Hindi Music and Meaningful Lyrics

I’d be lying out right if I said I’m a fan of Hindi music – I’m not. I haven’t been one for years; of course there was an inevitable time in my pre-teen years when I was a massive fan and by massive I mean, really, really super massive. I loved Hindi music and listened to Bollywood songs all day and made it a point to know the lyrics to every single song – all. the. time.

Now, as I grew up and people around me started to change (I went to a really fancy school), naturally my music choice changed. I’m not saying that I regret it, because I say this with complete humility – I LOVE my music choice. I love it. I love the bands I love, and I love the songs I love. I’m completely not ashamed with not knowing Hindi songs and actually knowing English songs more. Keeping that aside and looking at the industry as a whole, the quality of Hindi songs has quite fallen over the years and maybe its because of this opinion that I really shifted to English music. Hindi songs in the early 2000’s and during my parents time had a certain magic that songs right now do not. They had lyrics that made so much sense and lyrics that sounded beautiful, and on top of all of that, they had beautiful singers. If I had to do a survey, I’m sure at least 70% of the people of my age would feel the same and definitely agree that Hindi music a decade ago was MUCH better than Hindi music now.

Despite all this, once in a while, I stumble upon Hindi songs that I instantly take a liking to and then listen to them on repeat (especially in the gym). In recent times, I’ve also taken a liking to new remakes of old Hindi songs (good remakes, I promise) – So here’s a little Hindi music I’ve been listening to:

  1. Dil Diyan Gallan (Tiger Zinda Hai)
  2. Kya Hua Tera Wada (Pranav Chauhan – Unplugged cover)
  3. Jab Koi Baat (Atif Aslam, Shirley Setia and DJ Chetas)
  4. Tu Chahiye (Bajrangi Bhaijan)
  5. Lae Dooba (Aiyaari)
  6. Afreen (Coke Studio)

Books and more books?

I’m obsessed with books. Honestly, I feel obsessed is a very simple word, I think my obsession for books needs a word stronger than obsession. Because of this, every year whenever there’s a chance for anyone to gift me, I’m always hoping they gift me books. In fact, I make it a point to let everyone know that I really want, or even need, anything other than books. (It sucks when people don’t follow that)

I met my friend for lunch the other day and she gifted me four books for my birthday! The best part is people always ask me what books I want and I, shamelessly, send them a long list for them to choose from and so I’m always gifted the books I really want – (its a flawless technique, please try it)

I make my brother gift me books (mostly) on every gift-able occasion and I gift myself books of every gift-able occasion and thus currently my To be Read pile consists of 9 books (oops)

All in all, how unhealthy is this obsession? Or how healthy is it? I mean, I learn tons of things from various books, and I find a lot of wisdom between these pages and I’m never bored because I always have a book to read! So really, in the long run, isn’t it much better being obsessed with books than with cocaine?

On a more positive notes, here’s two of my favourite reads from this year!
1) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Mason
2) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (because why not?)

Hair cuts and hair stylists

Every single time I go visit my hair stylist, he tells me the exact same thing he tells me every other time – “You need a hair cut! Atleast a trim; just remove your split ends.”

To be quite honest, I’m always really confused when I get this advice – Does this man who’s spent his money learning to cut other people’s hair really care about my hair? Or is he just looking to make more money? Obviously, everyone wants their business to flourish but would you give me terrible advice and risk spoiling my only USP? What would you get out of it hair stylist? Though on the flip side, if you do give me terrible advice and my hair does get messed up, I will come back to you – so there’s your reason!

I’m still left wondering because every time you go to a hair stylist they invest so much of their time and expensive products into making your hair look beautiful and then ask you to get a hair cut? Do you really want me to get a hair cut because I’m incapable of taking care of my hair, or do you want money?

The last time I got a hair cut was back in September, and my hair hasn’t grown a lot over these months. Inspite of that I’m actually quite happy with how my hair looks currently; and still my genius hair stylist tells me: Its been quite a few months, you should cut it! Excuse you, let my hair grow atleast you crazy man!

At the end of the day, I’m still so confused – Do hair stylists really care about the well being or my hair, or the well being of their business?

21 things by 21

Two weeks ago, I turned 21 years old (should I yay, or nay?) – a lot of weird, and personal and challenging and emotional developments have occurred in my life through the past 4-5 years. Keeping in mind my new found wisdom gained from legal adulthood, here’s 21 things I learnt before I turned 21:

  1. Best friends are overrated: I’ve had a string of different best friends over the years before I realized how extremely stupid the concept was. The person you are closest to depends on where you are in life and changes as rapidly as your life changes.
  2. Not everyone will understand you: Everyone isn’t equipped to understand your problems no matter how much you want them to. So find someone who is.
  3. Long distance is really long distance: You won’t even realize how fast some people grow out of you once they go to another country.
  4. Not everyone will feel what you feel: You might hate someone deeply and that person might not even give you a glance (which actually will just make you hate them more), but more importantly you might walk a paragraph for someone and they’ll keep you for a sentence in their heart.
  5. Music is the best therapy: Nothing will ever suit any situation in life as much as the right music will.
  6. Your person will come: In a generation where everyone is always in a relationship, or has found that person to post cheesy captions for, life will give you your person when you’re actually ready for them.
  7. Never give up on TV shows: There is a plethora of television series’ on every kind of platform everywhere. Find something for yourself, because when college, work and people get too much, you really need those. (I recently watched Mindhunter (Netflix) and Breathe (Amazon Prime) – go try them!)
  8. Try something new: Everything around us is constantly evolving and trying anything new once in a while really helps.
  9. Making new friends isn’t terrible: There are times when people will give you a lot of grief about some new people you start talking to. Forget them. Spend time with people who are good for your mental health.
  10. Pizza will never disappoint you: This is true 10000000%. People will disappoint you, and movie adaptations of books will disappoint you, but pizza will never ever ever disappoint you.
  11. Read one quote per day: This is actually really therapeutic and very easy to do. Quotes are literally everywhere. I get my daily dose from instagram and we heart it.
  12. Change is the only constant: Every change doesn’t necessarily have to be bad. If something is changing, its 99% for the best.
  13. Move On: Move on from boring books and overrated shows, but most importantly move on from heartbreak.
  14. Forgive, not easily, but forgive: Forgiving people who’ve really done you wrong comes very hard. Its really easy to just say you hate someone and not make any effort. So try forgiving. Forgive people because you deserve to give that peace to yourself.
  15. Make time: Life is all about priorities and if someone’s company, and someone’s presence really means a lot, then please prioritize them. Life is run out of you before you can make the most of these people.
  16. Work your ass off: I mean, really, work so hard that you never look back thinking you could’ve worked harder. Work hard at work and work hard at college and you’ll easily master adulthood.
  17. You can’t change people: Some people come into your life filling it with so much happiness and hope that the minute something goes wrong in their life, you want to fix it. But you really can’t. Whatever is happening in someone else’s life is happening because of how they are as a person, and that – you can’t change that, no matter how much you try and how much you want to.
  18. Put your health first: This is so important and most people don’t realize it till they’ve already lost all control over it. Nothing in life will matter as much as your physical and mental health will (except maybe One Direction coming back together), so work on your health everyday!
  19. Binge watch Harry Potter: You shouldn’t even need a reason for this. Binge watching Harry Potter movies is the best thing and you never need a specific time or reason or anything at all for the same.
  20. Never forget what you love: Really, it could be singing or dancing or looking up crazy recipes all day (personally, I love reading). Always, and I mean always, find time for what you really love.
  21. You’re not too old: You really aren’t. Stop cribbing and thinking that you’ve wasted life. You’ve barely started life.

Now you know how much I like Harry Potter!

Last year, I went off to this tattoo parlour here in Mumbai and got myself inked, again!

Now, my first tattoo was a tribute to my family and so obviously, my second tattoo is a tribute to my best childhood memory and my favourite book series of all time.

Lo, and behold!
Photo on 12-3-17 at 8.49 PM

Yes, yes, yes! THAT’S MY NEW DEATHLY HALLOWS TATTOO (scream on cue)
I’m so excited and so happy I don’t even have words – my tattoo is beautiful and amazingly pretty looking :”)