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DARK is Beautiful

Kudos to Nandita Das for doing this in the time of Yami Gautam, Arjun Rampal, John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and SRK spreading the message among the youth that you would only accomplish everything in life if you were fair. We all know that our Indian celebrities have got no morale, except a few people like Sachin Tendulkar or Kangana Ranawat. One of our 'favourite' stars once said that he could dance at anybody's wedding if he got paid for it. Not to mention our 'Dream Girl' who just a few days ago deliberately pushed a little girl to death and then blamed it on the father. Another was supporting a convicted terrorist the other day.
We got our independence in 1947, but the colonial hangover is yet to leave us and we still desperately try to look like our 'masters'. India is probably the only country where Racism is not a punishable offense. It is rather a socially accepted norm. Matrimonial columns are the biggest and most blatant proof of that, where every gu…

Quote of The Week

People will kill you over time, and how they'll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases, like "Be realistic."

- Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran is an Irish comedian, actor, filmmaker and writer. His most notable movies are Shaun of the Dead, Run Fatboy Run. He also co-wrote and starred in the British sitcom Black Books. He is famous for his observational comedy and he is a regular performer at eminent international comedy festivals.

'Stupid' people like me get killed every day by such little phrases. They literally feel like knives smoothly cutting through the heart, opening the diaphragm, moving through the belly, making sure not a single butterfly escapes with its life. My personal 'favourites' apart from the one mentioned above are, 'One should never lose their mind no matter what.' and 'It's complicated.'

God bless the 'realistic' people. Being a heartless asshole is a blessing at times.

Half Century

Almost one and half a year ago, one fine (?) morning I realised that I was a broken woman. I was distraught and utterly depressed. Not the fancy ‘depression’ that we more than often suffer from these days. It was not the kind of depression one feels when one realises one got fat, or when one didn’t have sex in last two months. It was rather the morbid kind of depression that paralyses one’s mind; when one looks ahead but cannot see a future. We, living creatures, are the most fragile things in the universe. Our lives are so uncertain that it can stop at any moment. But we humans, we like to live in denial. We live for the future that may not happen at all. We study hard for the job that will make us rich. We fall in love and dream of happily ever afters. We save for the house that we have plans to buy 5 years later. Everything we do or plan is for some goddamn future point of time that we may not be destined to arrive at. Depression, true clinical depression happens when we lose the …

Life and Eyeliner


Quote of The Week

To the man I love, to my future. The first time I felt your presence, I began joining the dots in the sky, wondering when our stars would align. I often think of where you are and if you're happy. Are you in love? I hope she is gentle. I know you and I are the same in that way - we bruise a little more easily than most. You see, our souls were made in the same breath. I know I'm running late - I'm sorry. Things haven't worked out the way I planned. But believe me when I tell you I am on my way. Until then, think of me, dream of me and I will do the same. One day I will learn your name, and I will write it somewhere on this page. And we will realise that we have known each other all along.
- Lang Leav, A Postcard

Lang Leav is a contemporary author and poet. Her eminent works include Lullabies, Love & Misadventures, Memories. Her poems are basically food for hopeless romantics and broken hearted souls from all across the globe. No wonder she is my favourite.

The Tale of Neela Madhava

Once upon a time there was a king named Indradumnya. One day he came to know that Lord Vishnu himself was residing in a tribal forest of Odra (Odisha) and he was being worshipped there in the form of Neela Madhava. Indradumnya was too eager to have adarshanof Neela Madhava and he sent his court Brahmin Vidyapati to the tribal village to investigate the matter. The tribal king’s name was Viswavasu and he was the one who worshipped the deity. But after repeated inquiry he did not divulge Vidyapati the whereabouts of Neela Madhava. But Vidyapati was not ready to give up his mission yet. Instead, he married Viswavasu’s daughter Lalita and settled among the tribe. After some time, Lalita convinced her father to take Vidyapati to the cave where Neela Madhava was residing. Viswavasu blindfolded his son-in-law and took him to his place of worship. Vidyapati played a trick. He took with himself some mustard seeds and dropped them on the way. The seeds sprouted after a few days and it was easy …

Seven Years in Tibet

How many of us leave home and embark upon a life altering journey only to find home again at the end of it? How many of us find spiritual salvation on the way of escaping from an internment camp? Moreover, how many of us end up being a part of history in the process?
 Only one in a million perhaps.

Heinrich Harrer was one of those lucky few people. As a young mountaineer, he caught an incurable malady that overwhelmed millions and millions of mountaineers, adventurers, travelers for centuries. A burning desire to explore the Himalayas and decipher its countless mysteries. Once you fall in love with the Himalayas, there is no way to escape. For the rest of your life the unrequited love will keep growing inside you and it will rouse an unquenchable yearning of going back to the lap of the Himalayas over and over again. The danger and the mystical beauty of the Himalayas have attracted adventurers from all over the globe like moth to a flame and they happily sacrificed all comfort and saf…

Quote of The Week

There are certain people that come into your life, and leave a mark. I'm talking about the ones who, for whatever reason, are as much a part of you as your own soul. Their place in your heart is tender, a bruise of longing, a pulse of unfinished business. Just hearing their names pushes and pulls at you in a hundred ways, and when you try to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless. If you had a lifetime to talk, there would still be things left unsaid.

- Sara Zarr, Sweethearts

Sara Zarr is an American writer. Her most notable works include Story of a Girl, Sweethearts, Once Was Lost, How to Save a Life.

Book Review - Cyclops

This is my first ever book review so I am in quandary as where and how I should begin.  I read many books, but most of the time I am too lazy to sit and jot down a review. I love books, but I am definitely not a bookworm. I am choosy and particular about what I read. And most inevitably and unequivocally I avoid drama or sad or really serious type novels (or what we sometimes call the classics). Come on, there is enough distress and negativity in our (read ‘my’) lives already, no need to waste 5 hours of our precious time after a 500 page book that talks about death, heartbreak, boring politics, casual sex or infidelity.
I love to read thrillers and adventure stories. To me, they are the big secret closet that opens up to the magical land of Narnia. They are a respite from my otherwise sad and lonely mundane life. They are the delightful little boxes of thrill and adventures that I so desperately long for, but I will probably never experience in real life. And yes, they are better than…

Quote of The Week

'The Edge... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.'
- Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson was a famous American journalist and author. He was the first journalist who introduced Gonzo journalism, a style where a report is written using first person narrative by the reporter himself. Among his many books, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary were made into motion pictures both starring Johnny Depp. In fact Johnny Depp was one of HST's dearest pals. His entire life and work were highly interesting and they would draw public attention quite frequently. He was also known to be an alcoholic and illegal drug abuser. He committed suicide at the age of 67. His ashes were shot out of a canon in the air as per his last wish.
This quote is from his another book named Hell's Angels, A Strange and Terrible Saga of The Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs.

Lotus Bakery

This is a long due post, has only been delayed owing to some stupid distraction during past few months. This is actually a part of my West Sikkim travelogue. But I reckoned this place deserved to be mentioned in a separate post. I mentioned in my travelogue how my most venerable colleague had helped me to plan the entire West Sikkim trip. He was the one who had told me about this bakery as well. He is one of the very few people that I cherish to be there in my life. It is aptly said that nothing is sexier than a real, intellectually motivating conversation between two like-minded people.
One day when we were discussing about the Pelling itinerary, my D Dada suddenly mentioned, ‘Years ago, when we visited Pelling, we discovered a small bakery there, in the middle of the road. I don’t remember its name, but it was somewhere on the way to Pemayangtse monastery from Pelling.’ He also told me that it was situated amidst the most picturesque backdrop; a solitary bakery by the side of the r…

Jurassic World

1.The plot Billionaire guy builds a park for dinosaurs. Scientists create intelligent dinosaur. The experiment backfires. Mayhem. Hero comes along with his abs and biceps. More mayhem to make the hero look cooler. Some apparently less famous actors face with violent deaths. Hero saves the heroine. Hero (in this case other dinosaurs) kills the root of all trouble. Then they live happily ever after until the next trouble (?) pops up again. Now add some badass VFX stuff and voila! You got yourself a blockbuster. If you take away all the prehistoric elements from the plot, and pour in some truly cool, freaky guys with unusual power, you will be looking at a very recently released Marvel movie. #justsaying
2.Bryce Dallas Howard’s heels While watching Howard running about in the jungle in those towering pointy heels, I only wanted to ask the Director, ‘Pardon my impertinence sir, but did you ever try to run around with a pair of stilettos on?’ I could not even make it to the bus stop in time in…