Summer ’17 Bucket List

Hey there,

Since summer is here, everyone has some plans, whether it’s traveling, or reading in the comfort of your own home. Mine would begin after 2nd June since that is when I’ll be done with my semester, but the excitement refuses to wait. Here’s my bucketlist:

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#1 Pick wildflowers

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#2 Make a beverage I haven’t before

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#3 Watch Full House, Silicon Valley, Gotham, Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars and a lot of movies

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#4 Write a novella/novel

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#5 Write and publish the story I’m writing with Tanya (Click on her name to check out her wonderful blog)

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#6 Read atleast 10 books (especially Sarah J Mass’s books)

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#7 Practice photography

#8 Read about some topics I’ve been curious about, like Greek Mythology. (I have a list)

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#9 Learn basic sewing

#10 Post letters and not tell the people about them 😉

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#11 Journal A LOT

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#12 Get back to painting and sketching

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#13 Update my blog regularly

#14 Make a rollercoaster with my boyfriend. I have no idea how. He says he’ll show me.

#15 Sit back and enjoy the holidays

Thanks for reading. Let me know about your plans for the summer in the comments!

 

Pictures and Poems in Monochrome

Hey guys,

I haven’t put up anything up here in a long time now, and it’s not fair, so here’s a photopost of some monochrome pictures I took. I had an idea to combine photography and poetry since they’re both such beautiful art forms. To maintain most of the focus on the images, I’ve kept the poetry concise.

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With my eye

I spot

A weary couple

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The light finds way

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we’re broken

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Music of centuries

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silenced

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A Hindu deity

A Christian candle

flowers of humanity

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With a camera in hand

A Million thoughts rolling

Capturing time

 

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That’s it for today. Please tell me what you think in comments. 🙂

 

All About Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why. Even if you haven’t watched it, I’m willing to bet you’ve heard these words floating around the virtual world, or maybe heard it from someone you know? For those who don’t know, it’s a web series, originally released on Netflix. It’s based on a book and I strongly recommend it to every person who’s reading this. This show deals with everything people keep quiet about. Bullying, rape, suicide, it shows the dark side of being a teenager. Though the book was released in 2007, which is when Selena Gomez bought its rights, it’s finally on screen ten years later, and it is amazing.

Here’s a blurb of the book, to get you acquainted with the story:

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever

Now onto what I think of the characters:

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Hannah: Throughout the series, even though I was well aware of the end, I kept hoping someone would save her. Some issues she deals with may look small when viewed individually, but as Hannah mentions, it’s a snowball effect. One thing on top of another and it became big enough for her to end her life.

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Justin Foley: I got a bad feeling as soon as he was introduced to the story, he gave those vibes. Even though he was good to Hannah at first, my heart broke when he ruined what could be one of the best moments of her life. But I did feel bad for him when we got to know about his mother and what his house was like. But unfortunately, there’s no excuse for what he let happen.

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Alex Standall: Alex wasn’t really bad. He was revengeful towards his ex-girlfriend, but aren’t most people? He did start something terrible, though. What I like about him is that he realized what he did, and wanted to fix things, at least what was left that could be fixed.

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Jessica Davis: *deep breath* I personally think that she was one of the worst characters in the show. Even though people have good reason to believe otherwise, I know how Jessica was someone who could hurt Hannah the most, because she was her closest friend. I will always hate her for that.

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Tyler Down: He was just an outcast. I do feel bad for him, even though he made Hannah feel unsafe in her own house. He is the awkward guy, the freak, that everyone bullies at school, someone no one wants to befriend, and that makes me sad.

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Courtney Crimson: I think everyone can agree that she was horrible. I hate people who would hurt as many people as it takes, just to protect their ‘goody two shoes’ reputation. She could’ve saved Hannah, but then again, all of them could have.

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Marcus Cooley: Marcus was Courtney’s counterpart, in a way. From what I know, he was just an asshole who wanted to sleep with Hannah because of the rumours and that damned list.

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Zach Dempsey: He wasn’t bad at heart, he just did something petty that made the snowball rolled faster, faster to run over Hannah. I otherwise would like to believe that he was a good guy, just in the wrong group of people.

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Ryan Shaver: He left Hannah’s raw emotions for the world to joke upon. I did hate him, but not as much as the others. I don’t think he published Hannah’s poem as a cruel joke, I really think he did it because he thought it was a beautiful poem with raw emotions that deserved recognition. But I know that doesn’t excuse the fact that he did it without Hannah’s permission.

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Sheri Holland: I don’t hate her like the others. She was a teenager who knew she messed up and was scared. I know what she did led to something terrible, and she could’ve prevented that, which is the only reason she was on the tapes.

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Bryce Walker: I don’t think there are enough words to express how horrendous this person was. He was a bully and a rapist. A rapist who said, “every girl asks fo it”. I think we all can agree that he is a hateful person who really needs to get what he deserves. How can someone be such an ignorant asshole, who thinks he’s always right? Bryce showed us how.

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Mr.Porter: I really had hopes from him, he let all of us down, didn’t he? The words Hannah said were serious enough for him to sit through school hours and make her tell him what was wrong. She badly needed someone to fix things for her, and being the counselor, it was his job to try.

As Hannah said, “Some of you cared, none of you cared enough.”

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Tony: He wasn’t on the tapes, but he deserves to be on this list. Tony is a great friend, and he feels responsible for Hannah even though he didn’t actively do anything. But he let it happen, and it eats at him every day, which is why he is determined to honour Hannah’s memory and keep the tapes going their way.

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Clay: Now we’re onto the person with whom we experienced Hannah’s story. He was such a nice person and my heart breaks for him. He loved her, and he couldn’t save her. He lost her because he was too afraid to love her. I get Clay’s anger, his storming out, his stopping the basketball game, keying Zach’s car, clicking Tyler’s photo, everything. Because I was just as angry when I heard how those people led Hannah to do what she did. I hope Clay gets some respite in the fact that he would never hold his love back for anyone.

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I hope everyone watches this show, and realize what a huge difference they can make in someone’s life.

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My wonderful friend Tanya has also written a blogpost on this show, and how it is important that people watch it. Go and read it here. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Go watch it now if you haven’t, and if you have, leave me your thoughts below.

Love,                                                                                                                                                         Punya

 

 

 

 

Kicking Off Camp NaNo and Freelancing!

The first day of Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ve written two poems with their related text. One is about a boy who likes stars and develops an interest in astronomy. The twinkling of the stars fascinates him. They were his only company on lonely nights, and he wanted to understand them better. He gets encyclopaedias and any kind of material he can and pores over it religiously.

The stars gave him company

On lonely sleepless nights

A little boy of five

Hugging his pillow tight

These are the starting lines of the poem. It is just the first draft so there may be major changes later when I get to editing it.

The other one was about a group of children in an old classroom. They are unaware of the earthquake approaching them and their laughter fills the air, bringing cheeriness even in the sad and crumbling room. I’m not putting up that one because it needs more revision than the previous one.

I don’t do bullet journaling, but I do journal, so I made a wordtracker in it, which will record my wordcount at the end of each day, the number of poems I wrote any description I want to include.

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I switched my cabin on the website and now it’s a more active one, which I’m glad of. I have a group of fellow participants on instagram who are very very supportive of each other, and all of us exchange regular updates of our writing processes. I love the online writing community to bits and pieces.

Also, I started freelancing and am writing articles. It’s a completely new experience for me, and I’m liking it so far. I’m excited about working and earning on my own, I suddenly feel like an adult. I’m home for the weekend, as always, but instead of Monday I’ll be going back on Wednesday. I’ll miss the coffee I get at my university, but home=good food.

What’re you upto? Let me know in the comments down below. 🙂

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon: My Thoughts

I think the best time to write your thoughts about a book is when you’ve just finished reading it, when the characters voices are loud in your mind, the emotions still seeping from every pore. The good books for me are the ones which leave me teary eyed. Not necessarily because they’re tragic or even because they have a happily ever after, just because I am not yet ready to say goodbye to the characters yet. That is how I’m feeling right now, as I finished The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I want to read more about Daniel and Natasha.

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Natasha wasn’t a character I related to, at the start, but as her story was revealed, I started liking her a little. Daniel, on the other hand, was a charmer as soon as he was introduced. Maybe that’s just because he is a poet too, and a daydreamer, so I relate to him.

There were numerous parts in the story which I highlighted in my kindle to note down in my journal. Some of those are:

The poetic heart is not to be trusted. It is fickle and will lead you astray.

 

All teenagers separate from their parents. To grow up is to grow apart.

 

“I’m starving”, I say. She rolls her eyes. “Starving, really? You have a penchant for exaggeration.”                                                                                                                                                     “It’s to offset your precision.”

 

We’re kindling amid lightning strikes. A lit match and dry wood. Fire Danger signs and a forest waiting to be burned.

 

“Practicality is overrated.”

 

Stars are more than just poetic. If you need to, you can navigate your way by them.

 

She comforts those flying home alone for funerals, sadness seeping from every pore.

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There’s another book called “Everything Everything” by Nicola Yoon, which is another beautiful piece of work. Check that out if you haven’t already.

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That’s from my journal when I’d just finished reading the book. I like how the sketch turned out to be.

I have my thoughts on this one written in my journal and I’ve written, “It’s strange how I’ve come to love a book whose very first sentence offended me: ‘I’ve read many more books than you.”

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Thanks for reading, leave me your thoughts below!

Me and Camp NaNoWriMo 2017

Hi, people!
The exclamation mark can give you an idea of how excited how I am about Camp NaNoWriMo! For those who don’t know what that is, click here to read a little and swat away your ignorance. For those who are too lazy to open another tab and go through more text to understand this one,: Camp NaNoWriMo is short for Camp National Novel Writing Month. It’s a thing where we set our own goals for writing anything creative in the span of a month. How is it different from deciding to write for a month, all by yourself? There’s a huge online writing committee cheering each other on and… Cabins! This is a new concept for me too, here we are allotted a cabin with other writers (we can set preferences) who are also participating and we can make new writer friends (Yay).

My Camp NaNo project this time is a collection of poetries. My wordcount goal is 30,000 words. It is a LOT, for poetry. I completed 50,000 words in NaNoWriMo last November and it was definitely a challenge, but it was prose! There is only so much you can add to a poem and still sound poetic.

Anyway, I thought I’d write all narrative poems, but I’ve changed my mind and now I’ll be writing different kinds of poems because to complete my word count I cannot afford to limit my options. I know some poems won’t be good but I’ll have a big collection to choose good ones from. 🙂

I might upload some on my blog later if you’d like to read. Also, I convinced my friend Ifla to participate with me. She’ll be writing memoirs which I’m excited to read. It’s a pain to force her to outline because I know it won’t be easy without an outline. But I’m glad to have someone to do word sprints with and drink caffeine in its glorious forms. That’s all for today, I’ll keep you updated with my writing journey through the month. Wish me luck!

P.S. I made that sketch and then edited it to look eccentric.

Books,Writers Should Be Reading

Every writer is a reader too, that is an established fact. We are always trying to polish our craft, make it better, easier (though who are we kidding?) and more beautiful. Because we learnt the magic of a story through books, we turn to them whenever we are faced with a problem, because books are known to be man’s best friend. There are few glorified books on the writing craft. I have three of them, and I turn to them when I need inspiration or am facing an obstruction. I’ll be naming these books, but first, I’ll offer a more sound advice.

The books that made you love to read, will be the ones to inspire you to write.

I haven’t read it anywhere, it’s something I learned myself. There’s a reason why you love certain stories, characters. Read those books, understand those reasons and get to writing so you too can create such stories, that people will love. I’m not asking you to rip off a character and fit him into your story, though that’s fanfiction and it can be pretty great too. I’m asking you to read between the lines and figure out where the author tapped into your emotions to make you feel invested in the story, where he raised the stakes in a way that you could relate to the character’s emotions and he came alive for you. Learn those skills, practice them and get better at doing what you love, because that’s what I’m trying to do too.

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Here’s Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg. This book has helped me through writer’s block and after doing one of the exercises, I felt right back on track. 

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Bird by Bird’s blurb was something I loved:

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”

With that said, let me know your thoughts below. 🙂