Just another writer!

You write because you have an idea in your mind that feels so genuine, so important, so true. And yet, by the time this idea passes through the different filters of your mind, and into your hand, and onto the page or computer screen — it becomes distorted, and it’s been diminished. The writing you end up with is an approximation, if you’re lucky, of whatever it was you really wanted to say.

– Author Khaled Hosseini

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Writing- it’s a passion like no other. An art. An outlet for creativity. An observation. A tale. An insight. Or an upheaval of emotions.

Writing is all this, but so much more. And to me, it is everything. Writing is my escape, my therapy and my tranquil. It is a part of me that no matter how much I push away, won’t leave.

Hence, Voila! A 20-something, lost soul, drifting barely on a raft in this wide blue sea called life. And I am here to blog, about the mysteries of my heart, about the thoughts I can’t fathom and the passions that make me. And I am going to pour my soul out in these write-ups.

Travel is the calling of my soul. Call me a hodophile. I have an urge to travel to catch up with my soul.

I write because I am in love with words. Call me a logophile.

I am the kind of person who thinks a Friday night plan should include spending the night with your favourite food and books. Call me a bibliophile.

My middle name should have been feminist, because well, I am a result inspired from Josephine March (Remember Little Women?). And because of the characters that I grew up with from the books I read and that I created with the stories I wrote, somehow they made me a rebel too.

I am complex, a web, a book, a mystery- each one of us are. Though rarely can we untangle this complexities for the world. Because Mr. Hosseini is absolutely right! I would be arguably fortunate if I can untangle even the slightest bit of what I imagine.  So, join me on this cacophonic journey as I, rather awkwardly and shamefully, share the exploits of the things that have been and the places that are. Join me as I try to untangle this knot, not just for the world but mainly for myself. Take a peek into my thoughts and if you have a thought to share- I’m all ears!

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‘Hello spring, goodbye winter’, says New York City!

Winter, or whatever is left of it, is season where days are spent sipping hot cup of coffee and nights are spent cuddling. And we say hello to spring, NYC has some winter-y and outdoorsy stuff for you to still do, if you can brave the cool wind. And if you are with your special someone, where else would you want to be? New York can bring out little stories of with its mighty charm.

Start by watching an early morning sunrise from Newport

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With the clouds hovering above, sun is a very rare sight. But watching the sun coming over a slight hue of orange and the Manhattan skyline standing tall and proud, it is a sight from another world. If you can’t think of a better way, Newport is perfect for you. The Boardwalk that starts from the PATH station can be your spot to jog and experience the radiance of NYC.

Take a walk down the Brooklyn Bridge

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Although, this walk is not seasonal, doing it at the onset of spring when it’s not too hot, not too cold is the equivalent of perfection. The symmetry, the reflections, the little locks on its side, the view- all are testament to the beauty this 1880s monument is. You could catch sight of the skyline, and far away in the distance stands the glory and pride of the free America- Lady Liberty. Make sure you carry a lock if you want an everlasting bond with you and your partner! *wink*

Take a stroll in Central Park

 

Central Park is the place you go to if you want to witness life in New York. And I literally mean LIFE. Between the concrete jungle and busy schedule, there’s not much time to stop and look around. In here, you can. You will find couples strolling, or a bunch of friends goofing around, you might also come across one or two Mozarts in the making. There’s just so much to do in Central Park.

Ice Skate on the Wollman Rink (Open till April)

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Feed the Squirrels- you would be surprised at how bold and beautiful they are.

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Feed the ducks- You can always follow the footsteps of Blair from Gossip Girl.

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Or… just laze around and sunbathe- Take a pause, stop for a moment and just enjoy!

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Because let’s face it. We might curse winter as much as we can, but it’s still the most romantic, beautiful and cosy season of all. And as we welcome spring, we can nothing but cherish the last few cool days!

It’s Christmas time again, in NYC!

Christmas is a magical time on its own. The lights, the shopping, families and celebratory cheer! Coming from a non-Christian background, this festival was always intriguing from afar. Sure we had our little traditions at home, I had my one-foot long tree with books as presents. Oh and the cherry on top- the ten day winter holidays. But who was to say that few years down the line, I will be celebrating this magical day in the most magical city in the world. Walking down the 5th Avenue, I knew, if Christmas has any magic, it started at NYC.

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Along 5th Avenue!

Families were out everywhere, so were the tourists, trying to capture the essence of Christmas in the Big Apple. Central Park was filled with happy faces, Christmas was warm this year. Kids were bundled up like pretty boxes of presents. It was a perfect day to ice-skate, spend some time with your family outside. It was a climate full of cheer!

DSC_6655Not further along the 5th Avenue was a landmark, standing like a tall Christmas tree. Anyone cold spot it far from a distance and know what it was and what it stood for. The identity of New York is incomplete without the Empire State in its full glory! And what a sight it was, like the brightest tree, dressed in the green and red lights. Adorned with appealing decor as you enter, and music that brings joy to the ears, you know you are in the Big Apple with sights like these.

Throughout the avenue, as I walked towards Times Square, on the corner of 39th Street, lights catch your eye. The sidewalk is filled with some more decorations to bring in Christmas. Lord and Taylor, the store in sight, displayed a theme of “A Few of Our Favorite Things” including the Gingerbread Kingdom and a Cuckoo Clock.

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Here’s the Gingerbread kingdom!

And can Christmas in New York be complete without Rockefeller? There’s nothing more to be said for this given location other than Christmas tree, decorations, lights and people.

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But a must not miss is the show opposite the Rockefeller centre on Saks Fifth Avenue building. A little sparkle, a little cheer, it celebrates the Christmas spirit with the ‘Winter Palace’ dancing to the tunes of ‘Carol of the bells’. The displays in the store window rejoice with the marvels of the world!

Even with the sounds of bells at St. Peter’s Cathedral ringing around me, I heard a very unfamiliar yet catchy tune out of nowhere!

“New York at Christmas, What a show! It’s a total Yuletide High,

From the seaport to Washington heights, every avenue is a string of lights.”

DSC_6682The halls at Radio City, right around the corner, are resonating with this beautiful song! For a moment you might think you are at the North Pole. Imagine getting a glimpse of Santas’s Workshop all with the elves and confetti!  Christmas Spectacular, the Do-No-Miss-This show during the holidays is just what you need and definitely the highlight of spending Holidays in NYC. To top it all, the Rockettes redefine synchronisation in dance. Slender legs, colourful outfits, Father Christmas and an original soundtrack, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a holiday tradition you must follow.

For anyone who has been in New York City for Christmas, they know Christmas is so much more when they see the Big Apple shine for all its worth! And as I leave Radio City, I know that a NYC Christmas means a bright tree, is a beautifully wrapped present, a cheerful humming, it’s knowing that in the spirit of NYC, “even the taxi horns seem to harmonize!”

My Son would Never Rape a Woman

My son would never rape a woman because it’s always consensual.
(very well written)

Epiphany in the Cacophony

sad-alone-cute-girl-waiting-someone-window My son would never rape a woman. It is brutal, disgusting and immoral. He simply isn’t capable of such a thing. She has obviously enticed him. __________________________________________________________

She was at the club when it happened. Short black dress, tall black drink. She stood in the middle of the dance floor, moved her hips slowly. She made eye contact with him. She even smiled. He walked up to her and asked her to meet him at his car. When she declined, he grabbed her arm.
And what a scene she created! She fought, screamed and kicked. You want this, he told her as he pulled her out of the club. NO, she screamed, yelling as he dragged her to his car. You don’t know what you want, you’re drunk.

She sat alone in the parking lot a few hours later. Disgusting girl, she reeked of smoke and alcohol. What…

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Why must you travel?

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“I’m not a good tourist, I generally don’t know where I am going, don’t have an itinerary, that’s why I prefer to be a Traveler!”

Stop what you’re doing. Clear your mind and THINK! It’s a question worth pondering over.

Why must you travel?

Do you travel to escape? Or to run away? Do you travel for a break? Or do you travel because you can? It’s true. Travelling is all that. But, travelling is just not all that.

Travelling is so much more- travelling is feeling the breeze of different place every day; it’s getting Goosebumps each time you explore a new land or discover the same old place again; Travelling is calling the world your home- being drawn to the nomadic way of life; it is embracing each and every stranger as your own; it is never resting, never tripping, never falling and never stopping.

For me, travelling is passion, life in itself. It is seizing each day in a new place, a new country, a new destiny! It is waking up and facing the uncertainty. It’s having a global nationality. Travelling is exploring your soul.

Travel is freedom- and I urge you if you can, leave everything aside, explore a new place, travel alone. Sure, we all have husbands and boyfriends and family, but as a girl I know for sure before the burden of life falls on you- travel! Gain a little insight, meet new people, live through cultures and do whatever the hell you want- ALONE!

Because Travelling isn’t just limited to the experience, it will speak for itself with the adrenaline through your heart, the symphonies of the world creating the beatings of your heart, and the gush you get with the blood flowing through your veins.  And that’s why you must travel.

Re-explore, re-discover, re-live- because I want to fly, I want to run, and I even want to fall … I just don’t want to stop.

Perks of being an Orchid

‘Perks of Being an Orchid.’ That’s the final one, I thought to myself.

I decided to start blogging suddenly, out of the blue. For some reason I didn’t ever want to blog, I always feared I would be judged, or maybe I’m not good enough or just plain didn’t want to express. I guess today the sun rose from the West.

So after wasting half a day at work thinking about what name to use as a blogger, I decided on this. (I actually tried a quiz called Which Flower are you?) I am a Libran by birth (we are always confused), so knowing me I will probably start hating the name tomorrow or would find it silly. Till then, I am an Orchid. Being an orchid basically tells you everything about me.

Orchids are very artistic, independent, sweet, love to laugh and are usually VERY good comedians. Truly optimistic, they see the better in life and make very good friends and/or lovers. They are usually honest, loyal. However, even though most Orchids are very positive to their friends and to society, Orchids usually have a very dark secret that they don’t really share unless they feel that they can trust you (Which leads to Orchids being mysterious). Orchids can have abandonment issues, so if you think of wanting one as a lover, you better make it a long-term. Orchids are actually very wise and they seem to understand the world more than most. Orchids are also very spiritual, however not religious. (I have done the simplest thing of copy-pasting this from urbandictionary.com)

That summarises it, well most of it anyway. Most times, I am very open to sharing. But I’m like a complicated novel plot. You don’t know what comes from one moment to next (Sometimes Even I don’t). But I think that’s the beauty of life. Surprise! Even if it whacks you in the face or gives you those rare back-to-back happy days, you will still have some essence of mystery. And what’s life without mystery? The only thing that counts is living each moment, never regretting and having fun.

Until then, folks!