Year gone by – 2017

Yo guys! Wassup?

I have used the word “guy” for years without thinking about its origin. This year I found out how the word “guy” originated. It’s an eponym. According to google: “A person after whom a discovery, invention, place, etc., is named or thought to be named”. The person after whom the word guy was coined was Guy Fawkes. Colloquially known by the mask worn by V in V for Vendetta. If you are interested in exactly how the eponym originated, check the link at the end of the post.

Okay, back to the post.

This year, I published lesser posts, again. There are about nineteen drafts for the post, not one publish ready. I am frequently enquired about how my blog is going. My usual response is, “It’s okay”. Some friends having subscribed to my blog, ask me why I haven’t posted anything in so long and enquire if I have blocked them from receiving notifications. Subscribers, please note, I haven’t blocked anyone from accessing this site. It is just me who isn’t publishing posts. A few weeks ago, I narrated a clumsy event from my clumsy life to a friend, and was suggested to write a post and publish it on the blog. After a while, I hinted a possibility of turning this blog into a yearly post. Disappointment in me was evident in their face. I didn’t understand the disappointment, I am not even that good a writer. I have my reasons for not posting on the blog. There I go again, one of my friend constantly nags me when I say I have reasons, saying, “Excuses. Excuses. You always have excuses”. I must not be giving excuses, but I take this opportunity to put it out there, that I will not be posting regularly.

This year was a tad bit better than last year, inspite lesser posts.

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That said and done. Let’s see how this year went for me.

YEAR GONE BY – 2017

I sported my shortest hairstyle this year. Some of my friends called me Indira Gandhi and a little kid. Despite what everyone said, I loved my hairstyle.

The BBMP – municipal authorities in my city – decided to chop down most of the trees in my locality to provide an uninterrupted stretch of land for construction of metro. BBMP is still chopping down trees for different stages of metro construction and I hate it. They destroyed one of my favourite bus stands in the city. Metro makes travelling convenient, yet the process leading up to the metro construction is pathetic and inconvenient. Due to the construction, my travelling time has increased from from anywhere between two-and-a-half hours to three. To reduce my travelling time, I occasionally walk for around two kilometres. That’s right, the time taken to travel two kilometres reduces from one hour to fifteen-twenty minutes.

I painted my white Bluetooth headphones. Not the best decision I took this year. Yet, loved how they turn out.

My friends at office, occasionally brought packed breakfast for me. Some they cooked, some were parcelled from restaurants. This is how I discovered my favourite dish in the whole wide world, Indori poha.

Bought a guitar, played it for a month or two, never tuned it again.

This October I tried an art challenge called inktober. In essence, over a period of thirty one days, one is supposed to draw/sketch/paint with only ink as the medium. Prompts are laid out for each day. This aims to improve ones’s drawing skills. Out of the thirty one days, I drew only for fifteen. Needless to say, I failed at it. Here are the sketches I made.

The books I read this year, ranged from intense drama/plot twists to funny and interesting anecdotes. My picks for best books I read this year are, The fountainhead by Ayn Rand and Black water lilies by Michel Bussi.

TV shows I watched in increasing order of recommendation: The OA, 2 broke girls, Pushpavalli, Stranger things, The Hugh Hefner story, South Park and The Last Week Show tonight. The most awaited Season 4 of Black Mirror is out, haven’t seen it yet. Guess I’ll watch it next year!

This year I discovered Podcasts. My favourites were in decreasing order of recommendation: Criminal Show, 99% invisible, The allusionist, ear hustle and what Trump can teach us about con law. Please mention podcasts you might think I like, in the comments section. I can’t get enough of them. As one of my friend says, “You know what they say, Listening is the new reading”.

Despite the ups and downs, this year was one of the best years I’ve had. I certainly enjoyed creating memories this year! Hope you did too!

Wishing you all a Happy New year! Have a splendid year creating memories! 🙂

Stay happy, stay safe, stay confused and peace!

Click here to know more about the eponym I mentioned before.

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Year gone by 2016

Yo guys! Wassup?

This year has finally come to an end. Time for the year end post.

If you regularly follow my blog then you must have been disappointed (or happy) to note that there were far fewer posts this year than compared to last year or the year before that. If you didn’t notice don’t worry cause even I was blissfully unaware of this myself. I had a vague idea that the number of posts i wrote had declined. I didn’t bother myself with the details. Until, I read someone else’s year end blog. WordPress generates these awesome fireworks animated reports, which shows different stats of the blog for that year. This year however they haven’t generated any report *atleast not yet*. Initially I thought they did and I didn’t receive a notification about it, cause my blog had a bad year. After a google search I realised that they really haven’t released these reports yet. So wordpress bloggers had to fallback on the default simple stat page of the blog. This someone else’s blog that I saw had a positive correlation between years, number of visitors and views. At this moment, abandoning all reason and logic, I had a sudden desire to go to the stats page of my blog and see a positively correlated graph. All that greeted me was this:

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I literary LOLed watching this. What was I even expecting?!

If you notice this years graph has had almost a threefold decrease. So what was I upto? Thats what this post is gonna be about.

YEAR GONE BY -2016

First and foremost I entered 2016 while i was in the final semester of my engineering degree. This implied I had a series of deadlines to abide by, exams to attend, work on my final year project while trying to enjoy and collect as many memories as I possibly could from the final four or five months I had left to spend with my friends and classmates at university. We didnt have many subjects in the last semester but I thoroughly enjoyed the elective lectures sitting in the last bench of the class with my friends. *To all the last benchers of economics class* 😉 😉 . All in all engineering came to an end and the mission I set out for, four years ago was finally completed.

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So what comes after a bachelor’s degree? Most of my friends went on to pursue a master’s degree, while I chose to work. Frankly speaking, I do miss the student life. But work life ain’t bad. The only thing that irks me – sometimes – is the travelling. If you wanna hear more of my rant on travelling to work please click here.

By the time I came back home I used to be tired. The only thing I could do was watch videos (youtube, re-watch seriers, netflix and chill). Some new good shows I watched this year were House of cards, Mr.Robot and the crown. I watched a few episodes of an old Hindi TV series called “fauji” -which translates to soldier in English. This is proclaimed to be one of Shah Rukh Khan’s best performances. It was a good show. Don’t quite remember why I stopped watching it.

All throughout the year I didn’t read much. Maybe three-four books. To while away time on my way to work, I went book shopping last month (like I didn’t already have a huge TBR list). Started reading one book and from nowhere I am now simultaneously reading four books. And my friend sends me this (almost accurate):15590299_10154198353343379_4143644123021386392_n

I wasn’t being creative on the literary end, so I thought I might as well do some art to keep the creativity alive.  These are some of my masterpieces this year 😛

Said tata-goodbye to social media for quite some months. Felt good. Thought I am gonna come out of this internet “social” media crap, sober. Who am I kidding? We are all addicted to it.

A lot of people have told me that my laughing-style is weird and that i can’t control my laugh. This has landed me in sticky situations too.  Nonetheless, I love laughing. To everyone who made me laugh/smile this year. Thank you.

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Hope you all enjoy creating happy memories in 2017! 🙂

Oh and yea.. Don’t abandon reason and logic, be confused, most important of all – keep smiling, stay happy, stay safe and peace! 🙂 🙂

Trailers for book releases?

Recently there is a new fad in literary town. Authors are making trailers for their books. As a marketing strategy ofcourse. But why?

Video trailers for books are not new, but now its spreading like wild fire.

Books and trailers/movies are two different mediums of storytelling. One takes advantage of your imagination while the other builds an impression through sound scores and visual treats. Clearly both have different requirements/skill sets and a different audience. Then why merge both? If the books were to be made into a movie i understand. Authors want the story to reach a larger audience by shortening the time span of conveying the story. even though some compromises are made in terms of plots, they do happen to reach a larger audience.

  

But a trailer for a book? I cant get my head around this.

Thecreativepenn states that

Video can directly impact your marketing efforts because it is a “shareable” medium that can create immediate buzz about your book

When an author describes “She wore a bright red dress”, you have the liberty to imagine a bright red dress.. its up to your mind to set the color (just like the brightness setting on your phone). You can imagine it to be clingy or comfortable or backless.. a low cut, a knee length, a boot cut or whatever the hell you think will suit the character. But when it comes to a movie its a knee-length, first shade of bright red dress. Done. And you are left screaming in your head “BOOT LENGTH DRESS SUITS HER YOU YOU YOU.. MOVIE MAKERS”. You might not believe this but it messes up my brain.

If anyone is interested in reading a book then they will go through the plot summary. With all the book trailers i have seen the written plot summary and the trailer are remarkably the same. They have to be.. they tell the same story.

Never judge a book by its movie.

When we have an believe n quotes like these. What would make us change our perception? I am not even talking about the movie here.. its a trailer. How can publishers possibly imagine that we would jump right in for the book just by seeing the trailer. Maybe for an upcoming movie a short trailer might work, but a book? nah.

If you pick up a book just by seeing the trailer you are going to be disappointed either way. The book may not be as good as the trailer or the trailer may not be as good as the book. In most cases people tend to end up having the latter opinion.

According to thecreativepenn one of the reasons a trailer is made is to gain the attention of potential new fans. If the reason is potential new fans then yes, but isn’t there a possibility that if a person doesn’t have the time to read a summary then boy, how are they going to read the book?

Are publishers mixing up their target audience?

Any authors/publishers/booklovers out there.. please feel free to express your opinion on this below in the comments section.

UNOFFICIAL REASON

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Final Trio.”


This is my first attempt at a trio through the daily post. And i know i am a bit late on it.

Todays prompt: For our final trio prompt of the year, write about any topic you wish, but make sure your post features a bookcase, something cracked, and a song you love.

The lines that ran down the shelves on the fourth alley on the right of the library always intrigued me. Its antique presence seemed out of place in the otherwise flawless modern library. As i stood there looking for a decent book to spend my time with on a lonely saturday night, the librarian walked past me with a trolly full of books. Her mysterious mannerisms always amused me. I wanted to grab a book and run away. I heard a group of students chattering along the far corner. One of their phone buzzed out loud with the game of throne theme song. The librarian seemed annoyed. The student hurriedly rejected it and fumbled with the phone to active the silent mode.The librarian tried hard to mask the daunted look on her pale face. Just then the phone rang again. The librarian dashed towards the group. I turned around to watch the drama unfold.

She returned to stack the books back on the shelf. Oblivious to the fact that i now knew her secret. Cause as she darted to the owner of the phone i heard a distinct crack behind me. I turned around to only be dazed by the stream of red light that flooded out of the narrow cracks in the shelves. The shelfed door went ajar. But before i made a move it closed with the same sound with which it opened.

I walked out. I knew i would no longer spend my saturday night alone reading a book in my room. I now know the unofficial reason behind the silence that a library holds.

Goal is a dream with a deadline

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In Due Time.”


Today’s Prompt : “What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?”

My nearest deadline is completing the Goodreads 2014 reading challenge. I am almost done with it just one more book to go. I started out a bit late on this maybe June – July. I challenged myself to read 15 books in the time left. I was excited about it as i joined Goodreads just this year and had never heard about this challenge. Frankly speaking I though 15 books is way too much to complete given 6 months(With my 3rd year in Engineering) i tried to tweak the system by bringing the number down to 10. I don’t know how many of you tried this. If you haven’t tried then i will tell you what happens.. YOU CAN’T CHANGE IT! (Talk about setting your goals and being commited to it). My first thoughts were.. what have i put myself up with. I caught up with it later. And now I am happy that I am almost through it.

However the book I happen to read now was gifted to me by one of my professor. He introduced the author as one of his favourites. Keeping in mind his judgement about the author I pushed this book to the end of my list for the challenge. I hoped to complete the challenge on good note with a “good” book. I started reading this book two weeks – Oh sorry i didn’t mention the name, its “Half a life” by V.S.Naipual- and i am unable to complete it.

I am not particularly pleased with writing, i am not even halfway through it. I find the story a bit on lines with The cather in the rye. Maybe the teenage lost in this world background is the similarity that i find between the two. I would usually complete a book before theres a gap of fifteen days, but i just can’t bring myself to do it. One of the reasons is that i am waiting for the stress to force me to complete it and the other being my ongoing exams.

Uh shouldn’t exams be the deadline. Me: No, I don’t consider exams a deadline. To me deadlines are more like setting goals and achieving them than just sitting in an exam hall waiting for a predefined set of questions to be placed before me ..scribbling furiously on papers for a limited period of time.

“A goal is a dream with a deadline”