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
Dhadak title track
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!
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 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.
I’m usually, as a general rule completely against e-books. They’re not the same and they’re not actually books. So, I’ve actually stayed away from a Kindle for a long time. Funnily, I ended up downloading AND reading an e-book!
Last year, I ordered two books b Adam Silvera from Amazon. I always read at college, mostly during lectures because they’re super boring and we have really clueless professors (I mean seriously, there was a guy once rolling a joint on the last bench!)
So, obviously, I was reading in class. And as I was reading in class, my idiotic friend kept talking to me. Now teachers will never ever ever notice you reading in class. You’re sitting in one corner of the class, you aren’t making one iota of noise, so they never notice you. Now, when someone is talking in class, they always notice. Every single time. So, my genius professor caught us and conveniently confiscated my book.
Now the biggest problem with this whole thing was that I had only 20 pages left to finish the book! So I did the only sensible thing to do was (obviously) download the book and finish it, because how could I not?
So, I downloaded an e-book and I read it because the circumstances demanded it and I proudly finished it!
Ending the month with an all important quote!
On Saturday, I finally got done with my fourth year finals exam (after what seemed like a decade!)
I have now successfully found a ton of material (shows/movies) to watch this summer before I go back to college for fifth year. Here’s an inconclusive list of what I plan to start binge watching soon:
- 13 Reasons Why (Season 2): This is kind of a no brainer. I’m a huge fan of the book and the first season and I can’t wait to see what this new season brings especially since the book runs out after the tapes. I also really want to see Julian become an all-out hero for Jessica.
- Greenhouse Academy (Season 2): I had started the second season before I started with exams, but I still have the whole thing to go through with. The show revolves around an elite high school with super competitive students but also a high tech crazy conspiracy. I’m actually low-key obsessed.
- The Alienist (Season 1): Netflix actually recommended this show after I finished with The Mindhunter (mind blowing af). The show is a psychological thriller about a serial killer and studying him and I’m so excited. I can’t seem to get enough of the genre.
- Spiderman: Homecoming: Yes, I haven’t watched. Yes, I plan to really, really soon. Its fair to say that I’m already a huge fan of Tom Holland and his adorable little face.
- Omertá: Omertá’s a Hindi movie based on Pakistani terrorist Omar Saeed Sheik, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks played by one of my absolute favourites – Rajkumar Rao. I was really looking forward to watching the movie on the big screen but dam you exams!
After being a huge fan of the books, I obviously already knew what exactly was going to happen in this final installment of the movie series. (Spoilers: I was going to witness the brutal and sad and heartbreaking death of my favourite character)
Despite knowing how the movie would end, I was still silently hoping that by some random miracle the Director would’ve decided to actually keep my baby (Newt – Played by Thomas Brodie Sangster) alive. The movie starts off where the previous movie ended – Thomas and his friends deciding to rescue Minho and save a ton of other kids. Though the main storyline and crux of the movie is the same as the book, there are major changes; the biggest being that Newt figures out all on his own that he isn’t immune to the virus.
The movie is full of plot twists for people who haven’t read the books and by far is the best movie of the franchise. It also has a gut-wrenching letter that Newt writes to Thomas and by far the saddest part of the movie is when Thomas reads it. The movie is exciting and fun and happy and super sad all at the same time. The biggest low point of the movie is the fact that Minho barely has any role at all – which is completely opposite to the book.
On a whole, The Death Cure made me cry loads (for obvious reasons) but really is quite worth watching for anyone looking to end the series 45% happily.
I’m going to start off this movie review with four words – “Watch this movie now.”
Call Me By Your Name is essentially a love story. Its a love story between 17 year old Elio who’s spending his summer vacations at his family house, and 24 year Oliver who’s interning with Elio’s father.
This movie has everything. No exaggeration. It has brilliant acting by Timothée Chalamet so much so that he was nominated for an Oscar. It has a beyond brilliant soundtrack (my personal favourites are Mystery of Love and Visions of Gideon), and it has mind-blowing chemistry between Elio and Oliver – believe me, you will cry. The movie is based on a book by the same name and won the Academy Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay (so fucking well deserved)
The movie is just over 2 hours long and is beautiful and gut-wrenching, and I’ve re-watched my favourite scenes ten times. Call Me By Your Name is so beautifully simple that it sneaks into your heart and then messes with your mind at every step. Apart from the leads, Elio’s father is played by Michael Stuhlbarg and is by far my favourite character of the movie.
I’ve seen a ton of gay romance movies. And a ton of gay characters on a ton of different tv serials. I will say this. Call Me By Your Name is by far the best gay romance movie I’ve seen in a very, very long time. Granted, the movie is a little slow and without any action sequence that usually keeps the audience engaged, but the movie is so much more. I watched the movie two days ago and I really have no words to actually describe how the movie made me feel (warm, and fuzzy and happy and sad and teary-eyed)
My favourite part of the movie is when Elio’s mother translates a story for him and his father about a love struck man and quotes the following: “Is it better to speak or to die?” – the impact that this line has on the rest of the story line is monumental and won’t let you stop thinking about it.