Bewildering Beauty (Discover Prompts 7: Below)

The sky until the horizon,

The stars and the worlds beyond,

The rain and the summer sun,

The earth beneath my two feet;

Fascinating, bewildering, mysteriously

Beautiful, this mother nature is!

About the picture: It was taken in Yercaud, a small but beautiful hill station in South India. The hotel that we stayed in had this beautiful glass bridge, with great memorable views of the surrounding nature!


Bridging the long distances (Discover Prompts 5: Dish)

I live far away from my family in the Mideast and we miss each other lesser by doing video calls and sharing things in our group chat. We share pictures if we go to new places, on special days, when cooking something special or simply if we are bored.πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™ It’s our way of coping. Now for the Discover Prompts for today, I thought why not share the pictures of dishes that I and my family cooked.

1. This is my recipe of Hot Wings

2. This is my sister’s Honey Chilli Potato

3. This is my mom’s Roasted chicken

4. This is my cousin’s Fried Fish

5. This is my version of Cauliflower Manchurian

And finally for the dessert, my sister’s homemade cake.😍

I chose a very few pictures from the hundreds of pictures that I got. I don’t delete them coz it’s a great feeling and fun to browse the gallery and remembering. It’s a feeling of connecting. 😊

What’s your way of bridging the long distances and what’s the special dish that you cooked recently? πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

Movie review: The Platform

Genre: Thriller
Language: Spanish
My rating: 4/5

I was looking for a different kind of movie and this one grabbed my attention. The trailer was totally intriguing and thus my movie night began.

The movie starts as Goreng wakes up in his cell at level 48. The Hole is a vertical prison with many levels and two inmates per level. There is only one food platform in the center which descends from the top level and each level has only two minutes to feed from the platform. There is enough delicious and extravagant foods for all the hundreds of levels, only if the inmates at the top eat their fair share; which they don’t. The inmates on the lower levels, hence completely starves and what they do to survive is truly shocking and gruesome.

If everyone eat only what they needed, the food will reach the lowest levels.
                                  – Imoguiri

The movie as a whole will surely keep the viewers on edge. The screenplay is good and the acting is sound. Though there are scenes of violence and gory stuffs, you cannot stop watching once you start. Though the climax felt like it was left a bit hanging, I felt it was artistic. It’s surely worth watchingπŸ‘

Dreams, Why?!

Have you ever had the same kind of dream over and over again? It’s not the details of the dream, but the overall concept might be the same; and you might have wondered why this in particular?!

When we wake up, me and my husband usually share the dreams we’ve had, be it a good dream or even a nightmare. That’s how I did today too. My dream would be like I’d be in school, wouldn’t have prepared for the tests or wouldn’t even know what the test was supposed to be; or I’d have taken the test and failed terribly. This would terrify me like hell.

The situation might be different but this is the only dream I repeatedly have related to life. I mean I do have other dreams like nightmares, ghost dreams or any other related to the movie I might have watched depending on how much impact it had on me. We were talking about this, why I dream of same thing over and over again and I realized two things.

1. Too much pressure.
    The school I studied focused too much on marks and if I don’t score much my life and career would be over. That’s how it was though it makes no sense now!🀣

2. My difficult childhood
Β Β Β  I had a financially very difficult childhood and most of my teenage years were traumatic. Over time, I slowly learned to ignore the problems I faced as a family. It’s not like I don’t care. I would just not take it to my heart. I learned to face anything that was thrown at, from a third person’s perspective. I don’t know if it was good or bad but it seemed much easier than worrying. I did it for so many years, that it became the way I handle everything. I care and ignore enough to not worry at the same time. That might be the reason why things doesn’t impact me enough to dream about it; as they say dreams are windows of the subconscious. Or that’s what I think.

Dreams are so fascinating and intriguing don’t you think? πŸ™‚ A good dream can really make us fresh that morning and the bad dreams, the opposite. It has so much impact on us emotionally. What are the things that you dream about regularly? πŸ™‚ Let me know in the comments πŸ’™

Book Review : The Name of the Wind

Genre : Fantasy
Author : Patrick Rothfuss
Sequel/Prequel : Book 1 of the Kingkiller Chronicles

The story starts as Kvothe, the lead character, lives concealing his true identity as an innkeeper far away from where he spent his childhood. As any fantasy story, this too has demons, magics, wizards and what-not. One day, a chronicler (one who writes biographies of famous personalities) visits the inn, happens to find out about Kvothe’s true identity. He begins to script his life story as Kvothe narrates himself. That’s how the story starts.

Kvothe and his family travels a group from place to place, performing music and songs. They are of Edema-Ruh, a very popular and respected group of the performing arts. Kvothe’s parents were working on a song on the Chandrian, an evil, the people don’t even dare talk about. This leads to the killing of the entire family and Kvothe some how escapes. He then lives his life on the streets, with no money nor food and shelter. But one thing he is determined about is finding out who killed his family and getting revenge. He also wants to join the University of Arcanum, (a great school that teaches all kinds of magic) to which he developed a great interest in his early days of childhood.

The story goes like how he survived on the streets, how he managed to get into the University and excels at magic.

The author grips the readers with his intelligent writing; it’s really hard not to love the story and get involved. I did not want to give any spoilers on the book, so I’ve tried my best to be vague. But if you love fantasy like I do, then the synopsis at the back cover itself will fascinate you. This is a must read! See you lovelies again with the review of book 2, The Wise Man’s Fear.

Beauty at its best!

Have you lovelies seen a beautiful sunrise?

We happened to sleep very early last night and woke up at 5 am. Then I had a crazy idea; why not watch the sunrise?

So we made ourselves a cup of tea and went to the terrace. The sky was dark everywhere and within minutes the clouds in the east were getting brighter. The sun slowly began to rise and the view was spectacular.

Nothing beats the beauty of nature, isn’t it? The cold breeze and the colourful sky was a treat! It was surprisingly refreshing like a rainy day during hot summer! I’m glad I got to start my day off beautifully.

Thank you for stopping by! See you soon in the next post.😊

When my sleep hates meπŸ˜’

Last night, I couldn’t sleep much because of various reasons and I thought I’ll write about it how it affected me today.

Ever noticed how our brains get all excited and too active only when we try to sleep? I couldn’t sleep much, so I was watching Netflix on my phone until way past midnight and slept off close to morning. So obviously it was too difficult to wake up, but I did anyway. Because of this lockdown thing, my husband is working from home and I’ve got my chores.

The whole morning, I did spend in a zombified state, not knowing or caring what’s happening around me. My bed was singing to me like a sweet siren but I had to cook lunch. It’s a mystery why I decided to cook something too complicated instead of choosing something simple. I must have had a brain freeze!

I cooked chicken curry and stir fried chicken with rice and was proud about it coz it looked really good. My husband tasted it and his face was, well, it looked surprised, a little shocked and even like it was in pain. I did not understand why but I kept on eating.

I knew something was wrong right away but I couldn’t pin point what’s wrong with the food. After a moment he asked, “why is it too salty for me?” Even then it took me few moments to realize how much I screwed it up after spending about 2 hours in the kitchen. I was that deep in sleep!

The rest of the day, I tried watching Netflix, with the characters blurring in and out constantly. Had some coffee or tea, I don’t remember. Even dozed off a few times while writing this post.

I was hoping for a nap after lunch but I spoiled it myself coz I felt too bad for spoiling the food. Anyways, I realized how sleep deprivation could affect even the smallest of things the next day and how important it is to disconnect from devices at night and get a good night’s sleep.

How to beat the unbeatable stress?

Stress. If you are a human, you definitely would have experienced stress at some point in life. Very few people have overcome it gracefully and I salute them. Because I know it’s a long process and a difficult one.

As for me, I’m not an exception. I stress even more for stressing about the things I’m not able to handle because a part of me acts like the devil, if you know what I mean!🀣

So, here are few things that I’ve tried over the course of a couple of years, that actually worked. (Talking about our worries to our loved ones is the most helpful option, obviously.😊)

1. Sketching, painting or anything involving colors. I actually love drawing things, black and white or colors. Even if it’s not good, even if it looks like I’ve drawn with my left foot, it’s actually soothing. It’s not the finished work but the actual process of it that helps. Here’s one of those sketches that I did.

2. Grow a plant. I’ve considered gardening but it requires space, time and hardwork. I live in an apartment so I cannot afford the space. Instead I bought few flowering plants and it was so good to see the flowers bloom over the days. Here’s one that I got…

There are so many ways to beat the stress atleast momentarily, I believe; it just depends on what we love to do and actually having the patience to do it. These are couple of things I’ve done and in the future posts I’ll write more about it. Most importantly what I’ve learned is, the change can’t happen overnight because it’s a process. We need to live in the moment a little more and stop worrying about the future a little less.

Decisions, decisions…

Hello world! Ever came across a point in life, where you desperately want to do something new? Well, I’m there right now and guess what I decided to do? Blogging! I’m not even close to a writer of any sorts but I’ve heard blogging is a great hobby. So why don’t I try?😊

Now that I’ve officially started a blog, next comes the big question. ‘What am I writing?’ My posts in the future might include reviews of the books I’ve read, pictures of the few sketches I did, new foods I’d try cooking; in simple words, all things a girl does to kill the boredom. Wish me luck!