself. For me, if I’m doing what aligns with my moral values, I will be happy for sure. And a lot of it also depends upon the people around me; if I am around people I like, I’ll mostly be more than happy.

9. Is not failure the stepping-stone of success in our lives?

It all depends upon us; to turn failures into stepping stones, we need not get demotivated, just keep going. No successful person out there has ever reached where they are today, without getting the better of whatever they failed at. We need to learn from our defeats and try not to repeat the same mistakes.

10. The best traits of a good household?

I strongly feel a good household is one where people are open to any adjustments that suit the situation. Accommodating with the need of the hour is very important. Also, spending happy, quality time with members is also equally necessary to keep relationships intact. Everyone must learn to communicate with each other and help at turning points. The rest is very subjective.

Are not right attitude and behavior patterns the best remedy for achieving higher goals in our lives and why?

Yes!! The right attitude i.e. positive attitude is one of the many prerequisites for achieving higher goals in life. Consistency is another one that is very much needed as the journey isn’t a short one. We need to stay focused and not allow ourselves to get distracted from what we wish to achieve. Goals aren’t meant to be compromised with.

RULES

1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog

2. Make a Post of the award (with photo)

3. Post the rules

4. Ask 5-10 questions of your choice

5. Nominate 10-30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.

6. Follow Vincent Ehindero @ vincentehindero.wordpress.com

5 questions for y’all

  1. Why did you think of taking up blogging?
  2. What is the primary focus of your blog posts?
  3. Which bloggers’ posts do you love the most?
  4. One or two close friends or a lot of casual friends?
  5. Are you satisfied with how you’re living right now?

10 People I am nominating for the award are:

  1. Haroon Mirza (Haroon’s Blog)
  2. Jimmy Dagger (Internet Marketing Business Blog)
  3. The Drabble (Drable submission)
  4. Pointless Overthinking
  5. Betul Erbasi (To Write or Not to Write and What to Write)
  6. Wandering Ambivert (Nature, adventure)
  7. Forestwood (Something to Ponder About)
  8. Pedrol (Story telling)
  9. Ailish Sinclair (Scotland)
  10. Sammi Cox (Sammi Scribbles)
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Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

Can’t thank Jeremy Jain Babu enough for thinking of my blog as deserving for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award, which is a non-official award to the bloggers as a reward to the creative and wonderful works on their blogs. She is a wonderful blogger from Kerala who puts the voyage of life in words gracefully, out of which my favorite post is this one: TheaThoolikaPost. I also thank the founder of the award Rising Star for taking initiative in promoting and motivating fellow bloggers.

My Answers to Jeremy’s questions:

1. How do you describe yourself as a blogger?

Ans. A newbie in the blogosphere, I am slowly getting the hang of it with the help of motivators in the form of visitors to my blog. This blog is my first one, so will always remain close to my heart and I try my level best to make it interactive with its readers. Other book blogs inspired me to write book reviews too, which I now do!

2. Which is your favourite blog post that you have written?

My favorite post would definitely be this one because I like talking about life and during times like these, this was a mandatory post and sharing this made me quite happy!

3. Who is your motivational figure in blogging?

This blog of 22-year old Lana is highly encouraging for me because of the amazing tips it consists of, for its readers. Don’t forget to check it out, you won’t regret: Lana’s Blog

4. What are you so passionate about?

My passion currently is reading and writing book reviews for novels (mostly) I read, but I believe passion is something that can be developed overtime and changed as well. Also, I love admiring the beauty the world has to offer in every day of our life. Getting to know about people and their lives is something that has my interest too!

5. How has blogging become your passion?

Never thought I would actually become a blogger, but the support and inspiration from various individuals out there has kept me going. Writing has become an almost-essential part of my routine as of now, and because I talk about things I actually love, I don’t think it’s going to go away anytime soon!

9 People I am nominating for the award are:

  1. Vishal Mishra (A mind full of illusions)
  2. Harbans (Inner Thoughts)
  3. Divyang Rajput (Deeply Shredded)
  4. Bastab Tapan (Alphanatical)
  5. Bhavika Saini (TimeTravelBalloon)
  6. Manoj Kumar (Manoj Kumar Sonkaria)
  7. Deadly Future (Gali Samuel)
  8. Saania Sparkle
  9. Ava Tripathy (Avem)

Congratulations guys, you are an inspiration for all and we’re eagerly waiting for your answers! Also, only nine could have been chosen; otherwise I had others in mind as well, so please don’t feel bad. Enjoy, everyone!

5 Questions for y’all

  1. When and how did you start blogging?
  2. What is an important lesson you’ve learned with the help of your blog?
  3. Is there a niche you’d like to blog in, but can’t, for some reason
  4. Who is your favorite youtuber and why?
  5. Which foreign country would you visit, if you had the chance to?

Rules:

1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
6. Provide the link to the Award creator, as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog (It’s all about Inspiration)

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Book Review 1 of the month June-A bestselling self-help: The Subtle art of not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Heyy people! Below you’re about to read a review for the HarperOne published book ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’ by Mark Manson. These are my personal views based on how I felt while reading the book and yours might be very different from mine, so fill me in with your thoughts, which are most welcome!

The 2016 Mark Manson book of 224 pages is among the very few of my self-help category books and my first book from this author as well. In it, he asks the audience to appreciate life’s struggles because they make it meaningful and better. He is against other self help books that keep pressing on the ‘mindless positivity’ subject which isn’t of much use. This book contradicts other similar ones by giving practical guidance that actually works.

“Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another.”

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, A counterintuitive approach to living a good life

It’s a great, captivating piece primarily because of the easy-to-understand, conversational tone adopted and the unconventional self-help advice given to readers. ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck’ is extremely relatable and pragmatic in day-to-day life for most of us, and there is an essence of humor all over. On the profanity side, I think this book is pretty high compared to others of its genre, because of the various cuss words used throughout. Having read it in January this year, I don’t remember exactly but I disliked the Manson book for a handful of sexist and vulgar ideologies present in it. The whole thing would have been way better if it would have cut down on the cursing and sexism. All in all, it is an interesting book with a bunch of practical suggestions that can change your life for good. If you’re someone who is bored of the usual self-help, this is surely recommended while if you do not like indecent semantics, pass!

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Overall, the gist of the book could be summarized in the following three points:

  1. Remember that there are very few things that truly matter in life.
  2. Understand that you have a limited amount of f*cks to give.
  3. Realize that other people are constantly telling you what to care about.

My Star Rating: 3.9/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Enough deaths due to racism now! Skin colour will NOT decide your life. Black lives always matter.

Hello.

Don’t be racist. Thanks.

Indian Support for George Floyd Is Hypocritical, Performative ...  Racism is alive and Racists are everywhere. The mindset never changes. How many more Breonna Taylors? Ahmaud Arberys?
Did he die? YES. Did he deserve to? NO.

In the 21st century and here we are, still discriminating against people of dark skin tones, of a particular gender, of an unconventional sexual orientation, of a certain religious belief, a financial status in society. Have we still not learnt from all the chaos, violence and deaths it has left us with? How disheartening it is to see someone or the other facing discrimination with these petty bases every other day! Instead of helping the not-so-lucky sections, a lot of affluent ones exploit the weaknesses of unlucky ones to obtain the feeling of superiority they desire. But enough of this, the community one has descended from can in no way, be a measure of the respect and rights they deserve. Period.

Ever thought the effects of such incidents through? Imagine waking up to such horrific news; think of what people who weren’t fortunate enough to be born white, must have gone through, on seeing this. It’s been ages now since racism first started, but it’s a pity that many individuals still get to face it time and again; at work, in colleges and the worst, in schools. Kids of colour; will they be able to step out normally, with the fear of so much abhorrence from some of the white people?

We all bleed the same color.

It isn’t the first time an American with African roots has been wronged, owing to his/her color. There is a long history of such crimes which include the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery while he was out on a jog, the police killing of Breonna Taylor by multiple shots and now, the police brutality towards George Floyd, ending up in his death. Ahmaud was killed by a father-son duo for no apparent reason. Breonna died in the midst of a shootout during a police raid at her home (no drug records were found). George Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit dollar bill, which was only an allegation, for which he was being arrested straightaway. The 8 minutes of the viral video where the police officer kneeled on his neck despite the fact that he WASN’T resisting arrest, speaks volumes about how much is wrong with the mindset of some people.

Not one of them deserved the end of their lives in this manner. But that is what they got for being born in a nation where the color of their skin decided the fate. I think it all starts at home, and that’s exactly where the conversation should begin. It’s high time the better-off parents teach their kids not to differentiate between others at school. Fair-skinned children should be taught to treat everyone equally and not malign kids of a specific race. On the other hand, black parents need to inculcate anti-racist habits into their young ones, like standing up for their rights and being intolerant of racist slurs from peers.

Living in India, there isn’t much we can do to stop the evil happening in the West, but what we can easily do is stop Indian Racism a.k.a. Casteism. Like, in foreign countries, the darker body tones are demonized and seen as ugly by many, which consequently makes youngsters loathe their black companions. In the case of India especially in villages, Dalits and other ‘lower castes’ are looked at with the same hatred and disgust, as a result of which young adults start to stay away from those not at their ‘level’. For some reason, even at schools, those from a higher caste look down upon their lower counterparts. That is a practice which seriously needs to stop.

A few days ago, employees protesting against the shutdown implemented in the US, were contemplated as genuine and taken into consideration. But when the public showed outrage against the law enforcement system for Mr. Floyd, they were referred to as ‘thugs’ and arrests were made in thousands. Not that I’m saying burning buildings or cars down is justified but you know where the protesters are coming from, and the point is clear. Black people have always been perceived with eyes of detestation by a few fellow beings. The police also keep an eye out for blacks and have a soft side for the light-skinned of which they take advantage, like the now resolved, Amy Cooper case.

It makes me sick to the stomach, but the harsh truth is that racism is very much alive in a large part of the world. Let’s be in this fight together and Say NO To Racism. Not sure if online petitions actually work, but there’s no harm in trying. So, let us all sign a petition for the families who have lost their dear ones to cruelty.

Link to sign the change.org petition #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd is down below:

Justice for George Floyd

Link to raise the degree of the policeman guilty for a murder-charge: Raise The Degree

Comment below your experiences, if any, with racism. You can even comment anonymously if you’ve passed a racist comment or done something related, that you now regret. People will appreciate that. Also, if as an Indian, you’ve come across instances of casteism, feel free to share them here without adding your name, so people can know it’s still there. Lastly, don’t discriminate. Thank you.

Note: The pictures used in the article are not mine, and have been downloaded from the internet.

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Just because you know the inaccurate meaning of a particular word, does that change the actual definition of it? Our well-educated legal author thinks so. If you haven’t come across what I’m talking about, there’s this 17-year old girl studying law, who has apparently also written a couple of books based on law. She makes a video saying she’s against feminism and during the 8 minutes of her video, talks about why pseudo feminism and misandry pose a problem to the society. That video goes viral, a lot of people support her, an equal number of people oppose her, and here we’re done. The problem is that the real problem went unrecognized and all of us netizens just got a controversy to talk about. I think whatever she said in her IGTV video is amazing proof of how misinformed our people are, about certain social issues. And these arguments coming from a record setting, Indian author in London makes it all the more surprising, or rather shocking.

Feminism, a word which triggers many individuals just because of its prefix ‘fem’ (referring to women), was coined as such because of the prevalent oppression of women but it has always referred to the the equality of all genders. Keeping in mind the fact that women have always been the victims of repression in one form or the other, advocacy of women’s rights was given utmost priority. Nowhere does it say about dominating men, NOT respecting them, abusing males or anything against innocent men. The following quote will always make so, so much sense in the case of gender, race or just any inequality:

“To the privileged, equality feels like oppression”

So many folks I’ve met prefer to stay away from the controversies by saying they don’t have any views on the topic, and the blame has to be taken by the complexities brought in, regarding the subject. The reason why I couldn’t give a title to this feminism-based article was the ‘Not another feminist rant, ugh’ reaction this would be getting, the reason being my want for people to click and READ. It’s been said a hundred times and I’m saying it again: If you believe that no gender should be stereotyped and deprived of rights because of their being of a particular gender, you can openly call yourself a feminist. Several men freely support feminism and that is a result of their awareness of what it really stands for. Now like everything, there will always be a handful of fake ones and hypocrites who won’t stick to their words and will take advantage of the positions they are in for personal gain. Due to them, will you hate on the real ones too, or even worse, will you stop being of the opinion that feminism is the need of the hour?

If you ask me, I think a few reserved seats in public transport are the least that women can be given, of course not at the cost of keeping another old/ person with a disability standing though. Go by basic math: a woman’s period (synonymous to living hell for some women) lasts for a week on an avg. That makes it 1 in 4 women, who are on their period at the moment. So why does this so-called ‘inequality’ a.k.a. deprivation of male rights (which is actually just support to women), have to come up each time we’re discussing female rights?

Just like boys don’t want generalisation, feminists don’t want it either. ‘Not all feminists will turn out misandrists, in fact very few have, who actually WEREN’T feminists.’

The reason why you too, should be one: It’s here to help you, yes; the one reading this; if you’re a male, a female or a transgender. Feminism is what will help you come out in the open with whatever behaviour has wronged you. It’s not just about women anymore; we stand with you when you feel the desire to not live up to certain expectations of the society that came along with your birth into this world, as a person of a set gender. Feminism stands with you when your family, friends, peers expect you to behave in a way BECAUSE you identify as a male, female, or a third gender. So many cases of molestation or domestic violence don’t come up only because males are supposed to be strong according to the society, and being the victims of such acts is considered a threat to their masculinity. Now it’s up to you to decide; without feminism, that is exactly how it is going to continue being.

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Thank you for sticking around until here. There are many who believe in equality, but are just upset with how a few people have started using the opportunity to achieve personal privilege and harm the guiltless, which is definitely wrong. Really hope this would have cleared at the least, some things up. Also, do not hate anyone, at least the girl chose to say it out loud rather than just keeping it in her mind like others. Some of what she said made a lot of sense, if only it weren’t targeted at feminism, but the flaws present in ourselves.

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Comment down below your thoughts, or share your experiences regarding the matter! You can even mention what new you’ve learnt about feminism, or maybe a relevant incident that made you question the existing practices. Just anything that made you a feminist, or perhaps turned you against it? You can even comment anonymously if you do not wish to share your details for some reason.

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Book Review 4 of the month May: A crime fiction-Hickory Dickory Dock (Poirot) by Agatha Christie

Hola Amigos! Following is the book review of the TV-adaptation Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie. In the review, I’ve tried my level best to not spoil the story for you; I hope that’s fine. These are my personal views, so you might or might not agree with me on my opinions of the book; lemme know what you think.

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Hickory Dickory Dock is obviously a very old book, published by the Collins Crime Club in 1955. With a readable length of 192 pages and setting in the United Kingdom, the story depicts crime and wisdom through Hercule (Poirot), who is a Belgian sleuth i.e. a detective who becomes obsessed with absurd ‘disappearances’ at a hostel on Hickory Road. Most of the scenes are located at the coed hostel managed by Mrs. Hubbard, where a big group of students resides. Set in 1930s, the Agatha Christie book focuses on Poirot and gives out the precious message of not judging a person based on their first acquaintance. Written with the third person POV and understandable lingual use, the book makes for an easy read.

“I congratulate you on having such a unique and beautiful problem.”

Hercule Poirot to Mrs. Hubbard
Hickory Dicory Dock, Agatha Christie

The book is a beautiful one with a lot of characters to keep track of, which is more than enough to bumfuzzle you. Hercule Poirot, the detective, specially is an amusing one to read and will surely leave you entertained. Loved how all the characters were kept realistic and their dialogues believable, for example Geronimo (manservant) was assigned sentences with wrong grammar, and that’s exactly what one expects from a servant; not English proficiency. Each and every character was shady, that will make you suspect each one at least once; even if it is just for a paragraph. In the book, there are references of communism and other archaic terms 2-3 times, which you might struggle with, like I did; due to being oblivious to such topics. Most of the students are from other countries and some of them haven’t grown very fond of each other because of idk, maybe xenophobia¿ But that isn’t really much of a hindrance.

I liked how some of those students acted so mature and tried to understand where a criminal was coming from; be it a result of their psychology studies or anything, it was good to see young adults not acting immature and unkind. The only part I didn’t like much was the meeting of Mr. Endicott and Mr. Hercule; Poirot jumps to conclusions that actually turn out true and he just…knows¿! The book never says how he was able to solve that particular problem in question. Also, I could make out accurately who the murderer was going to be, after Kindle told me I had completed almost 85℅ of Hickory Dickory Dock; so I don’t know if it’s a good/bad thing about the AC book. If you want to figure the answer out, a TIP: Try to keep in mind all the loads of information and statements made by the youngsters, keep an open imagination and then CONNECT THE DOTS. The ending will leave you contented and the suspense is alive till the very end; just don’t expect any from the last chapter. If you’re a reader who likes simple stories with less characters and little suspense, you will want to pass. But if you love a good mystery and like finding answers, Put on Your Detective Hat and Get going!

Star Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Hickory Dickory Dock by Agatha Christie

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Book Review 2 of the month May: Amazon bestselling suspense-The Perfect Wife (Jessie Hunt) by Blake Pierce

Hi beautiful hoomans. Long time no see, huh? So following is the book review of The Perfect Wife (Jessica Hunt) by Blake Pierce. In the review, I’ve tried my level best to not spoil the story for you; I hope that’s fine. These are my personal views, so you might or might not agree with me on my opinions of the book; lemme know what you think.

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Newly published (2018), The Perfect Wife is the first part of the Jessie Hunt ‘psychological thriller’ series by Blake Pierce and has an ordinary page count of 325. The book revolves around the 29 year old rich and newlywed Jessica Hunt who has just shifted to her mansion in a suburban town where a body soon turns up dead. She gets torn between her new shady friends there and the secrets her husband Kyle is hiding, not to forget her own dark past that still haunts her. Everything feels so strange including her new questionable neighbours and the weird rules of the yacht club they join. A notorious serial killer she is working at, knows too much about her past life and her nightmares which is abnormal as much as unsafe. The question is, ‘Has her tortured past finally come back to claim her?’. ‘The Perfect Wife’ is written with the 3rd person Pov and is an easy read.

“She reminded herself that this was exactly the sort of perk that would justify moving away from the familiar life she’d grown to love”

Blake Pierce, The Perfect Wife

About the review, the part I disliked most was the missing element of thrill in the first 50-60 pages which are nothing but drama. So even skipping a few beginning pages won’t make a big difference to your understanding. The first half of the book will mostly familiarise you with the main characters, setting and the complicated relationships. As the story moves forward, there is noticeable character buildup which is very interesting to read. Blake Pierce will be given commendation for the in-depth research the author has done regarding subjects related. Personally, my favorite character was that of Bolton Crutchfield (the criminal) but that of Jessica was equally good owing to the powerful woman she had been depicted as. Throughout the book, there are a few scenes which are sure to send a chill down your spine too. The Perfect Wife becomes really predictable towards the end which could have been altered but it was fine that way. So if you like only mysterious happenings and no drama, you would want to reconsider. On the other hand if you’re looking for a mixed genre with CTM and an essence of romance here and there, this is perfect.

Star Rating: 3.3/5

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Perfect Wife (A Jessie Hunt psychological thriller)

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What a usual day in Purvasha’s life amidst the lockdown looks like *not productive; please don’t judge now*

Now that I’m doing my ‘typical day’ blog, I feel like a ‘typical lifestyle blogger’. No one asked but I’ll tell you anyway. So my day begins with me subconsciously listening to my parents trying to wake me after I’ve slept like a rock, which is at around 8 AM. After making my bed, we sip on tea while watching what all happened when we weren’t around and simultaneously scrolling through Instagram. After that, I do some chores if any or I go to bed *dumb, I know*. I usually wake up by 2-3 PM to have lunch (brunch actually) and begin with my actual day which consists of 70% social media, albeit a large part of that 70% is taken up by wordpress, and 30% other things *again, I know*.

When I’m not using Instagram, you’ll find me watching movies, web series and other Youtube videos during that period between 3PM-7PM. Then if I feel like it, I do a little workout or just jam out to some nice music (ok nice acc. to me) till like 8 o’clock because that’s when the boring online lectures start and I have to study for an hour and a half, or at least sit and stare at the laptop screen until it’s over. Once we’re done with dinner, I go to the terrace for a little stroll and after that, I play chess with family. I talk to friends, doodle and later on, get into bed along with noodles and a physical/e-book until I fall asleep which is about 2-3 AM.

By the way, the book in the featured image is ‘The power of your subconscious mind’ by Joseph Murphy. You’ll get it for Rs. 100 on Amazon or you can download the kindle version for FREE here: The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Despite sounding like a mundane one, I really like how my day goes, unplanned yet planned. Let me know what a regular day in your self-isolation is like in the comments below! Would love to hear from you. Bye ❤

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The risky pressure Instagram, Facebook create for the young every now and then especially teenagers, and how you can turn it in your favour

Recently a 12th grader committed suicide because of the defamation a 2-year old rape allegation (claim that is unproven) now posted on social media, brought to him and his family. We do not know yet if the boy was guilty or not, but one thing we know, and that is the height of pressure media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter put on each individual. And this is something no one can escape from, because even the best of instagrammers follow someone or the other who apparently, has a better life than theirs. Because of the number of people active on such content-sharing platforms, a post has the ability to go viral in a span of just a few hours. Like everything else, this ability comes with its own set of positives and negatives which we’re about to discuss.

While these can come in handy to share positivity and raise awareness about issues, social media can be easily used to spread fake news, rumours and negativity too. In the case discussed above, whatever the truth might be, once things were put up online, the boy couldn’t handle it, which abetted him to end it this way. That is the extent of the pressure, because one knows that once news goes viral on social media, there is no getaway. Even if it isn’t real, it will reach enough people to leave someone defamed like hell. So, what can be done to avoid this?

DON’T

1. Share posts without being 100% sure about their credibility

2. Follow untrustworthy news update pages

3. Spread rumours unless you know the truth. Even if you do, don’t be gossipers, but that’s up to you

4. Allow bullies to get the better of you.

DO

1. Search the internet for authentic information about trending issues.

2. Follow reliable sources like verified pages or news channels.

3. Try not to poke your nose into someone’s affairs unless they might benefit from more coverage.

4. Contact the law if someone forces you to perform something you’re not into.

If there’s something false that people are spreading about you, make their plan backfire. Use the same tool to tell people what the actual situation is. If you feel pressured into doing something because of social media, retrospect. If you’ll become a better person by that, do it. If everyone around you is posting selfies with poor kids they educated, do it and show off (not necessarily). But if those you follow make you feel uncomfortable in a bad way, ignore what they upload and realise the fact that people are not what they pretend to be. If your friends are partying all night, drinking and having fun, rather than experiencing FOMO, turn it in your favour by studying while others are wasting their time. You can take inspiration from people you admire and do the good things they do, that will in turn help you become a better version of yourself!

I hope you got the point of this post. And you can share uploads like these because people might benefit from these. Tell me your views on this topic in the comment section too. Until next time ❤

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Note: All the pictures used are not mine and have been downloaded

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Woke up yesterday to be informed of the alarming ‘Boys Locker Room’ which is all over now. Still no big deal?

If you haven’t heard of the Bois Locker Room news flying around, you definitely must be living under the rock. Locker room talk is what happens when women aren’t listening, and men are free to boast about sexual conquests, escapades, and strategies; which explains the instagram group chat name. In brief, there’s this instagram group chat called ‘Bois Locker Room’ run by some teen boys where they share lewd pictures of young females, including a few minor age girls (14-15 years) and talk shit about them. In addition to violating their privacy rights, they body shamed, spoke immodestly about the girls; some of them who were their own classmates/friends at school. It’s mentally very very disturbing to come across incidents like these so often, and for girls it is much much worse, considering the threat they propose to their safety and wellbeing.

Most of these boys are from elite schools in Delhi, which is anything but surprising because of the privilege they have been feeling. Despite hailing from well-to-do families and being brought up in the best of conditions, these kind of boys are no better than illiterate jerks, if not worse. ”So cool you’ve been in a relationship with the most popular girl in school. What a stud bro!” Seriously? Is that what you call cool?

Guys who genuinely respect girls >>> Sick-minded boys who view girls as mere sexual objects.

It’s very normal for us to talk about how someone looks, but the kind of messages on this gc were far too troubling. One snapchat screenshot of a gangrape being planned that has gone viral during this whole controversy is also being considered, though many doubt its credibility. Unless we know for certain, it would be wrong to accuse the same boys of this as well. That being said, what we know they have done is in no way forgivable and the participants are sure to have their share of punishment too. According to the public, because of these bois, their parents are going to suffer and feel ashamed but according to me, it’s the other way round. If guys as kids, are taught to respect girls and the same is carried out at their respective homes as well, they would have never come up with a chat like this, because children do tend to imitate their family members and it shows.

Thankfully, a lot of the girls who brought up the issue are ‘influential’ and have thousands of followers which helped reach out to masses in a small period of time. But what about women going through this in a clandestine way? If nothing else, revelations like these motivate other victims of harassment to speak up too. But the worst part is when they start getting rape threats which can undoubtedly be termed as some of the scariest threats a woman can get, and that is exactly where the idea of turning back strikes their mind. There is something absolutely wrong with those guys who are so proud of their so called masculinity which they presume, is enough for them to enjoy special advantages over girls. And then people question the need of feminism/feminists which is more than it ever was.

One of the girls involved in the exposure turned out a homophobic who body shamed a friend and practised sexualism with another gay friend of hers, which is the perfect example of hypocrisy. That is SO not the crux of feminism. She has been receiving equal hate for what she has done and that hate, she probably deserves. But that changes nothing about the fact that what the boys did was wrong and that the girls were right about it.

Social media played the perfect role of a boon and a bane here; but more of a boon. Had this talk been done in person, no one would have proof of anything but thanks to Instagram, screenshots could be taken and arrests could be made in a jiffy. To the girls who decide to sound off, a big thank you for being strong enough and taking in so much filth our patriarchal society has to offer. We know it might seem life-threatening for you to come ahead with these matters but it’s a giant leap towards a better world, I promise. And to the parents of those girls: Do not blame your daughter for something a boy does to her, she did NOT provoke it and she does NOT deserve it. To the parents of boys: Make your home a feminist abode where women are on an equal footing with other members. Also, teach your sons to BEHAVE so they don’t go around spreading dirt we don’t need. Period.

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Book Review 1 of the month May: A political thriller-A Cold Dark place by Toni Anderson

Hello again. Following is the book review of ‘A Cold Dark Place’ by Toni Anderson. In the review, I’ve tried my level best to not spoil the story for you; I hope that’s fine. These are my personal views, so you might or might not agree with me on my opinions of the book; lemme know what you think.

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A COLD DARK PLACE BY TONI ANDERSON

‘A cold dark place’ is a 2014 publication with a normal page count of about 340 pages and is of the genre romance, thriller/suspense. Written with a 3rd person POV, the story revolves around the protagonists Special Agent Mallory Rooney and FBI Consultant Alex Parker. Mallory joined the FBI mainly so she could get a closer look at the case of her twin sister, who was abducted (and possibly raped, murdered) when they were just 9-year old kids. On the other hand, Alex is an assassin who is secretly taking down all the murderers in town one by one, but falls in love with Mallory. Now after 18 years of her sister Payton Rooney’s kidnapping, Alex must protect Mallory from the kidnapper who is determined to make her life a living hell.

“On one hand they still have a kid who looks exactly like the one they lost. On the other, the constant reminder must have torn them inside out every single day.”

Mr. Parker talking to Ms. Rooney about her parents.

I loved the Anderson book for the really gripping thriller it was; despite reading it in 4-5 instalments, it didn’t take me more than a dozen hours to get to the end of it. The suspense begins from the very first pages of the publication which is exactly how I like it in thrillers. The storyline is fairly good with strong characters, a good setting and locations. A few points that could’ve made the whole thing better are 1. The description of our character appearances a bit more elaborate so they could be imagined properly 2. The abuse described could have been cut down on, as it might be disturbing for some 3. A little more information about Payton and the killer would have been appreciated.

We would also like to learn more about the backstory of the serial killer which would make for an interesting plot. Moreover, I think the cover page could have been a little more attractive and revealing. That said, the rest was an absolute hit. Alex is boyfriend goals! Hot, clever, well-intended, caring. You name it, he has it. The sizzling chemistry our couple Mallory and Mr. Parker shared was stan worthy and all throughout you’d wish for them to just end up together which by the way, I leave for you to find out.

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A Cold Dark Place’s end does enough justice to their story though. The view of the villain, that is the abductor which a lot of time, begins with a new chapter was unarguably the showstopper of the book. This Toni Anderson book is the first in her series called ‘Cold Justice’ and I look forward to reading the rest as well.

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Star Rating: 4.1/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Body shaming has to end soon because it’s scary and you’re beautiful beyond measure. So fight it like our celebrities do!

Among teenagers, 37% feel upset, and 31% feel ashamed in relation to their body image. Just over 22% adults and 40% of teenagers said images on social media caused them to worry about their body image. In case you do not know what body shaming is, Google defines it as: expressing mockery or criticism about a person’s body shape or size. If you haven’t gone through it, I bet you’ve done it; knowingly or unknowingly. The worst part? It isn’t even considered ‘not normal’ anymore! The body shamer thinks it’s completely okay to point out something they don’t like about a person’s appearance to them without any kind of hesitation.

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Honestly I don’t even understand the idea behind body shaming. Even if it isn’t about respecting bodies, I think basic human etiquette requires us to hold our tongue and not mention something negative about the other person, unless the one on the receiving end might benefit from our comment. One observation I’ve made from such experiences is that 90% of the time, body shamers are the people who are really insecure themselves. It’s completely human to seek validation from others but putting them down in order to validate yourself is never justified. Whenever I’ve spoken up against comments like these, I’ve tried to bring the issue to the person’s notice with great subtlety. But what I’ve gotten in return is always people just laughing it off with a ‘nothing’s wrong with saying the truth’. By ‘I’, I do not refer just to myself, but all of them who, at some point in their lives had to face something this. Personally and truthfully, I haven’t taken offense for rude remarks like these ever because more than me, they speak about him/ her, don’t they? (For shamers) 1. It shows your lack of self esteem. 2. People form a judgemental and negative image about you. 3. We think you lack the ability to see the good in others. And you definitely don’t want that, do you?

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My body is something that I will NEVER apologize for. My body will constantly go through change. And so will yours.

Says Lili Reinhart

The point in body shaming is really difficult to understand. A plump person knows he/she is fat, a skinny one knows he/she is thin. And they clearly don’t need to be reminded that time and again, right? Someone with spots all over their face/body knows and someone with a large mole on his/her cheek does too, and they DO NOT remember asking anyone anything related to it. Then where did you see the need to make ugly comments about it? Just shut your mouth and do your thing, no? We’re positive about the fact that you have imperfections according to the beauty standards too, but the difference lies in our humility which is absent in your case. On an average, women get to face terrible body criticism wayy more than men do, but men aren’t lagging much behind either.

As soon as you become in the public eye and people start picking holes in you, you start thinking things are bad for you. Like, ‘Am I fat?’

Says Ed Sheeran

For the people facing issues with their body image: I’m so very sorry you have to go through it, but remember to take stand for yourself and if you aren’t in the mood to, just tell them it’s none of their business and that they seriously need to back off (in a nice way). Also try to love every inch of your body ’cause trust me, it deserves so much more than we can give. If there’s something you do not like at all and can be changed, then don’t change it, just make your body a better version of what it already is. Maintain basic hygiene, grooming and work out whenever you find yourself wasting time and you’ll certainly feel much better! Find some great grooming products on Amazon here!

Strive for better things:

Strive to have healthy legs, not pretty ones. Strive to have strong thighs, not a large thigh gap. Strive to have a healthy body, not a ‘perfect’ figure. And most importantly, strive to have a good soul, not good looks.

Bonus tip: If you still don’t understand what the big deal with body shaming is, MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. It IS as simple as that. Live and let live, just hold your tongue and try to accept people the way they are. I swear you’ll see yourself shaming people way lesser than you do now.

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Book Review 3 of the month April: Another bestselling allegory-Animal Farm by George Orwell

Following is the review of the 1946 book ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell. For the first time in my life must I have read this type of a book. It was suggested by a friend and the book is miles apart from what I usually read i.e. romance/mystery hence this was a completely different genre I tried this time. In the review I’ve tried my level best to not spoil the story for you; I hope that’s fine. I’m not the best critic you’ll find, so in case you’re looking for reasons why you SHOULDN’T read the book, perhaps you’re not at the right place. These are my personal views, so you might or might not agree with me on my opinions of the book; lemme know what you think.

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ANIMAL FARM

Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, the George Orwell book genre-wise is a political satire based on the Russian revolution and the Soviet Union and each animal played the role of a famous participant in the revolution. Due to lack of that historical knowledge, I couldn’t interpret the book that way but both ways, it’s basically trying to portray the tyranny of leaders in many systems of governance. The just-over-100 pages book, written with the 3rd person POV is about a group of farm animals who rebel against their owner, a farmer and humans in general. They aspire to create a place where animals can be equal, free and happy. But the pigs and dogs enjoy a special status in their animal society which is not exactly self-proclaimed because the others think pigs are the most educated and hence know the best. The tagline says ‘ All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others.’ which pretty much summarises the storyline. The head pigs are Napoleon and Snowball who are like rivals to each other and keep trying to put each other down all throughout, but Snowball is kicked out of the farm quite early in the book after being declared a traitor. Then there is Squealer who doesn’t have as much power but is in charge of all the stats and making important announcements. The basis of division was also the length of their life span and so was their hierarchy.

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

The book ends with this sentence which is nothing but profound.

Talking about my review, the best part according to me was how Orwell characterized the way Napoleon and the other authoritative pigs modified and manipulated language use to suit their own desires. For instance, at the very beginning; one of the 7 commandments of animalism was that no animal can hurt another. But when Napoleon ordered a bunch of animals to be killed merely for their silly mistakes, the commandment was modified into: ‘No animal can kill another without cause.’ And so the act was justified. The relationship of Napoleon with the rest of the farm animals was always referred to as that of camaraderie but it was in actual; that of a master and his slaves. Time and again, the thoughts of animals were manipulated into thinking how Napoleon wanted them to think which is obvious by the slogans of Boxer and others: “Napoleon is always right”. Snowball’s bravery at the battle was first praised in abundance and when Napoleon took over, he proved that behaviour too as a part of his conspiracy, and suddenly everyone seemed to connect the dots that way only because they trusted Napoleon. The leaders knew how to use words to turn things in their favour because they knew the only sight the animals couldn’t take was that of Mr. Jones, their owner returning to the farm, so this aspect of the book showed the importance of using language to get things done. This knowledge was taken advantage of and the danger was reminded over and over again to threaten the animals into doing what the authorities wanted them to. The saddest part; in my opinion was when the knackers were at the farm to take Boxer away and he had no idea of what they had in store for him.

As a whole, the main message of ‘Animal Farm’ is that a state can never be completely free of corruption because of the constant greed for power and hence, a system can never be utopian. The book is a perfect satire on corruption and manipulation of the ones in authoritative positions over those who do not know much about how things work.

I don’t think I’m qualified enough to give a star rating to a masterpiece like this right now. After reading it another couple of times things might get clearer to me, so yea.

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Book Review 2 of the month April: 2 best-selling suspense novels-The woman in the window and One of us is lying

Hello There. Following are the book reviews of two I’ve read recently and honestly, I found both of them really good. In the reviews, I’ve tried my level best to not spoil the story for you; I hope it’s fine. The sole purpose of writing both the reviews in a single post was that for the first time, I was reading two books simultaneously and I wanted to remember the minute details and stuff yk. So, I thought of making a combined version before I forget, because unless the book is a favorite or really influential, we do forget the little deets, don’t we? Also, these are my personal views, so you might or might not agree with me on my opinions of the books; lemme know what you think.

The woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

The woman in the window is a 2018 publication (relatively quite recent) and a psychological thriller/suspense novel that has been adapted into an upcoming film as well and to be honest, I think the movie is going to do a lotta justice to the novel. The book is a comparatively long read with 455 pages in all and it’s about Dr. Anna Fox, a former child psychologist, who lives alone, drinks too much wine, watches B&W thriller movies she loves and sits by the window all day. Her favorite part is shooting (not the gun one) people’s lives (particularly, her neighbors) using her Nikon camera through the window. All is well until one day, she sees something terrible happening in the house in front of hers, across the park. That is the house of the Russells, who have very recently shifted to the neighbourhood. To know what exactly happened, you’ll have to read the book though. (Sorry!)

My head was once a filing cabinet. Now it’s a flurry of papers, floating on a draft.

Anna Fox’s words quoted from the book

If you are someone who prefers fiction, I’d strongly recommend this to you. The book is easy-to-understand and is written as a first-person view which makes it all the more readable. The beginning didn’t appeal much to me, as the first few pages were full of introduction of the characters, the setting and all which made it slightly boring. But, the rest of it will definitely hold you till the end, even though at times it’ll feel like the problem has been solved. It’s bound to surprise you with the sudden plot twists it contains as well. If you read it in parts, it’ll leave you wondering about what might come next. Because of the graphic descriptions, you can almost see the book come alive and I’ll have to give that to Finn. Personally, I felt really bad for the way Anna, the protagonist lived, all lonely and without a family to care. Also, the agoraphobia she has, makes you pity her condition and her life in all. At the end, when the mystery is actually solved, the A.J. Finn book becomes quite predictable which spoils the essence of suspense in it, but that can’t be blamed for making the book a bad read. I loved all the personalities and how the author has kept the goody-two-shoes character to the minimum in all of them. In addition to all of that, the usage of English language is thankfully not Shakespearean, thus making it reader-friendly. Overall, it is a great thriller with a good plot including a justified ending.

Star rating: 4.4/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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One of us is lying by Karen M. McManus

Coming to ‘One of us is lying’, the Karen M. McManus book is Penguin-published, so you can be sure of getting something worth-reading already. It’s a young adult, mystery/suspense novel with 368 pages that revolve around the mysterious death of a high-schooler called Simon while he’s in detention along with four others. The investigators say that it wasn’t an accident but a murder which turns all four of his companions; Bronwyn, Nate, Addy and Cooper into suspects. The reason of the murder was pretty clear though–Simon owned an app called ‘About That’ on which he opened up true secrets of the kids at Bayview High School; daily. Everyone has secrets. But this story is about how far one can go to protect them.

I know what it’s like to tell yourself a lie so often that it becomes the truth.

I one-hundred percent agree with you on this one, Bronwyn.

If you’re a sucker for high school drama, this is the perfect choice for you! (Why do I sound like those people trying to hand pamphlets over to you though?!) Back to the point, come on; who doesn’t like a good young adult fiction man? Even though you might struggle with understanding the book at first because of the change in POV (Point of view) over and over again, that is also the thing which makes it even more fun: the different perspectives of the same situation. Another thing I found amazing was the way the chapters ended; the last page of each chapter would open up a whole new mystery and point a finger on somebody totally new that would drive the attention towards this new person. Once you begin to understand the pattern of the revealing of new suspects, it’s gonna be damn hard to hold yourself from the last sentence of the chapter ending page. The McManus book is divided into three parts named after kids games called ‘Simon Says’, ‘Hide-and-seek’ and ‘Truth and Dare’ out of which the last one is the most interesting, without any doubt. The first part feels more like a high school drama series than a young adult thriller book. Also, everyone (including me) stans Nate and Bronwyn; they’re just too cute to handle. Cooper and Addy’s roles are okay-okay though their friendship is great and Nate is just supercute, or rather hot. In a way it felt like the focus is mostly on Bronwyn, which is even okay btw. From what one can gather from the description of the book, Bronwyn is the typical nerd, but I totally loved the way things turned out revealing her fun and sassy side: the I-am-into-bad-guys kinda girl she was. But frankly speaking, I was hoping for a lot more than what the book had to offer. Sure as hell expected a better ending; one that would turn the tables, and even after the disclosure, I hoped with every turning page that the story would take an unbelievable turn. But that was all! Maybe I expected way too much suspense and I must say, Expectations hurt 😦 so that’s the only aspect I wished was different but overall, it was a good book. It gave out a really valuable message to not do stuff you regret later, and that things take their own time to sort out. ‘One of us is lying’ is not far from reality and is very appropriate considering the ‘normal’ lifestyle of our z-generation. Not to forget, rumour has it that ‘One of Us is Lying’ is soon to be a Netflix series and we all have our fingers crossed!

Star rating: 3.5/5

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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At the end I would say the common lesson I took away from both of them was that Truth prevails, always and that good will win over evil some day or the other. Furthermore, people always have their own reasons for whatever they do, good or bad which is why, at times it isn’t even bad in their eyes. So do let me know what you think of these, and tell me if you have/ are going to read these books anytime soon? I hope this was of some use to you and stay tuned for more reviews. Also, if you want me to read a book and do reviews for it, go ahead and tell me which one. BYE! ❤

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Book Review 1 of the month April: A best-selling romance-The Girl in Room 105 by Chetan Bhagat

Having nothing to do (all thanks to the lockdown), I’ve thought of writing book reviews of novels I read. Following is the book review of The Girl in Room 105 by Chetan Bhagat. In the review, I’ve tried my level best to not spoil the story for you; I hope that’s fine. These are my personal views, so you might or might not agree with me on my opinions of the book; lemme know what you think.

The girl in room 105 by Chetan Bhagat

The Girl in Room 105 is a 2018 Rupa publication with a very normal page count of 304 pages and is of the genre suspense/thriller/mystery. The story revolves around the protagonists, Keshav whose life is screwed because he hates his job and his beautiful, muslim Kashmiri girlfriend Zara who left him. Keshav’s family was extremely traditional so they broke up and Zara moved on, but he couldn’t and he kept stalking her. Four years after the breakup, on her birthday night Keshav was drinking when he got a message from her. Usually, Zara ignored Keshav which provoked him to go meet her in her hostel room 105 like olden times. He went there and that night, he vowed to solve the mystery out. The book is written with the view of the first person, here Keshav, so quite easy to interpret.

“Thank you. For showing me what love is all about. And thank you for also teaching me to never love someone too much.”

Keshav’s words at the end of the book quoted.

The tagline of the book says ‘This is not a love story, but an unlove story.’ To be very honest, I don’t think this is apt, I mean all the while Keshav was busy being a detective, he loved Zara and at the very end, he says he’s ”unloving” Zara out of nowhere, which according to me does not make much sense. It felt like CB was trying too hard to grab his readers’ interest and the tagline seemed more like a cover up for the flaws in the novel. The aspect of Kashmir, terrorism was scaring me and that was basically what the maximum content of the novel was about. The English language usage is very simple, so I think that’s a good thing for people who wish to read books that aren’t those intellectual types. There’s nothing wrong with the plot, but if you think it over, you might just solve it by yourself. The upside is the very good way in which the personality of the female protagonist is described which will help you form a character image of Zara in your mind. She’s the perfect human; intelligent, good-looking, compassionate and she knew how to stand for herself which made her really attractive, as is said in the book. The best part in my opinion was the accurate depiction of social norms in regards to religion: a lot of Indian parents are not okay with marrying their kids to someone belonging to a creed other than theirs. And in a way, the same parents were at fault for whatever misery happened in the story. So that was an appreciable message that he provided to all of us readers. All in all, the work is a good one if you’re in search of something similar to hindi romance mystery movies and want to read a basic book. But if you’re looking for something that will keep you interested until the end, do so at your own risk! Even though you might get to hear a lot of criticism about the book, I must add that there isn’t any harm in trying. So go for it, you won’t regret either.

I am aware that the author receives as much hate as he receives love ’cause Indian audience have grown as readers and started to expect more than typical bollywood masala. But paradoxically, I’d say that for people who read romance and actually like those kind of stories, he’s a really good author and his writing style is easy-to-understand which makes people come back for more. And let’s take a moment to appreciate his efforts because honestly, I couldn’t have written something even half as good. Admit it or not, he is one of the top authors of the modern era and most of his books have indeed turned out as bestsellers, haven’t they?

Star rating : 3.3/5

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How you’ve benefited from the coronavirus and hence, the lockdown: By thatgirlwhospeaks

The COVID-19 outbreak situation has been recently declared as a global pandemic by the WHO and I’m sure it got all of us thinking, ”What if these are, indeed, the last days of my life?” While the virus quite obviously has its dangerous, negative side, it has its own set of positives as well. No doubt it has already caused mass level deaths and is gonna act as the reason for downfall of the economy, even so coronavirus isn’t that bad as it is hyped to be. I mean of course, it is 99% a bane, but for now, let’s focus on the 1% boon part, can we?

The virus does look disgusting, but looking at it is better than having it in you

Quality time: When was the last time (before corona ofc) you sat with your family for a nice cup of tea? Can’t recall? There you go, 1. The lockdown gave you family time, admit it. Even if it’s because of the lack of other options, I’m sure your parents are more than happy to have you stick around at home for THIS long.

Pollution Factor: If you’re from Delhi/Bombay (India), you probably don’t know what a clear sky looks like. With all the traffic and pollution around us, the clouds and sky nearly got lost somewhere. But within a few days of the lockdown in India, it’s back! Now how cool is that?

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Leisure and Recreation Time: As much as we all want this to end, somewhere inside we’re liking this joblessness and self-improvement time the quarantine has brought along, aren’t we? Cuz let’s face it: Due to work, we are unable to spare time for selfcare, our hobbies and other things we’re passionate about. But Corona has got us covered. The time we spent at work/school is now all ours to use, be it for reading, working out or just netflix. So how bad can it be?

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Experiencing Life: Amidst all the chaos because of school/work, most of us have forgotten what peace felt like. Now, you have the luxury of sitting on your couch and meditating, doing yoga or anything that feeds your soul. This is the best time to get to know yourself from the core.

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Improved Sanitation: I’ve heard people who didn’t even wash their hands prior to meals earlier, talking about the importance of usage of sanitizers. I think that’s something worth being thankful for. People have started maintaining basic hygiene and ensuring cleanliness in the surroundings around them, which hopefully, they will inculcate into their regular routines as well. I just wish everyone continues this even after the epidemic is over.

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Healthy food: I know how hard it is for those of you who love eating out, but think about it; if it wasn’t for the lockdown, would you eat only home-cooked meals for this long? No, right? So, enjoy this break from junk food and relish the awesome ‘ghar ka khana’ you’re getting to eat now.

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Self-isolation=Selflessness: The way people are isolating themselves completely, as soon as they are realising that their presence around people is harmful to them, is very amazing tbh. Despite having the option of staying with family and having the luxury of home and their care, they’re choosing the tough path and staying away from their loved ones. Seeing such wiseness and love warms my heart (*fights back tears*). The least you deserve is haircare for those lovely tresses: Lots of love for my hair

Also, please stay indoors. It’s really sad to see so many people still roaming outside who either aren’t aware enough or are simply dumb. Please stay home. YOU ARE NOT NEEDED OUTSIDE. Don’t act like you are. Remember to disinfect everything around you and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. That’s the least we can do to prevent something horrible from happening, isn’t it?

This was my take on the widespread epidemic going on around us. Comment what you think about this, and wash your hands, please. Stay safe, everyone! All of us will get through this, together 🙂

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she wants you to listen to what she has to say:

hi guys. I’m another 16-year-old, here to write about things that I couldn’t say out loud. Also, to know your views on things. Feel free to vent your feelings out here; secretly. I won’t tell anyone 😉 You should know that this platform is free of all kinds of judgments, so you don’t really have to worry. ❤

Keep hustling!

At times, it becomes so hard for us to talk about emotions we’re feeling because either 1. They can’t be described or 2. We don’t have anyone to talk to; about them. Having great friends and family sometimes isn’t enough. They might be loving and genuinely caring for you, but many a time, they just can’t understand what you’re going through. Nobody is actually at fault, but shit happens. That is when journals, personal diaries and blogs step in. Blogs have to be given brownie points for the platform they provide to share your feelings; not only to vent them out, but also for others to listen and learn. If you ask me of my mind, the best thing about such social media is the way people are able to connect with others from across the world. With the help of that, we can get to know that there are others who feel depressed, we’re not alone. Also, they will shock you with the number of people who are going through something very similar, and here you were, thinking that you’re alone in the fight. For a mostly-sad generation like ours, I think such platforms are some of the best gifts we’ve got, thanks to technology. So, that’s about it! I hope you got the gist of what I meant to say and don’t forget to

”Keep hustling.”

always…
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who is thatgirlwhospeaks and what does she speak about?

thatgirlwhospeaks focuses on feeling good about yourself. If you wanna look at life with a young girl’s point of view, I think following the blog would not be a bad idea. I could have kept a journal as well, but this is just for the sake of reaching out to you guys, and knowing your views too. I hope to know your thoughts and maybe even change something about the way you think. I’d also love to write about the epiphanies I have while I grow up. thatgirlwhospeaks will also speak about other things like social issues or problems that have something to do with women; so in case you’re someone with sexist views, you should definitely give the blog a try. We need to learn to respect women and their choices, only then can we appreciate their existence. With the help of thatgirlwhospeaks, I wish to see a world where people are more accepting of each other and at the same time, are ready to support one another. I’d love to connect with like-minded people as well as people with different thoughts. So, do reach out to me, and come and see life from my perspective!

Thank you lovelies!<3

Book Review: Almost Gone by Blake Pierce

Hello you all lovely people! Writing here after almost an year is making me feel like a stranger on my own blog. But coming to the point, today I am reviewing Almost Gone by Blake Pierce, which is Book #1 in the series ‘The Au Pair’. I enjoyed the first book I read by Ms. Pierce, which I have reviewed here, which makes this my second one from the author.

“Get away…or become trapped in a cycle of violence that she thought she’d escaped forever by leaving home.”

Blake pierce, almost gone

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Released: September 2019

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

BLURB: This story revolves around 23-year old Cassandra Vale who is offered a job as an Au Pair by an agency. In case you don’t know what an Au Pair is, it is ‘a young foreign person, who helps with housework or childcare in exchange for food’. Finding the role suitable for herself, she accepts the job and is looking forward to it. The Dubois are a wealthy household residing in a countryside chateau outside Paris and this seems like the perfect escape to Cassie. Little does she know about the malice and lies that hide under the guise of a prosperous family. This new beginning might just be a revisit to her tortured past which she desperately wants to run away from.

Almost Gone (The Au Pair #1) by Blake Pierce

REVIEW: This one’s a bit of a long read unless 300 pages aren’t a lot for you, but it really didn’t get boring at any point and I’d say it was still worth the eight hours it took me. It is written in the third POV and with all kinds of dangers lurking around the protagonist, the author’s writing creates a sense of tension in the air that keeps us, readers, looking out for Cassie. It all begins with her interview with the au pair agency and proceeds with her departure to Paris. Nothing significant happens before her arrival to the castle, outside of the little background provided time and again. As the story progresses, we learn that growing up in a physically and emotionally abusive house took a toll on her and as a result, she now suffers from anxiety and depression. And she has started seeing nightmares and having hallucinations as a side effect of the antidepressants. One night, a member of her employer’s family who she dislikes dies mysteriously, and the worst possibility dawns on her. What if she’s the murderer herself?

To start with, I don’t understand how Cassie held back the urge of smacking those kids’ faces; they are so annoying haha. There wasn’t much development to any of the characters’ personalities, including Cassie, but I don’t mind dumb characters. If you do, you’ll probably not enjoy the novel as much. There is also usage of explicit language, which is why I won’t recommend it to younger audience. I’m not a fan of this kind of an ending, but the rest of the elements made up for it, so I am not complaining. All said and done, I could relate to Cassie in most situations and so, I intend to read the second book in the series as well!

I hope I didn’t reveal much of the suspense in my review haha, but tell me what you think about it? Have you read the book? If yes, did you like it? Are you going to read it? Comment and let’s talk!

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