When to be Cheap About Books

Say there’s a book you want to read. Due to the magnificent benevolence of the internet age the book is also available online as an ebook. And you have discovered highlights, bookmarks and notes for anything that you want to add. Are you happy? Not quite. You see. I need to smell my books, to…

Lying Through Your Teeth

You know when your teacher asked you whether you’d done your homework and you told her an elf magically hid it under an invisibility cloak? Yes, my lovelies, that is lying. Although us writers prefer to call it experimentation. You lie through your teeth and watch the reaction. In this case, for example, the teacher…

Playing Your Guitar After Years

I started learning to play the guitar when I was in the sixth grade. Guitar lessons then became an hour of amusement once a week when we harassed our poor teacher. The artist in us hadn’t awoken yet. Needless to say we quit. Our teacher ran off to New Zealand and our mother realised that she…

Being Introduced to John Green Videos

YouTube was invented in 2005, when my batch was giving their first real exam in India. Also, the exam in which we got the highest marks in our lifetime. And in 2007, nearly everyone in the same batch contemplated either suicide or murder as they sat for a million, to say the least, competitive exams,…

Waiting

Personally, I’m not the waiting kindof a girl, and my firm policy is pick up one of the other million things that I have been complaining I don’t have time to do and do them. but in some cases I make an exception. No. Not when they say, “they were stuck in traffic” because if…

Board Games

Being INSANELY good at it helps, for example, say, if you are good enough to dethrone the Monopoly King at first go. It is a game and good to remember that winning and losing isn’t really important, what important is that you fight like you’re fighting for the last piece of candy after halloween and…

Having the Coolest Best Friend EVER

I basically get down on my knees every morning and thank God that I was lucky enough to snag The coolest person in world, when I was, I dunno, how old are you when you are in the seventh grade? And when your Best Friend is in Antarctica! To understand sustainability, basically help save the…

True Love

In the very popular Archie comics Jughead says, “Love for an inanimate object!! Aaaahhh!! That I understand.” and talks about the perfect burger, which goes to show Jughead is the smartest of the gang. But over the years, I have learnt that you can lose inanimate objects just as easily as you lose people. That…

Making a List Of The Places You’ve Been

When you go on a holiday, you know you don’t intend to stay there forever. It almost breaks my heart every time to leave a place that pulls you into another world, but I recently realised that there is a reason we can’t stay in the same place forever. If we stayed in only one…

Old Videos

Remember the old videos stacked at the deep end of your closet gathering dust? Take them out. Play past the parts of you being bullied by those oh-so-annoying older children in the video who you don’t even remember, fast forward to the parts where your relatives are dancing! Enjoy! In a recent progressive attempt, my…

Get Your Colouring Book Out

Chances of us turning into kids again are as slim as the chances of George R. R. Martin finishing The Game of Thrones series this year. But we can always hope. You will never get that ten kilogram body back but I find that if you decide not to grow up you can be a…

Belladonna

Anyone who had watched a fair amount of movies must have heard of the deadly hallucinogen Belladonna. The ancient Romans used it as poison. The wife of Augustus and the wife of Claudius both are rumoured to have used it for wait-for-it Murder! After all, eating two to five berries of the plant are lethal…