Monday, 30 December 2013

My Brain is my Friend. NOT

'Michael Schumacher critical' is the headline that caught my eye yesterday evening. What was ironic was that I'd read the previous day's paper which mentioned that was 'injured but not serious'. Definitely not critical. In less than 24 hours, he's deteriorated from being defined as 'medically fit' to have undergone two brain surgeries. Right now, he's slipped into a coma fighting for life. This leads to believe that contrary to what we've always thought - the brain is not our friend. It may help you with your Physics assignment, but it loses its shit most unexpectedly.
Me and my best friend were sharing ghost stories the other day, and we came to the conclusion that most of the times its our brain that hypes the situation so much. And that's when the coping mechanism of the body kicks in. And you know what's creepier? We all hear noises that no one apparently can when we're spooked. Our brain is formulating the entire scheme for us then. Our senses defy us. We believe it. And there is nothing we can do about it because our brain is not our friend.
Example : When you read the word  "puppies" or "muffins", you feel warm and fuzzy. But if I begin a story with the line "It was a dark, stormy night..." with the correct sound effects, your heart beat immediately accelerates.
Remember when you swore you wouldn't think about something and all you did the entire day was curse your brain for thinking about nothing else?  Not your friend.
Conclusion : Yes, that symphony of chemicals(right usage?) sitting up there is not as rosy as you thought it to be. I now leave you with that comforting notion. Have a nice day.
                                

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Not. My. Books.

So yesterday I went for a music practice at my Sir's place. These practices aren't very happy times for me. Why? Well, his monster of a wife (who also happens to teach music) screeches at me everytime. "You don't practice", "You haven't got any musical talents", "If you're not interested then leave.", "Pathetic.","Idiot.". This is me paraphrasing them into very polite words of course.
But yesterday she crossed the line. After  I sucked at playing what I was supposed to play, she went "Yeah, you don't practice. You just laze around and read your story books." She said it in a very scathing tone and outside I was all like :
"Yes, maam."
But inside I was all like:


You do not take my books away from me. And as much as I like my music, I will sacrifice it all for my story books. I detest it when people ask you not to read books in place of something else. I mean you have NO idea what books mean to me so go screw it.
I realize that this post was not about anything particularly. But sometimes I just need to blow steam off. Thanks, to any one who was patient enough to read through to the bottom of this absolutely mundane post.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Oblivion, An Imperial Affliction, and Augustus Waters

"I fear oblivion. I fear it like the proverbial blind man fears the dark."
Oblivion. Let's ponder upon this word for one second. Oxford defines oblivion as "the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one". 
For me its a tad bit different, but I'm not going into that right now - I'm going to take Augustus Waters' perception of it. Augustus Waters - Gus - is the lead from an enigma of a book "The Fault in Our Stars". He's seventeen years old, and had "a touch of osteosarcoma a year and a half back". How is he? He's grand. He's on a rollercoaster that only goes up, my friend. His words, not mine. 
Coming back to the aforementioned phrase. Again, this is just my perception, and mine only. Augustus is afraid of being forgotten - afraid of the fact that no one will remember him. He does not know how that feels like yet - oblivion, that is. Much like a blind man who does not know what the dark is, but is afraid of it. 
Who else but someone as awesome as John Green would put so much thought into one measly line? And who else but decidedly wonky and over-obsessive fangirls would put so much thought into squeezing the meaning out of said measly line? The book-reading(or enlightened) community is crazy indeed. Anyways, that was my take on the phrase.
I know, too much TFIOS, talk, right? To those who haven't read it yet,, I suggest that you immediately do. "Enigma" does not even begin to describe this book. And to those who have read it, they'll know what I'm rambling on about. :) 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

My Service to the Googling Community (You're Welcome)

I've been feeling very grateful nowadays, for completely mundane things like how wonderful the world is and how lucky I am, but I don't want to bore you all with that crap. So, I've decided to do a little service for the entire Googling community in general (You're welcome, minions). At Google I typed in the key words "Why are..." and then every letter in the alphabet. And I'm going to answer the top searched key phrase for every letter. Again Googlers, you're welcome. 


A. Why are Americans so stupid? 

     Umm... first of all, that is extremely stereotypical. And secondly, I don't think that Americans are inherently and pathetically stupid. (Also, I can't really say anything bad about about USA without their Secret Service being all up my back.) America is a big country and it is possible that some people might be stupid, but its not necessary that all are. There's a reason there have been more than 350 Nobel Laureates from that country, people.


B. Why are Biharis hated? 

     Again with the stereotypes - I'm ashamed at the Googling community. Anyways, I'm going to quote my beloved friend Wikipedia now : " Bihar has had slower economic growth than the rest of India in the 1990s, and as a consequence many Biharis have migrated to other parts of India in search of work. Bihari migrant workers have been subject to a growing degree of xenophobia, racial discrimination, prejudice and violenceBiharis are often looked down upon and their accent ridiculed."
    Yeah, now I've answered your question, EVEN though I don't hate them.


C. Why are clouds white? 

     Clouds are composed of tiny round water droplets, which form when water vapor condenses from a gas to a liquid. Next is the electromagnetic spectrum. As the sun’s light passes through these small cloud droplets, it scatters. Unlike scattering in the sky or ocean, in which molecules are so small they only scatter blue and violet light, water droplets are large enough the scatter the entire spectrum. That's why clouds appear to be mostly white.
D. Why are demand deposits considered as money? 
    Demand deposits can be withdrawn from the whenever required. Thus it is considered as money.
E. Why are Earthquakes caused?
     Earthquakes are usually caused when rock underground suddenly breaks along a fault. This sudden release of energy causes the seismic waves that make the ground shake.
F. Why are forests affected by wars?
    The smoke from the fires block out the sun for a long time, disabling them from photosynthesis,their only means of food. The leftover gun shells strangle the roots on some of the smaller plants. Plus the fact of there possibly being a fire in the actual forest, which cuts its size down. 
G. Why are girls so dumb? 
      OH MY GOD. That is it. Girls are NOT dumb. Look at Hermione Granger, folks. I mean I know she's fictional , but people like her exist. Girls are not dumb. Period. 
H. Why are header files important?
     This has something to do with computers. Not talking to the right person here.
I. Why are insects attracted to light? 
    Phototaxis: Phototaxis is an organism's automatic movement toward or away from light. A lot of insects show positive phototaxism, and are hence attracted towards light.
J. Why are Jews so smart? 
    STEREOTYPES!  After the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 C.E., the survival of the Jewish religion demanded that every Jew learn to read and write, and acquire      knowledge-acquisition skills; whoever was unable to do so − became assimilated. Thus, out of necessity, the Jews found themselves possessed with skills that proved critical for their economic development. Thus, education has been in their blood for a long time. 
K. Why are Korean girls so skinny? 
    Okay, I'll indulge in this one stereotype cuz I wanna know their secret too-but turns out they eat TONS of sugar.I still haven't figured out how they stay thin. the girls eat ungodly amounts, tons     of rice, and are toothpicks. It may be because everything is spicy, and they do walk a lot. I dunno. I guess God just happens to love 'em. 
L. Why are leaves green? 
 The green color in leaves is caused by the presence of a compound called "chlorophyll," which the plant produces to do photosynthesis, which is how plants get energy from sunlight. The purpose of chlorophyll is to assist the plant in making food for itself by utilizing energy from sunlight and nutrients from the soil. 
M. Why are manhole covers round?
1... So they don't fall through the hole... A square hole-cover can fit through diagonally... 
2... So you can roll them, and don't have to carry them... 
N. Why are Newton's rings circular?
     The phenomenon of Newton's rings is an interference pattern caused by the reflection of light between two surfaces - a spherical surface and an adjacent flat surface. When viewed with a monochromatic light it appears as a series of concentric, alternating light and dark rings centered at the point of contact between the two surfaces. When viewed with white light, it forms a concentric ring pattern of rainbow colors because the different wavelengths of light interfere at different thicknesses of the air layer between the surfaces. The light rings are caused by constructive interference between the light rays reflected from both surfaces, while the dark rings are caused by destructive interference. Also, the outer rings are spaced more closely than the inner ones. Moving outwards from one dark ring to the next, for example, increases the path difference by the same amount λ, corresponding to the same increase of thickness of the air layer λ/2. Since the slope of the lens surface increases outwards, separation of the rings gets smaller for the outer rings. So why is it a circle? Because the point where the interference occurs is the source point and the light rings and dark rings (or actually cancelled out interference) are actually adjacent phenomena and radiate like a wave from a point (like throwing a rock into a still pond). So the light-dark rings are actually one and the same thing, and the emanate from one point equally in all directions, if the medium does not change...
O. Why are oceans important?
     Oceans are the lifeblood of planet Earth and humankind. They flow over nearly three-quarters of our planet, and hold 97% of the planet's water. They produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it.
 P. Why are plants important? 
Really? Read a Biology book. They give us Oxygen. hence help us to breathe.
Q. Why are quality decisions a possibility in a democracy? 
See, in a democracy, a polling or voting takes place. Hence, the government is responsible to the people of the country, because they'll be booted if they don't perform according to the  people's wishes. Hence, we can be guaranteed that most decisions will be for the better of the people.


R. Why are Republicans so against Obamacare?

     The only reason I can find why conservatives hate Obamacare is that the president took a look at a Republican idea that has proved successful and bought into it. "If Obama likes it, then it  must be bad." Personally, I believe that if the Republicans, especially Mitt Romney, would have stood up and embraced their own program, then this government shutdown that the nation incurred would have not happened.


S. Why are sparrows disappearing?

     Today the reasons for the sparrows' decline are largely electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and lack of insect food due to excessive use of pesticide in urban gardens. But most certainly, it is the loss of habitat that drives any species towards extinction.


T. Why are there 28 days in February?

     Blame the Romans. Our modern calendar has the misfortune to be based upon their confusing one. The kings there were kind of schmutzes. For reasons only known to Numa Pompilius' twisted mind, he put 28 days in February, God knows why.


U. Why are uniforms important? 

Industrial demands, a sense of belonging, feeling of equality, mutual growth are some of the things that Google is throwing at me. Personally, they're equivalent to crap for me.


V. Why are veins blue? 

     Again, my friend Wikipedia : " Veins appear blue because the subcutaneous fat absorbs low-frequency light, permitting only the highly energetic blue wavelengths to penetrate through to the dark vein and reflect back to the viewer."Right. Whatever the hell that means. 


W. Why are we born?
 Wow... deep stuff. My fellow Googlers, we're here for a variety of reasons; to kick our enemy's butt, to score the lowest in class and boost our fellow classmate's self esteem, to    procrastinate, to spend all our time on the internet hence making Google so damn rich, but most of all to live our own lives. And that too to the fullest. Hence, asking such questions, questioning our presence here, only prevents us from doing so. So, we shouldn't do that. ( This was a very fancy way of saying I don't know.) 



X. Why are X-rays used for crystallography? 

Pfft. 


Y. Why are you interested in this job?

Seriously, this was the most searched key phrase. Really, hats off fellow Googlers.


Z. Why are zoos bad? 

    Animals are treated to harsh conditions, to which they are often not susceptible. They're not given adequate shelter, and kept away from their natural habitat. That's all I got, if you wanna know more visit PETA. 

Friday, 29 November 2013

Liebster Nomination!!

They say the world is a bad place. I don't think that's true, you know. Sometimes people come in from no where and make the day light up for you. In my case, it was Jayanth who nominated me for a Liebster award. Thank you so much dude. I am constantly frustrated at the internet for not being able to convey emotions, and this is one of those times. :P I am truly honored! 
So this is basically what a Liebster is -
"A Liebster Award is given to new and upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is a token of love, an expression of motivation. The word Liebster is a  German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, valued, cute and welcomed. It is much sweeter than it sounds. Liebster award ties up together the blogging community and brings a feeling of oneness and unity."

So my answers to Jayanth's questions : 
1. What is your opinion about yourself? Compare it with your favorite fictional character(cartoon) ?
 I am in general extremely rude and love being bossy ( I've been a prefect for a long time, so it       kinda got inculcated in me :P ), but I'm actually a very sensitive person. I'm a big fat cry-baby. My favorite cartoon character is Helga from Hey Arnold!, and I have got to say I'm a lot like her. She's rude, and bosses Arnold around too! But she's a talented writer (like me! *blushes*) and is interested in pursuing it as a career.

2. What do you earn by blogging?

Ummm... satisfaction, I guess. I'm constantly writing random, mundane things and my blog has kind of become my close friend now. It is an outlet for me to express myself.

3. What is your favorite music genre and why?

Okay, this'll be a long one.
I don't really listen to music by genre, but if you held a gun to my head I'd say Rock. I love Led Zep, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, and AC/DC, and The Beatles too. I really like Adele too, but full disclosure : I have no clue what her genre is :P .

4. School or college? 

I am a fifteen year old kid - ergo I've never been to college. But from what I've heard, you can bunk all the lectures you want to, wear what you want to, come in when you want to, and go out when you want to. School seems like a jail compared to all that. So I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm all for college!

5. Do you think someone good must come into politics? If so why? Aren't you good? 

India is a beautiful, beautiful country and it needs demands an active, honest leader who'll eradicate corruption. I see Arvind Kejriwal as one such person. Right now, the political scene of our country is mainly filled with lazy, corrupt men and women who seek their own benefits before the country's.

6. A confession. 100% truth and unknown. 

Urghh... I hate these. Why're you making me go through this? My friends read this blog!!
 So I was a kid, I had just learnt to crawl and was constantly looking for more things to taste. My mother had put all the interesting things (slippers, newspapers, toys, soaps etc.) out of my reach. So there I was, crawling around, when I saw this grasshopper. Something about its scaly wings and decidedly ugly shade of green must have attracted me because I just grabbed and popped it into my mouth. 
That was my introduction to non-vegetarian food, which over the years has graduated from fondness, to passion to fanaticism.  A grasshopper was the first thing I put into my mouth after cerelac. Yeah, I was into balanced diet since nappy days.
Kangaroo is next in the list.. medium rare

7. Your opinion on Indian culture. 

Its about the most diverse and beautiful things in the world. What I really love about our culture is the fact that you take one flight and two hours later emerge in a totally new climate. And every secnd person you meet in India, probably has been brought up in a different place. Someone may have eaten rotis and someone might have had fried fish. Someone's village might be covered with ice and someone else's would be near the sea. However they're part of the same country - they share a collective identity. That  is what I like most about our culture.

8. Worse thing about you.

I have this really annoying habit of reading the last parts of the book when I've reached just the middle. It has ruined a lot of amazing books for me unfortunately :(

9. Three unfulfilled dreams. 

1.Eating junk food that doesn't make me fat(ter).
2.Studying in Hogwarts
3.Winning Liebster Award :P

10.Your favorite subject. 

Math and English. And History.

11. Are you happy with what you are studying?

I'm in tenth grade. I don't really get to choose what I'm studying. But yeah, I'm happy with what they're teaching us in class right now, if that is what ya mean. :P


Right. Now the hard part. I need to nominate a few(11) bloggers too. And my list is : 

http://atirandom.blogspot.in/
http://brightonwoman.blogspot.in/
http://thenightowlcommunity.blogspot.in/
http://petrichorandclouds.blogspot.in/
http://www.mainstgazette.com/
http://ravenclawsam.wordpress.com/
http://podcastx.blogspot.in/
http://modernparchment.blogspot.in/
http://literarymerit.wordpress.com/
http://theworldasidiscoverit.wordpress.com/
http://love2sail.blogspot.in/

A few instructions guys : 

  • Answer the questions in a blog post.
  • Tag 11 more bloggers, and tell them that you did (No tagging back)
  • Give these 11 bloggers 11 questions for them to answer.


So my questions to you are :
1. Which Harry Potter character to you relate to most and why?
2. Favorite food?
3. What is the craziest dream that you had?
4. What was the first book that you read?
5. Best moment of your life.
6. Where would you like to travel on your holiday?
7. If you had to choose a time frame other than the one you currently live in, when would it be?
8. A book that you recently read.
9. Who is your favorite celebrity and why?
10. Describe a childhood memory.
11. Which is your favorite charity?
An award given to bloggers to show appreciation and love for their work.


Thursday, 28 November 2013

Why Books Are Awesome (even though you already know it!)

So I recently had an online chat with this guy whom I thought was my age, but then turned out to be old. Very old. -_-
Yes, the internet is a bad, bad place. Annywayys, I had a pretty good debate with this guy, about why books are awesome, because this person had not read a single one (so non-enlightened. I tell you -_-) 
So, here's my take on why books are awesome, even though you already know it. 
   
"Mans best friend", "many lives in one", "a free trip", these are the phrases that come to mind, when someone mentions the word "books" in front of me. Starting with the more boring stuff, books help to improve our vocabulary. People having read books, generally have better vocabulary, in general. Science, technology, maths, won't have been the same, if we didn't have aeons of information passed on to us, via books. We have suffered, for not using the written language before. Earlier whenTansen used to sing, deer stopped to listen, lamps lit themselves in the King's court, the skies opened up, but it all seems like folklore to us now. If that music could have been preserved today, all this  won't seem as if its from another world. We all have enough worries in our own lives, and escaping into a realm where the problems are not ours seems like a pretty viable option sometimes. I mean think about it - a place where you're constantly defying the laws of Physics, where hearts are actually shaped like hearts, where you're the prettiest/ the most handsome damsel/man in town, where everyone listen to you, and a place where every arrow you shoot lands the target - doesn't a place like that seem enticing? Books are a free trip; you can travel to the mountains of Alaska, the volcanoes of Amazon, the pits of Tartarus, the war-struck cities of Poland, by just flipping a few pages. Books are a well orchestrated dream, and if you don't see this; you're not magical enough to read them. 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Screwed

My November is not going to be something the average person would describe as "fun". Why? Find out for yourselves : 
11th November : S.St Test
12th November : German Test
13th November : Science Test
15th November : National Science Olympaid
16th November : Aptitude Test
17th November : National Talent Search Examination
18th November : Computer Test
21st November : Math Test
22nd November : English Test
24th November : Music Exam
30th November : Annual Day

Excuse me while I soil myself and update my suicide note.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Just assume that Harry Potter meets Twilight(The Sparkly People)

Harry: Cedric! You’re alive? How?!
 
Edward: Carlisle here changed me. 

Carlisle: We are vegetarian Vampires. 

Hermione: Vegetarian, how can a vampire be vegetarian? 

Emmet: We drink only animals’ blood. 

Lavender: You sick filthy people. 

Jacob: I'm a werewolf. 

Lupin: How can you be so casual, doesn't transformation change you?

Jacob: Well no, I can transform anytime. 

Greyback: That's impossible, no full moon? 

Jacob: Umm, no... 

*transforms* 

Sirius: So, your name is Jacob Black, and you turn into a dog. Very original. 

Emmet: So you all are... 

Dumbledore: Wizards... 

Minerva: And witches! 

Aro: Oh! Have any extra powers? I can see people's thoughts. 

Edward: I can read people's minds. Well, except for Bella. 

Snape: You do not understand the fine distinctions. Only Muggles talk about mind-reading. The mind is not a book, to be opened at will and examined at leisure. Thoughts are not etched on the inside-

Harry, Sirius, Dumbledore: Snape, we know! 

Snape: Ob – viou - sly. 

Alice: Well, I can see the future. 

Sybil: Made any predictions?


Alice: It depends on people’s thoughts and decisions. 

Sybil: I'm afraid you do not possess the subtle art of seeing the future. 

Charlie: Well, I'm normal from these folks. 



Charlie W.: Do you work with dragons too? 

Charlie: Dragons?? They exist too?? *faints* 

Hagrid: Of course they do, along with Blast Ended Skrewts, and three headed dogs and Hippogriffs... 

Ron: Not to forget basilisks! 

Jasper: What's a basilisk? 

Voldemort: Oh, it’s just one of my pet snakes that can kill you by just looking at you. 

Carlisle: 

Esme: 

Edward: 

Renesme: 

Jacob: 

Rosalie: 

Emmet: 

Alice: 

Jasper: 

Harry: Oh no worries, I killed it when I was twelve!

Friday, 1 November 2013

You are "cool", we are cool...

“Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself.” 
- John Green

Once upon a time, if anybody mentioned the words "I" and "am" and "nerd" in the same sentence, in continuation,(probably with an "a" in there as well, because nerds generally have good grammar), people would have pointed their accusing fingers of ridicule. 
Am I right in saying that it is not the case anymore? Probably because our numbers have increased and we have used technology(that one of our kind probably invented)to connect with each other, rendering physical distances meaningless. So this post, I dedicate to my fellow nerds all around the world.

Like, see before there was only one kind of nerd-the freaky, ugly kid in the corner with a glazy look in his eyes who wrote down everything the teachers said, the kid whom no one would want to be caught dead talking to, the one that was only spoken to on the night before the finals. But now, we have all kinds of nerds. We have cocky nerds, who are extremely verbal about the lowering level of IQ in "cool" individuals and who, rightfully see themselves in a much better light.You should be thinking of a personality by the name of Sheldon Cooper.
We also have evil nerds who are planning to blow up the world with an invention of theirs(Warning : If that nerd who you're mean to always gives you a creepy smile, you probably want to check out his secret laboratory in his basement). Like I know this one nerd who decapitated a lizard for it had entered his "territory"(read "room") and was refusing to cough up the entrance fee. Come to think of it, he probably speaks Lizard as well. 
Next we have the I-don't-give-a-shit category of nerds. I know it may seem ironic, but this sub-division in our species exists. This one kid in my class solves Halliday and Irodov for fun(those are Physics books. Difficult Physics books. Very difficult Physics books)but did not study for his Physics paper because he didn't feel like. Seriously, this kid went to give his Math paper and halfway through he realised he didn't feel like giving the paper so he didn't attempt the rest of it. 
Then there are satirical nerds, who are really funny if you are smart enough to process what they're saying. To the rest majority of the world, that is just nerd banter. 
And lastly you have the wannabe nerds. I mean, they're technically not a member of our species, even though they try so hard. They're like the people who wear big, geeky glasses just because it seems like the next big thing and like to quote stuff out of books they don't get. They're tired of being "cool" and just want to be cool for once.(Message to the wannabe's here : Quit tryin'. It ain't your game)Its more than the glasses and the heavy dust covered books, because if nerds are anything, they're not pretentious. We were nerds before IT WAS COOL, and we shall continue to be after. 
Bill Gates famously said "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one." Just hope it isn't the one you were mean to. 
And we sign off with this : "All hail John Green, the face of the nerd-rights campaign"

Friday, 25 October 2013

Book Review : The Hunger Games




Title : The Hunger Games

Author : Suzanne Collins

Published : 2008

Publisher : Scholastic

My Rating : Damn Nice

Genre : Teen Fiction, Young Adult
From Goodreads: "Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival."                                      

 My Review: I read this book in one go, in four hours non-stop. I loved it, no matter what the others say. My friends forced me to read it, and I gotta admit; it was one of the few good things in life that they did. It is un-put-down-able. The story progresses really fast, and its very difficult to turn away once you've started. The protagonist Katniss, was awesome. Acts first, and thinks later. And with Collins description, it was almost as if the arena was before my eyes, with Cato and Clove and everyone else.  

My feelings about Peeta went on this roller coaster ride in the book. He made me gasp when he proclaimed his love for Katiniss, but I swear, I felt like murdering him when he allied with the Careers. Then when it was found out he did it only for Katniss, I didn't know whether I wanted to trust him completely.  
Gale hasn't been described very well in the book, but I wasn't clear of Katniss' feelings for either Peeta or Gale.
I fell totally and absolutely in love with Rue. She was just this tiny creature whom you instinctively wanted to protect from harm. I admit, when she died, I shed tears of actual misery.                                                               

My Recommendation: Read it. NOW. It'll be one of the things you regret in life if you don't. 

Oh, and Hunger Games trailer!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Divergent : Book Review



BRIEF DESCRIPTION
Title : Divergent
Author : Veronica Roth
Published : 28th February, 2012
Main Characters : Beatrice Prior, Tobias
My Rating :     Pretty Awesome
According to GoodReads : 
In sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior’s world, society is divided into five factions – Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent) – each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue, in the attempt to form a “perfect society.” At the age of sixteen, teens must choose the faction to which they will devote their lives.
On her Choosing Day, Beatrice renames herself Tris, rejects her family’s group, and chooses another faction. After surviving a brutal initiation, Tris finds romance with a super-hot boy, but also discovers unrest and growing conflict in their seemingly “perfect society.” To survive and save those they love, they must use their strengths to uncover the truths about their identities, their families, and the order of their society itself.

MY REVIEW
Wow! Oh my Gods, this was AWESOME! I completed this book under a day and I didn't poke my nose up. For real, I didn't even eat till until I put it down. This book was suggested to me by a lot of friends, and know I know why. I was probably one of the last people to ever read this book. For me, its totally impossible to live in a world, where we value only one virtue. I won' t last a day in such a world.
I adored Tris. She isn't exactly a Katniss, but she plays to her strengths pretty well, and I admired that about her. Roth has drawn the readers in, and its gripping until the very last page. Very much looking forward to Insurgent. If this was the first one, I wonder how the others turn out. 

Monday, 7 October 2013

Ode to Sundays!

Lets face it : Everyone loves Sundays, may it school-goers, adults or oldies. So here's my ode to the weekends : 


I wake up in the morning,
And rush out to play.
A voice in my head says,
"Thank God, its a Sunday!"

I look at a tree,
I observe an over-active bee.
For its on Sundays,
That I get to be free!

I play and I laugh,
Have fun, take a walk
For its on Sundays,
That I have so much to talk!

I come home dirty and wet,
I run straight to bed.
For its Monday tomorrow,
And I have school instead!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Project Unbreakable

"Two out of three women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Fifteen out of sixteen rapists will never see a day in jail. Every two minutes, a woman in the United States becomes a victim."

These are the shocking statistics that you'll come across if you ever happen to come across the video for 'Project Unbreakable', an amazing, amazing project that I recently came across on the Internet. It shows women holding up posters quoting the people who attacked them. This post is a shout out to all these lovely women and also to Grace Brown, who has founded this project and has been running it for the last two years.
This was just one of the most haunting things I've ever come across. Ever. And most of the women were quoting their fathers or brothers. It was sickening.
How? I mean, what? How? I cannot comprehend this. Are we even humane anymore?
Ladies, I respect your bravery and courage. You truly are unbreakable. I'm sorry, but I'm just lost for words right now.















Saturday, 28 September 2013

WAR SURVIVOR : Me!!

They're done with! They're over!! I am officially a war survivor!! Wohoooo!! *runs around flailing arms wildly in the air* *does a few cartwheels* I have been battered, bruised, and kicked about these past two weeks. Don't know what I'm ranting on about? One word : Exams.
Yeah, now you know my feels. But even though the going was rough, even though sometimes it felt as if I'd never see the light of day again(namely before my S.St paper), I persevered and climbed the mountain to glory(and a LOT of TV watching time). I gave it my all, I made sacrifices, sometimes I just wanted to give up(namely before my S.St paper), but I kept going. For I have fandoms to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. ( Yeah that's a Robert Frost referring there. And I know we don't 'keep' fandoms, but 'ship' didn't rhyme with 'sleep'. Apologies. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.)