Saying Goodbye to Michael Scott.

 

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Back when I was interning in September of last year, almost ever single one of my co-interns was behind my life to get me to start watching The Office. I guess I wanted to – my brother had recently finished all of nine seasons, but it didn’t really feel like my cup of tea.

Then around October, my brother and I were having dinner and we couldn’t decide what to watch online. He suggested The Office. I agreed. And that is how we started watching three episodes every night along with dinner.

Three days ago, we finished season seven. Season seven is also the last season with Steve Carell playing his iconic character – Michael Scott, the branch manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, a paper company where he worked for over nineteen years.

The last episode that Steve Carell plays his character in is the 22nd episode of the seventh season named ‘Goodbye Michael’. It’s a normal day in the office and Michael tells all his staff that it is his second last day at work. The truth is that it is Michael’s last day but it does not want any drama and he clearly is not a fan of goodbyes and thus he decides to not let anyone know. He goes around in the episode saying goodbye to every single employee individually and I bet you, you will cry when he says goodbye to Jim and Dwight.

The episode is known as one of the best and the most emotional Office episodes – and it lives up to all of its hype. Michael ends his role with a very well placed “Thats what she said” (almost like he has done always) and the episode is suddenly over so quickly that you can’t believe that you won’t hear any more degrading Michael Scott jokes again.

For anyone who hasn’t ever watched The Office, I would recommend it fully and completely.

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Birthday Wisdom –

Around two weeks ago, I turned 22. *cue Taylor Swift* – To be completely fair to 2018, my year from 21 to 22 has been not that bad. Sure, there were tough days and long nights, but overall it was quite a good transition.

Here are a few things that I’ve learnt in this last year:

  1. Grudges should be temporary: As I’m getting one step closer to graduation every day, I’ve slowly realized that absolutely nothing can be gained from holding grudges over people. Anything that has already happened cannot be changed, and rightfully so. Its very important to learn to move on from people and fights.
  2. Don’t force your opinions on people: No matter how hard this hits, it is the truth of life that 90% of time, people will not agree with you. You will always find that one person who says completely opposite of what you say. The trick to a happy day is learning to let these people be. They need their opinions.
  3. Skin care is the best care: Take it from someone who has had HORRIBLE skin – nothing in life will make you smile as hard as amazing skin will. Take care of those cheeks!
  4. Connection is a two-way street: Staying in touch with people is so important, but really you cannot do it alone. It has, and always will be a job for both sides. If you feel someone isn’t putting as much effort as you are into a friendship or a relationship or partnership, really just let them go.

 

So this is the older and more wiser me –

Boy Erased (2018)

Boy Erased is a movie based off a book.
Its also a movie that I was really excited to watch.
Boy Erased is the story of a 18 year boy, who is the son of a pastor and who is sent to gay conversion therapy. From brilliant acting to a brilliant soundtrack, this movie has everything (including Troye Sivan)

The main lead – Jared – is played by Lucas Hedges and in my personal opinion, Lucas Hedges’ acting is impeccable, especially considering that his parents in the movie are played by Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe (If I was Lucas Hedges, I would be freaked!).

The movie had two trailers before its release and I remember one of them ending with the lines ‘Stop Erasing’. This was what made me really look forward to this movie. I knew the basic story. I knew how it was going to end. But I needed to know how it was going to reach to that ending.

The movie starts with Jared’s mother dropping him off to Love In Action gay conversion therapy assessment program. Over a run time of 114 minutes, the movie depicts Jared’s life during the program with regular flashbacks of his life before the program. The movie is brilliant. There are no other words to describe it. Nicole Kidman’s acting is heartfelt and honest coupled by Russel Crowe’s acting that is equally brilliant.

There’s a part, towards the end of the movie, where Jared is talking to his father and he says,
“I am gay. And I am your son. And none of these things are going to change. So if you want to be in my life, I’m afraid you’re going to have to change.” – This is the heart of the movie.

Through powerful acting and meaningful dialogues, Boy Erased successfully gets its message across – The truth cannot be converted.

This movie is a definite must watch! 5/5 in my opinion (Plus, I cried, like always)

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Recent Netflix history!

This whole month I’ve spent in front of my TV screen watching netflix all day (or binge-watching one tree hill).

Here’s what I’ve watched over this month!

1) Elite: This is a Spanish show and so I had to watch it with English subtitles (I also tried the English dubbed version but that seems really weird). The show itself is great – Its about an elite school where three new kids get admission through a scholarship. The show has eight episodes and is a flashback to the days the new kids spend in this school which ultimately lead to a murder.

2) Bandersnatch: There are only a handful of people now who don’t really know about Bandersnatch. Bandersnatch is Netflix’s first interactive movie. Though the movie itself seems really pointless, the whole act of sitting there and choosing what your character is doing (right from the cereal he has to eat to whether he should kill his father), the movie is great. I watched for a whole two hours choosing away!

3) Manto: Manto is a Hindi movie based on the life of Pakistani poet Sadat Hassan Manto who on various occasions had been arrested for obscenity in his writings. The movie is beautiful. All throughout, Manto’s poems are recited and the movie follows his life from being in India to moving to Pakistan after partition. In my opinion, it is a must watch.

4) Soorma: Soorma literally translates to ‘Warrior’. Soorma is a movie based on the true life story of an Indian Hockey player who just before playing in the world cup, was injured by a stray bullet while traveling in the train to join the Indian team. This injury then left him paralysed from the waist down at the age of twenty. The movie showcases his life from his childhood, his injury, and his ultimate return to the team as its captain. The movie made me cry at various points and is beautiful.

2019?

An Open Letter to 2019,

It feels like the cliche thing to say, but 2018 went by in a flash! I feel like I can still feel Christmas 2016 around me.

To say that I am excited about you would be a major understatement. You, 2019, is all I’ve thought about since 2014. A part of me wishes I had some grand philosophical reason for this, but I really I just wanted to graduate. I wanted to so badly get to you and finally hold that degree in my hand that I was working day and night for at a place I despised.

Its not that I’ve changed my mind. I am still excited. I’m still counting off the days and thinking about you (and that convocation day). I have this weird feeling in my gut where I know that you are going to be a big change in my life.

Brooke Davis once asked Lucas Scott if he could feel it passing by. Feel what passing by, he’d asked. That moment, she said, where everything changed.

You, 2019 will be my that moment. You will change everything – and I know it’ll be for the better.

2018 was a happier year than 2017 was. There is a part of me hoping that I could stay in 2018, stay in this last year of college life and not get to adulting, or stay in that mini vacation with school friends: but then there is part of me begging me to finally get done with college (five years takes a exhausted toll on you), begging me to move on.

You, 2019, you will be my moving on, and for the first time you won’t be just a regular moving on from another boy moving on; you’ll be moving on with a college degree in my resume, you will be a moving on and my brother entering his last teen year, you’ll be a moving on to my parents’ twenty fifth wedding anniversary, you will be a moving on to the greatest things – this I am a 100% sure of.

If I have one wish for you, it would be that One Direction finally have that reunion!

And if I have one wish for 2018, it would be that you let me leave myself there next to you because 2019 has to make me into a different person that has outgrown you.

Yours sincerely,

A really excited young adult.

Whats on my Mind?

Since exams start in 3 days, I’ve been busy struggling with the syllabus load. The best part of this whole process would be that I spend most hours listening to music side by side!

This is my current playlist that helps me get through over ten hours of sitting on the desk and procrastinating:

1) Without me – Halsey

2) Trust my Lonely – Alessia Cara

3) Happy Now – Kygo

4) Revelation – Troye Sivan

5) Shallow – Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

6) Cold/Mess – Prateek Kuhad

7) Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

Have you heard any of these recently? 🙋🏻‍♀️