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Welcome home!

Hello, people of the internet.

This is my first blog post. So please bear with me till the end of this post.

I am a student, and a simple human being who loves to write, and to read everything that is readable. So I am here to write about simple stuff about everyday life and to read the posts you write as well.

I have started this blog because I have always wanted to become a writer. For that, I need to learn, and what will be a better opportunity to learn except blogging?

The goal of this site is to make people feel happy. The world is already so stressful and there’s very less spaces we can go. Writing is a therapy for our depressed souls, and ofcourse, reading is too.

This is a place you can call home. I will write about things that me and you can relate to. Here, we can have deep discussions and can even fool around.

I am definitely a beginner in this field and very passionate about it as well. I will try to post once a week, a piece that will be worth reading. Because, ofcourse, quality over quantity.

We will talk about the things we like, the things we hate, the things that bother us, and how to overcome daily life problems. I will try to make this a place where we all can grow together.

Here, I will share my own works too. This will be my little journal where I can share different life experiences.

Let me know if you like this concept. Please feel free to drop any comment on how I can improve and if you have any new ideas. I hope you like your new home.

Hope to see you soon. Thank you! 🙂

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Happy World Poetry Day

Here’s a poem dedicated to poetry and books. Happy World Poetry Day!

Like the spring finds its way after cold winter days
I find my way to you.
After nights of yelling at myself when my pillow covers are soaked in tears,
After days of gulping lies down the throat.
You keep staring at me with sympathetic eyes
But I don’t question why you’re here in this empty room where nobody comes.
You look familiar.

But you’re still a stranger, yet to be read
So I hold you close in my arms
You stare at me
You shower me with loving words
Tattoed beautifully on your pale skin
For the first time in a while, I feel like a human being
I never knew what love is
But you smell like home.

Like the sky is painted with bright blue hues after a violent storm, after the thunder clouds disappear,
You make me feel the same I can sense flowers blooming in my heart after the glaciers melt.
I look at you, you’re still looking at me
Like an open book, yet to be read.
You feel like home to me

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I Wrote a Love Letter to Myself

From my very childhood, I was not much confident about myself. I still get anxious about my looks and how people look at me. So, every comment people used to make, made me feel vulnerable and anxious. I had a great self doubt.

Soon when I reached my teenage, I decided that I should work on my skills to gain some confidence. Now, though I’m still anxious, I don’t feel sad or angry when people comment on me. But sometimes it does affect me and I pat my own back.

A few days ago, I read a post somewhere about writing a love letter to yourself. It’s quite like pointing out things that you’re grateful about yourself but with a bit more intensity.

I did not love myself when I was in my pre-teens. I did not feel comfortable in my body because I got bullied for being skinny. I did not see my beauty in the mirror and often I used to cry myself to sleep.

But after I read that post, I decided to pull out my journal and write myself a love letter like I am someone else.

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I did not know before that if I actually loved myself. I thought I’d hardly be able to write anything good about me. But when I put my pen to the paper, I went on and on. Writing made it easier to make me realise that I am loved, and most of all, loved by me.

I wrote one and a half page and stopped. I never saw myself as this beautiful person in the mirror. But deep inside somewhere I knew that I’m worth of all the beauty, that I’m worth of love. Writing was always a therapy to me, but to write about myself and how much I love myself is a cherry on the cake.

And now when I look in the mirror, at myself, I no longer see a failure, but a person, a human being, who deserves all the love in the world.

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In Love With a Thundercloud

She was a storm-filled cloud
And me, a broken house
Isolated on an empty road
Where no one likes to visit
But she did

She did love someone else one day
And mistook me for him.
She wanted to rain on my wounds
But I am not a broken field
Rain can’t fix my damaged skin.

I am but a distorted house
With my broken pieces spread around
Like an avalanche

Yet one day, she rained on me
Unaware, I might break down
And I did.

She moved to another place
In search of someone else
To love
And this time, with a thunder of grief
In her cloud.

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How I Actually Convinced Someone To Read a Book

I am a great fan of books myself, or just reading. Be it newspapers, articles, or books, I am up for reading them. I’m brought up in a family that loves to read and that may come naturally. But my sister is more like a fan of watching movies, and less of books.

Not everyone likes to read because from our childhood we’re told, even forced, to study, which eventually takes away our urge to read. But being a big sister who likes to read, and having almost no one to discuss my theories with (because I don’t think discussing them with my parents is a good idea), this doesn’t feel good.

Initially, I thought I was being selfish, and not everyone needs to like reading. But reading is a good habit and a great hobby for personal development. When you are lonely, books always come to your rescue.

I started pestering her to read my favourite books. Of course it didn’t work maybe because we have a big age gap. So I started to search what girls her age like to read. She seemed to like reading the book a lot.

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It is a long process of getting into the world of reading and actually enjoy it. And we must all stay patient.

I chose a book with reasonable length for her. Because someone who just starts reading would never want to read a book of 500 pages. Also the book cover needs to be appealing. Yes, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is not that true for books.

Choose books for them according to what their age and their taste is. If they are a teenager, they might love the books of young adult genre. If they are facing some life problems, gift them a self-help book and they will love you for life!

Some of the most popular books according to Goodreads are:

  • ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling
  • ‘1984’ by George Orwell
  • ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger
  • ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury
  • ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen
  • ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell

Bonus Tip

Harry Potter is a widely loved series and is read by people of all ages. Most of the people (specially children) love Harry Potter, so you can definitely start with this.

Now that she’s done reading the book I chose for her, I need to find more. Please feel free to drop suggestions of books a 12-13 year old girl will like. And for any questions comment below!

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Don’t Celebrate Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on the 8th of March. It mainly talks about women’s rights. It is a day of global celebration that calls for gender equality.

The idea behind this special day for women came to a lady named Clara Zetkin, in 1910 when she was at an International Conference of Working Women, in Copenhagen. However, this day was made official when the United Nations started to celebrate it in 1975.

Why is Women’s Day celebrated?

Women have always been at the receiving end of gender discrimination. They have been declined basic human rights and treated as the inferior gender. Women’s Day was started by a group of women garment makers who were paid much less than what they worked for. They were even deprived of their voting rights.

Therefore, to fight against this discrimination, in 1910, an international conference for women was held. It was decided that every year, a day will be kept for women to talk about their rights and to recognise the great achievements of women.

However, women can still relate to most of these issues even after a century of years after the formation of the International Women’s Day.

But don’t celebrate Women’s Day for the sake of it.

Don’t celebrate Women’s Day if:

  • You catcall every girl you see, and then blame it on their dress. “She wore this tiny skirt. What am I supposed to do?”. Buy a burkha. For yourself.
  • You circulate misogynistic jokes and laugh at those to feed your own male ego.
  • You believe women belong to the kitchen.
  • You blame a woman when she’s raped or harassed; and you blame it on them being out at night, on their clothes, hairstyle, personality, existence.
  • You judge a woman for the amount of makeup and the kind of dresses they wear.
  • You treat women as an object.
  • You make sexist remarks or do not speak up when others do.
  • You ask for proof when women (or men) are raped.
  • You tell a woman how she should walk, talk, laugh, sit.
  • You think menstruation is disgusting.
  • You believe women are to be judged based on their virginity.
  • You think women are child-bearing machines.
  • You slutshame your ex-girlfriend (or any woman).
  • You are an anti-feminist.
  • You worship women on a specific day and belittle them on the rest 364 days.

Celebrating Women’s Day does not mean you respect women. Infact, it means nothing.

Before you share women’s day quotes, remind yourself of all the violence done against women.

According to the World Population Review, South Africa has the highest rate of rape (of about 132.4 per 100,000 citizens). It is mentioned in a post by the same website and I quote, “The United States has a rape rate of 27.3. As in many other countries, rape is grossly underreported in the United States due to victim shaming, fear of reprisal, fear of family knowing, cases not being taken seriously by law enforcement, and possible lack of prosecution for the perpetrator. Only 9% of rapists in the US get prosecuted and only 3% of rapists will spend a day in prison. 97% of rapists in the United States will walk free.”

We still need more years, or even decades, to see women empowerment and gender equality come into existence. One day a year is not enough for people to change. It won’t happen overnight, and to help people broaden up their minds, they need to be educated and made aware of the danger of gender discrimination.

So, before you type “Happy Women’s Day”, ask the women if they are happy today.

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All The Demons Are Humans

My mother used to tell me stories
When I didn’t want to sleep
Or eat, or do my homework
Of how there lives a demon
In the tree, a few steps away
I believed her
Because why would my mother lie?
And when I used to cry,
She told me stories
About princess and palaces
Of rainbow and phoenix and unicorns.
She bought me chocolates
To see me smile.
But now, that I’m under a foreign sky
Watching stars
That don’t feel the same
They have changed colours, maybe.
I don’t fear invisible demons anymore
But the real ones
With whom I live
Who, every night and day,
Pin me to the bed
And make me taste death.
I fear the demon that comes back home
To see me cry.
And if I smile, he tells me stories
Of his life,
How I am the villain in his books.
I forgot the taste of chocolates now
For they resemble joy.
The unicorns and rainbows have faded away
Under the cuts and bruises in my skin
But the phoenix, I still can see it
Rising from its own ashes.
“Someday”, I whisper to myself.
Everything my mother said was a lie
Except for the demons,
That live in people’s mind.

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How to Deal With Anger and Mood Swings

After three days of fever and two more days of cough and cold, when my health was finally getting better, I found myself getting more angry and irritated by small things around. I blame it on my bad health and loss of enough sleep, or just side effects of medicines.

But these mood swings come to visit us once in a while, mostly, in women. Mood swings mainly occur:

  • For premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • For hormonal imbalance
  • For poor health conditions
  • For common triggers like stress, sleeping habits, diet, and medications
  • During puberty
  • During pregnancy
  • Around the time of your menopause

Mood swings often cause from the smallest of things that, most probably, won’t bother you when you are happy. They might not even look like problems, but when they keeps happening to us, we lose our temper, and anger issues begin.

Source: Google

This reminds me of the “Chinese Water Torture”. According to Wikipedia, “Chinese water torture is a painful process in which cold water is slowly dripped onto the scalp, forehead or face for a prolonged period of time allegedly making the restrained victim insane.” Now, this may seem totally fine in theory, but when you’ll actually try it, it’s really stressing if done for a prolonged time.

It is thus clear, that people all over the world have to face these anger issues one time or the other. And it’s normal for everyone to face mood swings once in a while. And it is important for one to visit a doctor if they think their anger issues are crossing limits.

Now that we understood why these mood swings occur, we might as well try to tone them down a bit. To deal with your anger issues and mood swings, read on:

  1. Have a healthy diet. Diet plays an important role in our physical health, as well as mental health too. Eating healthy can increase the feel-good hormones in our body called serotonin, and also keeps your blood sugar stable.
  2. Have a good-night sleep. Sleeping relaxes our mind and helps our brain to rest after a long day of functioning. Loss of sleep often makes people grumpy and irritated.
  3. Exercise. Getting physical increases your muscle strength and reduces blood pressure, thus improving body’s ability to handle stress. Doing yoga, meditation, and massage also helps.
  4. Avoid stress. Stress is the main culprit behind these frequent mood swings. Avoiding stress is no easy work but practising meditation and self-love will help. Everytime you’re about to be stressed, or feel anxious, listen to some calm music and your stress will vanish.
  5. Avoid large amount of caffeine. Caffeine when taken in large amounts, may trigger your mood, and cause irritability, dizziness, and even rapid or irregular heartbeat.

However, these are when your mood swings are still bearable. Make sure to visit a doctor, for these situations can lead to serious life problems. These may lead to some serious mental, or even physical issues. Until then, put on your earphones, and let music bring all the happiness back in you.