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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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”