Utopia


“In your entire life, you can probably count your true friends on one hand. Maybe even on one finger. Those are the friends you need to cherish, and I wouldn’t trade one of them for a hundred of the other kind. I’d rather be completely alone than with a bunch of people who aren’t real. People who are just passing time.”

— Sarah Ockler

Yeah, yeah, you already know what’s up, don’t you? It’s friendship day, ladies and gentlemen, and for the first ever in the six years this blog has been alive, I’m going to go ahead and share with you my most personal of, well, feelings about the people who have been a part of my life.

You see, since I was maybe four, I knew that I could exist entirely inside my head–which obviously meant social awkwardness for years to come (still working on it, at almost 21), and very few friends. I could maintain genial relations with most people, but there were mostly only a handful whom I allowed too close.

My first friend was Adyasha, in kindergarten. I don’t know where she is right now, despite hours spent trying to locate her on all social networking platforms. She was inhumanly adorable, wore glasses, and bought these insanely good roast potatoes for lunch. On the days that she had the potatoes for lunch, I would beg her to trade lunches with me, and you know what? She did! I can still remember the taste, you know. I have, since then, tried many times to replicate the recipe, but I haven’t quite gotten the exact taste.

Anyway, Adyasha was a great friend, for the two years that she went to my school, before shifting to Hyderabad for good. She was the first one to show me how good company could be. I really hope and pray I can connect with her again.

 

As you can probably tell, my habits haven’t changed much since kindergarten. I still like to spend time alone, still am too damn choosy about who gets to see my vulnerable side. But there are three people who have seen it all: the good, the bad, the ugly, the awesome. You know them, too.

Meet L4W:

(L-R): Srishti, Nanaki, Isha, me.

(L-R): Srishti, Nanaki, Isha, me.

This is our farewell picture from January 2014. School was ending, things were changing at warp speed, everything was just dizzying, to say the least, but we have held on to each other through all of it, and still do. We created LifeFourWays together, a place all of us can return to and find each other. What we have, it cannot be explained like a normal phenomenon, because it is anything but normal, you know? But I’ll try anyway:

L4W meets are always super fun, and filled with rants and great food. Even with all fours of us hardly being able to see each other more than twice a year (thanks, college), we can always pick up where we left off. Time is inconsequential, as far our friendship is concerned.

Here is a little trip down memory lane:

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TFIOS date with L4W❤

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At Starbucks. Credits: Nanaki Singh

L4W has a permanent place on my phone’s home screen (to help me get through the tough times), as well as in my heart. These girls make sucky situations suck a whole lot less, and all that I have to do is pick up the phone, and dial any (or all) of their phone numbers. I honestly do not know where I would have been without Srish, Isha and Nans.

Apart from L4W, ever since college began, many people have came into my life in the past two years. I do realize that everyone enters other people’s lives with the intention of staying, but sometimes, things just don’t pan out that way. I can say this, because I am guilty of this, too. People leave, things change, you live and you learn. I have received way more love than what I’d expected when college started, and I’m grateful for everything. Many, many thanks to everyone who’s been there with me and for me, for however short a time. Special mentions go to: Sagar, Pankaj, Bangtan ARMY, Karan and Ayushi.

A little sneak peek:

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Shivani aka Squirtle. Picture Credits: Jatin

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(L-R): Rahul, me, Garima. Studying for a practical exam.

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Camp❤

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(L-R): Rahul, Sreyoshi, me, Astha, Kirthika, Garima, Shubham. #20thBirthday

Before I leave, I want to dedicate this song to everyone mentioned in this post, which once Nano dedicated to me. Ironically, the song is titled Army.

 

I miss you, I love you, and I thank you for all the memories, everyone.

Happy Friendship Day.

Stick around with the ones that make you feel happy, people. On a planet wrought with evil and despair, friendship is as close to utopia as your world will ever get.

Love,

Snigdha

Just Listen |Snigdha


LifeFourWays is back! Check out my this week’s post, where I review Audible, and spout some random pearls of wisdom for all those of you who live the Nerd Life! See you there!

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Howdy, you guys. Long time, no see.

Yeah, well, distance makes the heart grow fonder, doesn’t it?

*sighs*

Never mind.

So, it’s Review Week.

Very frankly, this one had me stumped for a while, because my social skills (or lack thereof) still are a big, steaming pile of nothing. I’m still a creature of the night, who thrives solely on caffeine and uncalled-for narcissism, so it couldn’t possibly be anything related to makeup or personal care that could come from me. I could do books, sure, but I decided to tweak things up a bit, and here is my review:

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Audible from Amazon.

I mean, come on. Great books that come along with someone who reads them out to you? Sign me up, stat! Honestly, Audible is just the kind of app that people like me–ones who like to have background noises…

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Seven Down, Five To Go


Oh yes, it’s time.

It’s time to review the month of July and summarize the whole month into the top three things that we learnt in the past thirty-one days.

You know, the summer months in my life for the last twenty years have been uneventful, to say the least. They are mostly spent in planning for the months to come, and just lazing around, one single day at a time. However, this time around, June and July flew past in a blur of busy days, long hours spent in computer labs working over the summer project with Pankaj and Garima, and very, very late nights. I’m not yet sure how I feel about this change in the cycle of events, but hey, at least it’s a change.

Honestly, I’m not looking forward to August at all. If anything, I want to skip the whole month and get to September already. Why? Well, because last year I made this huge deal out of August, did my very best to make everything perfect to the tee, and it all blew up in my face. I don’t even remember how I managed to make it to the end of this month where every single breath took so much time, energy and effort. If I have any regrets at all, last year’s August would top the list.

Oh, yeah. It was just freaking peachy.

Anyway. We are not going there.

Back to now, and back to the July lessons. Ready? Here we go:

# Everything comes full circle, all in its own time. I never really believed the whole ‘if you love something let it go’ thing, but now my opinion has started to waver.

# You shouldn’t have to work your fingers to the bone to be treated like a human by anybody at all. At the end of the day, you lay down your weary body in your own bed, and all the aches and pains shall be yours, alone. Don’t walk the million extra miles for someone who wouldn’t bother shifting an inch for you.

# Do the right thing, always. And if you only have a bunch of wrong choices at hand, pick the one that feels the least wrong.

Phew.

That felt good.

July did pack in a lot in a month’s time, didn’t it? Yeah, well, it always has been an overachiever among the twelve of them.😉 #TheMagnificentSeventh

Other than that, July was also the month where I rekindled my romance with Dean Winchester, and started watching Supernatural again, right from the first season one. Tonight, I’m going to watch the thirteenth episode of the Season 8 (see what I mean about the late nights?).

So, see you guys soon, hopefully with plans for August, something that I’ve been avoiding since, well, a lot of time. These thirty-one days ain’t going to kill themselves, people! Got to come up with something as fantastic as last time, the only difference being that this time, I’ll be doing everything for myself.

Until next time, ladies and gentlemen.

You know it: it’s now, or it’s never.

Love,

Snigdha

#Review: Let’s Get Lost


Hello, guys.

Welcome back to another #Review post.

Yes, I read another book. Listened to, actually, thanks to Audible app (kudos to Audible for bringing such amazing books to people like me who can never have enough of them!).

This time, it is Adi Alsadi’s Let’s Get Lost.

 

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named Leila. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth—sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

I stumbled upon this book during one of my intensive book browsing sessions over at the Amazon website (you don’t want to know how much time I spend on the internet researching books), and it had been sitting in my Wish list for quite some time until I downloaded it as an audiobook using my free credit at Audible.

Audibe App for Windows Phone

Audibe App for Windows Phone

Let’s Get Lost is a joyful read, and I mean it in every sense of the word. The characters are very life-like: they go through all the emotions without allowing any singular one to completely take over. Every person is built like they are actual people, ones you could expect to run into a grocery store, or at a coffee shop. The book is divided into five sections, one for each of the above mentioned five people.

Personally, I think that Elliot’s story is pretty rock and roll. I mean, come on. Heartbroken on prom night is cool, but getting hit by a stranger’s car, then spending the entire night in an attempt to attain the perfect Say Anything ending? Way cooler.

From all the things that I could have taken from this book, I chose to pick out these:

Hudson taught me that there is no way on this planet that you can outrun your feelings, or bury them deep enough to never have to face them again. It doesn’t happen.

Bree taught me to go with what you think is right, what feels right to you. You can always deal with the consequences later. But never, ever try to run away from family, because that is one thing that just cannot be done. And of course, seize the Tuesday.

Elliot taught me that fairytale endings are very much real, but yours may not necessarily match any other. Don’t aim for a replica of somebody else’s happily-ever-after; create your own.

Sonia taught me that unwarranted guilt, especially over someone’s death, is never a good burden to carry. People perish everyday, and it is, in a way, disrespectful to the memory of them to allow yourself to wallow in grief forever.

And lastly, Leila taught me to be relentless in your pursuit of whatever it is that you want. And sometimes, the best way to find yourself, is to get lost.

And oh, side note: Amanda Leigh Cobb did a wonderful job at narrating the story. Her voice beautified the already breathtaking novel that Adi Alsaid had been generous enough to share with the world.

Nano does have an issue with the ending, but I think that Leila did deserve her happy ending. Just like everyone else does.

So, until next time, ladies and gentlemen. I’ll see you on Sunday with the Lessons Of The Month post.

And, well, you already know it: it’s now or never.

Love,

Snigdha

P.S.: LifeFourWays is making its comeback on August 1, 2016! You don’t want to miss the fun. Come say hi: lifefourways.wordpress.com

Déjà Vu


Okay. So.

The summer training thing ended on Tuesday, and as is the norm, it took me a whole three days to recharge my overspent batteries (read met L4W, caught up on reading etc etc), and now, here I am.

In case you’ve been around here for a while, you would know that I have an obsession with Supernatural. Care to hazard a guess why I’m mentioning it now?

Well, I started watching it again, of course. And let me tell you: the love is still the same, if not headier. I can’t believe it’s been, what, four years since I last watched SPN? Doesn’t seem that way, honestly.  I mean, come on. Can you blame me?

Hello, Winchesters.

Hello, Winchesters.

I’ve made it halfway through Season 7, and Bobby Singer just died. Ah, my heart. Honestly, the last couple of episodes have been heartbreaking as hell, no kidding.

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“Idjits.”

So, Frank Devereux spouted some pearls of wisdom to Dean, saying, “try to be fine till the end of the week. Then do it again the next week. Then the next. And the next. But whatever you do, do it properly, do it with a smile. Or don’t do it at all.”

Let me tell you, the moment where Dean fakes a smile for Sam’s sake? Pass me the tissue, please.

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Doing it right. *fake smile*

I know what you’re thinking: a whole month of being MIA, and now she’s back and gushing continuously about the Winchesters. What the hell?

Trust me, I know. But considering the alternative (read forced interaction with people), I’d rather just be with the Winchesters. I mean, currently, my brain is fried beyond compare, and I still haven’t been able to straighten up my routine despite trying nonstop to do so. All I’ve done besides watch Supernatural is do laundry, perfect my grilled cheese recipe, and help my sister with her exam prep. That’s about it.

Ah, well. I do have another week before college starts back up. Hopefully something shall work itself out in that time, keeping my fingers crossed.

Okay, I’ll see you guys soon. Time to get started on lunch.

Love,

Snigdha

 

P.S.- Apparently, I take one too many screenshots while watching the show. Enjoy.

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Dean Winchester, circa 1944.

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Everybody needs a Sam.

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Attacked by clowns that bleed glitter.

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Reaction to his brother being attacked by said clowns that bleed glitter.