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Over the years, I’ve realized that I LOVE Terribly Tiny Tales content. Their micro fiction and their long dedicated stories are amazing. Everyday their writing surprises me. When I was clearing my laptop of junk, I found this one where I had saved it and kept it because it spoke volumes to me.

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Sometimes I can’t help but relate to thoughts like this one on an institutional level.

Other days I’m obsessed with Gone, Gone, Gone by Philips Philips.

 

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The Blogger Recognition Award.

Its been years since I’ve been nominated for an award and to be completely honest, I got SO excited when I got the notification. Scribbles nominated me for this and I say this from personal experience – she’s an awesome person and I strongly believe that everyone should get to know her and PLEASE GO CHECK OUT HER BLOG BECAUSE SHE’S WRITES AMAZINGLY WELL AND IS GOING PLACES FOR SURE

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THE RULES:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Select 8 other bloggers for this award.
6. Comment on each blog to let them know you’ve nominated them and a link to the post you created.
So here’s my story  – If anyone has ever paid attention to my blog’s URL, you would notice that it has the number 13 in it. And that is my story. I started this blog when I was a baby only because my best friend had one and she’s a brilliant writer and I was really excited about the idea. I remember it was back in the 9th grade and the only people who ever gave it the time of day were my parents, my best friend and my brother.
I’m proud to say that I’ve come a long way and met amazing people along the way and I’m hopeful this continues for a while!
My advice to new comers is super simple:
  1. Never forget that you’re doing this for yourself, and no one else.
  2. Dont worry too much about your content – when you’re in it, everything will work out fine.
Here’s my nominations!
  1. Thoughtless Musings
  2. Priya
  3. Silly Free Spirit
  4. Girl on the go
  5. Mrinalini
  6. Bhavyaa
  7. Shruti
  8. Sweta

An Open Letter –

An Open Letter to the Boy whose friendship I left behind,

I’ve read that if you’ve known someone for longer than seven years, that friendship lasts for a lifetime. Funny how that never seemed to work for us. Its stupid logic and I would love to blame it for everything we lost, but you and I both know that the only reason we lost anything was because of each other.

I’m not lying when I say this – for about 6 months of my life, you were my best friend. My favourite person. My numero uno. I told you everything, I took advice about everything from you and I spent every day looking forward to spending time with you. Sometimes, I like to sit back and blame you for everything. For not texting back, for not giving me the time of the day, for not remembering my birthday. Other days I prefer blaming the circumstances, the environment, the people we were surrounded by. I like to think that I did everything in my power to salvage our friendship, and that you, you did nothing. 

The other day I saw you and we smiled at each other. A few minutes later I saw you talking to another girl. My best friend asked me if it bothered me. I said no. But to be honest, it bothered me. It bothered me to think that if everything that happened hadn’t happened, you and I would be talking like this. You and I, we’re okay right now. But if everything that happened hadn’t happened, you and I, we would have been the same. 

You once told me that in a run of around 10 years, we’ve had 1 bad year and we’re the better for it. I wish I could agree. I think, one bad year completely destroyed us, and I think we tried to come back, but we really couldn’t. If there is a half year resolution, mine would be that you get the best of everything in life because you deserve nothing less. 

Sometimes I can’t help but miss you desperately. Sometimes I can’t believe how powerful one year can be. Most days, I still blame you for giving up on what could have been a lifelong friendship. But after a year of fighting and reflections, I know it wasn’t your fault. Not really. I once read, “People don’t grow apart, they allow themselves to grow apart.” 

90% of the time, I want go back in time and erase every fight and every mistake. The other 10% of the time I want to move on, and I want you to move on but never forget that no matter where life takes us, I’ll always be there when you really need me. I’m rooting for my 10%.

Love,
The Girl who’s learning to Move On

I got Leh’d!

Summer vacation is by far the happiest part of college life. You actually get a full month long break from hectic college life and seeing how this is the last time in my life that I’m actually going to get a proper summer vacation, my really adorable parents decided to take us out on a family vacation!

India, if you really go properly exploring, is a beautiful place with a ton of great places to visit – and so you can never really get tired of vacationing in India. This time, we vacationed to Jammu and Kashmir. Fun fact about the northernmost state of our country: 95% of Indian laws do NOT apply to J&K; in fact, the state has its own penal code as well!

Jammu and Kashmir is a fascinating state and is divided into three major regions. The one we visited is called the Ladakh region and its biggest city is Leh. We spent eight days in total on vacation (and most of it without internet because J&K is quite sensitive about you using your phone when you’re on vacation!), and believe me when I say, I did not want to come back. I fell in love with the place, the people, the weather, the religion and I couldn’t imagine coming back to routine and seeing the same people every single day.

Instead of getting into the full itinerary of my much need vacation, here’s a picture that cannot capture the complete beauty of this magical place!

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My Monsoon Playlist.

Its July, 2018.

More importantly, its July in Mumbai. News flash for people who’ve never stepped foot in Mumbai in July: Its pouring here. All day, every minute and every second. Don’t get me wrong, I love it. I love the rains. I live for the rains and cancelled college classes. The rains are actually a weird route to self-discovery. They make you read more. They make you binge watch netflix more. And they make you discover tons of great music.

This is my Monsoon Playlist for July rains:
Girls Like You – Maroon 5
Is this Love? – James Arthur 
Budapest – George Ezra
Lie to Me – 5sos
Start Again – OneRepublic
Call me Sir – The Train

And here’s my new favourite Hindi songs!
Dilbaro – Raazi
Rangdaari – Lucknow Central
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Love, Simon (2018)

To say that I was excited to watch this movie is an understatement.

Love, Simon is based on a book called Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – I read this book back in 2016 and I clearly remember it being my 2nd favourite book of the year. Becky Albertalli’s writing is addictive and easy and fun to read. Now, since I had already read the book (and LOVED it), I was extremely, totally excited when I saw the first trailer for the movie.

The movie is directed by Greg Berlanti (the creator of The Flash, Riverdale, etc.) and stars Nick Robinson (who’s had tons of movies this year and is so cute and adorable and tall), Katherine Langford (Go Hannah!), Jennifer Garner, Josh Dunhamel (MAN CANDY), Keiynan Lonsdale, amongst others. Despite being a relatively new cast, the acting in the movie is superb.

The basic plot of the movie revolves around Simon, a 17 year old closeted boy who finds the confession of another closeted boy at their high school on their confession page of the school (thats what I think it is!) – Simon emails this boy and they start talking and soon fall in love.

The best part about the book is that there are various chapters about these emails and was they write and talk about and so you can actually feel them and see them falling in love through the pages of the book and its amazingly beautiful.

Now, if you’ve read the book (just like me!) – then you already know who this mysterious closeted guy is and that makes watching the movie even more fun along with people who are clueless!

The movie is simple and cute and beautiful and a true win for the LGBT community and quite literally, a must watch (EVEN MY MOTHER APPROVED OF IT).

On top of everything, the movie has a GREAT playlist. I’ve found some of my new favourite songs and let me just bless your life with these:
Strawberries and Cigarettes – Troye Sivan
Wild Heart – The Bleachers
Love Lies – Khalid

The movie has the cutest ending scene and a happy ending which is so very rare in gay movies (I mean, Brokeback Mountain, Call me By Your Name, etc, etc, etc)

GO WATCH THIS MASTERPIECE OF A MOVIE IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY BECAUSE I’VE REWATCHED THE SCENES A MILLION, TRILLION TIMES.

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500 Followers!

SO, the first notification that loaded on my phone once I was back home and connected to my faithful wifi was this –  that I’d crossed 500 followers and my tally now sits at 501!

WHAT?

Lets take a moment to take this whole thing in: There are currently 500 different, real, actual people sitting and sometimes reading all this random shit that I write and come up with.

FIVE HUNDRED
FIVE FUCKING HUNDRED

I’M SO EXCITED AND HAPPY AND JUST GLEEFUL BECAUSE I HAVE TONS OF NEW CONTENT FOR ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE GIVING EVEN 3 SECONDS FOR ME.

I’m in love with you guys.

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